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Peanut Butter Cookies

Updated on June 10, 2016

Quick & Easy

The peanut butter cookie has to be in the top ten in terms of popularity for "favorite cookie". I know it is one of mine and it is definitely one of the husband's.

If you love peanut butter cookies, then you have come to the right place.

Get your cookie sheets out and warm up the oven!

Citation: unless otherwise stated images are copyright M. E. Wood.

Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies

Cook Time

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: Baking time varies.

Serves: Makes 3 dozen.


  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour


  1. Measure ingredients into a bowl and mix thoroughly with blender. Will be thick.
  2. Measure out rounded teaspoons and roll into balls as you go along. Lay out balls onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Press into a flat cookie with a fork by making a criss cross on top of each ball.
  3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes (depending on your oven temperature and how crunchy you like your cookies) at 325 degrees F (150 C).
  4. Let cool on pan for 40 to 60 seconds then move to cooking rack.
  5. Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies that are good both warm and cold.
5 stars from 1 rating of Peanuty Goodness

The Tools for a Good Cookie

Producing a good peanut butter cookie has less to do with accurate measuring and more to do with what you are using to bake with.

If you use crappy peanut butter you are going to get a crappy cookie. I prefer to use Kraft Crunchy Peanut Butter for cookie baking.

Parchment Paper is a must! I never used it for decades and now I swear by it. Especially with an oven that has a mind of its own. Parchment paper prevents the bottom from cooking (or overcooking) before the top has time to catch up. It is a miracle. Seriously, try it.

Roll those sleeves up and get sticky. Then roll that mixture into cute little balls. Rolling each cookie by hand guarantees your ingredients are completely mixed. And it just makes a prettier cookie.

Hello Peanut Butter Cookie Lovers - Ta da!

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @paulgrossman: Gee the girl scouts down there always offer something special. I only ever see the mint ones up here. :( It's hard to go wrong with peanut butter, even if it doesn't work it usually tastes good. LOL

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      paulgrossman 5 years ago

      Two words always pull me in like a magnet...PEANUT BUTTER! It is so good...I've probably tried every peanut butter variation out there...cakes, yogurt pies, cheesecake...You name it! And when it's girl scout cookie season, I'm all over those Tagalongs! I will try your recipe....Of course with the criss-cross! :) Thank you for the yummy lens!

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      imagelist lm 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing...

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      Moe Wood 5 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @danielmccarthy lm: Egad! In the mean time pick up an inexpensive toaster oven. They are good for everything these days. I have baked pork chops and muffins in ours. Great for the summer when it gets hot. :D Hope you get a real oven soon.

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      danielmccarthy lm 5 years ago

      I can't wait until I get an oven again! We bought a house with no oven and it's driving me mad. I would use extra crunchy peanut butter in these. Chocolate frosting would go well too I guess.

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      Philmac128 6 years ago

      A friend was after a peanut cookie recipe earlier today and now I stumble upon this. Will pass it on and try it myself, nice lens

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Peanutbutterrrrrrrr! Need I say more! Great job.

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      RecipePublishing 6 years ago

      Yummy my kids can't wait to try these!

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      GenesisLabs 6 years ago

      Peanut butter cookies are my all time favorite! The only thing I don't like about this lens is the craving for peanut butter cookies that it has just caused. Yes, I'm blaming this lens for that. ;)

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      fantasticallyfi 6 years ago

      I've got to try this out! Please feel free to check out my muffin recipe - have a good day!

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      Moe Wood 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @Steve Dizmon: Actually, I don't think it is all that odd because I don't like chocolate chips in mine either but Reeses cups are the exception.

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      The all look delicious! I love cookies, but I just want to eat because baking is tiring. :)

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      Steve Dizmon 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Peanut Butter cookies are my second favorite with Chocolate Chip being my first choice. Oddly enough, even though I love Reeses RB Cups I don't like PB cookies with chocolate chips. ???????????

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      Heard_Zazzle 6 years ago

      I love peanut butter cookies. A nice variety is one end dipped in melted semi sweet chocolate or adding some chocolate chips. Yummy!

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Now peanut butter cookies are on my to-do list for this week! Appreciated the interactive ideas on this, cool!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I am so hungry now. Thank you for the delicious recipes.

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. Something that tastes great and is good for you. Nice lens as always Joni

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      jackieb99 7 years ago

      Mmmm...I love peanut butter cookies!

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      Lisa_Maria 7 years ago

      Mmm there goes my diet I'm making these at weekend now! Love recipes. Great lens.

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      MoonandMagic 7 years ago

      wonderful, rolled to my cookbook, you can be sure I will be cooking this often. Thanks

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      clemency lm 7 years ago

      Have to confess I've never tasted a peanut butter cookie! That is about to change, you have inspired me and I will be trying out your recipe tonight. Thank you!

