Peanut Butter Cookies

These soft and chewy peanut butter cookies are exploding with peanuts and packed with flavor. This classic cookie is one of my long time favorites. The amazing salty and sweet combination makes them irresistible! Peanut butter cookies have been around a very long time, since 1916 in fact. The first recipe that gave instructions to make fork marks in the dough appeared in a 1936 Pillsbury cookbook. There is no explanation why to make the marks, however, since the dough is so dense without being pressed, it would not cook evenly. This recipe makes three dozen big, chewy and super nutty cookies to share with your friends and family. Why not whip up this classic dessert tonight? I know they will become a favorite at your house! 🙂

Like your peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips? Check out my recipe for Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies!

Peanut Butter Cookies

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  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup extra-crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup roasted salted peanuts, ground in food processor to resemble bread crumbs, about 14 pulses


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until creamy. Add sugars; beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes, stopping to scrape down bowl as necessary. Beat in peanut butter until fully incorporated, then eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Gently stir dry ingredients into peanut butter mixture. Add ground peanuts; stir gently until just incorporated.
  4. Roll two tablespoons of dough into a ball and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing cookies 2 inches apart. Dip a dinner fork in cold water and make crisscross design. Bake until cookies are puffed and slightly brown along edges, but not top, 10 to 12 minutes (they will not look fully baked). Cool cookies on cookie sheet until set, about 4 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Source: The New Best Recipe

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17 Responses to Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Oh those looks so delicious. I started craving peanut butter the second I saw the first picture!

  2. jenna laughs says:

    I loooove peanut butter cookies! They just melt in your mouth. Plus I adore the whole salty/sweet thing. I usually bake with creamy peanut butter, so this adds a nice twist! Have to try it 🙂

  3. Linda says:

    I bake every Sunday. These tempting cookies are on my agenda for this weekend. Can’t wait to eat them!

  4. These cookies look great! Love how soft and chewy they look! Yum!

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  6. Umm Mymoonah says:

    Cookies looks very yummy, perfect with a cup of tea.

  7. Cakewhiz says:

    Incredible pictures! How do you get your background so white?
    Your cookies look tasty and i like how you made that criss-cross design….beats plain round ones any day!

  8. This Italian Family says:

    Oh my goodness, they look so perfect! Dry pb cookies are the worst, but yours look SO good! YUM!

  9. Honey says:

    these looks scrumptious. how do you stay so thin since you make desserts so often? i’m cutting down to baking once a week because i started gaining weight. it sucks, desserts are my weakness. also, what brand of PB did you use? mine doesn’t contain salt or sugar so not sure if it’ll work.


  10. UrMomCooks says:

    I can relate! I think I eat a batch of peanut butter cookies faster than any other kind!!! And long live the fork marks – I don’t know what we would do without them!

  11. Laurel says:

    These look and sound delicious! I’d love for you to submit it to the M&T Spotlight:

  12. Sara says:

    I absolutely love peanut butter cookies. I remember reading about these in the CI cookbook, too. One of my favorite variations is adding chocolate chips, but I think the original is hard to compete with.

  13. Lucie says:

    Interesting fact about the fork marks. I use the classic Betty Crocker recipe and love it–nothing tastes as good as a peanut butter cookie dipped in cold milk!

  14. KeepItSweet says:

    I always love a good peanut butter cookie!!!

  15. Peanut Butter Cookies are the bestest! 😀

  16. These are photogenic cookies! 🙂 They look so soft, I can’t wait to try them, peanut butter cookies are pretty close to my favorite so I love trying new recipes for them!

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