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Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

This EASY recipe for homemade Peanut Butter Cookies will win you over. The cookies are soft and packed with peanut butter flavor.

Peanut butter cookies stacked with milk in glass cups.

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Classic Peanut Butter Cookies:

This is an easy peanut butter cookie recipe anyone can bake, and so fun to make with kids. They are as classic as Sugar Cookies and Chocolate Chip Cookies. The cookies are irresistibly soft and chewy with just the right amount of peanut butter so they aren’t overly sweet.

You’ll love these cookies, they are:

  • So EASY to make
  • Use staple kitchen ingredients
  • Can be made ahead
  • Freezer friendly cookie recipe
  • Easy to double the recipe

Peanut Butter Cookies stacked on a platter.

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies:

  1. Dry ingredients: In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients; the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sifted flour (measure the flour before sifting).
  2. Wet ingredients: In a separate bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add the peanut butter and egg and mix until combined.
  3. Cookie batter: Add the dry ingredients to the peanut butter mixture.
  4. Shape cookies: Form twenty-four 1″ balls. Flatten the cookies in a crisscross pattern using a fork.
  5. Bake 8-9 minutes at 350˚F for soft cookies, just until cookies start to turn golden at the base. Bake 10-11 for firm cookies. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Step by step collage how to make homeamde peanute butter cookies.

Peanut Butter Cookie Variations

This is a recipe for classic peanut butter cookies. However, here are some great ideas for addons:

  • Sugar: Roll cookie dough balls in coarse sugar before pressing and shaping with a fork.
  • Hershey’s kiss: Shape the cookie into a thicker shape (without pressing with a fork) and bake. As soon as the cookie comes out of the oven, press in a Hershey’s kiss into the center.
  • Peanut: You can substitute regular peanut for crunchy if you want nuts in your cookies.

How Long do Peanut Butter Cookies Keep?

You’ll want to enjoy the cookies within two days of baking for the best results. Once they are cooled to room temperature, transfer the cookies to an airtight container and it will help to keep cookies soft.

Step by step collage how to make and shape peanut butter cookies.

Can Peanut Butter Cookies be Frozen?

You can freeze the cookies before and after they are baked. Freezer-friendly cookies like Baklava and these peanut butter cookies are perfect for a make-ahead holiday cookie platter.

  • Cookie dough: Freeze shaped cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  • Baked cookies: Once the cookies cool, transfer to a freezer bag or airtight container and freeze up to three months. Leave cookies out at room temperature to thaw and enjoy. Repeat in the microwave for a few seconds for warm cookies.

Make-Ahead Option:

This peanut butter cookie dough can be made up to three days in advance and refrigerated. Just shape and bake to enjoy.

Cookies stacked with a glass of milk on the side.

I hope these soft peanut butter cookies become a new favorite that you are and your kids will enjoy and make over and over again.

More Cookie Recipes to try:

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

4.91 from 22 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Soft peanut butter cookies stacked

The easiest recipe for homemade peanut butter cookies. Soft and irresistibly delicious cookies with peanut butter flavor.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4-$6
Keyword: peanut butter cookies
Cuisine: American
Course: Dessert
Calories: 137 kcal
Servings: 24 cookies

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. With an electric hand mixer, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Add the peanut butter and egg and mix until combined.

  3. In a separate bowl, add baking powder, baking soda, salt, and flour (sift flour once measured). Add to the peanut butter mixture, mix until combined.

  4. Form dough into 1" balls. Place the balls about 3-inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Flatten in a crisscross pattern using a fork.

  5. Bake 8-9 minutes until cookies just start to turn golden at the base. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool 5 minutes then transfer on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 137 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 88mg4%
Potassium 76mg2%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 128IU3%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Lori
    April 9, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    I love your recipes. My question is I didn’t use unsalted butter I used Crisco butter and my cookies were crumblely.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 9, 2021

      Hi Lori, I recommend making the recipe as written without substitutions, which this may have caused the texture issue.

      Reply

  • Nancy
    April 9, 2021

    Has anyone tried making these using Gluten Free All Purpose Flour?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 9, 2021

      Hi Nancy, I haven’t tried that, and I searched through the comments section and couldn’t find anyone trying a substitution. If any of our awesome readers have tried this, please share in the comments section.

      Reply

  • Evelyn Pearson-Ray
    March 28, 2021

    Great recipe! After reading the reviews I added some chocolate chips to half of the batter. Since I used salted butter I used less salt. I made did for my 23 year granddaughter. Her response was a yum yum dance!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 29, 2021

      Nice, I’m glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for sharing that with us, Evelyn!

