4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie

Peanut butter is a pantry staple for many families. While this nut spread may be best known for the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it is also an excellent baking ingredient thanks to its healthy fats. Here’s a heart-healthy version that makes a delicious holiday cookie: peanut butter oat bran cookies sweetened with maple syrup instead of processed sugar.

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4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie

4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie

  • Author: Shanthi Appelo


Made with only four base ingredients, this peanut butter oat bran cookie is a heart-healthier alternative to many cookie recipes. For some extra holiday magic, the cookie gets half-dipped in dark chocolate and topped with festive sprinkles.


  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup oat bran
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • Optional: ¼ cup dark chocolate melting wafers
  • Optional: 2 Tbsp. red and green sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs until smooth, then add all other ingredients and mix until smooth.
  3. Roll approximately 2 tablespoons of the batter into a ball. Place on ungreased baking sheet and flatten with a fork.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie

Optional: Warm dark chocolate wafers according to package instructions until texture is smooth and runny. Dip half of the cookie in the chocolate, then drizzle green and red sprinkles over the chocolate before it cools and hardens.

A plate of peanut butter cookies dipped in chocolate with sprinkles

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