Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

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Perfect homemade Peanut Butter Cookies. Soft and chewy, easy to make, and topped with a sweet sugar coating. You’re going to love this delicious recipe!

Love easy cookie recipes? Try our 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter cookies for an easy twist. Or give these Oreo Cheesecake cookies a try soon.

Peanut Butter Cookies on wooden plate

Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies

When I think back to childhood or a time when I’m truly happy, it usually results in a memory around food.

And often times, COOKIES.

From learning how to make no bake cookies in grade school, to enjoying a chocolate chip cookie after my first day of high school, to being surprised with a batch Oatmeal Raisin cookies in college.

My dad LOVES chewy peanut butter cookies, so whenever we have a family get together, someone will bake a batch for him. That someone is usually ME.

  • These Easy Peanut Butter Cookies have been the recipe that I’ve used for years and years.
  • I’m sure it came from my mom or one of my grandma’s church cookbooks, it is definitely not something I created.
  • You know why? Because they are perfect. As written. As eaten. They are soft and chewy with a sweet crumble thanks to the extra sugar coating!

Take your peanut butter love to the next level and try our peanut butter chocolate chip cookies next! Or keep a batch of our peanut butter balls in the freezer for when a craving hits!

Peanut butter cookies on black wire rack

Important Ingredients Needed

Unlike other cookie recipes, there’s a good chance you have everything you’ll need for these peanut butter cookies right in your pantry. Today. 

  • Peanut Butter. The type of peanut butter for perfect peanut butter cookies is important. This is not the time to be healthy and opt for a natural brand. Go ahead and be choosy, pick Jif or Skippy. The sugars in the peanut butter and the lack of oils (like you find in a natural brand) help create and perfect texture to these cookies!
  • Sugar. Today’s easy peanut butter cookies will have a combination of white sugar (granulated sugar) and light brown sugar. This helps create that chewy texture you’re craving in peanut butter cookies! These cookies are also rolled in extra granulated sugar, creating a sweet crunch as you bite your cookie. Don’t skip this step. It’s a mouthwatering surprise!
Peanut butter cookie dough rolled in granulated sugar and placed on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Mix Dry Ingredients. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt. Set aside.
  2. Mix Butter and Sugar. In a mixing bowl, beat softened butter with granulated sugar and brown sugar. Mix until well blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  3. Finish Cookie dough. Add in eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla extract. Beat until combined. Slowly add in flour mixture until combined. 
  4. Chill. Chill the dough. You only need to chill the dough for about an hour (leaving you time to clean up the kitchen and get dinner ready, haha)! 
  5. Roll & Bake. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place remaining granulated sugar in a small bowl. Using a 2 Tablespoon cookie scoop, spoon dough into hand and roll in a ball. Then roll dough ball into sugar and place on cookie sheet. Using the tines of a fork, press criss-cross marks on top of cookie. Bake for 10-12 minutes and cool completely in wire rack.

Aimee’s Pro Tip

Today’s cookie dough recipe can be made 48 hours in advance. If chilling dough longer than one hour, let it warm up at room temperature until you can handle it without it sticking or crumbling!

Peanut butter cookie balls on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Fork on the side, with fork marks in some of the cookies.

How to Freeze Peanut Butter Cookies

Yes. You can freeze cookie dough or baked cookies. This is great for today’s recipe because it makes nearly 4 dozen cookies. I usually freeze half the cookie dough for later.

Freezing Cookie Dough. Once you have rolled all the peanut butter cookie dough balls into the granulated sugar, slide them into a ziploc freezer bag. Seal and freeze cookie dough for up to 3 months.

When ready to bake, place on baking sheet and bake halfway. Remove from oven, press dough with tines of a fork, and finish baking. You may need to add a few extra minutes to the baking time.

Freezing Peanut Butter Cookies. If you find yourself needing to freeze the baked cookies, slide into an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw on counter overnight and enjoy.

Peanut Butter Cookies on a wire rack to cool.

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4.67 from 190 votes
By: Aimee
Perfect homemade Peanut Butter Cookies. Soft and chewy, easy to make, and topped with a sweet sugar coating. You're going to love this delicious recipe!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Bake Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
Servings: 48 cookies


  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar divided
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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  • In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with 1 cup granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Beat until creamy.
  • Add in eggs, vanilla, and peanut butter. Mix until combined. Slowly add in flour mixture, blending until combined (do not over beat). The crumbs will come together to form a dough, that's when you stop mixing!
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate cookie dough for one hour.
  • When ready, add remaining 1/2 cup sugar to a small bowl. Using a 2 Tbsp cookie scoop, spoon dough and roll into a ball. Roll in sugar and place on parchment covered baking sheet.
  • Use the tines of a fork to press criss-cross marks.
  • Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 10-12 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack. ENJOY.


  • Use parchment paper or silpat when baking. The extra sugar on the cookie can stick to the pan.
  • Wonder why fork marks are used? Peanut butter cookies are dense and don’t spread as much as most types. The fork marks help ensure even baking.
  • Want to change up the flavor? Try mixing in some chocolate chips or M&M’S candies to the dough. 
  • Need something even easier? This 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie recipe is THE BOMB. No flour needed!
  • Chilling the dough in this recipe is important! It helps the softened butter bind to the peanut butter creating the perfect texture!
  • Dry dough? Be sure you use your hands to roll the cookie dough balls, the warmth will help dough form.



Serving: 1cookie, Calories: 159kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 116mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 10g
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
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Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies. Soft and chewy, easy to make, and topped with a sweet sugar coating. You’re going to love this delicious recipe!

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Posted on February 8, 2011

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  1. Hello! Will this work with natural peanut butter? I’ve seen some recipes that specifically say not to use with theirs. Thanks

  2. Hi Aimee
    I made your peanut butter cookies they are the best ones I’ve ever made!! Thank you for sharing !

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