Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter Cookies are delicious classic cookies! This easy Peanut Butter Cookie recipe is rich with peanut butter, so soft and chewy, and such a favorite treat!

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Peanut butter cookies and a cold glass of milk are a perfect little treat in the afternoons when you just want a little something sweet.

My Peanut Butter Cookies have always been one of my husband’s favorite cookies, so when I start pulling out all of my ingredients to make them, his eyes get just a little bit wider as I tell him I am making his cookies. I think I may surely earn a few brownie points.

And one thing that I absolutely need more of is brownie points.

Recently, we’ve been cleaning out closets and tidying up areas around the house. Bart and Sam seem to work at filling up those bins much faster than I do. I start taking trips down memory lane as I see certain things, then think of other projects I want to start, so many projects and distractions from the task at hand. So in a bit, it seems that they’ve gotten much more cleaning accomplished than I have. By that time, my family is exasperated with me and I’m in need of earning some brownie points with them both.

And so, like so many times when I want extra brownie points with my guys, I bake cookies.  These Peanut Butter Cookies never are the BEST!

Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe - Peanut Butter Cookies are delicious classic cookies! This easy Peanut Butter Cookie recipe is rich with peanut butter, so soft and chewy, and such a favorite treat! // addapinch.com

Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

These Peanut Butter Cookies are so delicious, so rich with peanut butter and make the perfect treat! Here’s how you make them.

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

You’ll begin by creaming together softened butter, peanut butter, sugars, and vanilla. Then add in the eggs one at time, being sure to fully combine each.

Next, you will whisk together all the dry ingredients and cream with the peanut butter mixture until just combined. Make sure you are careful to not over mix.

Then scoop the dough and roll into a ball.  You’ll then roll each ball in sugar and place on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart as the cookies will spread. Then dip the tines of the fork into sugar and press into the top of each cookie to form a criss-cross pattern. Bake as directed in the preheated oven. Once your cookies are done, remove them from the oven and allow to site for about 2 minutes to cool before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.

Note:
I prefer to use either creamy or chunky peanut butter, but natural or lower-fat peanut butters also work. Just make sure well-combined when incorporating into the cookie dough.

Adjust baking time based on your oven. I bake these cookies for 10 minutes and allow to cool for about 2 minutes for the perfect cookie.

Optional Peanut Butter Cookie Add-Ins

You can easily add any add-ins you’d like to these peanut butter cookies!

Here are a few favorites:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Chopped Salted Peanuts
  • Peanut Butter Chips
  • M&M’s Candies
  • Toffee Bits
    ….and so many more!

But honestly, you really need to try these cookies just right by themselves at least once. They are absolutely the BEST peanut butter cookies I’ve ever eaten. Hands down!

Make-Ahead Peanut Butter Cookies

For an easy make ahead peanut butter cookie recipe, prepare your cookie dough, through rolling in the sugar, and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Place into the freezer and freeze for 30 minutes. Transfer your cookies to a freezer-safe zip top bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

When ready to serve, simply remove from the freezer-safe bag and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake as directed, adding about 3 minutes to the baking time.

Here’s my recipe for my Peanut Butter Cookies. I hope you love them as much as we do!

Yield: 24
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Dessert
Keyword best peanut butter cookie, easy peanut butter cookie, peanut butter cookie, peanut butter cookie recipe, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter cookies recipe

Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Total Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Peanut Butter Cookies are delicious classic cookies! This easy Peanut Butter Cookie recipe is rich with peanut butter, so soft and chewy, and such a favorite treat!

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Ingredients

  • 2 sticks butter softened
  • 2 cups peanut butter creamy or chunky
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar for rolling

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Cream together butter, peanut butter, sugars, and vanilla. Add in eggs one at time, being sure to fully combine each.
  3. Whisk together all dry ingredients and cream with peanut butter mixture until just combined. Be careful to not over mix.
  4. Scoop dough and roll into a ball and then roll in sugar and place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart as the cookies will spread.
  5. Dip tines of the fork into sugar and then press into the top of the cookie to form a criss-cross pattern.
  6. Place in preheated oven and bake between 10 - 15 minutes, depending on your oven.
  7. Remove from oven and allow to sit for about 2 minutes to cool before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

I prefer to use either creamy or chunky peanut butter, but natural or lower-fat peanut butters also work. Just make sure well-combined when incorporating into the cookie dough.
Adjust baking time based on your oven. I bake these cookies for 10 minutes and allow to cool for about 2 minutes for the perfect cookie.

Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 201mg 8%
Potassium 179mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 23g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 0.4%
Calcium 2.4%
Iron 6.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

 

I think you need to make a batch of these peanut butter cookies soon! I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does!

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

 

Originally published February 22, 2012.

