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Home Ec Peanut Butter Cookies

Updated on May 26, 2013

When I was about nine or ten years old I felt I was ready to start cooking. Oh sure, I made French toast, scrambled eggs, jell-o, and helped my mom with all sorts of things but I was ready to make something special. The recipe my mom found for me to try was this very peanut butter cookie recipe. It is a very old recipe, my grandmother made these cookies in home economics class in the 1940s. I successfully made these peanut butter cookies that day, and have made them hundreds of times since. I have made them with my daughter, and one day soon she will be making them “all by herself.” This isn’t a healthy recipe for sure, but it is easy to keep the ingredients on hand, its quick, and they always turn out delicious.

My family has been this making this recipe for over fifty years.
My family has been this making this recipe for over fifty years. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Makes up to 3 dozen cookies, depending on size.


  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons Shortening
  • 6 Tablespoons Peanut Butter, (I prefer crunchy!)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Cups Plain Flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda


  1. Mix the two sugars with shortening and peanut butter. Add the egg and vanilla. Then add flour, salt and soda and mix well. Then roll them into small balls and flatten with a fork to make hash marks on top. Bake them at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes and let cool about 5 minutes before removing from pan.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla.
  3. Add flour, salt and soda and mix well--it may seem like the dough will not come together, but it will. Use your hands for easiest mixing.
  4. Roll them into small balls and flatten with a fork to make hash marks on top.
  5. Bake them at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

These are sure to be a hit with your family as they have been with mine for years now.  I have substituted margarine for the shortening and they tend to make flatter cookies that are more prone to burning, but they taste just as good.  This is a great recipe to add chocolate chips or raisins to, just watch them a bit more carefully when cooking to make sure the add-ins aren’t burning.

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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I also grew up helping to make peanut butter cookies. My brothers and I had the "job" of making the cross marks with forks once we were old enough. I still love peanut butter cookies although I seldom eat them. My husband likes peanuts and peanut butter but does not like peanut butter cookies. Go figure?

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      libby101a 7 years ago from KY

      MMMMmmm those look delicious!!!

    • VictorG profile image

      VictorG 7 years ago from USA

      Mmmm, those look like they would be really yummy! I don't think I have ever had anything with peanut butter that I did not like and peanut butter cookies are one of my favorites. They look like they are very easy to make too!