Peanut Butter Cookies

5 from 4 votes

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Peanut Butter Cookies are sweet, chewy and make the most satisfying after school snack. This is the easiest, softest, best recipe you’ll ever try. Don’t forget a tall glass of milk!

plate of 5 peanut butter cookies on plaid plate

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies Chewy

There’s nothing better than sinking your teeth into a soft, chewy cookie. The more moisture in the cookie, the softer and chewier they are. To make these easy peanut butter cookies extra chewy, keep the moisture content high. Using a room temperature butter and soft brown sugar will help keep these super soft.

How Long Should I Bake These Cookies?

Another trick to the softest, chewiest cookies? Don’t over bake! Make sure to take these out of the oven while they still look under baked. Don’t worry, they will set up as they cool and will stay supremely soft and delicious!

stack of 5 peanut butter cookies on plaid plate

Are They Gluten Free?

To make this peanut butter cookie recipe gluten-free, add a gluten-free flour blend to this recipe; you will have delicious GF cookies in no time!

Are They Healthy?

While they’re still made with sugar and butter, these cookies are also packed with peanut butter, which is a good source of protein and healthy fat. So sure, you can feel good about giving a cookie (or two) to your family. Everything in moderation, and we believe cookies should be part of that moderation!

peanut butter cookies with bit out of one and glass of milk

Can They Be Frozen?

These homey, comforting cookies are perfection straight out of the oven, but some in our family prefer a frozen cookie! The cookies will stay soft and delicious in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week, but will last in the freezer for a couple of months!

close up of stack of peanut butter cookies

More Peanut Butter Treats

We love our peanut butter around here! Try some of our favorite peanut butter treats with a tall glass of milk.

plate of peanut butter cookies

‘Tis the season for cookies! Bake a batch or two of our yummy recipes below, and let us know which ones are your favorites!

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

plate of 5 peanut butter cookies on plaid plate

Peanut Butter Cookies

5 from 4 votes
Peanut Butter Cookies are sweet, chewy and make the most satisfying after school snack. This is the easiest, softest, best recipe you’ll ever try. Don’t forget a tall glass of milk!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies



  • For sprinkling: 1 tablespoon sugar, regular or superfine
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, the baking soda, the baking powder, and the salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy.
  • Add the sugars and beat until smooth.
  • Add the egg and mix well.
  • Add the milk and the vanilla extract.
  • Add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly.
  • Stir in the peanut butter chips and chocolate chips (if you are using them).
  • Place sprinkling sugar — the remaining tablespoon — on a plate.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls into the sugar, then onto ungreased cookie sheets, leaving several inches between for expansion.
  • Using a fork, lightly indent with a crisss-cross pattern (I used the back of a small offset spatula to keep it smooth on top), but do not overly flatten cookies.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  • Do not overbake.
  • Cookies may appear to be underdone, but they are not.
  • Cool the cookies on the sheets for 1 minute, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 5gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 122mgPotassium: 94mgFiber: 1gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 136IUCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    These are just great old-fashioned peanut butter cookies. I added chocolate chips. I used real butter. Easy too!

  2. 5 stars
    There is a recipe for egless peanut butter cookies but I’ve lost it. They keep longer.
    You use much more sugar than peanut butter. I use much more PB. than any recipe I have ever found & less sugar. They never stay on the plate. Even I love them.

    1. Depending on the size of the cookie, it makes between 2 dozen larger cookies or 3 dozen smaller cookies. Thank you for asking!

  3. 5 stars
    How fun! What kind of camera did you get??

    I can attest that these cookies are delicious – I have the same recipe posted on my blog (although your picture is WAY better) and I have no self-control when it comes to eating these.