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Four Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

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If you are looking for an easy, diabetes-friendly cookie recipe, you have come to the right place! These four ingredient peanut butter cookies are one of my favorite desserts! They can also be classified as a no-bake protein cookie. 

These cookies are straightforward to make and take less than 5 minute to throw together. Each cookie contains 6 grams of protein and they are relatively low in carbohydrates as well with only 13 grams per cookie.


The ingredients you will need for this recipe are:

  • Butterscotch chips
  • Peanut butter
  • Vanilla protein powder 
  • Unsalted or lightly salted peanuts 


  • Melt the butterscotch chips in the microwave or on the stove.
  • Combine the peanut butter and melted butterscotch chips.
  • Stir in protein powder and peanuts.
  • Spoon onto a cookie sheet and freeze for 20 minutes to harden.

Flavor Variations

You can get creative with this recipe and make many different variations by changing up the flavor or type of the baking chips and the protein powder.

  • We love to use chocolate chips and chocolate protein powder to make chocolate peanut butter cookies
  • The peanut butter can be substituted with a different nut or seed butter
  • Feel free to swap out the peanuts for your favorite type of nut or leave out the peanuts if you prefer a less chunky cookie
  • You can also use a lower sugar baking chips such as Lily’s Baking Chips to reduce the carbohydrates and sugar

Frequently Asked Questions 

How much protein is in each cookie?

There are 6 grams of protein in each cookie.

Are these keto-friendly?

No, the butterscotch chips do contain some added sugar so while these cookies are relatively low in carbohydrates, they are not keto. Check out this post to learn more about carbohydrates and sugar.

What type of protein powder do you recommend using?

Honestly, we use whatever is on hand and the cookies always turn out perfectly! Check out our post all about the best protein powder options for people with diabetes to find a great protein powder option to use in your cookies.

Storing and Freezing Tips

These cookies are best stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.  They can easily be made ahead and stored in the freezer until they are ready to be used.

It is not recommended to store the cookies at room temperature.

Four Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

These are the easiest diabetes-friendly peanut butter cookies – no baking required!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Hardening time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 205 kcal


  • 1 11 oz bag butterscotch baking chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup unsalted or lightly salted peanuts


  • Melt the butterscotch chips in a large, microwavable bowl or on the stove.
  • Combine the peanut butter with the melted butterscotch chips and mix well.
  • Stir in the protein powder.
  • Stir in the peanuts.
  • Place dollops of the "batter" on a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet and freeze for 20 minutes to harden. Enjoy!


One cookie contains 205 calories, 13 grams of carbs, 14 grams of fat, 5 grams of protein, and 41 mg sodium.
Keyword diabetes-friendly, Easy, High protein, Less than 30 minutes, Quick

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