Easy 4-Ingredient Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

These are some of the easiest peanut butter cookies I’ve ever made. And a total new favorite.

And in writing Peanut Butter Comfort, I’ve made one or a bazillion peanut butter cookies.

Easy 4-Ingredient Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies - Soft, chewy, and made with an ingredient you'd never guess! It works and they're perfect!!

The cookies are super soft, very moist, and extremely chewy. The supreme chewy factor reminds me of Big Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies, but they’re way thicker and I love thick cookies.

The cookies are packed with rich, bold, peanut butter flavor. If you’re looking for very peanut buttery cookies, try these.

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Easy 4-Ingredient Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies - Soft, chewy, and made with an ingredient you'd never guess! It works and they're perfect!!

The recipe is widely different than anything I’ve ever tried. It’s a one-bowl, no-mixer recipe that happens to be egg-free, butter-free, uses no brown or granulated sugar, and uses an ingredient you’d never guess: Original Bisquick™ mix.

Think of it as a 1-1-1-1 recipe. Combine 1 cup peanut butter, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 1 tablespoon vanilla, and 1 cup Bisquick. Impossibly easy with just four ingredients you likely already have on hand.

Easy 4-Ingredient Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies - Soft, chewy, and made with an ingredient you'd never guess! It works and they're perfect!!

Bisquick is the key ingredient for easy recipes like this that you can make ahead of time so you can spend holidays with your friends and family and not in the kitchen.

You can make the cookies in advance or what I like to do is mix up the dough and keep it chilling in the fridge for up to 5 days before baking or it keeps in the freezer for months. Then when you’re ready for totally oven-fresh cookies, pop a few dough balls in the oven and bake.

Easy 4-Ingredient Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies - Soft, chewy, and made with an ingredient you'd never guess! It works and they're perfect!!

You’d never suspect the cookies are made with Bisquick and just wait until you tell someone as they’re biting down into a cookie that said cookie is made with pancake mix. The look on their face is priceless.

If you don’t have Bisquick, I recommend Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Reese’s Pieces Soft Peanut Butter Cookies, or Inside-Of-A-Peanut-Butter-Cup Cookies for options that taste similar to these, but there is no substitution for Bisquick in this recipe.

Easy 4-Ingredient Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies - Soft, chewy, and made with an ingredient you'd never guess! It works and they're perfect!!

I loved the cookies and couldn’t stop nibbling on them. The old-fashioned crisscross fork patterns, crinkles, and crevices just lure me in. The cookies are a tiny bit oily, but just think of all those healthy fats you’re getting from the peanut butter.

I kept telling myself that as I was pulling off crinkly chunk after chunk. Beyond good. Perfect actually.

Easy 4-Ingredient Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies - Soft, chewy, and made with an ingredient you'd never guess! It works and they're perfect!!

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Easy 4-Ingredient Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

The cookies are impossibly easy and can be made in advance with ingredients you likely already have on hand. They're a total new favorite and are super soft, very moist, extremely chewy, and packed with rich peanut butter flavor. If you’re looking for very peanut buttery cookies, try these. It’s a one-bowl, no-mixer recipe that happens to be egg-free, butter-free, uses no brown or granulated sugar, and uses an ingredient you’d never guess: Original Bisquick™ mix. The old-fashioned crisscross patterns, crinkles, and crevices will lure you in. They're just perfect.

Yield: 11 med/large cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: about 13 to 14 minutes

Total Time: 3+ hours, for dough chilling

Ingredients:

1 cup creamy peanut butter (Jif, Skippy, or similar; not natural - too runny, oily, and can separate)
one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup Original Bisquick™ mix

Directions:

  1. To a large mixing bowl add the peanut butter, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and stir to combine.
  2. Add the Bisquick and stir to incorporate. Mixture will be very thick.
  3. Using a large cookie scoop, 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form approximately 11 equal-sized mounds of dough, roll into balls, and flatten about halfway by making crisscross marks using the tines of a fork. Dough may 'crack' a bit after you've pressed them down, it's okay.
  4. Place mounds on a large plate or tray, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 5 days. Do not bake with unchilled dough because cookies will bake thinner, flatter, and be more prone to spreading.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 13-14 minutes (for super soft cookies, or longer for more well-done cookies) or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center; don't overbake. Cookies firm up as they cool. The cookies take a few minutes longer than most cookies to bake and I suspect that's because it's a very moist dough from the peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving. I let them cool on the baking sheet and don't use a rack.
  6. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Recipe inspired by Betty Crocker

