Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies (With Variations)

READY IN: 20mins
YIELD: 30 cookies


  • 1
    cup smooth peanut butter
  • 34
    cup sugar
  • 1
  • 1 12
    teaspoons maple extract (or use vanilla)
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • chocolate-covered toffee bits
  • chopped peanuts
  • 4
    (1 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate baking squares, melted


  • In a large bowl stir together peanut butter with sugar, egg and vanilla until well combined.
  • Shape into 1-inch balls and place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets, then gently flatten with the tines of the fork.
  • Bake 325 for 15 minutes or until golden brown; remove to wire racks to cool.
  • FOR VARIATIONS; press 1 cup of either chocolate chips, toffee bits or chopped peanuts on top of the prepared cookie dough, then bake as directed.
  • Or another variation for chocolate peanut butter cookies is; divide the peanut butter cookie dough in half; stir in half of the the melted baking squares into each half of the peanut butter cookie dough, then mix until combined, bake as directed.