Classic Peanut Butter Cookies


Peanut Butter Cookies, who could resist them? I’ve loved peanut butter cookies as long as I can remember and they’ll always be one of my favorites. So of course it only makes sense that I share my idea of the best peanut butter cookie recipe.

They’re soft and chewy, packed with peanut butter flavor, and they’re super delicious dunked in milk!

Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies stacked on a grey surface.

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

The flavor of a peanut butter cookie is just hard to beat. They’re perfectly sweet and buttery rich, and they’re sure to satisfy that peanut butter craving. And who doesn’t love that traditional fork pressed criss cross pattern? I love how it sets these cookies apart from others.

Plus it makes these a fun cookie for the kids to help make, my kids love doing the rolling and pressing.

Showing how to press criss cross pattern into peanut butter cookie dough balls on baking sheet.

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

This recipe is pretty much your typical cookie recipe but rather at the end you’ll do the fork pressing.

  • Preheat oven and line baking sheets.
  • Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer cream butter and sugars until combined then mix in peanut butter.
  • Blend in egg and vanilla.
  • Mix in flour just until combined.
  • Scoop dough out about 2 Tbsp at a time and shape into balls, transfer to baking sheets
  • Press cookies down with fork.
  • Bake then let cool.

Watch the Peanut Butter Cookies Video!


Image of creamy peanut butter in jar, type of peanut butter used for Peanut Butter Cookies

What Kind of Peanut Butter Should I Use?

I always stick with the regular creamy peanut butter. Natural peanut butter would work if that’s all you have but the dough might be a little stickier.

Then if you like texture in your cookies chunky peanut butter will work great here, it would add a nice crunch. But just be sure to add in extra (I’d maybe add an extra 1/4 cup since there’s all those peanuts in there).

Sure it’s easy to give in to the temptation to just grab a peanut butter cookie at the bakery or mall but you can probably have these cookies ready as fast as that outing would take.

Plus you’ll have extra for sharing with friends or coworkers and they’ll love you for it. And homemade is always the best so I say let’s get baking!

Peanut Butter Cookies dropped in milk and splashing.

A Go-To Treat

This is my go-to recipe for peanut butter cookies and I hope it becomes yours too! They’re one of those cookies that’s just to hard to resist when someone has baked a fresh batch.

It’s the weekend so that’s always a good excuse to get baking, especially when your end result is this good!

Easy to make peanut butter cookies laying on tabletop.

More Kinds of Peanut Butter Cookie Recipes to Try

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Peanut Butter Cookies

4.92 from 34 votes

These are my idea of the perfect peanut butter cookie! Soft and chewy packed with peanut butter flavor. Plus they're quick and easy to make! A family favorite.

Servings: 24 cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes


  • 1 1/3 cup (188g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (105g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (110g) packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (185g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 18 by 13-inch baking sheets with silicone baking liners or parchment paper. 

  2. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until combined.

  4. Mix in peanut butter then blend in egg and vanilla. With mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour mixture and mix just until combined. 
  5. Scoop dough out and shape into balls (30 grams each or nearly 2 Tbsp) then place on baking sheets spacing them 2-inches apart.

  6. Using a long pronged fork flatten cookies slightly then turn fork going opposite direction and flatten just slightly again (it should create that criss cross pattern).
  7. Bake cookies in preheated oven, one sheet at a time, for about 9 minutes (cookies will appear pale and slightly under-baked, they'll continue to cook slightly as they cool). 

  8. Let cool on baking sheet 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store cookies and an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 145 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 17mg6%
Sodium 104mg5%
Potassium 77mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Peanut Butter Cookies
Calories: 145 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Michele: I have a question so that I can better understand the nutrition information. What constitutes a serving. Is it one cookie?

    Thank you. August 22, 2019 at 2:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes per cookie. August 22, 2019 at 3:45pm Reply

  • Carole Coushaine: Why can’t I watch videos? Says you can, but nothing happens. August 12, 2019 at 9:59am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Sorry I’m not sure why that would be happing I can have my developer look into it to see if it’s something on my end. August 14, 2019 at 9:43pm Reply

  • Jane Lightle: I made up a batch of these yesterday and they are unbelievably delicious! I sent them into work and one of the ladies who doesn’t even eat carbs of any kind tasted one and said it’s the best cookie she’s ever had in her life! The only change that I made was I used a little over one cup of peanut butter versus the 3/4 cups as the recipe stated. I just wanted to make sure I had plenty of that peanut butter flavoring. Fabulous recipe thank you so much! August 2, 2019 at 12:38pm Reply

  • Elena: Easy and delicious! July 25, 2019 at 11:36pm Reply

  • Sofia: Very nice. They looked just like the picture, I will make them again July 22, 2019 at 8:43pm Reply

  • Krishna Toner: You have the nutritional facts, but the serving size is missing.

    Great recipe! Thank you for sharing. July 21, 2019 at 8:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It is per cookie. July 21, 2019 at 10:46pm Reply

  • Barbara. Bradshaw: Yummy cookies July 21, 2019 at 10:07am Reply

  • Linda: Me and my grand daughter baked these cookies and they are delicious this us definitely a keeper. :) July 18, 2019 at 8:57pm Reply

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