Customisable 3 Ingredient Paleo Cookies

Customisable 3 ingredient paleo cookies which just require THREE ingredients! 1 bowl and 10 minutes is all you’ll need and the best part is how easy they are- Paleo, Gluten Free and a vegan option! 

3 Ingredient {customisable!} Grain Free Cookies- Customisable 3 ingredient paleo cookies which just require THREE ingredients! 1 bowl and 10 minutes is all you'll need and the best part is how easy they are- Paleo, Gluten Free and a vegan option!  @thebigmansworld

Customisable 3 ingredient paleo cookies! 

Sometimes, simple is best.

Okay, not sometimes. Often.

I love being creative with recipes. Whether that being marrying cheeseburgers and pancakes together, adding cheese and garlic to Grain free Waffles or making it perfectly acceptable to eat cookie dough for breakfast.

After a serious (well, sort of) heart to heart with a wise blend, the reality hit home that while creativity is appreciated, so are the more classic recipes.

Aye Aye Captain.

 3 Ingredient {customisable!} Grain Free Cookies- Customisable 3 ingredient paleo cookies which just require THREE ingredients! 1 bowl and 10 minutes is all you'll need and the best part is how easy they are- Paleo, Gluten Free and a vegan option!  @thebigmansworld

The wonderful people at Mayver’s recently sent me their recent nut butter range (more on this to come!) and I knew I had to use it in a recipe immediately. Growing up, there was nothing more delicious or simple that the classic 3 ingredient cookie recipe infamous worldwide- 1 cup of peanut butter, 1 egg and 1 cup of sugar. 

This recipe isn’t original. This recipe doesn’t use less common flours or sweeteners. This recipe isn’t high protein, low carb or sugar free. But damn, they are good for the mind, body and soul…however, they are ‘healthier’ than the standard form. 

These cookies are completely customisable– Use any nut butter you wish and chuck up to a cup of add ins of your choice- I opted for gluten free salted pretzels and that, my friends, was a wise decision. Let’s not forget the sea salt. It is without a doubt, the key element of deliciousness.

For me personally, I love using cashew butter and coconut sugar so a bonus- These are completely paleo! I tried this out with a vegan version using a flax egg and that came out slightly more crumbly, but nevertheless, delicious! 

3 Ingredient Paleo Cookies (customisable!) 

3 Ingredient {customisable!} Grain Free Cookies- Customisable 3 ingredient paleo cookies which just require THREE ingredients! 1 bowl and 10 minutes is all you'll need and the best part is how easy they are- Paleo, Gluten Free and a vegan option!  @thebigmansworld

3 Ingredient [Sweet and Salty] Grain Free Cookies

3 ingredients and ready in 15 minutes from prep to finish- these delicious cookies will be an absolute hit!
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Servings: 20
Author: Arman


  • 2 cups of nut butter of choice I used cashew butter
  • 2 cups of coconut sugar
  • 2 large eggs*
  • Sea salt
  • 1 cup add ins of choice- I used GF pretzels which made this particular version non paleo


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs until frothy. In a large mixing bowl, combine the nut butter, coconut sugar and eggs. Mix very well until fully incorporated.
  • Slowly stir through add ins of choice (I used crushed up pretzels) and ensure it is fully combined.
  • Place golf ball sized cookie dough on a lined baking tray. Press down on each cookie gently with a fork. Sprinkle sea salt over the cookies and place in the oven. Bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes, or until just golden brown. Remove from the oven (cookies should still be soft) and allow to cool completely on the tray. Cookies will firm up.


Even though the cookies may seem undercooked, they firm up quite well and maintain a chewy texture. I've tried this with classic peanut butter and also almond butter and both work extremely well.
For a vegan version, use 2 flax eggs- Cookies may seem crumbly at first but firm up

3 Ingredient {customisable!} Grain Free Cookies- Customisable 3 ingredient paleo cookies which just require THREE ingredients! 1 bowl and 10 minutes is all you'll need and the best part is how easy they are- Paleo, Gluten Free and a vegan option!  @thebigmansworld

Linking up with my friend Linda and her crew for Gluten Free Wednesdays,  and the SITs for Saturday Sharefest and DIY With the SITS

What is your favourite kind of cookie? 

Do you prefer creative recipes or classic, more simple ones? 

Crunchy nut butter or smooth nut butter? 

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119 thoughts on “Customisable 3 Ingredient Paleo Cookies

  1. I’m all for recipes that are good for the soul. What’s the point of having a healthy body if you don’t have a healthy mind? Also I just really like nut butter and sugar and butter in my face sooo there’s that. What I’m trying to say here is that I want these. Now.

    1. What’s the point of having a healthy body if you don’t have a healthy mind? YES. I have a post exactly on this coming up. And these cookies are the picture edition of said post. Come over…they are good study fuel! 😉

  2. It looks like somebody has upped their game in terms of taking photos…I’m mucho impressed with these cookie shots! These sound fabulous- I can’t get enough of the sweet & salty combination lately. I’ve started to add salt to my oatmeal alongside the fruit and it really takes it to another level. I am not one for discriminating between cookies- I’ll take ’em all! However I do have a soft spot for snickerdoodles & PB-based cookies :)!

