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Soft Peanut Butter Cookie – The BEST

This Soft Peanut Butter Cookie recipe makes the best peanut butter cookies that I’ve ever eaten. They’re soft and chewy and simple to make.

They may look like the classic, but when it comes to flavor and texture, they’re anything but. This is an easy peanut butter cookies recipe that will soon become your favorite.

Top down view of home made peanut butter cookies sitting on a cutting board.

If you think a cookie is a cookie, you’ve never had one of these soft peanut butter cookies. How many times have you tried a new cookie recipe only to be disappointed?

I’ve made this recipe twice and doubled it both times. There’s no reason to double it because one batch will make up to 42 cookies. Needless to say, my friends and family love it when I overbake.

John loves peanut butter and the hardest thing was to get them baked! I call him my cookie dough pirate!

Flavor and texture – These cookies are soft and chewy with just the right amount of delicious peanut butter flavor. Each bite is a mouthful. This isn’t a flat crunchy cookie.

Simple and easy – These cookies are a delight to put together. This is a straightforward recipe with no complicated techniques.

They will feed a crowd – Each batch will make up to 42 cookies. That makes them perfect for neighborhood get-togethers or a holiday cookie tray.

Make-ahead – These cookies can be frozen so when you volunteer to bring something to work or school, grab a bag of cookies from the freezer. They’ll taste freshly baked.

Closeup view of a stack of home made peanut butter cookies

As much as I would love to take credit for creating this soft and chewy Peanut Butter cookies recipe, this recipe is actually inspired by our Freaky Friday Blog Hop.

What is the Freaky Friday Blog Hop? Freaky Friday is a blog hop with some of my favorite food blogger buddies!

We secretly get assigned one another’s blogs to make a recipe from, and then we all reveal who we had and what we made on the same Friday, and that is today! The Freaky Friday blog hop is organized by Michaela who runs An Affair From the Heart.

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Sue Bee Homemaker

I was so excited to get Sue’s blog, Sue Bee Homemaker for Freaky Friday.

Let me tell you a little bit about Sue

Sue and I have a lot in common. My mother was from a large family (9) and I grew up watching her and her sisters cooking together. Sue has the same memory of her mother who was one of 14! We both have two cherubs and a pup and love to ride bikes with our hubby’s.

Sue started her blog as a soon-to-be empty nester. I did as well and much of my inspiration came from cooking and baking with my grandmother. Hers was her amazing mother.

I had a heck of a time choosing just one recipe to share. That girl is a baking guru! She shares my love of bread and I can’t wait to try her Jalapeño Cheddar Sourdough. I’ll definitely be making her Giant Cinnamon Twist Roll for our next set of overnight guests! I’ve already made her Peanut Butter Blondies which were amazing so knew her Best Ever Peanut Butter Cookies would be delicious. Not in my wildest dreams did I know how good!

Side view of a peanut butter cookie broken in half showing a soft crumb.

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Equipment you may need

Baking sheets – These sheet pans are durable and I have four of them so I can get everything baked in a jiffy!

Parchment paper – This is my favorite parchment paper. It’s important to know that there is an oven temperature rating on parchment paper. If you exceed it your parchment paper can catch fire in your oven. This one is rated to 450°F, high enough for my bread recipes too.

Scoops – Ever wonder how every cookie, meatball, or muffin is the same size? Scoops! I’ve had this set of 3 for years!

Electric Stand Mixer – I know this item is an investment. Nothing creams butter and sugar together or makes a fluffy meringue quite like a good mixer.

What are the ingredients for the peanut butter cookies recipe?

Top down view of ingredients used to make peanut butter cookies.
  • Peanut Butter – This peanut butter cookie recipe uses creamy peanut butter, but you can use an equal amount of crunchy peanut butter. I haven’t tried using natural peanut butter.
  • Unsalted Butter – I use real butter. If you use salted butter, reduce the amount of salt called for to 1/4 teaspoon.
  • Brown Sugar – I always use dark brown sugar because it is moist with a deeper molasses flavor. You can use light brown sugar if that is your preference.
  • Sugar – White granulated sugar.
  • Eggs – I use large Grade A eggs for consistent results in my cooking and baking.
  • Vanilla extract – Pure vanilla is delicious in this soft peanut butter cookie recipe.
  • Flour – Bleached or unbleached all-purpose flour.
  • Salt – Kosher or table salt is fine. I prefer fine sea salt. I find it mixes into my recipes without leaving pockets of salt.
  • Baking soda and baking powder are used to make these cookies light and fluffy. Replace these ingredients every 6 months or test their potency. If you’re unsure how to do this, I show you how in my basic techniques post.
Top down view of the best peanut butter cookies on a cutting board.

How to make peanut butter cookies

Note: This recipe is best chilled for one hour so plan accordingly.

Please note, that the recipe card has more complete instructions. This is intended as an overview.

