Peanut Butter Cookie recipe with a rich peanut butter flavor and so soft! These cookies can be made in minutes and are not dry like peanut butter cookies can be.

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CLASSIC PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES RECIPE

Probably one of the first cookies I ever made was a peanut butter cookie. You know the classic cookie that has like three ingredients. Peanut butter, egg, and flour?

It was a long time ago and they were a dry crumbly cookie. These are an upscaled version of those still with only a total time from start to finish probably 5 minutes to the best soft peanut butter cookies.

Rolled in sugar for a crisp outside. You could even add chocolate chips if you’re craving chocolate.

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If a picture can say 1000 words than this picture shows how soft the centers are.

INGREDIENTS

The ingredients are simple but to get a soft cookie you need the right proportions.

  • PEANUT BUTTER – I wouldn’t use natural peanut butter because it won’t hold the shape of the cookie. Skippy, Jif, crunchy or creamy…your call but for best results don’t use natural peanut butter.
  • BAKING SODA – Gives these that crinkly factor and texture. Baking powder makes these too puffy.
  • FLOUR
  • LIGHT BROWN SUGAR
  • GRANULATED SUGAR
  • LARGE EGG – A room temperature egg is best here.
  • VANILLA EXTRACT
  • UNSALTED BUTTER – The butter doesn’t have to be quite room temperature but should be slightly soft. We use ½ cup of butter in this recipe and it makes the cookies perfectly soft.
  • SALT

HOW TO MAKE THE BEST PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until light and fluffy with an electric mixer or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
  • Add the egg and vanilla. Mix until combined making sure to scrape down the sides with a spatula.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients until well combined.
  • Scoop balls of dough using a medium cookie scoop, around 1 ½ tablespoons. Roll into a ball and then roll into white sugar. Place on the cookie sheet and using the tines of a fork to make a crisscross pattern.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes. Do not overbake! Let cookies cool on the sheet for one minute then remove to wire racks so they don’t keep cooking. Store cookies in an airtight container.

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I like to do the traditional criss-cross pattern with fork marks but it’s not required. Cool on a wire rack.

FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS

You can either freeze the cookie dough balls or the dough itself for up to three months.

STORAGE

Store baked cookies in an airtight container.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

5 from 3 votes
Peanut Butter Cookies with a rich peanut butter flavor and so soft!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar, (plus more for rolling)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture until well combined.
  • Scoop balls of dough, around 1 ½ tablespoons. Roll into a ball and then roll into white sugar. Place on the cookie sheet and using a fork make a crisscross.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes. Do not overbake! Let cookies cool on the sheet for one minute then remove to a cooling sheet so they don't keep cooking. Store cookies in an airtight container.
Cuisine: American
Course: All Desserts, All Recipes
peanut butter cookies