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Homemade Cookies: Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Updated on December 22, 2011

How to make chewy peanut butter cookies

Tis the season…for homemade cookies! I don’t really bake a lot of cookies during the rest of the year, but at Christmas, I do. I’ve been making all kinds of homemade cookies for the past few days. In fact, I sometimes feel as if my kitchen has become “Santa’s Bake Shop.” I need a bunch of cookies to serve at my Christmas Eve party, and I also needed some homemade cookies to help fill some gift baskets I made. I included some peanut butter cookies because hubby likes them so much, but I wasn’t very happy with my first few attempts. The cookies were tasty, but they were crispy, and I wanted some chewy peanut butter cookies. I had made some before, and I still had that recipe, but they weren’t turning out soft and chewy. I tried baking the cookies at different temperatures, but they were still turning out crispy.

I kept trying different methods until I finally achieved soft and chewy peanut butter cookies. I think the secret is to keep the dough chilled, and not to get the cookies too thin. At least, that’s what finally worked for me. I’m sharing the recipe and technique with you here. If you want crisp and crunchy cookies, this isn’t for you. If you want really chewy peanut butter cookies, however, I think you’ll love these homemade cookies! For a real treat, place a warm cookie in a bowl and top it with vanilla ice cream. You might want to add a drizzle of chocolate syrup, too. Or – you could dip the cookies in melted milk chocolate coating and maybe decorate them with sprinkles. Yum!

chewy peanut butter cookies
chewy peanut butter cookies

Holle’s Chewy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe


2 cups all purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 ¼ cup sugar

1 ¼ cup brown sugar

2 sticks butter, softened

3 eggs

1 cup creamy peanut butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions: In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add both sugars. Cream in remaining ingredients until mixture is smooth. Place cookie dough in refrigerator until firm.

When dough is stiff and firm, make dough into one-inch balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, about two inches apart. Do not flatten cookie balls with a fork.

Bake cookies at 300 degrees for eighteen minutes.

Make and bake the cookies one batch at a time. Once you’ve made the first batch, place the remaining dough back in the fridge until you’re ready to make more balls.


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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      You're very welcome, random!

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love peanut butter, and I love chewy cookies. :) This is right up my alley. Thanks for another great recipe!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      drbj, these are really good peanut butter cookies! Good to see you!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Cardisa, don't be too hard on me. I HAD to make homemade cookies for the grands! lol

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Holle - you already know about my addiction to chocolate chip cookies but I swear I am salivating over your photo of these beauties and your easy to make recipe so I may have to forswear my allegiance.

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      I am upset with you. I wont be able to make any cookies for Christmas, and you have been teasing us for the last few days now. I just came from the other hub with the finger print cookies and now I am craving cookies. You torture me Habee and I am mad! lol

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      jenu, many thanks for your kind words. I hope Santa is good to you and that your 2012 is amazing!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Mary, I sent out a holler to GA for you! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Sinea, I like peanut butter cookies, too - especially chewy peanut butter cookies. Hubby LOVES them! Merry Christmas!

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      From my experience with peanut butter cookies, the secret is indeed in the chilling of the dough. As always habee your recipes are incredible and always provides the yum factor. I need to learn to have a snack before I read any of your recipe hubs, the pics are so inviting!

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Hey, habee...this is more like it, girl friend! I have found with P'nut butter cookies, timing is SO important. One minute too long in the oven and they overcook. I'll try your method. Tell Georgia hello for me!

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Peanut butter cookies are one of my favorites. This recipe sounds so easy. Another thing that I like a lot! Thanks for sharing.