This classic and Easy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe tastes just like Grandma used to make. Each bite is soft and fluffy and loaded with lots of peanut butter. The entire recipe is so simple, and you can enjoy fresh baked cookies any day of the week. 

Cookies on a platter.
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This cookie recipe is very simple to make, and you can enjoy homemade peanut butter cookies. You don’t need a ton of ingredients. The results are the perfect combination of sweet and salty and the amazing soft texture.

Peanut butter fans might also like Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, Reese’s Pieces Cookies and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Cookies.

Why this recipe works

You can make a huge batch of cookies for a crowd for very little. We love frugal cookie recipes. These cookies are perfect for any occasion and loved by all.  

Ingredients for recipe - flour, sugar, eggs, butter, peanut butter, baking powder.

Ingredients

  • All-Purpose Flour 
  • Granulated Sugar 
  • Brown Sugar 
  • Eggs 
  • unsalted Butter, softened 
  • Creamy Peanut Butter 
  • Baking Powder 

Get the complete ingredient list at the bottom of the page.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Chocolate Chips – Feel free to add in chocolate chips to the peanut butter batter. It adds so much chocolate flavor to the cookie.
  • Dip into chocolate – Melt chocolate in the microwave and dip your peanut butter cookie in the melted chocolate.
  • Top with a Kiss – Top the cookie with a Hershey Kiss as soon as it comes out of the oven.

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Step 1 – Heat Oven – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
Mixing bowl with peanut butter and sugar.

Step 2. Combine butter and sugar. Mix until the ingredients are light and fluffy.  

Eggs and vanilla added to mixture.

Step 3. Stir in peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla extract.  Mix until these ingredients are thoroughly combined. 

Dry ingredients mixed in batter.

Step 4. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually mix in the dry ingredients until they are just incorporated.  Do not over mix the batter.  

Dough scooped into balls and rolled into sugar.

Step 5. Form the dough into 1-inch ball with a cookie scoop.  Gently roll in the remaining sugar. Place the cookie balls on the baking sheet.

Cookies on baking sheet with crisscross pattern.

Step 6. Use a fork to flatten the dough balls and create a crisscross shape into each cookie. 

Cookies on baking sheet cooling.

Step 7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are lightly golden brown. Let the cookies cool on a wire rack. Then enjoy. 

Expert Tips

  • Mix Ingredients – Combine the ingredients but do not over mix the ingredients. We like to combine with a stand mixer for best results.
  • Cookie Scoop – To evenly make the cookie balls, we like to use a cookie scoop. This allows the cookies to be about the same size.
  • Criss Cross Pattern – Use a fork to make a criss cross pattern on the cookie.
  • Rolls the Balls – For the best flavor, roll the balls in sugar before baking.
  • Chill the Dough – If you prefer you can chill the dough before rolling into the balls.

Can I use Natural Peanut Butter?

Yes, you can use natural peanut butter. Make sure after opening the peanut butter that you stir really well before mixing in with the other ingredients.

The oil is at the top of the natural peanut and will cause the cookies to be very runny.

Cookies stacked together..

Storage

Store peanut butter cookies at room temperature in an airtight container or bag for up to 5 days.  Store a piece of bread in the container with the cookies to keep them moist.  

Also, you can refrigerate the leftover cookie dough for up to 3 days to cook at a later time.  

There are two different ways to freeze peanut butter cookies. You can freeze the peanut butter cookie dough or the room temperature cookies.

We prefer to freeze the dough prior to baking.

  • After preparing the cookie dough, go ahead and scoop the cookies into balls.
  • Place on a cookie sheet and flash freeze for 1 to 2 hours. This process will prevent the cookies from sticking once in the freezer.
  • Transfer the frozen cookie dough balls into a freezer bag or freezer container. Freeze up to 3 months.
  • You can bake whenever the craving strikes for homemade cookies. You may need to add a couple of minutes to the cooking time if frozen.
  • This method is perfect if you want to enjoy just a couple of cookies or several.

You can also freeze cookies that are already prepared, but placing in a freezer bag and placing in the freezer. 

What is the Best Peanut Butter for Cookies?

The best peanut butter to use for these cookies is processed peanut butter. We like peanut pan, jif or skippy. When making peanut butter cookies, the most common mistake is not using the right peanut butter.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

4.84 from 6 votes
This classic and easy peanut butter cookies recipe tastes just like Grandma used to make. Each bite is soft and loaded with peanut butter.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 36
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 173

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch and salt.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the butter and 1 cup of both of the sugars with a stand up mixer or a hand-held mixer. Mix until the ingredients are light and fluffy.
  • Then add int the peanut butter, eggs and vanilla. Mix until these ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Reduce the mixer sped to low and gradually mix in the dry ingredients until they are just incorporated. Do not over mix.
  • Form the dough into round balls with a cookie spoon. Gently roll the dough in the remaining sugar and place them on an un-greased baking sheet. Use a fork to flatten the dough balls and create a criss-cross shape into each cookie.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are lightly golden brown.
  • Cool on a wire rack and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 173kcal, Carbohydrates 21g, Protein 3g, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 23mg, Sodium 183mg, Potassium 83mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 14g, Vitamin A 171IU, Calcium 18mg, Iron 1mg

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