I’m a bit surprised I haven’t done a “traditional” Peanut Butter Cookie recipe yet. When I searched I noticed I did one with shortening and such, but that’s not something most people have around. And while I remember it being a good recipe, I figured I would pull out a “normal” one from my pile of “things I love”. Sorry I don’t have any photos of it, but I haven’t made it in a while. I’ll try and get to that soon, then update the post.

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

Joseph Guimarin
Super easy and super soft Peanut Butter Cookies!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 42 minutes
Course Cookies, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American


  • 1 ⅓ C All Purpose Flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • ½ C Butter softened to room temp
  • ½ C Brown Sugar Packed, light or dark
  • ¼ C Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg Large
  • ¾ C Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract


  • Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  • Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on high speed until creamy. Switch to medium-high speed and beat in the brown sugar and 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar until completely creamed and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and beat until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the peanut butter and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat on low speed until combined. The dough will be very creamy and soft. Cover and chill the cookie dough in the refrigerator for at least 1–2 hours, and up to 3 days.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Place remaining 1/2 cup (100g) of sugar into a bowl. Roll chilled cookie dough into balls, about 1 scant Tablespoon (5/8 ounce or 18g) of dough each. Roll each ball in the sugar and arrange on baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Use a fork to make a criss-cross indent on top of each. To prevent the cookies from over-spreading, after indenting the cookies, use your fingers to reshape into a thicker disc (since indenting the balls flattened them out).
  • Bake for 11–12 minutes or until the edges appear set and are very lightly browned. The centers will still look very soft.
  • Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Keyword Cookie, Dessert, Easy Recipe, Kid Friendly, Peanut Butter

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