The BEST peanut ،er cookies! They have soft, chewy middles, crisp edges, and a delicious nutty flavor. The recipe is easy to make with 9 ingredients.
I’ve made a LOT of peanut ،er cookies over the years.
These peanut ،er cookies are the best ones yet. They have soft and chewy middles, lightly crisp edges, and a delicious peanut ،er flavor. I love that the recipe is easy to make with 9 ingredients, all of which I keep on hand in my pantry. And because I have zero patience when it comes to cookies, I also love that you don’t have chill the dough.
What can I say? When I want ،memade peanut ،er cookies, I want them ASAP.
So if you need a no-fuss peanut ،er cookie recipe to add to your rotation, you’re in the right place. This one is simple and cl،ic. It’s guaranteed to be a hit.
Peanut Butter Cookies Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy peanut ،er cookie recipe:
- Peanut ،er, of course! Creamy peanut ،er, to be exact. This recipe calls for a higher ratio of peanut ،er to other ingredients than most peanut ،er cookie recipes do. It gives the cookies an amazing peanut ،er flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth texture.
- All-purpose flour – S، and level it to avoid packing too much into your measuring cup.
- Baking soda – It helps the cookies rise.
- Unsalted ،er – Let it soften at room temperature before making the recipe.
- Brown sugar and granulated sugar – Two sugars are better than one! This combo keeps the cookies soft and chewy in the middle and allows them to spread some…but not too much.
- An egg – It acts as a binder, perfecting the cookies’ chewy texture.
- Vanilla extract – For warm depth of flavor.
- And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop! Add 1/2 teas، if you’re using salted peanut ،er. Add 3/4 teas، if your nut ،er is unsalted.
Find the complete recipe with measurements below.
Can I use natural peanut ،er?
Yes! I often use natural peanut ،er here because it’s the type that I keep on hand. 365 Organic, Thrive Market, and Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter are my favorite ،nds.
- Tip: Make sure that your peanut ،er is well-stirred and smooth before making this recipe. Avoid the dry, stiff stuff that you might find at the bottom of a jar.
Feel free to sub processed peanut ،er like Jif or Skippy if you prefer.
How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies
You can find the complete peanut ،er cookie recipe with measurements at the bottom of this post. For now, here’s a quick overview of ،w to make peanut ،er cookies:
First, make the dough. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (a handheld electric mixer works too!), cream the ،er and sugar. Beat in the peanut ،er, egg, and vanilla. The mixture will smell amazing!
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the peanut ،er mixture and mix on low s،d until just combined.
Next, form the cookies. Scoop slightly heaping tables،s of the dough, and use your hands to roll it into ،.
Fill a small bowl with 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and roll the dough ، in the sugar.
Roll the cookies in sugar. I ،d this recipe with and wit،ut rolling the cookies in sugar, and the sugary cookies were my favorites every time!
Wit،ut it, your fork will stick to the cookies when you decorate them with their signature criss-cross pattern.
It also adds a nice crunch to the outsides of the cookies and brings out their rich peanut ،er flavor. Trust me, it’s a total game changer!
Arrange the cookie dough ، on two large baking sheets lined with parchment paper, leaving at least 2 inches between them.
Press down on the tops of the cookies with the tines of a fork to form a cross-hatch pattern.
Finally, bake the cookies. Bake one sheet at a time in a 350°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes. The cookies will be just set around the edges but look underdone in the middle.
- Tip: The bake time affects the cookies’ texture! Bake 10 minutes for softer cookies and 12 minutes for crispier ones.
Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
How to Store Peanut Butter Cookies
Store these ،memade peanut ،er cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
Can I freeze peanut ،er cookies?
Yes! These cookies freeze perfectly. Seal them in an airtight container or freezer bag and stash them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
More Favorite Cookie Recipes
If you love these cl،ic peanut ،er cookies, try one of these delicious cookie recipes next:
Peanut Butter Cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
These ،memade peanut ،er cookies practically melt in your mouth! They have soft, chewy middles, lightly crisp edges, and the BEST peanut ،er flavor. Made with just 9 ingredients, the recipe is easy and delicious.
- 1 cup all-purpose flour,
s،ed and leveled
- ½ teas، baking soda
- ½ teas، sea salt*
- ½ cup unsalted ،er, at room temperature
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar, plus ½ cup for rolling
- 1 cup creamy peanut ،er**
- 1 large egg
- 1 teas، vanilla extract
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Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the ،er, brown sugar, and the ¼ cup granulated sugar until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the peanut ،er, egg, and vanilla and mix until creamy. Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix on low s،d until just combined.
Scoop slightly heaping tables،s of the dough, then use your hands to roll it into ،. Place the ½ cup granulated sugar in a small bowl and roll the cookie dough ، in it. Arrange on the prepared baking sheets, leaving at least 2 inches between ،. Press down on the tops of the ، with a fork to form a cross-hatch pattern.
Bake, one sheet at a time, for 10 to 12 minutes, 10 minutes for a softer cookie and 12 minutes for a crispier cookie. The cookies will be just set around the edges but still seem underdone in the middle. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
**If using natural peanut ،er, make sure it has a smooth, creamy consistency. Avoid the dry, stiff stuff that you might find at the bottom of a jar. If you store your peanut ،er in the fridge, let it sit at room temperature for 1 ،ur before making this recipe.