The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

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The Timeless Appeal of Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are some of my favorite. These cookies, with their fun criss-cross pattern and delicious flavor, are fun and easy to bake, whether it’s your first time baking or one of your go-to baking recipes. The appeal of peanut butter cookies goes beyond their chewy texture or the perfect balance between crunchy and creamy peanut butter. It’s woven into the fabric of shared memories and traditions, making them much more than just cookies—they’re a way to savor memories, one bite at a time. 

No all-purpose flour, baking soda or worrying about dry and wet ingredients here.  Just 3 ingredients and you have soft, chewy PB cookies.

Gathering Your Cookie Arsenal

Making the perfect peanut butter cookie shouldn’t be complicated.  With this peanut butter cookie recipe, it’s downright easy.  To make these cookies, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter (smooth peanut butter or crunchy, pick your poison)
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar or brown sugar (more or less depending on wanted sweetness)
  • 1 egg

To make them, you’ll preheat the oven to 350° F and place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  

You’ll then mix all of the ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl.  I do this with the paddle attachment on my stand mixer on a low speed, but you can do it by hand as well.  Once the ingredients are combined, you can roll them into balls of dough and place them on the cookie sheet.  Use the tines of a fork to press the cookies down, making the distinct crisscross pattern peanut butter cookies are known for.

Baking time can vary based on how soft or crunchy you want your cookies to be, but 8 minutes in the oven gives me a soft, chewy cookie every time.  Use a cooling rack once they are baked so they don’t continue to cook on the hot cookie sheet.

Storage and Alternative Variations

For best results, store these cookies in an airtight container.  I have kept mine up to a week (only because they never last longer than that.  I have also had several people say that they have frozen and then later thawed them out and they were just as delightful.  I haven’t tried that so I have no idea how well that works.  If you try it let me know!

If you’re looking for some variations, here are a few other things you can try:

  • Add some crunchy peanut butter- I love crunchy peanut butter.  It’s probably my favorite.  Make the best peanut butter cookies even better by adding a little crunch to your cookies.
  • Add some honey or vanilla extract- this is especially true if adding a nut butter other than peanut butter or if you are using the natural stuff.  Natural brands tend to have less sugar, making them and in turn your cookies more bland.
  • Use cashew butter or almond butter as a substitute, in a 1:1 ratio.
  • Add some chocolate chips for a PB chocolate chip cookie.
  • Add a banana instead of an egg to make vegan peanut butter cookies.

Helpful Tips for Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies

Spray a little nonstick cooking spray on your measuring cup before measuring out your peanut butter or nut butter. It will help it not stick to the cup.

Use a cookie scoop to help ensure all of your cookies are the same size.

All in all, these homemade peanut butter cookies are the best cookies.  A few simple ingredients and just a little work are the easiest way to make chewy peanut butter cookies that have all of the flavor with none of the hassle.

For some additional dessert ideas, you can check some other recipes I have done.

To check out my recommendations for baking and cooking supplies, those are here.

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Yield: 12 to 14 cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

These 3 ingredient, 15 minute cookies are the perfect quick and easy addition to your dessert arsenal.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated or brown sugar (more or less depending on wanted sweetness)
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix all ingredients together.
  3. Roll spoonfuls of dough into balls and place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheet (make sure to get hands wet if dough is sticky).
  4. Use a fork to add slight pressure to tops of cookies, forming a criss cross pattern.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes ir until desired chewi- or crunchiness is achieved.
  6. Let cool and enjoy.

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