These old fashioned, crunchy and delicious peanut butter cookies are perfect with a cold glass of milk. They are perfectly thick and have a nice snap when you bite into them. Chill before baking for best results.
Delicious peanut butter cookies
If you love peanut butter as much as I do you will LOVE these delicious peanut butter cookies. Pair them with a cold glass of milk and you will not be able to stop at just one! They are crunchy and rich and perfect for dipping.
Peanut butter cookie ingredients
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar packed
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups crunchy full fat peanut butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
substitutions & FAQ
It is very important to make sure that when making this dough, that you are using unbleached All Purpose Flour. Different flours have different levels of protein content and self rising flours even have added rising agents. So for optimum results, make sure that you are using one that says All Purpose.
Because this recipe has 1 tsp of salt, I recommend using unsalted butter. However, you CAN substitute salted butter for unsalted if you add 1/4 tsp LESS salt.
I am a Jiff gal, so that’s what I use when baking these cookies. But you can use any Peanut Butter of your choosing so long as it is NOT natural peanut butter OR Low-fat, as unfortunately those make crumbly, dry cookies.
You CAN sub almond or cashew butter for the Peanut Butter, but the results will be slightly different due to consistency and texture. I would suggest trying to find the most creamy alternative nut butter you can find and whipping it with a fork before using to make sure it is really smooth.
PEanut butter cookie tips
A common problem people face when baking cookies is spreading and flattening. For this recipe, it is very important to cream together the room temperature butter (NOT Melted!!) and sugar before moving on to the next step. Using a fork or whisk, ‘whip’ the butter and sugar until it is light and fluffy.
Another important step is CHILLING. To keep your cookies from spreading and losing shape, stick your dough into the fridge for AT LEAST 30 minutes before baking. For even better results, make them a day ahead and let them sit in the fridge overnight.
You also want to make sure that your baking soda is fresh. Using old baking soda can cause your cookies and other baked goods to not get a good rise. If have to buy new baking soda, use the old box for cleaning! Baking soda is a great gentle abrasive that works well on sinks, tubs, floors, and other surfaces!
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Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
- 1 Cup Table Sugar
- 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
- 3 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Salt
- 2 Cups Crunchy Peanut Butter
- Cream together you room temperature butter and sugars. Whip with a whisk or fork until it is light and fluffy.1 Cup Unsalted Butter, 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar, 1 Cup Table Sugar
- Next, add you eggs one at a time and whisk until well blended.2 Large Eggs
- Add the peanut butter and vanilla and mix until smooth.1 1/2 tsp Vanilla, 2 Cups Crunchy Peanut Butter
- In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.3 Cups All Purpose Flour, 1 tsp Baking Soda, 1 tsp Salt
- Slowly add the flour mixture into the wet mixture, stopping just as it is all incorporated. Do not overmix!
- Cover the mixing bowl and Refrigerate AT LEAST 30 minutes, or for optimum results- overnight.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 and spoon out around 2 Tbsp of dough for each cookie, spacing 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Using a fork, press down (left to right) then (up to down) onto each ball of dough to create an X pattern on each cookie.
- Bake for 16-20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cookies are lightly golden. Transfer to a cooling rack and let cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!