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Microwave Peanut Butter Cookies

Updated on March 22, 2013
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I grew up in a small community in Northwest Arkansas. My life is a busy balance of family and friends, work and play, good times and bad.


For the love of all things cookie dough!  Cookies in the microwave?  It makes baking cookies quick and easy for people who do not have a lot of time.  Also works great for a single person who doesn’t want to fix a full batch of cookies.

I am a cookie dough addict.  I freely admit it.  I love to eat fresh, hot cookies that are still a little on the doughy side.  I would like to share with you one of my favorite cookie recipes with a couple of quick cooking methods.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies


1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup sugar

Toppings,Coarse sea salt, or table salt (optional)

Mix peanut butter, egg, vanilla extract, and sugar together.  Can be mixed by hand or with a mixer. Normally at this point you would place the cookie dough on a cookie sheet or in a pan to go in the oven at 350 degrees for around 10 minutes. Instead, place 3 or 4 spoonfuls on a microwave safe plate.

The extra cookie dough can be refrigerated for a day or two if you are going to want more cookies soon. You can also freeze part of the cookie dough in little plastic baggies.

Optional Toppings

Use a fork to make a crisscross pattern, use your thumb to make an indent in the center of the cookie dough, or leave as is.  At this point, you can sprinkle the salt on top of the cookies.  I like to sprinkle the top with more sugar.  You can also top with nuts, chocolate chips, mini peanut butter cups, shredded coconut, sprinkle with cinnamon, etc.  Basically any topping that you want to add.


Place the plate in the microwave for 1 to 3 minutes.  Microwave time will vary due to wattage (power) and how doughy you like your cookies.    Keep in mind that the cookies will be soft but hot when you remove the plate from the microwave.  Let the cookies cool for a minute or two before eating. 

Pour yourself a large glass of milk and enjoy!

Other Option: Toaster Oven

If you are not keen on the thought of microwaving your cookies, another quick option is the toaster oven. Instead of placing the cookie dough on a microwave safe plate, drop on to sheet of foil and place in toaster oven at 350 for 3 to 5 minutes. Once again, will vary due to wattage and how soft you want your cookies.

Even Quicker and Easier Tip

For the people who are in a hurry and don’t have time to mix up a batch of cookie dough, a simple solution is to buy pre-made cookie dough from the grocery store.  You can buy cookie dough that comes in little squares, a roll, or in a tub.  Store bought cookie dough doesn’t always taste as good as homemade but it does save on time.

Another option is to buy a cookie or cake mix from the baking section to use.  Always check for the additional ingredients that you will need.  Most mixes require oil and an egg.

Cookie in a Cup!

Here is a fun change to the microwave recipe . . . instead of placing the cookie dough on a microwave safe plate, put 2 or 3 spoonfuls in the bottom of a coffee mug and microwave for 1 to 3 minutes.  (Mug will be hot when you take it out!)  Grab a spoon or fork and enjoy!!!


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      5 years ago

      Do not put in microwave I just broke a plate in it due to moisture

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      6 years ago

      These were interesting, thanks for sharing. I think for my tastes there is a bit to much sugar, but the husband loves them. My first batch burnt by 2min and 30sec.. the second didn't set up at 2min. This is going to take some playing around but its AWESOME in a craving fit.

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      7 years ago

      So mine burnt a little in the center within one min of cooking in the microwave, definitely prefer the oven but since that is broken these half burnt ones will have to curb my craving lol

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      8 years ago

      Ok so just made it in the microwave and it turned out like a PANCAKE!!!

      not exactly a cookie-still good though and great for kids!!!


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      8 years ago


      Finally a recipe that doesn't have chocolate-i eat it before i create stuff- and doesn't need an oven for quick dashes to work birthdays! Thanks for the recipie

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      8 years ago

      For some reason, the cookies burned within a minute of being in the toaster oven, and did the same in the microwave... I'm baking in South Korea, but I'm not sure why this happened.

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      8 years ago

      Cant wait to try a delicious looking cookie! I am only 12 years old and I like to make things. With the limitation of oven use these are fun and easy and very little clean-up...thanks!!!!!!!!!

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      8 years ago from Chennai, India.

      I am a great fan of cookies. It's really yummy cookies here! Great microwave cookie ideas. vrooooom!! I am going to have peanut butter cookies (trying for coffee mug recipe) with shredded coconut toppings with a large glass of milk,as recommended by you! Thanks for sharing, Weblweave.


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