Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies


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These Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies are a classic favorite. Growing up, these cookies were always popular with friends and family.

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

I often call this the best peanut butter cookies recipe for a reason.  Once you taste these old-fashioned peanut butter cookies, you might wonder how you ever baked peanut butter cookies any other way.

In my opinion, there’s almost nothing better than a warm, soft cookie.  This classic peanut butter cookies recipe is always an instant hit when I bake them.

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Pair that with the fact that they’re simple to make with only 10 ingredients, I have no doubt that they’ll become a go-to dessert for you too.

How to Make Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

This recipe calls for simple ingredients that you likely already have in your refrigerator or pantry.

First, get a large mixing bowl and combine the peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar until they’re a creamy consistency. Next, add the milk and vanilla and eggs.

In a separate bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients – flour, salt, and baking soda. Now you will start slowly adding your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients being sure to mix them together thoroughly.

Once everything is combined, you can complete the optional step of chilling your dough. Place the dough in a container and cover it with plastic wrap so it can chill for a minimum of 2 hours.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

Next, you’ll preheat the oven to 350 degrees, use a cookie scoop and roll your dough into balls. Next, roll each ball in sugar and place it on a cookie sheet.

Use a fork to make a traditional criss-cross design on each cookie. The cookies are now ready to go in the oven.  

You want to bake them for 7-9 minutes opting for a shorter time if you prefer soft cookies. When they’re done, place them on a cooling rack and store them in an airtight container, so they stay fresh. There you have it! Super soft and tasty peanut butter cookies.

Peanut Butter Cookies just like grandma used to make.

What Kind of Peanut Butter Should I Use?

As long as you choose a peanut butter with a creamy base, any kind will work.

I typically recommend (and prefer) using creamy peanut butter, though some people prefer crunchy peanut butter and that works too. It’s really all about your preference.

If you use a natural peanut butter where the oil separates, be sure to thoroughly mix the oil and peanut butter together before adding it to the mixture.

And for what it’s worth, not all brands of natural peanut butter will work the same here. I’ve had mixed results and typically go with a commercial brand when making these cookies.

The benefit to chilling your cookie dough is it allows the dough to harden a bit.  The mixture is very creamy initially, and when the dough is too soft, it can be more challenging to create a cookie that sets well without running all over your cookie sheet.

Ultimately though, it’s an optional step.  I personally believe the wait is well worth it.  But, whether you’re short on time or your craving just can’t wait, you’ll still have delicious peanut butter cookies if you bypass this step.

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

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Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

The Best Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

This Peanut Butter Cookie recipe is the best for many reasons. An easy classic cookie recipe for every recipe box. Packed with peanut butter flavor.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 36 cookies


  • ¾ cup Peanut Butter creamy
  • ½ cup Butter unsalted, melted
  • cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Milk
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla
  • 1 Egg room temperature
  • cup all purpose Flour
  • ¾ teaspoon Salt
  • ¾ teaspoon Baking Soda
  • granulated sugar for rolling the cookies in


  • In a large mixing bowl, cream Peanut Butter, Butter, and Brown Sugar until smooth. Add Milk and Vanilla, mix in completely. Add egg, mix in completely
  • Whisk together dry ingredients. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, beating well after each addition.
  • Place cookie dough in small bowl and cover with plastic. Chill for at least 2 hours – overnight is fine.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Using a cookie dough divide batter and roll into balls. Roll each ball in sugar, coating completely on all sides. Place on cookie sheet. Using a fork dipped in water, make a criss-cross on cookie, flattening slightly.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 7-9 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and transfer onto cooling rack. Store in airtight container.


Serving: 1cookie · Calories: 108kcal · Carbohydrates: 13g · Protein: 2g · Fat: 6g · Saturated Fat: 2g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g · Cholesterol: 12mg · Sodium: 103mg · Sugar: 7g
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{originally published 5/28/19 – recipe notes and photos updated 12/6/21}

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