Who doesn’t love a soft and delicious Peanut Butter Cookie?  Well, unless you are my Darb!  I love them and when I can make Super Easy 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies with a Cake Mix they are even better!  Keep scrolling to see just how you can make them too.

Easy 4 ingredients peanut butter cookies with a cake mix, a recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade.

Peanut butter is one of those ingredients that I could literally eat by the spoonful.  To be completely honest, I do eat it by the spoonful.  A spoon for the cookies, a spoon for June, a spoon for the cookies, a spoon for…you get the picture.

It is no wonder that I need to be watching what I eat a little more in the new year!  Me and cookie ingredients or cookies in any form should not be left alone.  EVER!

The great news is that after my 4 5 spoonfuls of peanut butter, I finally had enough to make these awesome Peanut Butter Cookies.  Let me show you how easy it is.

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Easy 4 ingredients peanut butter cookies with a cake mix, a recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade.

How to make Peanut Butter Cookie Dough with a Cake Mix

Add the yellow cake mix to a bowl and whisk it to remove any lumps.  Then add the peanut butter, melted butter and eggs.  

Can I use Natural Peanut Butter for Cookies?

You can use natural peanut butter but because it is most often unsalted, you would need to add salt to your cookie dough.  You can also expect the cookies to spread more and be crispier because of the higher oil content.

Easy 4 ingredients peanut butter cookies with a cake mix, a recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade.

Mix with a hand held mixer until combined.  The dough will be thick and sticky but that is exactly how it is supposed to be.

Easy 4 ingredients peanut butter cookies with a cake mix, a recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade.

Using a medium cookie scoop {1.5 tablespoon}, scoop dough into a bowl of sugar.  Roll scoop of dough completely in sugar.

Easy 4 ingredients peanut butter cookies with a cake mix, a recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade.

Then place onto a silicone mat {or parchment} lined baking sheet.  

Easy 4 ingredients peanut butter cookies with a cake mix, a recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade.

Using the tines of a fork, press down into the top of each cookie.

Easy 4 ingredients peanut butter cookies with a cake mix, a recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade.

Then press the tines into each cookie going the other direction to make a crisscross pattern.

Easy 4 ingredients peanut butter cookies with a cake mix, a recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade.

Why do Peanut Butter Cookies have fork marks?

There are a couple of reasons why peanut butter cookies have fork marks.  The first being that peanut butter cookie dough can tend to be thicker than other cookie dough.  So the fork marks help to flatten the dough and allow for a more even bake.

Fork marks are also iconic for the peanut butter cookie which would allow someone with a peanut allergy to know what kind of cookie it is.

Easy 4 ingredients peanut butter cookies with a cake mix, a recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade.

How to Tell if Peanut Butter Cookies are Done

Normally you would be able to tell if the peanut butter cookies were done when the edges were turning light brown.  That is a little different when you are using a cake mix because you really don’t want to over bake cake mix cookies.  See all of my cake mix cookie baking tips here.

The key to baking Peanut Butter Cookies with a Cake Mix is to bake them at 350 degrees for 9-10 minutes.  They may appear to be slightly underdone but remove them from the oven. 

Then let them cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes.  This will allow them to continue to bake slightly {from the heat of the cookie sheet} and set up nicely.  Move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Easy 4 ingredients peanut butter cookies with a cake mix, a recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade.

The cookies will be something that you make over and over because…you can but also because they are so darn simple to pull together.  

A cup of milk, a few cookies and that equals pure happiness.  Or at least in my book it does.  Your family and friends will be happy to help you eat them or you can keep them all to yourself.  Either way, you need to make these bad boys because they are bonkers!

Easy 4 ingredients peanut butter cookies with a cake mix, a recipe featured by top US cookie blog, Practically Homemade.

Do you love cake mix cookies?  Try these recipes…

Super Easy 4 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie with a Cake Mix

4 ingredients is all you need for the most delicious and soft peanut butter cookies that you have ever tasted.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter {melted}
  • 2 eggs

For rolling dough in:

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. Combine cookie ingredients in large bowl and mix with a hand held mixer {or by hand} until completely incorporated. 

  3. Using a medium sized cookie scoop {1.5 tablespoon}, scoop cookies into a bowl with sugar. Roll cookie dough ball completely in sugar and place onto a silicone mat or parchment lined cookie sheet. Using the tines of a fork make a crisscross pattern into the top of each cookie.

  4. Bake for 9-10 minutes, remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.  Repeat until all of the dough is baked.

  5. Store in an air tight container for up to 4 days or freeze for 3 months.

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