      Reply

  • Anastasia DeLuca
    March 25, 2021

    My family can’t live through the week without your peanut butter cookies!!!! We make them every week!!!! LOVE them absolutely and forever. Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that, Anastasia!

      Reply

  • Lauren
    March 22, 2021

    Added about 4 oz of chocolate chips and 1 tsp of vanilla – delicious! Will make again!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 22, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me; I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Terry Brady
    March 18, 2021

    Hello
    My grandson is coming over this weekend and I decided to make pb cookies. Google the recipe and decided to try yours. Easy to make, all ingredients in the pantry. Came out delish and beautiful. Thank you. Five Stars!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 18, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Janet
    March 12, 2021

    I just made these for the PB lover in my life! I subbed in 1/3 cup whole wheat flour & added some chocolate chips just because. Very good flavour! Next batch I will add 1 cup PB. I baked some longer for a crispier cookie which also taste great!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 12, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Deb
    March 6, 2021

    I have tried many peanut butter cookie recipes. This one is definitely the best! I’m a big foodie, find all your recipes great! So glad I found you!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 6, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Elliot
    February 27, 2021

    It was a little salty but to be far I put to much salt.please put how much to add for the ingredients .
    I had fun making this recipe.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 1, 2021

      Hi Elliot, just use ¼ tsp salt and make sure that you will be using unsalted butter

      Reply

  • Rose
    February 27, 2021

    I made the chocolate chip cookies a few days ago, they were delicious. I just finished making dough for the peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies to bake and bless my nephew/godson tomorrow. Thank you for your recipes, I enjoy your videos you are a delight to watch.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 27, 2021

      You’re welcome, Rose! I’m so glad you’re enjoying our recipes.

      Reply

  • Anna
    February 13, 2021

    Do you I could stick some chocolate bits inside the cookie before baking , for a filling ? Or will it ruin the bake of the cookie ?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 13, 2021

      Hi Anna, I haven’t tried this with chocolate bits, but I imagine that may work. One of our readers mentioned adding chocolate chips successfully.

      Reply

  • London
    February 13, 2021

    LOVE this cookie it so good and its easy to make

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 13, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Kim Wilson
    February 4, 2021

    By far, the best peanut butter cookie I have ever tasted. I added a little vanilla extract to my batter (scant tsp.) and it worked well. Thank for sharing your recipe.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 5, 2021

      That’s so awesome, Kim. You are very welcome! Thanks for giving this recipe an awesome feedback.

      Reply

  • Daniella
    January 30, 2021

    This is a HUGE hit with my boyfriend and his kids. They are PB freaks!! They were fighting over them LOL

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 30, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Daniella!

      Reply

  • Nancy S
    January 25, 2021

    This is sooooo good ……!!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 25, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that, Nancy!

      Reply

  • Jean
    January 15, 2021

    OMG! These cookies were delicious!! Crunchy on the edges and soft in the middle and just sweet enough!! Yummmm!!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 15, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for that wonderful review, Jean!

      Reply

  • Kelly Pelicaric
    December 19, 2020

    Not sure why I never tried to make homemade pb cookies, but this recipe was so easy and sooooo good!!! I haven’t tried a recipe off your blog that we haven’t liked!!!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 19, 2020

      Awww that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m all smiles

      Reply

  • Jessica McDrenin
    December 17, 2020

    These turned out very well but the peanut butter needs to be measured with a 1/3 cup but it is listed before the flour which also needs to be measured with a 1/3 cup, and it would have been a pain to wash peanut butter out of my measuring cup… other than that easy recipe, normal ingredients, good cookies overall

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 17, 2020

      Thanks for your feedback and input, Jessica. We appreciate it and I’m glad you liked these cookies.

      Reply

    • Janet
      March 12, 2021

      Hi Jessica, No matter what I’m baking, I prep my bowl of ‘flour and/or dry ingredients’ ready to whisk 1st; then I measure out any sugars which usually are combined with fats and/or eggs with a hand or stand mixer; then I measure any wet ingredients like milks, sour cream, PB or cream cheese and put those in separate small bowls ready to add-in at various steps or the end of a recipe. Hope this tip helps!

      Reply

  • Zoie Penick
    December 16, 2020

    Hi Natasha! My sister and I made your peanut butter cookies today. They were good! My family loved them so much! We’ve been using a lot of recipes by you. We know your recipes are good. Thank you again for sharing this recipe 🙂

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 16, 2020

      Hello Zoie, that is wonderful! I’m happy to know that your family enjoyed these peanut butter cookies.

