Crisp Peanut Butter Crinkles


I’m in love with these Crisp Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies! They have the perfect amount of peanut butter flavor and a crisp melt-in-your-mouth texture. A fun change on the classic peanut butter cookies. 

Crisp Peanut Butter Crinkles

Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies

They are one of those cookies that are perfect for dunking in milk – they’re also one of those cookies that everyone will enjoy. I thought since I’ve been eating so many desserts lately I could stop at just one of these cookies, but of course I couldn’t. Who was I kidding?

They’re crispity crunchity peanut buttery goodness and they’re far too delicious to resist!

Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies rolled in powdered sugar and baked. Tan peanut butter cookies are covered with powdered sugar and set on a black cooling rack over a blue cloth.

I found this recipe in the latest issue of the Food Network Magazine (I added the word Crisp so you’d know these are a crispy cookie because I don’t know of a lot of crinkle cookies that are crisp throughout).

All the holiday cookies and treats in all the food magazines have been making my mouth water lately.

Seven Peanut Butter Crinkles on a blue plate set over a dark wooden surface. There is a snow globe in the background.

I went through the three food magazines I had on a recent trip and I narrowed it down to trying these first.

I haven’t made a peanut butter treat for a while and these cookies were just calling my name. I’m so glad I tried them because I know they’ll be a cookie I’ll want to make again and again.

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I did omit the 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips they had listed, feel free to add them in at the end of mixing if you’d like. Who omit’s chocolate?!

Crazy, I know. But I just wanted these cookies to be all about the peanut butter. Mmmm and now I want another…

Stack of peanut butter crinkle cookies.

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Crisp Peanut Butter Crinkles

4.67 from 3 votes

These irresistible cookies have the perfect amount of peanut butter flavor and a crisp melt-in-your-mouth texture. And don't you just love those big crackles and that pretty powdered sugar coating? A fun change on the classic peanut butter cookies. 

Servings: 32
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1 1/3 cups (190g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, at room temperature or softened
  • 1 cup (210g) packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (190g) creamy peanut butter*
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (70g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (90g) powdered sugar, divided


  1. Position oven racks in upper third and lower third of the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2.  In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt for 20 seconds, set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment whip together butter, brown sugar and peanut butter for several minutes until fluffy. 
  4. Mix in egg and vanilla. With mixer set on low speed slowly add in flour mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Pour granulated sugar into a small bowl then pour 1/2 cup of the powdered sugar into a separate small bowl. 
  6. Scoop dough out 1 even tablespoon at a time and shape into balls, then roll each ball through granulated sugar to coat and then into powdered sugar giving it a generous coating. 
  7. Space dough balls 2-inches apart on two ungreased 18 by 13-inch baking sheets**.

  8. Bake cookies 7 minutes then rotate pans to opposite oven racks and continue to bake about 7 - 9 minutes longer until cookies are just firm around the edges and cracked on top. 
  9. Let cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool. 
  10. While cookies are still slightly warm, pour 1/4 cup of the powdered sugar into a shallow dish and shake dish to level the sugar. Dip tops of cookies into powdered sugar - being careful not to press them into the sugar too far or you'll cover the nice appearance of the crinkles. 
  11. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

  1. For best results don't use natural or chunky peanut butter.
  2. Don't use dark coated baking sheets or the cookies will burn on bottom.
  3. Recipe source: adapted from Food Network Magazine December 2016 issue
Nutrition Facts
Crisp Peanut Butter Crinkles
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 107mg5%
Potassium 59mg2%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 95IU2%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: crinkle cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies
Calories: 128 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • Susan: I’m not vegan but a family member is. How can I make these vegan? February 4, 2019 at 11:39am Reply

  • Priscilla Wakefield: Tried these cookies for the first time!! Excellent recipe! You get the appreciation of peanut butter in every bite! Great textures of a soft and crunchy cookie! Love it! December 21, 2018 at 10:12pm Reply

  • Patricia: Made these last year for Christmas and my son asked for them again this year. I was happy to make them again. ????

    The recipe was perfect as it was written, btw. No need for an extra egg if you use the correct size.

    Thanks again, and happy new year! January 9, 2018 at 5:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Patricia! January 17, 2018 at 11:14am Reply

  • Sara Kohanov: I made this recipe and its missing an egg put in another one January 5, 2018 at 9:12am Reply

  • Shanna: Why do you recommend not using natural PB? December 4, 2017 at 5:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It may likely alter the consistency of the dough and therefor the final outcome. December 5, 2017 at 4:38pm Reply

  • Luchiya: I tried them. The came out just as on the picture. Very yummy… but too sweet. Even wothout the sugar coating they are too sweet. May 6, 2017 at 1:20am Reply

  • Linda McGhee: Thank you for this recipe. I baked these for my family and everyone loved them. Best peanut butter cookie recipe I have tried. January 23, 2017 at 12:21pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad your family enjoyed them – Thanks for leaving a comment Linda! January 25, 2017 at 10:13am Reply

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