Peanut butter cookies

There’s something undeniably comforting about homemade peanut butter cookies, and this particular recipe has become a staple in my kitchen. I recently baked a batch and was reminded again of their simple yet irresistible charm. The recipe strikes a perfect balance between the rich, nutty flavor of peanut butter and the sweet blend of sugars. Each bite offers a delightful combination of a slightly crisp exterior and a soft, chewy center. The process of making these cookies is as enjoyable as eating them – rolling the dough into balls and creating the classic fork-pressed pattern on top is a delightful touch. They emerged from the oven golden brown and filled the house with a warm, inviting aroma. These cookies were not only a hit with my family but also a comforting treat for a quiet evening at home.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups sifted flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix these first six ingredients well.
  3. Gradually add the sifted flour, baking soda, and salt to the mixture. Mix thoroughly until a consistent dough forms.
  4. Roll the dough into small balls. Dip a fork in sugar or flour and use it to press down on each ball, creating a crisscross pattern.
  5. Place the cookies on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they are just lightly browned.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

Servings: Varies based on size of cookies Calories per serving: Approximately 100-150 calories per cookie (varies based on size and ingredients)

Preparation Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 to 15 minutes
  • Total Time: About 27 to 30 minutes

Additional Tips

  • For a healthier version, you can use whole wheat flour and reduce the sugar.
  • Adding chocolate chips or chopped nuts can give an additional flavor and texture.
  • Ensure not to overbake the cookies to keep them soft and chewy.

FAQ Section

  • Can I use crunchy peanut butter instead of smooth? Yes, crunchy peanut butter can be used for added texture.
  • Can these cookies be made gluten-free? Yes, by using gluten-free flour in place of all-purpose flour.
  • How long do these cookies stay fresh? Stored in an airtight container, they can stay fresh for up to a week.
  • Can I freeze the cookie dough? Yes, the dough can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before baking.
  • Is there a substitute for brown sugar? If brown sugar is unavailable, you can use white sugar, but the flavor profile will slightly change.