Step 1: Cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Up to 5 minutes.

Step 2: Add the eggs, vanilla, and peanut butter to the butter mixture. Cream together.

Step 3: Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl. With the mixer on low, spoon the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until thoroughly incorporated with no pockets of flour visible. The batter will be thick.

Top down view of beanut butter cookie batter.
Thick Peanut Butter Cookie dough

Step 4. Cover and chill the peanut butter cookie dough for 1 hour.

Step 5. Form the dough into balls and roll them in sugar. Place them on a baking sheet and press a fork into the top horizontally and vertically. Bake.

Tips for the Best Ever Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. This is a very thick dough. Using a sturdy mixer is helpful.
  2. Once the peanut butter cookie dough is chilled, the dough is stiff. Using a scoop makes it easier to make the dough into balls. It also keeps handling to a minimum so it doesn’t warm the dough.
  3. I used a 1-1/2 tablespoon-sized scoop. You can make the cookies larger or smaller but may need to adjust your baking time.
  4. When pressing the dough ball with a fork, don’t press too hard. Some cracks are normal but pressing too hard will cause the cookie to tear and crack more.
  5. To keep cookies from getting hard, don’t overbake them. Once the edges are lightly brown, remove them from the oven. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes so they can set and removed to a cooling rack without crumbling. You also want to store them correctly. (see below)

FAQs

Why are there fork marks on peanut butter cookies?

Peanut butter cookie dough is thick and dense so it doesn’t flatten out much when baked. Pressing the dough balls with a fork helps flatten out the cookies for even baking.

Should cookies be baked on parchment paper?

Yes, I recommend parchment paper or a silicone baking mat which eliminates the effect that the surface of the pan has on baking. It also helps to keep the cookie from sticking and breaking when you try and remove the cookies from the pan.

How do you know when the cookies are baked?

Remove the cookies when the edges are just beginning to brown. Leave them on the pan for 5 minutes to firm up before removing them to a cooling rack. I’ll often write on the recipe how long the optimal baking time is for a recipe according to my oven.

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Two photo collage of baked pb cookies on a cutting board.

How to store Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

Cookies are best stored at room temperature in an airtight container such as a recloseable bag for up to 5 days. There isn’t any reason to store the cookies in the refrigerator which can aid in drying them out.

Cookies can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. You can also freeze the cookie dough. Pre-form and indent the cookie dough with the fork into individual cookies and then freeze them. Just remove the number of cookies you want to bake at a time. There is no reason to thaw them before baking. Just add a minute or two.

Homemade peanut butter cookies sitting on a cutting board.

Be sure and stop back to let me know how your Peanut Butter cookies turned out!

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Soft Peanut Butter Cookie is the best peanut butter cookie recipe that I've ever eaten (or made). They're soft and chewy and so simple to make.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 11 mins
Servings 42 cookies
Author Julie Menghini

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar – I use dark but light is fine.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter – creamy variety
  • 2 eggs – Grade A, large
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda

more white sugar for rolling – optional

    Instructions

    • Using an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time mixing between each addition. Add the vanilla and peanut butter and mix until well combined.
    • In a medium-sized bowl, add the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder together. Whisk to combine.
    • With the mixer on low, spoon in the dry ingredients, scraping down the sides as necessary. When no flour is visible, cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before baking.
    • To bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
    • Using a 1-1/2 tablespoon scoop, scoop the dough and roll it into balls. Roll the balls in white sugar and put them on a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Using a fork, gently press each ball vertically and then horizontally.
    • Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned on the edges. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then carefully transfer them to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

    Notes

    I used a 1-1/2 tablespoon scoop for these cookies. You can go larger or smaller but may have to adjust your cooking time by a minute or two.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 150kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 146IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
    This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.
    Tried this recipe? That’s awesome!Mention @hostessatheart or tag #hostessatheart!

    I want to thank Sue for sharing what I think are “The Best Peanut Butter Cookies”.

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    Recipe Rating




    Ann

    Thursday 4th of August 2022

    These cookies look fabulous ... and of course I had to go check out some of the other amazing recipes from Sue. That jalapeno cheddar sourdough looks like a must make!

    Leslie

    Monday 25th of July 2022

    Hi Julie! Have you ever substituted almond butter for peanut butter before? I wondered if that would work?

    Susannah

    Monday 18th of July 2022

    These are some of my all-time favorite cookies!

    Brandi Burgess

    Thursday 14th of July 2022

    I made these twice this week. The first time with my niece and we loved them so much that my son and I made them again today. SO GOOD!

    susan | thewimpyvegetarian

    Wednesday 13th of July 2022

    I love chewy soft peanut butter cookies, so these are right up my alley!!! Thanks for sharing these!

    Julie Menghini

    Thursday 14th of July 2022

    We do too, Susan! Thank you!