Look no further for the BEST Classic Peanut Butter Cookies. With just the right “snap” and texture from extra crunchy peanut butter, they’ll become a family favorite!
I’ve been making this old fashioned peanut butter cookie recipe for years. Once I find a favorite, there’s no need to hunt down another!
Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
I was heading to Denver to visit my youngest sister, Maddy, who used to eat slice after slice of peanut butter toast when we were children. I knew she’d be thrilled with a special delivery of this Classic Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. This recipe uses extra chunky peanut butter to give an added bonus of small bits of peanuts.
I was not mistaken. She loved how tender and not overly sweet these babies were. Bill shared the family tradition he started years ago in his grandfather’s kitchen with Maddy and her husband. Bill’s dad caught his middle son eating cookies and milk early one morning during one of their visits. My father-in-law grew irate and started scolding Bill until Bill’s Great-aunt Kate intervened with, “It’s OK. It’s a breakfast cookie.” Bill’s dad was raised by his aunt and knew immediately he had no retort for any rules put out by the matriarch of the household.
Maddy was happy to adopt the idea of breakfast cookies. I did comment that at least a peanut butter cookie contained a bit more protein than the Oreos and chocolate chip breakfast cookies that I’d observed the hubby snacking on for his breakfast cookie! Whether you eat these for breakfast or dessert, I hope you’ll bake up a batch of classic peanut butter cookies ASAP!! Definitely the best peanut butter cookies I’ve ever made or eaten!
Why Do Peanut Butter Cookies have Crosshatch Fork Marks?
Peanut butter dough is quite dense. Using a fork to press a hash mark onto the top of each dough ball presses each dough ball into a flat disk. These disks will bake more evenly than a round of dough. Plus, these fork marks have become the iconic symbol of a peanut butter cookie! Those with peanut allergies know to steer clear!
Tips for Making the Best Peanut Butter Cookies
- As with most cookies, have your butter and eggs at room temperature. They’ll incorporate into the batter better than when they’re fresh out of the refrigerator.
- Pro-Tip: Make sure both your baking soda and baking powder haven’t expired. Baking powder, in particular, has a shorter life span and since it’s used less frequently, it often loses it’s leavening strength before you even put a dent in the container.
- Use extra chunky peanut butter in this peanut butter cookie recipe. It adds some extra texture and peanut butter flavor.
- If you do not like nuts in your cookies, feel free to use creamy peanut butter instead.
- I used Jif peanut butter. I did not test this recipe with homemade or natural peanut butter, which is not as thick as national brands.
- PRO-Tip: Spray your measuring cup with non-stick spray before measuring out sticky ingredients like peanut butter or honey. It will release like a dream and make clean up a lot easier!
- Use a cookie disher to scoop out even sized balls of cookie dough. Roll them between your palms to form balls, then roll in sugar to coat.
- Take a table fork and press down to flatten a dough ball. Rotate the fork and press down to form a hashmark # across the surface. See the photo below for how the markings should look
More Peanut Butter Recipes
So whether or not you want to legitimize the breakfast cookie at your house, you’ll definitely want to bake up a batch of these classic peanut butter cookies.
- Flourless Peanut Butter Walnut Brownie Cookies by It’s Yummi
- Salted Caramel Peanut Pie by Hungry Couple
- Classic Monster Cookies
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Caramel Bars
- Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
- Peanut Butter Truffle Brownies
- Frozen Peanut Butter Pie
- Homemade Reese’s Bars
Quick Shopping List for Peanut Butter Cookies
- Kitchen staples: All purpose flour, sugar, salt
- Baking soda (check expiration date)
- Baking powder (check expiration date)
- Brown sugar
- Extra Chunky Peanut Butter (creamy is fine if you don’t like the texture of extra chunky)
Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
Easy, old-fashioned peanut butter cookies!
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Total Time: 32 minutes
- Yield: 40 cookies 1x
- Category: Desserts, Cookies
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup of peanut butter (I used extra chunky Jif)
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- Additional sugar for rolling
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment. Whisk the dry ingredients together and set aside. Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter till smooth and creamy. Add the peanut butter and beat for another minute. Add the sugars and beat for a few minutes more. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
- On low speed or by hand, add there served dry ingredients, mixing only till incorporated.
- Put some sugar into a pie plate. Scoop out level tablespoons of dough and roll in sugar to coat. Place dough balls on prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2-inches between them.
- To make the criss-cross pattern, dip a fork in sugar and press down on top of the dough balls in one direction, then again in the opposite direction.
- Bake for about 12 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for about a minute before moving to cooling rack.
Recipe adapted from Dorie Greenspan.