Peanut Butter Cookies

5 from 11 votes

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These Peanut Butter Cookies are soft, chewy, and what dreams are made of! Sweet and a little salty too, you will never need another peanut butter cookie recipe. Be sure to check out my other amazing cookie recipes while you’re at it!

hand holding a peanut butter cookie

Peanut Butter Cookies | Classic + Well Loved

This Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe is heaven-sent! I’ve had plenty of these kinds of cookies before and they always missed the mark. Either with texture, flavor, or both! So, I’ve been testing different ingredients and baking options and this peanut butter cookie recipe is the be-all-end-all. I love a chocolate chip cookie or even sugar cookies are fabulous, but nothing holds a candle to soft, warm, peanut butter cookies.

Main Ingredients Needed

  • Butter + Peanut Butter – this combination of softened, salted butter, and Jif peanut butter is the key to this cookie recipe. Shortening, butter-flavored shortening, unsalted butter, and all-natural peanut butter just didn’t give me the kind of soft, salty-sweet, chewy cookie I was looking for, but creaming the salted butter together with the Jif and sugars is what made the difference.
  • Sugar + Brown Sugar – speaking of sugars, I used both kinds here. Both are used to sweeten but brown sugar specifically helps keeps these cookies soft.
  • Egg – this is used for structure.
  • Vanilla – use the real stuff if you can!
  • Baking Soda – this is the leavening agent.
  • Flour – this fills out the rest of the cookies while not taking away from the PB flavor!

Can I use natural peanut butter for this recipe?

For best results opt for a Jif or Skippy peanut butter. Now is not the time for all-natural peanut butter. Sorry, friends!

Peanut Butter Cookie dough in a bowl with a spatula

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

You’re only a few simple steps away from enjoying these unforgettable peanut butter cookies. For full recipe details see the recipe card below!

Step 1: Preheat + Prep

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper and set aside.

Cream salted butter, Jif smooth peanut butter, and sugars together until combined. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Slowly incorporate the flour and leavening until it’s *just* combined.

Step 3: Scoop + Press Dough

Scoop and press the cookies with a fork on a prepared baking sheet. Because these cookies are filled with peanut butter, they are a little denser than regular cookies. Crisscross pressing the dough helps them bake more evenly, plus it’s cute.

Step 4: Bake + Cool

Bake 7-8 minutes to keep cookies soft, leaving on the hot baking pan for three minutes post oven to finish baking. Transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling and serve.

fork pressing down into a ball of peanut butter cookie dough

Keeping Peanut Butter Cookies Soft

I purposely designed this Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe to be soft. Ingredients, method, and baking all help with this, but sometimes if they have been left out too long, the edges can get a little crispy.

To combat this and keep them fresh, once the cookies have cooled completely, store them in an airtight container with a slice of plain white bread. Just like the bread softens brown sugar, it will help keep your cookies soft and fresh. Of course, this is an optional step, but every little bit helps.

close up of peanut butter cookie

More PB Cookies to Try!

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5 from 11 votes

Peanut Butter Cookies

These Peanut Butter Cookies are soft, chewy and what dreams are made of! Sweet and a little salty too, you will never need another peanut butter cookie recipe.
servings 24 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper and set aside.
  • Cream peanut butter, butter, and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Stir in egg and vanilla. Scrape sides and mix again. Incorporate baking soda and flour until just combined.
  • Scoop dough balls onto the baking sheet leaving lots of room around each cookie to expand. Press down cookie dough balls using a fork. 
  • Bake 7-8 minutes. Cool on baking sheet 3 minutes and then remove to cooling rack. Serve immediately or store in airtight containers for up to 3 days.



Calories: 130kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 51mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.5mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to make peanut butter cookies, peanut butter cookie recipe, peanut butter cookies
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  1. Judi Conway

    5 stars
    I think these are the best pb cookies I’ve ever made … as I had originally had a chocolate craving, I placed 3 milk chocolate chips on top of each cookie immediately out of the oven. HUGE hit in our house. Thanks so much for sharing recipes!

  2. Sue

    5 stars
    These r the best , I make them often, I dip fork in granulated sugar before the criss/cross on every cookie doesn’t stick to fork, best recipe yet, thank-u……sue

  3. Akina Maher

    5 stars
    I only use your recipe when I make peanut butter cookies! I haven’t made them in a year and I was trying to remember your recipe and I finally found your website again! My family love them and I add in peanutbutter chips as well. 5 stars!

  4. Karen Kropf

    5 stars
    Delicious! I doubled the recipe. In my oven though, 7-8 minutes were too under done even with leaving them on the hot sheet for extra minutes. 10 min works great for me.

    1. Ashley

      I know I’m a couple years late, but in case it helps someone else: just dip the fork in water. I get some in a cup or mug and just dunk the fork after every other cookie or so.

  5. Laura

    5 stars
    These cookies came out better than I thought!! I am no baker but the recipe was simple, fast, and easy to follow! My only issue was that I made them a little too big so a couple came apart.

  6. Annie Carron

    There is something comforting about simple delicious peanut butter cookies. It reminds me of my mom and dad and snowy afternoons! My favorite! Thank you!

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  8. Rosalind

    5 stars
    Thank you for this awesome recipe. Great post with your son. Many Blessings. I appreciate the time and you put forth sharing with us.