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.

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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


  • Sproco: Wow, the best tasting PB cookies ever!
    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. Maybe it was the unsalted butter?? Or maybe the combo of baking soda and powder? Anyway – perfect! Thank you! April 25, 2019 at 8:57pm Reply

  • Rose Marie: How many cookies are in a serving, I couldn’t find the amount, just the calories per serving. April 23, 2019 at 4:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Per 1 cookie. Hope you love them! April 23, 2019 at 7:11pm Reply

  • Zahra Najam: Is it 350 degrees centigrade??? April 20, 2019 at 5:51am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Fahrenheit. April 20, 2019 at 7:53am Reply

  • Brian Ferrell: These were just great. The only thing I will change is the size. I think I will use a smaller amount of the dough I’m on my own now so when I bake cookies or Brownies I like to vacuum pack them into Wide Mouth Mason Jars. By doing this a batch of these will last me at least a month. They always stay very fresh.Thanks again for the recipe. they’re just great. April 18, 2019 at 9:09pm Reply

    • Sabrina Miller: That’s a great idea Brian, thank’s for sharing!! August 14, 2019 at 7:55am Reply

  • Catherine: these cookies are amazing. My friends at work all requested that I always make a double batch of these. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe. April 18, 2019 at 4:14pm Reply

  • JEnn: Didn’t have my go to recipe but this was just as good! Crispy, yet chewy! March 23, 2019 at 11:18pm Reply


  • Bertha: I was going to try making some right now but all I hv is salted butter. Can I use salted butter? January 14, 2019 at 7:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes just omit the salt in the recipe. Hope you enjoy! January 14, 2019 at 7:48pm Reply

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