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Look no further for the BEST Peanut Butter Cookies. With just the right “snap” and texture from extra crunchy peanut butter, they’ll instantly become a family favorite!

I’ve been making this Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe for years. Once I find a favorite, there’s no need to hunt down another. This recipe is the finest!

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Best 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  these Easy Peanut Butter Cookies. 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 these peanut butter cookies ASAP!! Definitely the best peanut butter cookies I’ve ever made or eaten! Scroll down for tips on how to make peanut butter cookies.

Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies on a white ceramic tray


Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do Peanut Butte 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!

How Long Do Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies Last?

Store your peanut butter cookies in an airtight container. At room temperature, they'll stay fresh for about 4 days. Alternatively, store these easy peanut butter cookies in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies in a small white ceramic bowl

Tips for How to Make 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. This recipe was not tested 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 dough balls.
  • PRO-Tip: Roll your dough balls in sugar. The sugar helps prevent the fork from sticking to the dough.
  • 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 above for how the markings should look on a batch these easy peanut butter cookies.

More Peanut Butter Recipes 

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.  

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
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Extra Chunky Peanut Butter (creamy is fine if you don’t like the texture of extra chunky). I used Jif.
Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies on a white ceramic tray

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy, old-fashioned peanut butter cookies!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Yield 36 cookies


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. On low speed or by hand, add there served dry ingredients, mixing only till incorporated.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Bake for about 12 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for about a minute before moving to cooling rack.


Recipe adapted from Dorie Greenspan.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g


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43 comments on “Best Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. How about a #grabyourcookiesday? These look delicious, I just want to steal them all! Your other peanut butter recipes are equally divine!!

  2. It’d be nutty not to have such delicious looking cooked for breakfast! Your PB photos and recipes look very scrumptious, indeed, Liz =)

    P.s. Now I know Maddy is the sister with the gorgeous art work…What a talented family!

  3. I love such simple classic cookies πŸ™‚ with a glass of cold milk.. πŸ™‚

  4. Yep, I’d love to have a few of these for breakfast! Also saw Rosettes in your “you might also like”, they are beautiful! I’ve often thought about getting an iron:@)

  5. When they’re soft and chewy like yours look, peanut butter cookies are by and far my favorite snack… yum! I’m glad we got nutty together, Lizzy!

  6. Peanut butter is definitely my favorite form of any nuts. Can never go wrong with classic pb cookies.

  7. Breakfast cookies?!?! I’m in and I will take three please!

  8. I’m not only making these delicious looking cookies but I’m telling the boys they’re for breakfast. They’ll love you forever for that!

  9. I would be willing to call these breakfast. And lunch. And dinner. πŸ™‚

  10. A perfectly classic cookie to show off your nuts.

  11. There is nothing more comforting than a perfect peanut butter cookie and yours fit the bill!!!

  12. Haha, love that story. I would love to have a few of these PB cookies for breakfast – they look delicious!

  13. I love love love peanut butter cookies! So dang good it is wrong!

  14. nothing like peanut butter cookies!

  15. I love such simple and classic cookies and my son would go crazy for these peanut butter cookies…

  16. Aw these look just lovely! I really like the cute criss cross pattern on top!

  17. I love peanut butter cookies. I think you need to package these bad boys up and send them to me asap. Quality control and all that. Bah ha ha.

    My mom used to make peanut butter cookies all the time. Every time I see peanut butter cookies I think of my mom.

    I am so glad you joined us for this event. So much fun. I swear the FB group was a total riot. I laughed all month long leading up to this event. Nothing like a good giggle to ease the stress.

  18. You can never go wrong with a classic PB cookie, these look so good!

  19. I always forget about the classic peanut butter cookie. I have no idea why because they are delicious…they need more respect, but those stupid chocolate chip cookies keep stealing the starring role! Thanks for bringing back a classic!

  20. mmmmm love nutty desserts! ;P These pb cookies look so soft and full of flavor-my idea of the perfect snack!

  21. You’re right. The kids here at The Gant will love these cookies. Just printed out the recipe.

  22. I just made some peanut butter cookies too! I used a little more peanut butter in my ratio. πŸ™‚

  23. Hi, I love your blog, I love all your recipes, wonderful!
    And I love this peanut butter cookies!
    It’s a real pleasure for me to have found you!


  24. I could have this cookie for breakfast any day and so would my husband. I never baked peanut butter cookies. I have to try these. Pinned!

  25. this is my sons favorite cookies I must make them for him with his birthday coming up soon!

  26. These have to be the perfect peanut butter cookies! I need to make a batch!

  27. These look amazing! I love peanut butter cookies. They are definitely a classic. I’m always up for cookies you can have for breakfast too! I need to make a batch.

  28. Excellent! Reminded me of being a kid again!

  29. Such a delicious classic cookie! Delicious!Β 

  30. I can totally get behind cookies for breakfast! These pb cookies are one of our favorites, any time of day!

  31. Love these cookies! Perfect for any occasion.

  32. Can’t wait to make these delicious cookies for Christmas! They are a classic!

  33. Running to the kitchen to make these right now! I love how delicious these look.

  34. I love the simplicity of this recipe. That’s what makes it so incredibly good!

  35. I shall look no further! These look perfect. Yes, the iconic fork marks – perhaps that is good now for those with allergies to be able to spot them right away?

  36. Peanut butter cookies are one of our favourites too, so easy to whip up. Will be sure to give these a try next time.

  37. Peanut butter cookies will always be one of my favourites! I’m lucky in that none of my kids have peanut allergies, and they LOVE peanut butter cookies!

  38. Liz, these peanut butter cookies look amazing! Love the chunky peanut butter in them for that yummy crunch!

  39. So funny, I always tell myself how peanut butter cookies contain a lot of protein so they’re healthier than most cookies, and perfectly fine for breakfast. I’m being 100% serious! I love that! YUM! πŸ™‚ ~Valentina

  40. Peanut butter cookies are one of my favorites. These look amazing!

  41. This looks delicious. gonna make this for dinner! this is my sons favorite I must make it for him πŸ™‚

  42. I’m all for breakfast cookies, but truth be told, I’m all for cookies!

  43. There aren’t many peanut butter cookie lovers in my family but I’m sure I can find someone to share these with.

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