plate of 5 peanut butter cookies on plaid plate

Peanut Butter Cookies

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!
Course cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword peanut butter cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Author Erica Walker



  • 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.