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Peanut Butter Cookies

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In this recipe, I will show you how to make amazing peanut butter cookies. This recipe is easy to make and the cookies wind up being soft and chewy and oh so delicious. If I can make them, you can make them, let’s get baking!

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A batch of peanut butter cookies on a wire rack on top of white table cloth.

Step 1: Gather tools and ingredients

To make peanut butter cookies you will need the following ingredients and tools:

  • Peanut butter – of course, you need peanut butter it is the star of this dish. I always just buy the cheap store brand kind but you can use natural peanut butter too if you like.
  • Unsalted butter – leave the butter out on the counter a couple of hours before needing it so it is soft. Or put it in the microwave on defrost mode for 30 seconds to soften it up.
  • Brown sugar – I normally use light brown sugar but you can use dark as well.
  • White granulated sugar
  • Egg – this will add a richness to the cookie dough as well as provide a bit of leavening.
  • Milk – you can use whatever kind of milk that you like.
  • Vanilla extract – this will provide lots of flavor to the cookies.
  • All-purpose flour – in other countries it is sometimes referred to as “plain” flour. They are the same thing.
  • Baking powder – the main source of leavening.
  • Salt – use fine table salt and not a course salt. It will act as a flavor enhancer and help the cookie keep its shape.
Several glass bowls on wooden table containing peanut butter, flour, sugar, etc. for making cookies.

Tools

  • Artisan Mat (Silicone Baking Mat) – these are extremely helpful. I use mine all the time. If you aren’t familiar with them I have a review video that you can find here.
  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
  • Whisk
  • Fork
  • Spoon
  • Bowls

Step 2: Cream sugars, peanut butter, and butter

First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. (190 C.) Now take the softened butter and add it to a bowl with the peanut butter, then add the white and brown sugar. Now using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream those ingredients together, scraping the sides of the bowl after with a spatula.

hand with white spatula scraping sides of large glass dough bowl.

Step 3: Add milk, egg and vanilla extract

Next add the milk, egg, and vanilla extract, one at a time, mixing in between and scraping the sides as needed. Make sure everything is properly and well mixed together. You can probably get away with adding all three at once, but it doesn’t take much time to do them separately.

Hand holding white hand mixer mixing peanut butter cookie dough in large glass bowl.

Step 4: Mix remaining dry ingredients together

Now mix the baking powder and salt with the all-purpose flour. Use a whisk or a fork. You can also use a sifter if you like. Then add that mixture, about a third of it at a time to the dough, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Keep doing this until all of the flour is nice and mixed in. Then clean off the beaters. When I was a kid, my favorite part of cookie making was licking the beaters clean, somehow my mom always managed to leave only a little bit left on the beaters for me, much to my chagrin and often complaints.

Step 5: Form peanut butter cookie dough into balls

Next, use a spoon or mini ice cream scoop and scoop out some dough and then roll it in your hands until it makes a ball. Place it on your cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, then use a fork and push down the cookie. Optionally you can also roll the ball of dough in sugar, before forming it on the cookie sheet.

Man at kitchen table pushing down peanut butter cookie dough with fork.

Step 6: Bake those cookies!

Now bake those cookies at 375 degrees F (190 C) for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown. Bigger cookies will need around 12 minutes in the oven. Once they are done, let them cool on your cookie sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool. There you go, that was pretty easy, right? Now go out there and bake your own! 🙂

If you are a cookie lover you have got to try these homemade chocolate chip cookies, they are amazing!

Several peanut butter cookies on top of wire rack on wooden table.

Peanut Butter Cookies Video Tutorial

Now watch those steps in action by checking out the video tutorial.

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5 from 8 votes

Soft Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

I am a bit of a cookie addict and sense I love peanut butter naturally I would gravitate towards homemade peanut butter cookies. These cookies are soft chewy and oh so delightful and very easy to make!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Cooling time15 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chewy, peanut butter, soft
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 111kcal

Equipment

  • Artisan Mat (Silicone Baking Mat)
  • Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
  • Whisk
  • Fork
  • spoon
  • Bowls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of peanut butter (250g)
  • 1/2 cup of softened unsalted butter (115g)
  • 1/2 cup of light brown sugar, packed (100g)
  • 1/2 cup of white granulated sugar (105g)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp. of milk (45ml)
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract (5ml)
  • 1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour (160g)
  • 1 tsp. of baking powder (5g)
  • 1/4 tsp. of salt (1g)

Instructions

  • First preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. (190 C.) Now take the softened butter and add it to a bowl with the peanut butter, then add the white and brown sugar. Now using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream those ingredients together, scraping the sides of the bowl after with a spatula.
  • Next add the milk, egg, and vanilla extract, one at a time, mixing in between and scraping the sides as needed. We want to make sure everything is properly and well mixed together. You can probably get away with adding all three at once, but it doesn't take much time to do them separately.
  • Now we mix the baking powder and salt with the all-purpose flour. Use a whisk or a fork. You can also use a sifter if you like.
  • Then mix in the flour, about a third of it at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Keep doing this until all of the flour is nice and mixed in. Then clean off the beaters. When I was a kid, my favorite part of cookie making was licking the beaters clean, some how my mom always managed to leave only a little bit left on the beaters for me.
  • Next use a spoon and scoop out some dough and then roll it in your hands until it makes a ball. Place it on your cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, then use a fork and push down the cookie. Optionally you can also roll the ball of dough in sugar, before forming it on the cookie sheet.
  • Now bake those cookies at 375 degrees F (190 C) for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown. Bigger cookies will need around 12 minutes in the oven. Once they are done, let them cool on your cookie sheet for about 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool. There you go, that was pretty easy right? Now go out there and bake your own! 🙂

Video

Notes

list of nutritional facts for peanut butter cookies
 

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16 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Delicious! These are really great peanut butter cookies! I love how chewy these are. So good.

  2. 5 stars
    This peanut butter cookies are delicious and very simple to make! Thanks.

  3. 5 stars
    Such a yummy classic, my kids love making these and they’ll always be a family favorite!

  4. 5 stars
    This is such a classic recipe, especially one to always have because who doesn’t love peanut butter cookies?!?

  5. 5 stars
    Nothing beats a good classic PB cookie! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    Made these for my family and they were obsessed! So soft and good.

  7. 5 stars
    Love peanut butter cookies! Great step by step instructions!

  8. cindy grenier

    5 stars
    I have been looking for years for a chewy PB cookie that is not too overpoweringly peanut buttery (if that makes any sense…lol). THIS is my favorite! I’ve made it many times and its a hit at home and at the office!

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