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      Tagsforkids 7 years ago

      Oh my, a fav for sure! Throw in some chocolate with PB and suddenly all seems right with the world! :)

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      Jackie Block 7 years ago from SE Michigan

      My daughter loves to get her "hands dirty" making peanut butter cookies.

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      Fox Music 7 years ago

      Thank you for this Delicious Lens on Peanut Butter Cookies

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Peanut butter cookies and me go WAY back. They've been a favorite of mine since elementary school. Some things never change (like that certain taste bud that still craves these cookies). Nice work!

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      surfer1969 lm 7 years ago

      Peanut butter cookies are to die

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      Stephen Carr 7 years ago from Corona, CA

      Love the cookies. They look yummy. Nice lens.

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      David Stone 7 years ago from New York City

      Let's face it. Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are what the devil eats for lunch. They will corrupt you eternally. Ah! Too late now!

      Loved this lens. Thanks and will lensroll to my not as sweet recipes.

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @CCGAL: I definitely don't have that problem at our house. The husband polishes them off in a few days. And of course, true to form, doesn't gain an ounce.

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      CCGAL 7 years ago

      I love peanut butter cookies. My husband won't eat them. I say, "good. more for me." LOL

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      brandonmotz lm 7 years ago

      I was looking for a cookie recipe to make tonight and my book does not have one cookie recipe in it! I just finished making these peanut butter cookies. They are awesome! This recipe only produced 1 dozen though. They were quite large!

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      Deborah LM 7 years ago

      Mmmmm, my favorite cookie. Love almost anything with peanut butter in it. I'm totally making some soon!

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      LotusMalas 7 years ago

      Yummy! Peanut Butter cookies are some of my favorite - I need to make some soon! Lenrolled to my pumpkin chocolate chip cookies!

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      TriviaChamp 7 years ago

      Made these this afternoon. Family loved them.

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      Winter52 LM 7 years ago

      I was in love with them before you suggested adding bits of a Skor bar... there is no holding me back now ;) Thanks for the idea!!

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      It seems all very tasty. I love peanut butter.

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      I love PB cookies! This is one tasty lens!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      I love peanut butter cookies almost as much as I like chocolate chip.

      Thanks for sharing


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      greenerme 7 years ago

      These really sound delicious! I remember making these a long time ago, and they didn't take long at all.

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      awakeningwellness 7 years ago

      I pretty much love everthing peanut butter, can't wait to try these cookies!

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      Thank you for sharing your delicious Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe.

      Just wanted to let you know that this lens is now featured on Nutty about Peanuts Unit Study.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Yum, looks great. Nice lens and top marks for it as usual.

      Norma :)

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      lolicious 7 years ago

      Mmmmmmm peanut butter cookies are so tasty, thanks for such an amazing lens, Keep it Up!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just made this recipe, with butter instead of margarine, and they are exactly what a peanut butter cookie should be - especially when taken out at 7 minutes and allowed to sit on the pan for a minute. Light, fluffy, and very peanuty.

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      momto4 lm 7 years ago

      These look delicious! And so simple to make! Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Oh GOD I adore peanut butter cookies! You've got my mouth watering :)

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      kathys55 8 years ago

      Mmmmm! Great peanut butter cookie lens. They sound delicious I'll have to try them.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      My husband always wants chocolate chip, but I like variety. My grandmother made the best peanut butter cookies. As I don't have her recipe I'll try yours. They sound great.

      Thanks for sharing


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      Dailydreams 8 years ago

      well done very yummy lens indeed I added you to a "Showcasing others" lens I am making :)

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      Sounds yummy. I've just added your PB cookies to my new lens, The Best Cookies Bake Off Ever and I've blessed it, too.

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      I love Peanut butter cookies! We get our peanut butter freshly ground, so we should be ok according to your lens.

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      Ruth Coffee 8 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Love them warm. It storming right now and they sound just perfect!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      I love peanut butter cookies and those ones with the little chocolate star are to die for.

      Thanks for the memories of eating them! 5*

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      Jeff Wendland 9 years ago from Kalamazoo, MI

      PB cookies are my favorite.

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      tdove 9 years ago

      I love peanut butter cookies even better than chocolate chip. I like them warm and gooey. I wish I had one now. Thanks for checking out my tattoo removal lens.

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      WritingforYourW 9 years ago

      They're doubly good with some PB chips added :)

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      Stinky LM 9 years ago

      Love peanut butter cookies.mmmmmmmm...

      Thanks for the great recipes!

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      Jen Maskill 9 years ago

      My son will love this. He is addicted to Peanut Butter!