4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Date Cookies

These Peanut Butter Date Cookies are the easiest cookies you’ll ever make. They’re sugar-free, gluten-free, require just four ingredients, and you don’t even need a bowl!

Peanut Butter Date Cookies


[April 2015]

I have been rushing around like a mad woman!

But, I have had so much fun preparing for my sisters bridal weekend. Today, one of the tasks my mom and I had to (wanted to) check off our to-do list was to get our nails done. Warning…this gets graphic.

Okay, so my middle toenail on my right foot came off from running recently. If you don’t run, this is completely disgusting and too much information for you. If you are an avid runner, you get it. Either way, my toenail is gone and I had to awkwardly explain to the nail technician why my toenail was missing. But, she just politely laughed and painted over the area, making it appear as though nothing was missing. Don’t worry, no photo will be shared.

I had 20 minutes to spare today and wanted to whip up a quick batch of peanut butter cookies. We are having a ton of family come into town tomorrow and Friday, and I think it’s nice to have little snacks and desserts for people when they visit. Whether my Cuban grandfather will reach for peanut butter and date cookies, I don’t know, but it’s worth a try.

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Hi, friends! I’m coming at you with a recipe repurpose. I made these Peanut Butter Date Cookies in April 2015, and decided they needed a makeover. I think you’d agree – here’s an original photo:

Peanut Butter Date Cookies


I thought these bad boys deserved some routine maintenance – they’re so frickin’ good and so ridiculously easy. Not to mention, they’re good for you! These cookies are




Refined sugar-free

QUICK (15 mins)

Peanut Butter Date Cookies

This time I used crunchy peanut butter, and although everything is run through a food processor, it did make a bit of a textural difference (in a good way!). Definitely try it out if you have some!

These cookies remind me of my college days, my pre-food blogger days, when I would make healthier desserts all. the. time. I have SUCH a sweet tooth, and I had so much more time on my hands in those days, so I was constantly baking and experimenting. I guess food blogging was my destiny!

I’m such a sucker for a yummy treat to enjoy while relaxing the night, especially if it’s got healthy, wholesome ingredients. Don’t get me wrong – I could go for some of these or this at any time, but sometimes ya gotta take a break from the indulgences (because moderation, duh).

Peanut Butter Date Cookies

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5-Ingredient Peanut Butter & Date Cookies
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Serves: 12 cookies
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare a cookie sheet.
  2. Put dates into a food processor and process until crumbles form.
  3. Add in peanut butter, vanilla, and egg.
  4. Continue blending until a ball forms.
  5. Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out dough. Roll with your hands into a ball then press to flatten.
  6. Press each cookie with a fork to form a criss-cross (optional).
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.

Peanut Butter Date Cookies

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  1. says

    I’ll take 50! Love dates, love nut butter, love cookies I can’t imagine not loving these. I also love the photos. I’m always nervous bringing desserts to family gatherings in fear of being judged but it’s the BEST feeling when they go over well.


      Wow! I was craving dates and these cookies are amazing nit too sweet just enough dates and pb. Love them!!

  2. says

    I think I need to send you some NuttZo so that you can try this recipe and others with my favorite nut butter! Cause these cookies with them would be ridiculous!!! I hope that you were able to have some when you were with Georgie. If you’re interested, please email me at: katie@nuttzo.com and we can talk nut butter LOVE! XOXO

  3. says

    These look incredible! I’ve never seen a PB cookie recipe without heaps of brown sugar in them before so I will definitely be trying these out!

    The easiest recipe I’ve ever made is this “cheesy quinoa bakes” recipe from one of my favorite bloggers. When we’re really pressed for time, we pare down the recipe to four ingredients. And somehow they still manage to taste incredible!

  4. says

    These cookies look so delicious! And I love that they are only 4 ingredients!! What a perfect recipe :) Also, sorry about your toenail! And CONGRATS to your sister! That’s so exciting!
    xoxo Cailee!

  5. says

    These cookies look amazing and I love that they only require 4 ingredients! And I’ve totally been there with losing a toenail, haha. The incident happened during my first marathon, but at least that was the worst of my injuries.

  6. says

    Woah, these are like the normal peanut butter cookies (simple ones) except they don’t have sugar. I love that dates are packed with sugar, and I love that you repurposed this recipe. In my opinion, both pictures from 2015 and 2016 look really good, and your photography is just blossoming Christina. You truly do an excellent job, and yay for sweet tooth partners in crime! I LOVE anything sweet. <3

  7. says

    Woah girl, you’re photography has improved so much! You should be so proud of how your blog has grown :) . I love using nut butter in cookie recipes since they never require many other ingredients. I haven’t really seen dates used in a baked cookie recipe before though and I love the idea! Perfect way to use natural sugars. I’m thinking of also folding some dark chocolate chips into the dough since PB & chocolate is always a dynamic duo.


  8. Lili says

    I cannot wait to make these! Just curious if I missed the 5th ingredient though…or is there just four? The title for the recipe is “5-Ingredient Peanut Butter & Date Cookies”, just want to make sure I have all ingredients on hand before starting them. :)

  9. Sarah says

    I think this is a great recipe, I just made them and felt they needed a little more sweetness to it- any suggestion? I’m thinking honey or molasses?

  10. Alexa deMonterice says

    I’m sorry, but these are terrible. Burnt on the bottom, raw in the middle and not sweet. Since I refuse to throw out food that isn’t spoiled, we’re using them as ice cream topping or slathered with jam to kill the taste. This was basically a waste of time and good ingredients.

  11. says

    I don’t think it gets better than simple 15-minute cookies that are both grain-free and free of refined sugars! I can’t wait to try this recipe tonight!

    The best part is I already had some pitted dates leftover from another recipe, so I have all the ingredients on hand.

    Thanks for sharing!



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