Cookie 27: Peanut Butter Cookies

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Every would-be, wanna-be, and will-be baker should know how to make peanut butter cookies. These are a great one to pull out of your hat for almost any event, and they’re such a delicious little comfort food. I never knew¬†why we do the “criss-cross” pattern on the top of peanut butter cookies (anyone out there know the answer?) but the simple visual cue of seeing those little hash marks gives me a little tingle of joy knowing I’m about to bite into something incredible. My husband said he was craving a great peanut butter cookie, and with fall setting in here in Kansas City I just happen to have the urge to bake a little more often, so he got lucky. Just a heads up on this before we start the recipe – plan ahead for these. They require a little chill time in the refrigerator.

Peanut Butter Cookies

20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

6 hours

Yield: 3 dozen +

Peanut Butter Cookies

Try this easy, classic recipe for how to make peanut butter cookies. Every baker needs a great peanut butter cookie recipe in his or her repertoire!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter

Recipe Directions

  1. Soften butter to room temperature.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, white sugar and brown sugar.
  4. Add the eggs and beat just until blended.
  5. Add the vanilla extract and peanut butter and mix well.
  6. Begin adding the dry ingredient mixture about 1/3 at a time, beating just until blended.
  7. Cover and refrigerate the peanut butter cookie dough for at least 4 hours.
  8. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  10. Drop rounded balls (or use your cookie scoop!) onto the parchment paper.
  11. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, depending on how crunchy or soft you like your peanut butter cookies.
  12. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool the rest of the way.
  13. Convince yourself you're just going to have one, then devour about a dozen in one sitting.
  14. Cover up the evidence so no one knows about your lack of self-control.


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Heather is an advertising professional in Kansas City. She is a vegetarian food-lover who finds joy in cooking, baking and finding new restaurants in new cities. She leads a pack of animals, including her beagle Ford, her shepherd-collie-retriever mix, Otto, and cat, Ahab.

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