      Reply

  • Dan
    December 10, 2020

    I’m not a baker by any means, but I thought I would help my wife out this year and tried my hand at making these cookies. I couldn’t believe how easy it was and the cookies came out great. My wife even liked them better than the ones she normally makes. Thank you so much.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 10, 2020

      Great job and that is so sweet of you! I hope that you will both love every recipe that you will try.

      Reply

  • Lydia
    December 7, 2020

    I just made peanut butter cookies last weekend. They are so easy to make and super delicious! Definitely a must-have dessert for the holidays. I will make them again for Christmas. Thank you Natasha! 🙂

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 7, 2020

      You’re welcome, Lydia!

      Reply

  • ani
    December 7, 2020

    this is super awesome

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 7, 2020

      Thank you! I hope you try this recipe soon!

      Reply

  • Norma
    December 3, 2020

    I made these peanut butter cookies today and they came out delicious. Thank you for the receipt.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 4, 2020

      You’re most welcome, Norma. I’m glad you enjoyed these cookies!

      Reply

  • Meg
    December 2, 2020

    Any high elevation edits you’d suggest?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 2, 2020

      Hello Meg, I haven’t tried that yet to advise but these tips can help.

      Reply

  • Simone
    November 30, 2020

    Hi Natasha,
    Can I replace the brown sugar with white granulated sugar? I don’t have brown sugar on hand.

    Thank you.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 30, 2020

      I haven’t tried using just white granulated sugar to advise how it would work.

      Reply

    • Jeannie
      December 20, 2020

      Molasses and white sugar make brown sugar just mix some up

      Reply

  • Daisy
    November 17, 2020

    Unfortunately these were not good for me. They were soft, but also dry tasting. Also you can taste the texture of the sugar. I did use and electric mixer too. I feel like I’ve had better peanut butter cookies in the past.

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    • Natasha
      November 17, 2020

      Hi Daisy, did you make any substitutions or changes or possibly reduce the butter or peanut butter? Also, over-baking can cause them to seem dry.

      Reply

    • Janna Andrews
      January 12, 2021

      If you tasted the texture of the sugar, mix longer when creaming the butter and sugar. Undermixed butter & sugar makes a difference in the outcome, it absorbs the flower differently, unevenly, making then soft & dry. Perhap try again with that in mind. Good luck. Natasha, these cookies were amazing! Replacing my old recipe with this one. Thank you!

      Reply

  • Kate
    November 11, 2020

    Hi. I tried this recipe 2x (yesterday & today) and can’t get the cookie to be chewy. If anything it’s super soft and crumbly. I thought I’d measured my flour wrong, so on my 2nd time, I spoon feed my measuring cup (after I loosened the flour 1st). But the 2nd try is still crumbly, very soft. Plz help/advise. It’s no where near chewy.

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    • November 13, 2020

      Kate, I’d love to troubleshoot. What kind of peanut butter did you use? Also, could you be overbaking the cookies?

      Reply

      • India
        November 16, 2020

        I just made these cookies and they our soft and delicious. Thank you

        Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          November 16, 2020

          That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

          Reply

  • Jules
    November 3, 2020

    Hello, I do not have a stand or electric mixer. Will the end result be different if I mix it by hand with a rubber spatula? If the answer is no, please describe the technique. I appreciate your expertise.

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    • Natasha
      November 3, 2020

      Hi Jules, that should work fine. An electric mixer just makes it a little faster but it can always be done by hand.

      Reply

  • Kristie Vang
    October 29, 2020

    I made these soft and they are absolutely delicious the next day when they been cooled. I added chocolate chips to my batch and they are so good. Thank you for sharing. The recipe was simple and easy!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 29, 2020

      Isn’t it the best! One of our favorite recipes! I’m glad you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Whitney
    October 25, 2020

    Perfect!! Love these!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 25, 2020

      So great to hear that, Whitney! Thanks for trying this recipe.

      Reply

  • Tanya
    October 21, 2020

    I have just started baking and these cookies turned out delicious! Thank you for a simple and easy recipe!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 21, 2020

      You’re welcome, Tanya! I’m so glad you enjoyed this!

      Reply

  • Elvi
    October 21, 2020

    Made these today and used chunky peanut butter! It was a hit! I love biting into pieces of peanuts in the cookie. Thank you Natasha! I have tried many of your recipes and it always comes out great!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 21, 2020

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Corinne
    October 20, 2020

    HI Natasha,
    Can one use Xylitol for the Peanut Butter Cookies instead of sugar?

