My Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are a timeless classic loved by many. With their rich, nutty flavor and soft, chewy texture, they are a delightful treat that can be enjoyed any time of the year. This recipe will guide you through making your favorite peanut butter cookies, ensuring they turn out perfectly every time. So, let’s get started and create a batch of these delicious cookies that will have everyone reaching for seconds.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the creamy peanut butter to the butter-sugar mixture and mix until well combined.
  4. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, ensuring they are fully incorporated.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  6. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix the dough.
  7. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, portion out the dough into balls, each about 1 inch in diameter.
  8. Place the cookie dough balls on the prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space between them to allow for spreading.
  9. Use a fork to gently press down on each cookie, creating a crisscross pattern.
  10. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for approximately 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden.
  11. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  12. Once the cookies have cooled, they are ready to be enjoyed! Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature.


  • For a twist on the classic recipe, you can try using chunky peanut butter for added texture and crunch.
  • If you prefer a sweeter cookie, you can increase the amount of granulated sugar to 3/4 cup. Adjust the sweetness according to your taste preferences.
  • To add some extra indulgence, you can mix in some chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or even dried fruit to the cookie dough.
  • Make sure not to overbake the cookies to maintain their soft and chewy texture. They will continue to firm up as they cool.
  • If you want to make the cookies ahead of time, you can freeze the dough balls and bake them straight from the freezer. Just add a couple of minutes to the baking time.


  • Chocolate lovers can add chocolate chips to the cookie dough for a classic peanut butter and chocolate combination. Use semi-sweet, milk, or dark chocolate chips according to your preference.
  • For a fun twist, you can fill the center of each cookie with a small dollop of your favorite jam or jelly before baking. This will create a peanut butter and jelly cookie that is reminiscent of a childhood favorite.
  • If you enjoy a crunchy texture, you can mix in some chopped nuts, such as roasted peanuts or almonds, into the dough. The nuts will add a delightful crunch and extra nuttiness to each bite.
  • To make the cookies more festive, consider adding colorful sprinkles or topping each cookie with a Hershey’s Kiss or a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup mini immediately after they come out of the oven.
  • If you have dietary restrictions or preferences, you can use alternative ingredients such as almond butter, cashew butter, or sunflower seed butter instead of peanut butter. Just make sure the consistency is similar to peanut butter to achieve the right texture in the cookies.



These delicious peanut butter cookies are a classic treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth and bring joy to your taste buds. With their irresistible combination of nutty flavor and soft, chewy texture, they are perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re baking them for yourself or to share with family and friends, these cookies are sure to become a favorite. So, gather your ingredients, preheat your oven, and get ready to enjoy a batch of homemade peanut butter cookies that will leave you craving more.

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