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These easy Peanut Butter Cookies are soft, chewy, and always turn out delicious! Add a glass of milk for the BEST EVER Peanut Butter Cookies you’ve had!

Peanut Butter Cookies are the best cookies for every type of baker. With minimal prep work and a cooking time of only 9 minutes, these simple cookies are easy to make and tasty crazy good.

With just 9 simple ingredients, these soft and chewy cookies just might be your new favorite treat! If you’re looking for classic peanut butter cookies, don’t miss out on one of my favorite easy cookie recipes!

the best peanut butter cookies

1-Bowl Soft + Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies 

I’m not joking when I say that these might be the best peanut butter cookie recipe I’ve come across. Packed full of simple ingredients that you’ll probably have on hand combined in one bowl to make an old-fashioned cookie.

Every family member in our household craves these soft cookies. Now they’re the only peanut butter cookies that I’ll make because they’re so simple I know I’m going to have to make a second batch! This easy peanut butter cookie recipe has that perfect crumbly edge with that softer cookie center.

Don’t forget to let the kids join in on the baking fun by teaching them all about baking with these easy homemade peanut butter cookies. There is a reason why these are my personal favorite and I think you’re about to find out why!

If you’re a peanut butter lover who loves easy recipes (perfect for kids!), then you’ll also love this top-rated No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites recipe, too!

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INGREDIENTS + VARIATIONS

Creamy Peanut Butter

This is the most important ingredient in this peanut butter dessert! We use creamy but if you wanted to add in some crunch, use crunchy peanut butter instead. You can also use natural peanut butter here, too. Feel free to change up the kind of peanut butter for these PB cookies.

Unsalted Butter

Unsalted butter is a big component of this recipe but if you do only have salted butter, you can use it as well. Just make certain that if you’re using salted butter that you leave out the extra salt ingredient in the recipe. That’s a common mistake that a lot of people make.

Sugar + Brown Sugar 

This cookie recipe uses both white and brown sugar for a really balanced sweetness that turns out perfect with every bite. 

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies are another awesome peanut butter dessert that is chewy and delicious!

peanut butter cookies on cooling rack

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

Just a few simple steps are all you need to make perfect peanut butter cookies. Get ready to love the smell of that peanut butter cookie dough!

making homemade peanut butter cookies

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F 

Step 2

In a large bowl with an electric mixer (a paddle attachment on a stand mixer works best for this recipe), beat peanut butter and butter until smooth.

Step 3

Add both white and brown sugar and beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

Step 4

Add eggs and vanilla and beat on low speed just until combined.

Step 5

Add flour, baking soda, and salt and beat on low speed just until the dough comes together.

Step 6

Roll into 1″ balls and place 2″ apart on baking sheets. Press down slightly with a fork in a criss-cross pattern. (Optional: dip your balls into white sugar before pressing down) The fork marks give these soft peanut butter cookies that classic look!

Step 7

Bake for 10-12 minutes, just until set. The crispy edges of these cookies will start to turn golden brown.

Step 8

Remove and let cool on baking sheets. After a short time, you can move to a cooling rack or wire rack as well.

peanut butter cookies on white plate

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • If your cookies are sticking to the form when you’re pressing it down to make the criss-cross pattern, dip the fork in a little bit of sugar and it will help. I actually like to dip the whole dough ball into sugar and roll it around like in Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies 
  • When baking, pay attention to the time as the cookies are best when taken out of the oven around the 12-minute mark. Be sure to leave them ON the cookie sheet to cool completely. They will continue to cook just a little and turn out perfect.

FAQS

How to store leftover cookies?

You can store these cookies in an airtight container for up to 4-6 days. They are best within the first 2 days, in my option.

How do you freeze cookies?

The cookies can be frozen in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat them, just remove them from the bag and allow them to thaw on the counter for around 20 minutes. 

 

The next time that you’re craving something sweet with tons of peanut butter flavor, you need to hold onto the recipe for this good peanut butter cookie. Dare I say that this recipe makes the best peanut butter cookies of your life? The only change that I would make would be to have them never run out!

EASY DESSERT RECIPES

peanut butter cookies

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

These easy Peanut Butter Cookies are soft, chewy and always turn out delicious! Add a glass of milk for the BEST EVER Peanut Butter Cookies you've had!
4.73 from 11 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 36 Cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  •  1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer (a paddle attachment on a stand mixer works best for this recipe), beat peanut butter and butter until smooth.
  • Add both white and brown sugar and beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and beat on low speed just until combined.
  • Add flour, baking soda, and salt and beat on low speed just until the dough comes together.
  • Roll into 1" balls and place 2" apart on baking sheets. Press down slightly with a fork in a criss-cross pattern. (optional: roll the cookie balls in white sugar before pressing down with the fork)
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, just until set
  • Remove and let cool on baking sheets.

Notes

  • If your cookies are sticking to the form when you’re pressing it down to make the criss-cross pattern, dip the fork in a little bit of sugar and it will help. I actually like to dip the whole dough ball into sugar and roll it around like in Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies 
  • When baking, pay attention to the time as the cookies are best when taken out of the oven around the 12 minute mark. Be sure to leave them ON the cookie sheet to cool completely.  They will continue to cook just a little and turn out perfect.
  • You can store these cookies in an airtight container for up to 4-6 days. They are best within the first 2 days, in my option.
  • The cookies can be frozen in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat them, just remove them from the bag and allow to thaw on the counter for around 20 minutes. 

 

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About Kasey Schwartz

Hi, I’m Kasey, Founder of All Things Mamma – where I am dishing up family favorite recipes that are easy to make with simple, everyday ingredients. Plus – tips and tricks for living your best life!

Comments

  1. Nancy Jones says:

    4 stars
    Really good-tasting cookies! The batter was a bit stiff and the cookies were a little dry but very good overall. Very filling!

  2. 5 stars
    Simple fabulous. The cookie is crisp , sweet and full of peanut flavor with a soft center. Just the best ever !

  3. I made these today and they tasted wonderful my new recipe from now on thank you

  4. very good and easy to make

  5. Mary Beth LaFata says:

    5 stars
    Very good I will make these cookies again

    1. 5 stars
      I made cookies absolutely 💯delicious. This is definitely a keeper

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