The World’s Easiest Cookies

Did you know that yesterday was National Cookie Day? I didn’t until my partner emailed me at around lunchtime to let me know. (The subject line of his email was “Important Announcement” so you get a sense of how seriously we take cookies in this household).

I wasn’t prepared for National Cookie Day. I hadn’t thought about making cookies in a while. I wasn’t sure what I had in the cupboard. But then I remembered: the world’s easiest cookie recipe.

It also happens to probably be the world’s cheapest cookie recipe.* And, I’d bet money on the majority of people already having the ingredients in their cupboard right now. And, they’re gluten-free!

(*Disclaimer: This is unconfirmed. Further cookie testing may be required)

That’s right folks. In about 15 minutes and with almost no effort, you could have a batch of delicious cookies.



I have no idea where I first learned this recipe, but I certainly can’t take credit for its genius. I can only offer it in the spirit of paying it forward.

Yields 12 cookies


1 cup sugar

1 cup peanut butter

1 large egg


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Mix ingredients in a large bowl until the dough is smooth
  3. Using a tablespoon, separate the dough into 12 equal size portions on a lined baking sheet
  4. Roll the dough into balls, and then press down with a fork to flatten the cookie and get your lattice effect
  5. Bake cookies for 15 minutes. When you remove from oven, let them cool on a wire rack.

And yep, that’s it. Nothing more complicated than that. The next time you’re craving a cookie – you could have some in under half an hour? You forgot to organize something to bring to a party you’re going to? No problem, these are definite crowd pleasers. And if you only just found out about a national-baked-good-related-holiday? Total lifesaver.




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