Peanut Butter Cookies

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If there is a Hall of Fame for cookies, peanut butter cookies hold a place of honor, along with chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin. They also happen to be my mother’s favorite cookie, the one cookie she requests when I’m in a cookie making mood. 

The cookies are easy to make! The one gotcha is that in order to hold their cross hatch shape, it helps to chill the dough for several hours before baking.

Updated from the recipe archive. First posted in 2005.

Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

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  • Prep time: 30 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Dough Chilling time: 3 hours
  • Yield: Makes about 2 dozen cookies

You can use either smooth or crunchy peanut butter for this recipe. Smooth peanut butter will give you a smoother consistency. Crunchy will give you some bits of peanuts throughout the cookie.

You can chill the dough for less time than the 3 hours the recipe calls for, but it does help the cookies to keep their shape if the dough is completely chilled, which it should be by the 3 hour mark.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick, 4 ounces), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Method

1 Beat the butter until creamy, 2 minutes. Add the sugars, beat for 2 more minutes. Mix in the peanut butter and the egg. Vigorously whisk together the dry ingredients— the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt—in a separate bowl. Stir the dry ingredients into the sugar butter mixture.

2 Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate at least 3 hours.

3 Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Shape the dough into 1 1/4 inch balls. Place the balls of dough about 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten in crisscross pattern with a fork.

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4 Bake until light brown, about 9 to 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and let cool in their baking sheets for a minute. After a minute, transfer the cookies to a rack to cool completely.

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For chewier cookies, bake at 300°F (150°C) for 15 minutes.

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  • Benny B

    The BEST peanut butter cookies ever in the whole wide world!!!!!!!!!

  • Dani

    These may be the best cookies ever. I will absolutely make these again and again

  • Chello

    Seriously the best peanut butter cookie recipe out here! I tried a different recipe and was so disappointed my cookies came out doughy and almost bread like, but these came out perfectly! This recipe is an absolute winner

  • Joe ammiano

    I love peanut butter cookies but my son has a peanut allergy so we are a peanut free house. So I switched the peanut butter for Sunbutter and you can’t tell the difference. Still tastes great and I get my favorite cookie. So if your like me and have a child with a nut allergy it’s a great alternative to a classic.

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