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93 comments

  1. I just love thick cookies – especially the peanut butter kind! These look wonderful Averie!

  2. There is nothing better than a thick chewy cookie, and these hit both marks!
    I bought a box of Bisquick for a casserole last week and had no idea what to with the rest besides biscuits (yawn). Will have to give these a go! Pinned!

  3. Oh my peanut butter lovin’ heavens! These cookies are making me drool and your photography is amazing! I WILL be making these very soon!

  4. What a great easy recipe..I love how few ingredients there are. I like a thick cookie too and peanut butter are a favorite.

  5. Wow, yet another PB cookie recipe from the master! I love this one. Am gonna have to try it next time I get that hankering, so yeah…in about an hour.

  6. What an easy recipe–and super quick on prep time too! I never would have guessed you used bisquick and SWC milk (and the milk was the bigger surprise of the two). These cookies make me want to go buy bisquick just to make them!

    • never would have guessed you used bisquick and SWC milk (and the milk was the bigger surprise of the two). <---- I know, crazy, right! I mean no butter, no traditional sugar, so many non-standard things like no big stand mixer or creaming ingredients. I think you totally should try these. They are worth the purchase! :)

  7. only 4 ingredients to rich, bold Peanut Butter taste? UMM where is that sign up sheet! These look like the perfect cookies. EVER. Pinned!

  8. Only 4 ingredients and these look incredible! Love that they are made with bisquik mix – what a great idea Averie!! Hope you had a great weekend :)

  9. Wow, these look fabulous!! May I have a million??

  10. The texture of these cookies looks amazing! I don’t think I have ever tried cookies made with bisquick

  11. Looks like today is all about the peanut butter. Every stop I’ve made so far. Mm….can’t get enough pb in life… that’s for sure!

  12. Mmmmmmm! 4 Ingredient cookie perfection!!

  13. These look like the ultimate peanut butter cookies! I can’t believe there’s only 4 ingredients in them. That means I have no excuse not to make these, as I have everything in my kitchen! Pinned!

  14. Chunky and so simple to make, these 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies are a must try! Pinned!

  15. I have never seen bisquick used in cookies before and I love the uniqueness of it! These cookies look perfectly soft and chewy, my favorite kind!

  16. I remember being super jazzed when Bisquik started making a GF version. I went on a baking binge, and I did some pb cookies, but not with condensed milk. I made some crumbles and crisps also.

    It’s actually pretty good, and I didn’t taste a difference between the regular version.

    • Not even kidding that these are in the top 5 PB cookies I’ve ever made and I probably have 100+ versions of just PB cookies. LOVED THEM. They are truly chewy. Most Pb cookies are super soft. Or rock hard and crumbly. These are super soft AND super chewy. If you need a holiday baking project, THESE! But you can’t use natural PB and I know you like to but for these, nope!

  17. Ooohh these look good!!!! I love peanut butter cookies!

  18. these look delicious. I love how easy they are!

  19. There’s something so satisfying about having a delicious cookie made in just a few minutes. Love this friend!

  20. These cookies couldn’t be more easy! I think my girls will have tons of fun making them for the holidays! Pinned!

  21. What a great idea to use bisquick and sweetened condensed milk! I love peanut butter cookies, so I’ll definitely have to try this :)

  22. Loving these puffy, thick cookies and the ease of remembering 1-1-1-1! I have fond memories of making Bisquick pancakes with my best friend growing up, but haven’t used it in quite some time. What an excellent idea!

  23. So many peanut butter cookie recipes … so little time …

    While I like to make cookies totally from scratch, I also find it’s really helpful to have a few “I need to be able to whip something up quick” recipes–cuz life is sometimes unpredictable! I don’t have a super-quick PB cookie recipe so now I have a new one I can add to my arsenal!

