Classic Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

When it comes to enjoying dessert, it's often something elaborate, such as chocolate cream puffs or decadent cheesecake bars. With a treat packed full of flavor, truly you can't go wrong. But what about when you're looking for a simpler, more classic choice? In that situation, old-fashioned peanut butter cookies are the perfect fit.

For peanut butter lovers, these cookies — courtesy of recipe developer Molly Allen — are the ultimate snack. With a slightly crunchy exterior, paired with a chewy center, the texture is perfect in every bite. They offer the ideal balance of salty and sweet thanks to hints of brown sugar and creamy peanut butter. And of course, they're dressed up with a timeless crisscross pattern.

With just eight easy-to-find ingredients, along with 10 minutes of prep time, you'll have cookie dough ready in no time. Mix up a big batch to share with your family and friends, or freeze the rest for later. Either way, you'll love every bite of these classic peanut butter cookies. 

Gather the ingredients for peanut butter cookies

Ready to start baking? Gather the ingredients for this peanut butter cookie recipe first. For this recipe, you'll need one stick of softened butter, white sugar, brown sugar, one egg, creamy peanut butter, flour, baking soda, and salt. 

Cream the butter and sugar to start the cookie dough

To dive in on making these classic cookies, preheat the oven to 350 F. Then, in a large mixing bowl, cream the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg, then mix in the peanut butter. 

Add the dry ingredients to finish the dough

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually mix the dry ingredients mixture into the wet mixture, and mix until a soft dough forms. 

Bake the cookies

Once the dough is ready, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease it with cooking spray. Use a cookie scoop to form tablespoon-sized balls of dough and place them on the baking sheet. 

Flatten the balls of dough with a fork, dipping it in sugar before each press — this will also give the cookie that essential crisscross pattern. Chill the baking sheet in the fridge for 5 minutes, then transfer it to the oven. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes. Once they're lightly golden, put the baking sheet on top of the stove and allow the cookies to cool and set.

Wasn't that easy? Now, you can enjoy this easy dessert with a glass of milk, coffee, or simply have one (or two, or three) on its own. You can't go wrong with a cookie this good.

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
5 from 29 ratings
Keep things simple and classic with this peanut butter cookies recipe.
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peanut butter cookies on a plate
Total time: 20 minutes
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 ⅓ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Cream the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Mix in the egg, then mix in the peanut butter.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients mixture. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  6. Scoop out tablespoon-sized balls of cookie dough. Place each ball on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spaced apart.
  7. Use a fork dipped in sugar to flatten the balls of dough, creating a crisscross pattern.
  8. Chill the baking sheet, with the dough, in the fridge for 5 minutes.
  9. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes until lightly golden. Remove from the oven and allow them to set on top of the stove.
Calories per Serving 146
Total Fat 8.2 g
Saturated Fat 3.7 g
Trans Fat 0.2 g
Cholesterol 20.2 mg
Total Carbohydrates 16.4 g
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Total Sugars 9.2 g
Sodium 72.9 mg
Protein 2.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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