4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe – probably the easiest, simplest and quickest way to crisp-on-the-outside, chewy-in-the-middle peanut butter cookies. And yes, Snickers are gluten-free here in the UK!
4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe, anyone? You won’t believe how quick you can throw these together, or just how good they’d taste – you’d never know they were even gf! Best of all, they only take 20 minutes to make from start to finish.
When I started baking, I was a bit of a purist – everything had to be done the traditional way. After all, I was trying to recreate all the foods I missed, so I wanted them to be as identical as possible!
But after 7 years of blogging and recipe creation, I’ve realised that shortcuts are awesome. Not only do they save you time, but a ‘shortcut’ doesn’t necessarily mean any compromise on the finished taste.
And once I realised that, a whole new world of quick-fire baking opened up to me. There are so many awesome recipes you can create using just 4 simple ingredients – just like this one!
Best of all – you absolutely cannot tell that these are any different to any other cookies. Apart from the fact they have an awesome peanut butter flavour and TONS of Snickers bar chunks in them, of course.
Why make my 4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe?
- It only takes 20 minutes from start to finish. Simply mix up your 4 ingredients in a bowl, roll into balls and bake. That’s it!
- No xanthan gum required.
- These need a third of the ingredients you’d need to make ‘proper’ cookies.
- They taste AMAZING – just like my ‘proper’ cookies, but take a third of the time to make.
- You’d never know they’re gluten-free by tasting them AT ALL. Everyone will love these!
- You probably have nearly all the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe already – just go grab some Snickers bars.
But what do they taste like? For starters, you would NEVER know these were gluten-free.
They’re crisp, but with a chewy, cookie-dough like middle that’s packed with peanut butter flavour and chocolate chunks, if you decide to add those.
Then, you hit one of those Snickers chunks and… wow. After being baked, they’re melty, gooey, chewy and absolutely divine!
So I’m sure you’re wondering by now… what are those magical 4 ingredients? Here’s everything you’ll need for my 4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe. Keep scrolling until you see the recipe card below if you’re looking for the method ??
4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe: Ingredients
- peanut butter
- light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- chocolate chips (totally optional!)
- Snickers bars
So I thought I’d kick things off with a little frequently asked questions section – if you just want the recipe, then keep scrolling.
But I’ve thrown in some tips here that will be really helpful if this is your first time baking this, or you want to adapt it. So here they are!
4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe: Frequently asked questions
Can I make this recipe gluten free? Is it suitable for Coeliacs?
It is gluten free, though nobody would know just by tasting it – trust me!
Bear in mind that minimising cross-contamination is hugely important if you’re Coeliac or making this for someone who is. Here’s some tips from Coeliac UK on minimising the risk of cross contamination:
Also, make sure that all ingredients used don’t have any gluten-containing ingredients. Then make that that they also don’t have a ‘may contain’ warning for gluten, wheat, rye, barley, oats (which aren’t gf), spelt and khorasan wheat (aka Kamut).
Here’s some more info from Coeliac UK on identifying safe gluten free products.
Can I make your 4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe dairy free?
Sadly, because Snickers contain dairy, this recipe can’t easily be made dairy-free, as is.
Of course, if you wanted to omit the Snickers for more dairy-free chocolate chips, you’d end up with choc chip peanut butter cookies. So feel free to do so!
Can I make your 4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe vegan?
Well – not using Snickers. But if you use dairy-free chocolate chips instead of Snickers, then all you’ve got left to contend with is one egg.
Here’s a few ideas you can use as egg replacements, so each of these = 1 egg.
- 3 tablespoons of aquafaba – water from a can of chickpeas. Keep the chickpeas for a future dinner!
- 1 tbsp of ground flaxseed and 3 tbsp of water
- Egg replacement powder – I’d recommend using Orgran as it’s gluten free.
- 1 tablespoon of chia/flax seeds mixed with 2 tablespoons of water and left for 10 minutes in the fridge.
- 3 tablespoons of applesauce.
I haven’t tested all of these egg alternatives so let me know how you get on in the comments below ??
Can I make this recipe low FODMAP?
Snickers contain lactose which isn’t low FODMAP.
But if you use use dairy-free chocolate chips instead of Snickers then one cookie will be lactose-free and low FODMAP.
That would make this recipe suitable for the elimination phase of the diet.
Is your 4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe nut free?
Sadly not as Snickers contain nuts.
Are Snickers bars gluten free?
Yes! At the time of writing, in the UK, Snickers have no gluten-containing ingredients and no ‘may contain’ gluten, wheat etc. allergy warning. Here’s a link to them so you can check for yourself.
