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Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

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Quick and easy peanut butter cookies are made with simple pantry staples for a thick cookie recipe that’s soft and full of nutty flavor. Serve them warm with a glass of milk! 

soft peanut butter cookies on a wire rack with a bowl of sugar in the center

What You’ll Need to Make Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

A classic treat, these easy peanut butter cookies are made with old-fashioned ingredients and taste just like those you remember from your childhood! Take a look at what you’ll need: 

  • All-Purpose Flour – A medium-gluten flour, all-purpose flour is crucial to creating the thick, soft texture we’re looking for with these cookies. 
  • Unsalted Butter – Using unsalted instead of salted butter allows for the other ingredients to shine through without being overpowered by the savory flavor of salt. As a result, these peanut butter cookies have the perfect blend of sweet and nutty tastes. 
  • Creamy Peanut Butter – This recipe does not work well with natural peanut butter varieties that tend to separate. For the best results, we used Skippy natural peanut butter. 
  • Brown Sugar – The natural moisture found in brown sugar helps preserve the soft texture of the cookies while also helping to sweeten the dough. 
  • Sugar – By using white sugar along with brown sugar, we are able to create soft, fluffy cookies that also have a strong, sweet peanut butter flavor that is not overpowered by the caramel taste characteristic of brown sugar. 
  • Vanilla Extract – Vanilla extract helps elevate the other ingredients in any baked good! 
  • Egg – In addition to contributing healthy fats and protein, eggs help provide the structure that helps peanut butter cookies rise and maintain their shape. 
  • Baking Powder – The carbon dioxide in baking powder helps provide enough pressure in the dough to allow the cookies to rise and stretch without cracking and crumbling to pieces as they bake. 
close up image of soft peanut butter cookies on a wire rack

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

You’ll never find easy peanut butter cookies that are quicker or more delicious! From start to finish, they’re ready in less than 20 minutes and taste like they took all afternoon to bake. 

  1. To begin, preheat the oven to 350° Fahrenheit. 
  2. Then, sift the flours and baking powder together in a large bowl, and set them aside. 
  3. Cream the butter and sugars together with a stand mixer before incorporating the peanut butter. 
  4. Mix until the ingredients are well-combined. 
  5. Add the egg and vanilla to the butter mixture, and stir to combine. 
  6. Beat the flour mixture into the bowl until it is well incorporated. 
  7. Portion the dough with a small ice cream scoop, and roll each portion into a ball.
  8. Place the dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 
  9. Gently flatten each cookie dough bit with a fork, creating a criss-cross pattern. 
  10. Bake for 10 minutes. 
  11. Remove the cookies from the oven, immediately sprinkle each cookie with sugar and allow them to cool completely before removing them from the baking sheet. 
soft peanut butter cookies topped with sugar

Baking Tips and Tricks for Extra Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Dip your fork in sugar. To prevent the tongs from sticking to the cookie dough, dip your fork in granulated sugar before flattening the cookies.
  • Don’t overbake! You’ll want to remove your peanut butter cookies from the oven before they look fully baked but are no longer wet. Otherwise, they will crumble to pieces!
  • Chill the dough before baking. This helps prevent the cookies from becoming greasy and helps create the soft fluffy texture you’re looking to achieve. 
  • Press down the cookies. Contrary to popular belief, pressing the cookies down with a fork is not just for looks! Without doing so, the cookies do not deflate and spread out to create the round shape everyone wants in a cookie. 
a soft peanut butter cookie broken in half on a wire rack

Storage Options

Room Temperature: Once cooled, these easy peanut butter cookies can be kept in an airtight container for 4-6 days. 

Freezer: Place your baked cookies in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. Then, when you’re ready to eat, just let them thaw in the fridge overnight! 

Or, freeze the unbaked dough! To do so, form the balls, and place them on a baking sheet as normal. Then, place them in the freezer to solidify before transferring them to a container. 

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soft peanut butter cookies stacked on top of each other on a wire rack

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

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Made with simple ingredients and ready in less than 30 minutes, these easy peanut butter cookies are sweet, salty, and perfect for every occasion!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24


  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 9 tablespoons unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (See notes)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (loosely packed)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg (room temperature)
  • 1 egg yolk (room temperature)
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • granulated sugar for sprinkling


  • Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  • Sift the flours and baking powder together. Whisk to combine.
  • Cream butter and sugars in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
  • Add the peanut butter, and mix until incorporated.
  • Mix in the egg and vanilla extract. Then, add the flour mixture, and beat until it is well incorporated.
  • Scoop the dough with a small ice cream scoop, and roll the dough into balls.
  • Place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Flatten the cookies with a fork in a crisscross pattern.
  • Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes. Option: sprinkle each cookie with granulated sugar.
  • Allow the cookies to cool completely on baking sheet to set before being transferred to a wire rack.


Natural peanut butter that separates does not work well for this recipe. For the best results, we prefer to use Skippy.
Keyword baked cookie, dessert, peanut butter cookie
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  1. 3 stars
    does this recipe use BOTH cake AND all purpose flour??
    i can ONLY find amount od All purpose…

    thank you