Peanut Butter Cookies

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Peanut Butter CookiesI was in the mood to bake, but wanted to make something easy so I decided to give this recipe a whirl. I followed other reviewers’ advice and added vanilla as well as more peanut butter, but I just don’t get all the rave reviews. To me, these were good, but nothing special. Then again, I’m not a huge peanut butter cookie fan and the real test will be when I bring the cookies into the office tomorrow.

Also, I noticed the tops of most of the cookies look cracked, and the nice criss-cross pattern didn’t show. I’m thinking it may be because I made the cookies smaller (and therefore flatter), but really, I have no clue. Any ideas?

Photos of the process here.

1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups crunchy peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda


  1. Cream together butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
  2. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir into batter. Put batter in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Roll into 1 inch balls, (optional–roll in sugar), and put on baking sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown. Do not over-bake.

Makes about four dozen cookies.

My notes:

  • I didn’t have any crunchy peanut butter at home so I used creamy.
  • I rolled some of the cookies in sugar after shaping them into balls.
  • I used a small cookie scoop so I got way more than four dozen cookies.

Original recipe from All Recipes.


10 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cookies”

    justJENN on 1 August 15th, 2007 10:15 pm

    The cracking is most likely because your heat was too high.

    As for the criss cross, if you roll them into balls, then use a sugared fork – the pattern should show up better.

    H on 2 August 15th, 2007 10:18 pm

    Jenn, thanks! I thought that 375 seemed high, but considering I know nothing scientific about baking, I figured the recipe must be correct. Live and learn!

    Kristen on 3 August 19th, 2007 7:21 pm

    I am not a big pb cookie fan either. I tried a recipe last month from Gourmet that was the best I had tried so far.
    I think your cookies look great!

    brian on 4 August 21st, 2007 7:11 am

    Are you using natural or hydrogenated peanut butter? I have a similar recipe, with mostly similar amounts, except it calls for 3 cups of flour and no baking powder. Folks enjoy them because they are not too sweet.

    brian on 5 August 21st, 2007 7:15 am

    Just a thought, but have you considered substituting new co-workers?

    H on 6 August 21st, 2007 8:57 pm

    Brian, I used regular old Jiff! And if you’re in southern California and want to be my coworker, let me know! 🙂

    jamie anne on 7 August 22nd, 2007 3:52 am

    i have zero experience in cupcakes and icing…
    and since i don’t live in the states, i can’t get hold as easily of some things in your recipes…
    like in the red-velvet cupcakes, can you substitute anything else for “cake flour”…
    do your icing recipes harden up of do they stay creamy?
    and if so, can one put them into gift pouches?
    hehehe thanks!

    Jocelyn on 8 August 23rd, 2007 11:05 am

    I am not a big peanut butter cookie fan myself either. However the recipe here ( is simple and delicious I have made it several times. I like how it’s flourless too.

    Bren on 9 September 4th, 2007 1:06 am

    I thought I was the only person that is addicted to her Kitchenaid mixer, I absolutely love mine and use it almost everyday. I even had my husband buy me an extra mixing bowl for it for my birthday and he had it engraved with my name on it and they even had a birthday cake put on it.
    It was a great gift. You might want to check it out.
    I will be back soon. Thanks for the great recipe. 🙂 Bren

    roddy on 10 April 28th, 2010 3:21 pm

    I like using either raisins or (my fave is) dates. Also, a hint (1/2 tsp) of cinnamon.

    325 oven is best for peanut butter cookies. Parchment paper is good. 10 minutes max.

    Warm regards,