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Peanut Butter Cookies - How to Make the Best Peanut Butter Cookies Ever

Updated on November 30, 2017
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Jan has been cooking and writing about food for over twenty years and has cooked on multiple television stations, including Food Network.

The Best Peanut Butter Cookie Ever

The most perfect peanut butter cookie - buttery, slightly crisp, soft in the middle and absolutely loaded with incredible peanut butter flavor. They disappear fast!
The most perfect peanut butter cookie - buttery, slightly crisp, soft in the middle and absolutely loaded with incredible peanut butter flavor. They disappear fast!

Can you make peanut butter cookies next time?

Of course that question pops up almost every time I make cookies of any type - I've got two die-hard peanut butter lovers among The Horde. Their grandfather was the same way - when I was a teenager I figured out the best way to either get out of trouble or to get money for something I most likely didn't need was to make peanut butter cookies for my Daddy.

I now make these for the children, and I've taught them how to make them. I tell them they can have all the junk food they want, with two conditions. It has to be homemade and they have to make it themselves. This delicious little cookie almost made that rule backfire on me. First, they're so good that they don't care about the extra work, and secondly, they're super easy peanut butter cookies, so it doesn't deter them at all. My nephew even figured out about putting the chocolate kisses right into the flattened dough. Now if I could only get them to do the dishes afterward....

When I ran the numbers on this recipe, the batch came in at $6.13, and the batch is large - it makes 60 cookies, so this is great for parties, holidays or bake sales. That breaks down to just .20 per serving - if you count a serving as 2 cookies, which is just about perfect!

The Recipe - How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

You'll Need:

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 18 ounces peanut butter, creamy or chunky either one
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped peanuts (optional)

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

Directions

  1. Preaheat oven to 350F. Grease lightly or line with parchment paper or Silpat a couple of baking sheets.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugars until smooth. Add the eggs and the egg yolk one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you work. Stir in vanilla and beat until light and fluffy. Mix in peanut butter.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift or whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix into peanut butter mixture, stirring just until fully combined. Stir in peanuts.
  4. With a tablespoon or small disher or cookie scoop, scoop out 1 inch balls and roll until rounded. Place on cookie sheet and flatten slightly with a fork to make the crosshatch marks. Bake for 12-15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until turning golden. Do not over-bake!
  5. All the cookies to cool for about 60 seconds on the cookie sheet before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. This lets the hot cookies set a bit, and ensures they'll stay nice and round when you move them to the wire rack.

Start with Creaming the Butter and Sugar

Start by creaming together butter with both brown sugar and white sugar. This sets the stage for the buttery richness of this cookie.
Start by creaming together butter with both brown sugar and white sugar. This sets the stage for the buttery richness of this cookie.

Use Both Brown and White Sugar

There's a reason to use both brown and white sugars. White sugar will help crisp the edges and gives the base sweetness to the cookie. Brown sugar gives a depth of flavor, and helps keep the cookie soft in the center.
There's a reason to use both brown and white sugars. White sugar will help crisp the edges and gives the base sweetness to the cookie. Brown sugar gives a depth of flavor, and helps keep the cookie soft in the center.

Eggs Plus Egg White

Use two whole eggs and an additional egg white. This will hep with the structure because of the added fat in the peanut butter.
Use two whole eggs and an additional egg white. This will hep with the structure because of the added fat in the peanut butter.

Plain Old All Purpose Flour

Beat in the flour, then the baking soda, salt and vanilla. This is a forgiving recipe - it's hard to over mix. Or undermix for that matter!
Beat in the flour, then the baking soda, salt and vanilla. This is a forgiving recipe - it's hard to over mix. Or undermix for that matter!

Use a Disher or Cookie Scoop

These are super handy tools. They used to be called all kinds of stuff, from mini ice cream scoops to dishers. They're now sold as cookie scoops, which just plain makes sense.
These are super handy tools. They used to be called all kinds of stuff, from mini ice cream scoops to dishers. They're now sold as cookie scoops, which just plain makes sense.

Crosshatch the Tops

Gently press the tines of a fork into the top of the cookie, then turn and press it cross-wise. This makes the traditional checkered pattern on the top of the finished cookies.
Gently press the tines of a fork into the top of the cookie, then turn and press it cross-wise. This makes the traditional checkered pattern on the top of the finished cookies.

Transfer to Wire Racks to Cool

One trick to making the cookies come out perfectly round is the cookie scoop. Another is to wait about 60 seconds after they come out of the oven before transferring them to the wire rack to cool. This helps them set.
One trick to making the cookies come out perfectly round is the cookie scoop. Another is to wait about 60 seconds after they come out of the oven before transferring them to the wire rack to cool. This helps them set.

How to Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

How to Separate an Egg

Nutrition Label

I'm not a nutritionist or dietitian, but I like to know what I'm feeding my kids. So I generated this label with tools from the USDA. This label includes the optional chopped peanuts.
I'm not a nutritionist or dietitian, but I like to know what I'm feeding my kids. So I generated this label with tools from the USDA. This label includes the optional chopped peanuts.

© 2011 Jan Charles

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    • DixieMockingbird profile image
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      Jan Charles 5 years ago from East Tennessee

      You may want to switch brands. Good chocolate makes a big difference!

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      Turkic 5 years ago

      I tried the cookies, but the problem is that my chocolate doesn't taste that well. What to do?

      Great hub by the way!

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      Sarah Johnson 6 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Yum! Sometimes I think chocolate chip cookies get too much attention. Peanut butter cookies are awesome, and a good comfort food! Voted UP.

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      Jan Charles 6 years ago from East Tennessee

      Thank you - these ARE pretty good!

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      Senoritaa 6 years ago

      Love peanut better myself, and those cookies look delicious!

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