Hey, people! Let’s get real. There isn’t anyone that wouldn’t do a simple recipe that is quick and easy, especially if it gives you that touch of “homemade” that has been missing in your kitchen. You can even get the kids to help with this one. That’s how easy it really is! If you only have three ingredients, there couldn’t be much to go wrong with the kids involved. So here is your 1-2-3 recipe:
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of peanut butter
Cream the ingredients together until they are mixed well. Roll 1-inch balls of the dough and place twelve of them on a lightly-greased cookie sheet. Using a regular fork, squash the balls of dough down to two inches in diameter using a criss-cross pattern. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until browned around the edges. Let the cookies cool completely before removing them from the pan, otherwise they may crumble. (Of course, eating the crumbs is fun, too!!)
Variations and Tips:
- If you have them, you call roll the dough balls in crushed peanuts or even use the chunky peanut butter for this recipe. But you have to watch the baking time so the cookies don’t burn or that they aren’t too raw when you bring them out of the oven if you change the recipe.
- You can double or even triple the recipe according to how many cookies you want to make.
- You can use a parchment paper lining on the pan and slide it off gently if you need to use your pan for the second or third batch of cookies. You can also use an oiled foil lining the same way. The cookies can cool on the parchment or foil while your pan is still in use. (DO NOT USE WAXED PAPER! IT WILL BURN IN THE OVEN!)
- You can put a few chocolate chips, coconut, sprinkles, confectioner’s sugar or “M&M’s” on the top of the cookies for more flavor and decoration.
There really is no easier cookie recipe than this one. If you do find one, feel free to share it here! I look forward to finding the simple things that make life better.