  3. The simpler the better! Cause clearly, I am lazy and blonde. And impatient.
    These are perfect!! But I need dark chocolate prezels! Awwww, stupid Switzerland.
    Crunchy Nut Butter. Speaking of which, I can not wait for my move and to install my Ninja Blender to blend away all that nutbutters!!!

  4. These look great Arman. I like both complicated and simple recipes – it depends on the mood I am in. I have learned over the weekend at my little course that sometimes simplistic flavour combination is best 🙂
    I love that nut butter brand! I was so sad to see the last of my cacao spread gone 🙁
    And your pictures look awesome 🙂

  5. That’s a great recipe! Sounds easy and yummy! And i can’t wait to answer Sarah’s questions! They are awesome! My favortie kind of cookie is white chocolate macadamia nut. If polygamy wasn’t illegal I would marry a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie!
    I prefer yummy cookie recipes 😉 – no matter if creative,classic or more simple ones. And regarding the nut butter consistency, I am undecided. it’ up to my mood completely 😀 But I have more smooth nut butters in my pantry!

    1. I would marry it too….please tell me German subways sell the cookies too- They make the BEST white chocolate and macadamia cookies. In fact, I’ll let you in on a secret….I MAY have an oatmeal recipe on the way for white chocolate and macadamia oatmeal. Shhhh. 😉

      1. I actually was talking about the subwy cookies. They are so good. Never had a better one anywhere else! I will keep your secret 😉 But my patience is tiny so you better share that recipe soon 😀

  6. The first thing that came to mind when I read add ins of choice is Cold Rock Creamery, but then I realise they call it mix-ins. Damn. Anyway, I’ll have oreos with that thanks. 😉

    1. True story- One of my friends loves the Cold Rock ‘Ice cream’ but not the concept of mix ins… other friend worked there and said the ice creams they stock are the most generic, bland brands lol!

  7. I love simple recipes. Mostly because I’m lazy and don’t like to spend a tonne of time in the kitchen, but also because I like being able to taste individual ingredients without having them be hidden in a mix of too many. I keep leaning to try grain less cookies, but it’s one of those things on the list that I just can’t seem to get around to. It’s also 4 AM and now I’m craving cookies…

  8. These are so simple now I HAVE to make them. Only I can’t use dark chocolate pretzels because I’m obsessed with them to the point where I will eat the entire bag before even getting the chance to use them in a recipe.

  9. Omg I totally forgot I used to make cookies like this ALL THE TIME. Except I use a little maple syrup or honey instead of coconut sugar.

    Crunchy PB. I’m so mad – I bought a new jar of organic PB, but didn’t read the label properly, and it’s the kind with palm oil & sugar in it. It made me roar when I found out.

    1. Seriously, you guys in the northern hemisphere are soo sneaky with the terms ‘organic’ and ‘all natural’- seriously won’t forget the time I bought a loaf of ‘all natural’ bread and the second ingredient was HFCS.

  10. I do love simple recipes – but sometimes, the extra effort is so totally worth it! Another blend posted a recipe for yogurt iced granola bars – the yogurt icing is not easy or quick – but so incredibly, insanely good!
    These are my favorite cookies ever – I have made them a gazillion times with slightly less sugar and chocolate chips added in, sometimes also hazelnut meal or almond meal – thanks for highlighting these beauts!

  11. Oh man, these are definitely my kind of cookies! I totally want to make these now. I also love the pretzel idea, gotta have some saltiness in there.

    I don’t keep fancy ingredients in my house because I am both cheap and lazy, so 3 ingredients is totally my style 🙂

  12. Caitlin from Chasing Chels sent me the most delicious dark chocolate sea salt cookies, and that was the first time I’d ever had the salty/sweet combination like that. It was sooo delicious!! It’s amazing how good those two tastes are together!

  13. I LOVE cookies! In fact I would take a cookie over cake any day! My favorite is definitely the classic…chocolate chip! I’m totally loving these cookies though and the fact that they only call for a few ingredients is awesome!

      1. I have a ridiculously picky eater in my family (16 yo son with adhd) and I am trying to move us into a more “healthful” (wheat-free,grain-free,paleo)…can’t even use the word “healthy” around him because he acts like I’m trying to poison him and immediately rejects even the concept of the food change…way of eating. Long story with him, food, adhd, etc.
        He loves peanut butter sandwich cookies (made with wheat flour). I have about 4-5 jars of “regular” peanut butter (don’t judge…) that I received from a food pantry situation and I came across this recipe. I thought since it already had the added sugar that I wouldn’t put more in and would just use it and the eggs. It mixed well enough. I could roll into the ball shape (I think I don’t know how big a golf ball is,though) which in retrospect where probably too small. Baked them for the longer of the recommended time. They looked great but were ridiculously crumbly and soft inside. Do you think the problem lies with the peanut butter, lack of added sugar, not cooking long enough (btw cooked at 355 F), ball shape too small, all of the above…? Sorry this post is so long.