    • And I think that these are from scratch, well in my mind they are :) They just use Bisquick rather than flour + baking powder + salt for the dry ingredients, and the SCMilk takes care of basically creaming butter and sugar together (and almost the egg too!) without actually have to use butter, eggs, or sugar per se. Although of course SCM is full of sugar :)

      But seriously though I am in LOVE with these and would put them up against far more complicated recipes and seriously they’d hold their own. I am 100% in love! The other totally scratch PB cookie recipe that’s super easy is linked in this post, the PB Chocolate Chunk ones. Those are very easy and only a few ingredients, too!

    • I have a bar chocolate chip recipe using a yellow cake mix as the base. I think of it as “mostly home-baked” and it’s my fall-back “I need cookies NOW” recipe. But I like variety and this recipe looks totally up my alley.

  24. SCM in peanut butter cookies? NOTHING GETS ANY BETTER. Oh my, this is my new favorite recipe!! Pinned, of course.

    • You know I am supremely picky about PB cookies after writing a cookbook basically dedicated them, and these, I kid you not woulda coulda shoulda been in that cookbook! PB cookies tend to be soft. Or hard/crumbly. But rarely with true chew factor. These are soft AND chewy. Like REALLY realllly chewy. The texture thing, mmm, you would ADORE them! I had no idea Bisquick and SCM could do all that, but I’m hooked!

  25. These look so good. I’ve made chocolate chip cookies with Bisquick and really like those, so I will absolutely be trying these!

  26. Sometimes I realize that as a food blogger, I probably think in terms and words and phrases the average person doesn’t. For example when I saw these cookies I thought, “Wow, the chewiness factor in these cookies has got to be mind-blowing!” Ha! So thick and soft, I’m dying to make these – gorgeous Averie! Pinned!

    • Wow, the chewiness factor in these cookies has got to be mind-blowing <---- OMG YOU ARE SO RIGHT!! They are some of THE chewiest cookies I've ever made! PB cookies tend to be soft. Or hard/crumbly. But rarely with true chew factor. These are soft AND chewy. Like REALLY realllly chewy. And we think alike b/c I'm always going to blogs thinking things like that in my head, too :)

  27. 4 ingredients! this is my kind of cookie!

  28. These cookies do look incredible Averie! So soft and chewy – just how I like ’em :) Pinned!

  29. Super interesting ingredient list! I would have never thought to use Bisquick and sweetened condensed milk. I’m so intrigued!

  30. Bisquick….who knew? Sounds like a secret to delicious cookies I wish I knew earlier.

  31. Mmm these look so good! I love soft peanut butter cookies and I can’t wait to try these! Pinned :)

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  32. These look so beautiful inside – cakey almost. I can’t get bisquick over here in the UK (well, I don’t think …) but I’d like to check out some of your other pb cookie recipes!

  33. so cool that you used bisquick for these! I’d never have guessed!

  34. These look like dream PB cookies, girl!! I love that you used Bisquick in them!! Pure genius! :) Pinned!

  35. These cookies turned out great. I used chunky peanut butter by accident and really enjoyed the little but if crunch in contrast to the rich chewiness. Thanks for a keeper!

  36. These are *perfect* for a party I’m gping to this weekend! However, it’s pirate-themed and I’m curious if these are sturdy enough to support a chocolate coin on end, as a pirate nod.

    • I think that would be fine and would look great! Just make sure the cookies are mostly cooled before you set it on them. Not sure if you were just going to lay it flat on the center or if you were going to stand the coin on its edge, but if the cookies are 95% cooled, just the tiny bit of leftover heat will be enough to barely melt the coin so it sticks, but not so much it turns to a puddle of chocolate. LMK how it goes!

  37. I just mixed everything together. Mine are very goopy. Should I add a little more bisquick, or refrigerate for a little while? I followed the recipe exactly. I am having a hard time shaping into balls.

    • Never mind. By the time I finshed typing, it set up more! Excited to bake them tomorrow!

