When you need a quick and easy cookie for a party, bake sale, or just because you’re craving something sweet, these 3 Ingredient Cashew Cookies will come to the rescue! 

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Three ingredients, one delicious cookie. As a baker, I was dumbfounded. Could something so simple actually result in a good cookie? Would they even bake correctly? I had questions because I kept seeing recipes for a 3 ingredients peanut butter cookie and doubted them all. Until I tried it myself – and I’m here to tell you, if you ever need cookies QUICKLY – these are the cookies for you!

Now, most of the recipes online use peanut butter, but I had recently received some cashew butter from Once Again Nut Butter, so I made use of what was already in my pantry. Plus, this was some delicious creamy cashew butter – cashews are dry roasted and milled smooth with 5%-8% safflower oil added to enhance spread-ability and my oh my is it the best. Not only that, but it’s packaged in a 16 oz. glass jar from 50% recycled glass – which makes my eco-conscience heart happy. But enough about nut butter, let’s get back to these cookies. (Disclosure: Samples of nut butters were sent without any expectations –  I just wanted to share something good that I loved. No compensation was exchanged.)

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The three ingredients are: sugar, egg, nut butter. That’s it. All mixed by hand, in a bowl. Scoop them out with an ice cream scoop or just roll with your hands, press with a fork to create a little design, and pop in the oven. SO simple.

Note that these cookies will not spread at all (the lack of creaming the ingredients plus there are no baking powder or soda in the recipe), so shape them as you wish them to be once baked. Per usual, I couldn’t let things be that easy – so I decided to add two ingredients: a splash of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt, because why not? Ha! Give these cookies a try this week and you’ll be just as amazed at the results –  a nutty sugar cookie that’s crisp on the edges and slightly chewy in the center. 

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3 Ingredient Cashew Cookies

The most simple cookie on the internet.
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Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:12 minutes
Total Time:17 minutes


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup cashew butter
  • optional: pinch of salt splash of vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl using a spatula, mix together all of the ingredients until combined.
  • Using your hands or an ice cream scoop, form the dough into balls and place on baking sheet - you'll fit the entire recipe on one sheet.
  • Press the dough balls with a fork and bake 10-12 minutes, until the edges are slightly golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet and then place on cooling tray.
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: Marnely Murray

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  1. Gretchen L says:

    5 stars
    These are great! I cut the sugar in half and they’re still amazing! ::clap::

  2. 5 stars
    I just love ❤️ your cookie 🍪 have a blessed day 😇

  3. 5 stars
    My kids love cookies! thanks for the recipe, will try making this for them this coming weekends.