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Peanut Butter Acorn Cookies

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These fun little peanut butter cookies are SO easy– only 3 ingredients in the cookies (and gluten free!)  Add a pretzel and a little chocolate and you have a fun fall dessert!  Your kids will love helping you make these for your Thanksgiving table!


  • 2 cups of peanut butter
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • pretzel sticks
  • 1/2 bag (6 oz.) of Wilton Dark Candy Cocoa Melts
  • chocolate sprinkles to decorate with


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine peanut butter, sugar and eggs.
  • Using about a tablespoon of cookie dough, roll it into an oblong roll (about the size and shape of a small jalapeno).  The cookies will spread when they cook and make a fun acorn oval once they are baked.
  • Break about 1/2 to 1 inch off of a pretzel rod and gently push it into the top of the cookie roll. (see photo!)

  • Place cookies on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes.
  • Remove from cookie sheet and place on parchment paper to cool.
  • Melt Wilton Candy Melts in the microwave in 30 second increments (stirring between).
  • Dip top of cookie and pretzel  into chocolate (I used a spoon to make an even line across the top), tap cookie on side of bowl to remove excess chocolate and place on parchment paper to cool.
  • Sprinkle with chocolate jimmies before chocolate has hardened.

My thoughts:  I’ve loved this peanut butter cookie recipe for years and wanted to use it to make a fun fall-themed dessert.  It took a little experimenting with the shape of the dough before I got an acorn shaped cookie– my 1st few tries looked more like apples! 🙂  I just love how they turned out, they make me smile and use a favorite recipe– I hope you get a chance to try these this fall!  r-


About Ruthanne

Ruthanne is a scientist with a passion for baking and food photography. Using her kitchen as a lab, she loves experimenting with a variety of flavors and ingredients to create unique, fun and ultimately tasty delights! Thus she created EasyBaked, a website where sugar and chocolate overflow in fun and easy recipes. Her Motto: Money can’t buy happiness -- but it can buy marshmallows, and that’s nearly the same thing!

21 responses »

  1. Awesome! The way you did the stems is very clever — I made an acorn-shaped cookie a while ago, too, but I couldn’t figure out a stem. These look deliciously adorable. 🙂

  2. Angie Staedtler

    So cute and clever, Ruthanne! Love them.

  3. Oh Ruthanne, those are adorable. My hubby LOVES peanut butter cookies, these look perfect for my Thanksgiving Dessert table!!

    • Thanks Shari! Love your blog! Wish I was in Florida right now– I think winter arrived this afternoon— brrrr! I want to try your lemon/chocolate whoopie pies– YUM! Lemon and chocolate!!!! 🙂

  4. These look fantastically fun!

  5. Totally A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E! I’m saving this recipe for the next time I have to cook for some kids, though I also think adults would be equally impressed with this creativity. And so simple, love it!

  6. These were sooo cute, I had to make them for Thanksgiving!!! Mine are not as cute as yours, but they look Ok. They taste delicious and that is the most important thing 🙂

  7. The cookies are awesome!! But I feel like I need to point out that they are not totally gluten-free if you’re using regular pretzels. They need to be gluten-free pretzels if you require a gluten-free cookie.

  8. I just whipped up the cookie dough but wasn’t able to form them into shapes, the dough was way to soft/sticky. I popped them in the fridge for a bit and hoping that does the trick. Can’t wait to try them out!

  9. how many cookies does this recipe make??


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