    • Ok great! I was going to say, because PB varies from brand to brand, and so does the SCMilk, if you needed to add a little more Bisquick, do it. You definitely don’t want the dough ridiculously loose. It should be like standard cookie dough, but on the oily side from all the PB :)

      LMK what you think of the cookies!

  38. My youngest son loves peanut butter! I can’t wait to make these cookies! I never thought to use Bisquick. Such a great idea and I always have some on hand for pancakes. Thanks for the great recipe!

  39. Hi! These look so delicious!! Are you absolutely sure there isn’t anything I can substitute the Bisquick for? I’m in Europe (Estonia, actually), and we don’t have it here. We do have different cake mixes, though. Maybe some would work? What does it resemble the most?
    Now I have to have someone shop for Bisquck in the US. Usually I order pecans (which are crazy expensive here), and maple syrop, looks like I have to extend the list.

  40. These cookies were fun and easy to make. They looked goopy at first but firmed up nicely to shape into balls. I may have cooked them a bit too long and I may use just under a cup of Bisquick next go round. Overall outcome….delicious!

    • Glad they came out great for you and that you’re pleased – and yes with cookies like these, based on the types of PB everyone has, and their climate, ovens, etc. baking time and exact down-to-the-penny amount of Bisquick can vary slightly and with some minor tweaks, you’ll know exactly what’s perfect for your oven, etc!

  41. I removed this recipe from my cookie board after trying this recipe rather than a traditional peanut butter cookie recipe for Christmas. With six teenagers in the house yesterday, I asked for their honest opinion. My 18 year old took one bite and suggested kindly giving the rest to the squirrels.

  42. Hi Avery, I have made alot of your cookies and I must say they are the best! The first batch of the 4 ingred PB cookies were awesome!!, after that, the taste was the same but the bottoms are getting to dark. I didn’t change anything and the other friends I sent the recipe to are also having the same issue. We are using parchment and/or silpats. Any suggestions?

    • I would say just bake a little less time then. And if you’re worried the cookies won’t cook through if you bake a bit less time, then I’d make the dough mounds slightly smaller and/or flatten them more.

      And of course, make sure you’re not baking tray #2 on the same tray you used to bake tray #1 on. I always bake 1 tray in the oven at one time, never 2. Neither cook the way I like if I try 2 at once; take a bit longer, but worth it in the end. Also, I STRONGLY prefer Silpats to parchment for cookies.

      Thanks for trying so many of my cookie recipes and I’m so glad you like these – minus the browning aspect on the bottoms. I think you can easily remedy that though!

  43. Thank you for clearing that up! Thats exactly what I did. I used 2 pans the second time instead of one. I bet thats what the others did as well. I’ll pass it on. Thanks again and I look forward to your new and delicious recipes!

  44. Castro Family Four Reply

    I made the peanut butter cookies last night but didn’t have the Bisquick so I used Aunt Jemima pancake mix and they turned out very good. Needless to say, I need to make more cause they all went. Hope that helps if anyone doesn’t have Bisquick.

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and I’m glad it came out great for you even with another mix. Thanks for sharing that as it will probably help someone else who doesn’t have Bisquick but has another pancake mix on hand!

  45. Hi! I made the cookies about a week ago and thought they were delicious! I ate them all lol! However, is there a way to tone the peanut butter taste a tad? Can i add more vanilla, bisquick or less peanut butter? Thanks again for the recipe!

  46. thanks for the peanut butter cookie recipes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  47. These were NOT a hit in my house :(

    When I read the description saying that it was going to be a big PB taste I was excited but sadly these cookies do not. The 3 ingredient recipes out there are much better with big PB taste. Honestly the taste was not good (for our family) & when we gave some to a couple of friends & family members they didn’t like them either. Sorry :(

    • Thanks for trying the recipe and everyone has different tastes. I have multiple recipes for the 3-ingredient PB cookies you’re referring to and those cookies always are great. These are unique in that they use Bisquick. The recipe is from their site and I used their recipe and linked to it at the bottom of the recipe section of my post under the directions.

  48. Any possibility this is actually supposed to call for a TEASPOON of vanilla instead of a TABLESPOON as instructed??

  49. Instead of doing PB does nuttella work?

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