  14. Yeah whoever that wise bitch is should suck it. I prefer complicated recipes. French-thai fusion perogies si vous plait. K but actually these look so good and I like the pictures! I have 4 recipes to make today and I slept in but I’m thinking about just ditching all of them to make these instead and eat them in bed. Sassy davicii and the small child in her belly are not interested in getting shit done. Come snuggle, and bring the cookies.

  15. Anything that involves 3 ingredients (especially when it comes to baking) is totally my kind of thing. Don’t you just love coconut sugar? It is SO good. I could eat it right out of the bag… not that I’ve ever tried 😉

  16. I prefer creative recipes as long as they are simple – as in strange but good kinda. I hate having to go out and buy a million things I don’t have. Also fresh herbs give me anxiety because they are so expensive and go bad so quickly. 1-2 fresh herbs per recipe is all I can do.

  17. I love creative recipes, they’re cool to look at and read about and stuff, but in terms of day to day life I’m all about simplistic things that I always have on hand. Usually people have a wide range of spices so I’m not talking about recipes that use a lot of those, more like things that my palette might not always be craving. Still, seeing your recipes and all that is a good break from basics, so I think a mix of both is perf.

    1. Ang, that bun on your head must have brains. Seriously- That is why I have a million spices- they make boring chicken or steak amazing. You would think any recipe of mine is perfect. Right? RIGHT?

  18. Beautiful cookie pics. Your blog is stylin’!

    My favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin. I have always considered myself to be a member of the smooth nut butter camp. However, recently trader Joe’s was out of creamy almond butter and, being unwilling to exists without my favorite spread I bought a jar of crunchy. Turns out I really like it. So, I do not discriminate, it’s all good.

    I like both simple and creative. I very rarely follow a recipe. Most of the time I experiment with flavors and textures, throwing together what sounds appealing to me. None of the things I cook are terribly complicated or time consuming.

  19. SIMPLE RECIPES!!!!!!!! My brain cannot handle anything too crazy because it’s already ridiculously CRAZYYYYYYY alone! Ah ha ha! Seriously. Right now in my brain unicorns are playing backgammon with fishermen who are chewing on beef jerky sticks. And there are mole rats doing lines of cocaine… HUH?!?!?

    So this cookie recipe… perfection for me (if I ate nut butter and coconut sugar of course, LOL).

  20. Does it get any easier than nut butter, eggs and sugar? I love that it’s so basic that it’s almost a blank canvas for everyone to add their own creativity to. I would totally add pretzels as well, or maybe M&Ms.

  21. Mmm yum. When it comes to cookies, the simpler the better because that means I get to eat them sooner! Except I do love a good oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, which are a tad more complicated. That’s why I prefer it when my mom/grandma bakes those haha.

  22. Holy shiznitz, why have I never thought to use chocolate covered pretzels in cookies?! (Probably cuz I’d eat the entire bag before they’d make it into the cookies but that’s another story.) Another triumph, my friend!

  23. WOW I honestly have never heard of making cookies with just nut butter, egg and sugar! I will have to try this combo sometime!!! Oh course I’ll add chocolate! celsius makes my brain hurt 🙂

  24. These cookies are my favorite! Though I’ve never had chocolate covered pretzels in mine and I must be missing out. Also guess I better get my act together before this weekend, I’d hate to miss answering my own questions 🙂

  25. Easy and delicious: sign me up please. These look fabulous: I’m serious. I’m totally digging the pictures and I love how simple they are. Topping them with pretzels was genius too.

  26. I love a good creative recipe as much as the next #strangebutgood person, but you can’t beat simplicity sometimes…especially when it comes to cookies! Refrigerating dough? Rolling it out? Making fancy little cut outs? Ain’t nobody here named Martha Stewart and ain’t nobody got time for that!

    Love the chocolate pretzel add-ins…it’s like you made these especially for me! But why, oh for the love of God, WHY did you put that one pretzel on backward!?! You…are making my eye twitch!!

    1. Says the Queen who’s been doing seductive things with avocados and bananas recently.

      Only a true recipe Goddess would notice that. I will eat that stupid cookie for you. Oh wait, I already did.

  27. Yes, love these cookies. The recipe was on our peanut butter jar when I was a kid… but you DO know that pretzels are not grain or gluten free, right?

    1. Hi Elle, I am well aware that pretzels are not grain free- The ones I used were gluten free (as the recipe states) and they were my optional add in. The base is completely paleo and gluten free. Thanks!

  28. A little bit of sweet, a little bit of salt, and little bit of crunch – perfect Arman! And who can resist a 3 ingredient recipe! Have a wonderful day dear friend, Catherine

  29. They look delicious, Arman. I never thought of adding pretzels to cookies. I’m bet the salty pretzel goes particularly well with these sweet cookies. I like making this flourless recipe with chocolate chips.

  30. I really enjoy your recipes. Thanks so much for taking the time to make and share such great food for yourself and others. I will say however, I’m not fond of profanity (curse words) on a site even if expressing how great something is. Just saying….

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