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 20, 2020

      Hello Corinne, I haven’t really tried that yet to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes as I’m sure a lot here would like to know as well.

      Reply

  • Antonina Troia
    October 17, 2020

    Can you use salted butter.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 18, 2020

      Hello Antonina, yes you may use salted butter just omit the salt in the recipe.

      Reply

  • Sandy
    October 17, 2020

    Would it work to use cashew butter instead of peanut butter?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 18, 2020

      Hello Sandy, I honestly haven’t tried that yet to advise. If you do an experiment, please share with us how it goes.

      Reply

  • Juana Dsilva
    October 16, 2020

    hey natasha,
    are these cookies going to spread or do i flatten these a lot.

    Reply

    • October 16, 2020

      You do want to flatten them to about the desired thickness, Juana. They don’t spread too much.

      Reply

      • Juana
        October 17, 2020

        Thankyou soo much for writing back Valentina…

        Juana

        Reply

  • Irene
    October 15, 2020

    I am so weird when it comes to some foods. I love to eat bananas, but can’t stand banana bread or banana pudding. I love peanut butter sandwiches, but nothing flavored with peanut butter like a cookie (except maybe Reese’s). Does anyone else have this idiosyncrasy?

    BTW I now have a link to Natasha’s Kitchen on my home page. Love almost all of your recipes.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      October 15, 2020

      Hi Irene, I’m so glad you enjoy our recipes! Let me know if you have a favorite yet!

      Reply

  • Holden
    October 14, 2020

    This is similar to other recipes I’ve tried, but adds more peanut butter — always a good thing. Alas, I’m doing something wrong…I always end up with a bowlful of crumbly bits, not any sort of ‘batter.’ I then have to form a handful of crumbs into a hand-squeezed ball whose form recrumbles at fork’s first sight.

    I’m using my Kitchenaid mixer…why won’t my dry ingredients blend in? Thanks for your help!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 14, 2020

      Hi Holden, I’m curious if the dry ingredients are the culprit here. I would highly recommend reading through our post on measuring to be sure you are measuring correctly.

      Reply

      • Holden
        October 14, 2020

        I think I’m measuring correctly, Natasha…I’m questioning whether there’s a flaw in my creaming technique…I always took “creaming” to mean, whip room temp butter like mad for a couple minutes, then gradually add sugar, resume whipping like mad, slowing only to incorporatethe peanut butter, the egg and vanilla then gradually adding the flour, baking powder, soda, salt and salt.

        I’m assuming 1 1/3 cup flour is about 1 1/2 cups of sifted flour, yes? I end up with some really dense batter never blending with the majority of what’s in the bowl, the crumbly little balls.

        Am I not creaming properly?

        Thank

        Reply

        • October 16, 2020

          Holden, I apologize for the confusion, I fixed the recipe card. You’ll want to measure out the flour, then sift it.

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      • Aurea Camacho
        November 6, 2020

        I think it would have created less confusion if you said sift dry ingredients together. Correct me if I’m wrong.

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  • Malak
    October 13, 2020

    Hi natasha I saw in facebook that someone maked the same fudgy brownies I just want to say for you.😄😄😄

    Reply

  • Sharareh
    October 13, 2020

    Hello Natasha
    I love all your recipes, but I cannot make them because I am gluten intolerant. Please add some gluten free (GF) bread, cake and food recipes.
    Thank you

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 14, 2020

      Thanks for your suggestion. Others also use gluten-free substitute ingredients to make some of my recipes gluten-free.

      Reply

  • Pam Dana
    October 13, 2020

    These tasted just like the cookies I grew up eating! Delicious!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 13, 2020

      Awesome! Thank you for your great feedback, Pam.

      Reply

  • Beth
    October 13, 2020

    Yummy! These look so delicious and easy! I can’t wait to make these! My family is going to love them!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 13, 2020

      That’s just awesome Beth! Thank you for sharing that great review with me!

      Reply

  • Melissa
    October 13, 2020

    My favorite cookie! Great recipe easy to make so very delicious!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 13, 2020

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing that with me!

      Reply

  • Stephanie
    October 13, 2020

    Absolutely amazing! Excellent flavor and the texture was perfect!

    Reply

    • Natasha
      October 13, 2020

      Hi Stephanie, I’m so happy to hear you loved the peanut butter cookie recipe!

      Reply

  • malak
    October 13, 2020

    looks nice i want to try every recipe you do i love you so much thank you for helping and listening

    Reply

    • Natasha
      October 13, 2020

      Hi Malak, you are so welcome. I hope you love these peanut butter cookies and every recipe you try.

      Reply

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