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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

5 from 8 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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Valentina Ablaev

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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  • 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.

    Reply

    • 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?

    Reply

    • 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.

          Reply

  • 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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