According to Coeliac UK, if a product has no gluten-containing ingredients and no ‘may contain’ warning for gluten, wheat etc. then that makes it safe for Coeliacs and those on a gluten-free diet.
Which peanut butter should I use?
You can use either smooth or crunchy! But FYI – I used the cheaper kind of peanut butter to make these, NOT the more expensive natural nut butters.
You’re more than welcome to give the more natural nut butters a try, but I can’t guarantee how they’ll turn out as I’ve never tried them.
Can I make your 4-ingredient Snickers cookies in a food processor or standing mixer?
You’re more than welcome to use either to initially bring the dough together. I personally prefer to use an electric hand whisk for this part – here’s a link to the electric whisk I use.
For me, a stand mixer or electric whisk would be my first choice. I find that a food processor is better suited to mixing up wetter mixtures (like cake batter) and that’s about it.
Just make sure that you fold in your Snickers or chocolate chips by hand.
Can I make your 4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe by hand?
You can of course, bake this without any assistance from any appliance – just a good ol’ fashioned silicone spatula will do.
Just make sure you give it a lot of welly, otherwise your mixture won’t be consistent and might not bake properly.
Do I need any special equipment to bake your 4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe?
Nope – all you’ll need is a large baking tray and some non-stick baking paper.
Does this recipe need xanthan gum?
You’ll see xanthan gum in a lot of my recipes as it’s an essential ingredient in gluten free baking. But not with this one, it’s not required!
Do I need weighing scales to bake your 4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe?
In short… yes, yes and yes! And I wouldn’t advise attempting any of my recipes without them.
A lot of work went into fine tuning ratios and quantities and for me, baking is all about consistency and precision. I want you to make this recipe and for it to turn out EXACTLY like mine did.
I’d recommending using digital cooking scales like these so you know you’re getting an accurate measurement and replicating my recipe as accurately as poss.
Can I bake your 4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe with less sugar / without sugar?
The fewer the ingredients, the more important the sugar comes. Without sugar, you’ll just end up with baked peanut butter, which I’m not sure if that’s even a thing!
How long can I keep your 4-ingredient Snickers cookies for?
I’ve kept these for 3-5 days in an air-tight container with no problems.
Can I freeze your 4-ingredient Snickers cookies?
Of course! I’ve frozen them for up to 2-3 months no problem. Make sure you slice them up before freezing, then, you can easily defrost a few slices at a time instead of the entire thing.
When you want to enjoy one, each slice should take around 3 hours to defrost at room temperature.
How can I tell when my 4-ingredient Snickers cookies are done?
They should be nice and crisp on the outside with a slightly cracked surface.
Bear in mind they’ll be really soft until they’ve fully cooled, so don’t poke them to check if they’re done – it’s not much help with cookies!
Needless to say, if they’re hard and crunchy once cooled, not crisp and chewy in the middle, then they’re probably over-baked.
Can I eat the cookie dough?
Well, I suppose the sensible answer is that they contain egg and eating raw egg isn’t the most advisable thing in the world…
So, the official answer is no, don’t eat the cookie dough!
Can I print your 4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe?
Yes! Just hit the print button located on the recipe below ?? (otherwise you might end up printing this entire post which would probably make your printer go into early retirement)
4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe: Method
Oh and here’s a printable version of my 4-ingredient Snickers cookies recipe. Please remember to give it 5 stars if you tried it and enjoyed it as it helps people know it’s worth trying too! ⭐️ Feel free to leave your written reviews in the comments below this post.
4-Ingredient Snickers Cookies Recipe - SUPER EASY METHOD! (gluten-free)
- 250 g peanut butter
- 200 g light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 50 g chocolate chips totally optional!
- 2-3 snickers bars
- Preheat your oven to 160C Fan / 180C and prepare a baking tray with some non stick baking paper.
- Place your peanut butter in a bowl (ensure its fairly loose and easy to mix - give it a good stir if necessary).
- Add your light brown sugar and egg. Mix together until smooth - I use an electric hand mixer for this.
- Optionally you can add some chocolate chips and stir those in.
- Then chop up a couple of snickers bars and stir those in, so evenly dispersed.
- Roll your dough into small balls and place spaced out onto your large baking tray (I don't put more than 6 at a time on a large tray).
- Press each ball of cookie dough down gently with your fingers and place a chunk of snickers on the top of each.
- Place into the oven for about 10-12 minutes until spread to a lovely cookie shape 🙂
- Allow to cool, enjoy!
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