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Classic Peanut Butter Cookie

Jennie Duncan
Nothing better than a dessert with peanut butter. These Classic Peanut Butter Cookies are easy to make so taste so good! Simple yet so satisfying, you will be really happy with these cookies once you make them!
4.67 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
resting time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 303 kcal


  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup butter (unsalted and softened)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (optional for topping)


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet lightly with nonstick cooking spray or with parchment paper. 
  • In a large stand mixer or with an electric hand mixer cream together peanut butter, butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add in egg and vanilla extract and continue to mix until creamy and combined. 
  • Meanwhile in a separate bowl sift together your flour, baking soda, and salt. Then slowing add into your wet batter. Scraping sides as needed while you mix. 
  • Roll your dough into 1 inch balls. Place on a baking sheet and use a fork to make a criss-cross pattern. Sprinkle cookies with remaining sugar. 
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies just start to turn brown. Be careful not to over bake these cookies can get hard quickly. Once cooked allow to cool on the pan or on a wire rack for 10 minutes then serve and enjoy. 



Cooking Tips:
  • Why flatten cookie: Peanut butter cookies don't spread when baking as other cookies would. To make sure they bake well you want to press the cookies down. I used a fork to make the traditional marks on the peanut butter cookies.
  • How to make the peanut butter crisscross: It's actually pretty simple. I just pressed down with a fork and then changed the direction of my fork and pressed again. That's it!
  • Why the crisscross pattern? Due to the addition of peanut butter to these cookies, they are denser and thicker, so to ensure they bake completely you want to flatten your cookie dough balls, and using a fork in a crisscross pattern does it best.


Calories: 303kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 246mgPotassium: 146mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 260IUCalcium: 26mgIron: 1.2mg
Keyword Classic Peanut Butter Cookie, peanut butter cookie
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