Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

August 26, 2018

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.

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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

Peanut Butter Cookies

4.92 from 36 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
Author: Jaclyn

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  • Sue O

    These cookies were a hit at my house. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe. It went together so nicely.

  • Sean Robbins

    Made these today. They’re delicious! And this is an easy recipe to make. I baked them for 11 min instead of 9. They came out golden and delicious on the outside and chewy on the inside.

  • Sharon

    Hi, me and my grand daughter made cookies today. This is a recipe I will keep. They turned out perfect. My daughters in there 20’s acted like 10 year olds. They said mom these are sooo good. I have none left because they divided them. Half went home with one daughter and the other half went to work with my youngest . Needless to say this is a recipe I will use for years to come and pass it down as well. I did manage to get a cookie, they are really good. Thank you. Looking forward to trying more recipes.

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      I’m so glad to hear your family loved these cookies Sharon! I do hope you enjoy the recipe for many years to come :)!

    • Tasha

      I’m in the process of making the cookies now . I followed the directions however my dough is extremely too soft to form a ball . What should I do ?

      • Jaclyn

        Jaclyn Bell

        If amounts were all correctly measured then I’d try chilling the dough and that will help firm it up.

  • Alex

    Do I have to use vanilla extract? I ran out today and want to make these with what I have at home!

  • Merle Nathan

    I bake ALOT and I am pretty particular about the recipes I use, this one is definitely a keeper! Not being a huge fan of peanut butter cookies but I do know what I like and I do not like this recipe, I LOVE this recipe! I have already shared these cookies with some of my family and they loved them too. My family is my greatest critic, they are open, appreciative, always enthusiastic to be my tasters and perhaps the most important thing is that they are Honest. The good, the bad and an “also ran”. Will definitely use this recipe over and over again, better yet I will definitely save this recipe!

  • Irene

    Oh, so yummy! Already eating first batch, second is in the oven. Hope we have some left for the cookie jar! We used crunchy peanut butter.

  • ClarkC

    I’ve baked lots of cookies over the years, but haven’t baked peanut butter cookies in over 50 years. This recipe produced great results on my first attempt. Cookies had a nice golden crust with a chewy middle, just the way I like.

    • Lorry Cardona

      I love these peanut butter cookies. There sooo yummy. Yummy yummy in my tummy.

      From: Granddaughter of Lorry