34 comments on “Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe”

  1. Oh, Robyn. I was so hoping that you would share this recipe after I saw that Instagram picture yesterday. They look amazing. I should not be reading this before breakfast because I could totally go make these instead of something healthy. Wait…I will start with healthy and then make them for an afternoon snack. That sounds like a much better plan. 🙂

  2. Peanut Butter cookies are perfect 🙂 Exact amount of sweetness – just a tad bit salty…. yummm I’m craving one, right about now!!

  3. One of my favorite all time cookies. So classic, so yummy!

  4. My son was just telling me that he’s decided to deem Peanut Butter Cookies as his all-time favorite cookie. However, I hardly ever make them! You post has inspired me to get cracking.

  5. Yum! Definitely hard to pass up. Yours look perfect!

  6. Robyn, I ADORE peanut butter cookies. We are making these this afternoon!

  7. Robyn, just made these. So so so yum! I crushed some maldon sea salt flakes cause wasn’t sure if the big flakes would disperse enough. Do you use fine or coarse sea salt when you make?

  8. Hi Robyn,
    Love your website! Love the chocolate cake, wanna try these cookies and I’m from Australia could you please tell me how many grams are in a stick of butter? 250grams? Thank you…keep the treats coming!

  9. Hi Robyn! I love these cookies but since we moved out of the country, they don’t have butter, peanut butter and baking soda , brown sugar , also sea salt…., They have peanut butter here but it’s very liquidy ; it’s not chunky or a mostly like creamy, so will the peanut butter work??? Thanks!!!

  10. Hello Robyn! I have a few question about these FANTASTIC cookies!!!
    1.) I have peanut butter but its runny. And will that work for this cookie???
    2.) I have baking powder but not baking soda??? Do I have to have to use baking soda?
    3.) Do I have to use brown sugar because ??? ( I don’t have brown sugar, I have regular white sugar ).
    4.) I was wondering; do I have to use sea salt??? Can I just use regular salt instead???

    ******Thank you for everything Robyn!!! I hope you reply back soon because I really want to make these cookies as soon as possible by the way.:)

    • Hi Grace,
      I hope you are doing well. I hope you do make these cookies! They are fabulous and you don’t want to miss them!

      1. I would make sure to use fresh peanut butter. Sometimes, if it is a natural peanut butter, it looks runny but when you stir it then it combines again. While I’ve not tried it, I wouldn’t recommend natural peanut butter for this recipe. I use Jif Creamy Peanut Butter.

      2. I would use baking soda in this recipe. While baking powder and baking soda both perform similar functions, baking powder does have additional ingredients that aren’t really needed in this recipe.

      3. While granulated sugar may work just fine in a cookie recipe, you won’t have the same result in the final taste or texture of these peanut butter cookies that you will if you use brown sugar. I would use brown sugar for the optimal result in these peanut butter cookies.

      4. Sure, you can use regular salt. You may need to increase the amount of salt you use if you use regular salt. It should work just fine in these cookies.

      Good luck and let me know how they turn out for you!

  11. Hi Robyn! Thank you for replying back! I really want to make these cookies so bad, but since I have moved out of the country; they don’t have like creamy or chunky peanut butter or brown sugar and probably baking soda. But when I go to these stores/markets, I will try to check because I really these cookies!!! But, I am really looking forward to these cookies!!!;)

    Thank You

  12. Cookies are my favorite sweets to eat. These sound very good. You know I’m pinning it!

  13. Anything additional needed for high altitude?

  14. Hi Robyn

    These cookies look good, what size cookie scoop did you use in this recipe, they look really big.

  15. Hi Robyn

    These cookies must have a big peanut butter flavor to them, this is the first recipe I’ve ever seen that uses 2 cups of peanut butter.

  16. I’m going to make these cookies and fill them with your no churn vanilla ice cream that I just made! Love your blog Robyn

  17. I would love a cookies and milk snack right now 🙂

  18. The ones that trned out were great after they cooled bt the others crumbled. I tried to use my new NuWave infared oven that I got for my birthday last month for a few and don’t reccommend that at all. I am a work in progress. I took pictures but I dont know how to get them on here.

  19. Oh, and I used gluten free flour that is supposed to b 1:1 ratio as the one who eats these most is allergic. Maybe that is the problem???

  20. Hi Robyn, these cookies look awesome! After trying your chocolate cake and loving it… i’m interested in trying your other recipes. Just wanted to know if these are chewy or crumbly peanut butter cookies? Thanks again!

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  23. Can you use selfrising flour in these cookies? They look delicious, especially with all that peanut butter.

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  26. My grandson loves these peanut butter cookies. How would you package them to be shipped by mail?

    • How sweet of you to mail these cookies to your grandson! I’m sure he will appreciate getting these in the mail from you, Margaret!
      A friend of mine, Bridget at Bake at 350, has directions for packaging and shipping cookies.
      Thanks so much! xo

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