Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

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  • Homemade peanut butter cookies are a staple in many households. Easy to make with just a handful of ingredients, they are perfect for kids and adults alike.

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    Soft and chewy Peanut Butter Cookies made from scratch with a few pantry essentials.

    What makes the BEST peanut butter cookies? For me, I like a soft cookie inside and a little bit of sugary crunch on the outside. There are a few tricks for making this happen.

    How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies Soft

    The first, like many cookie recipes, is to not overwork the cookie dough. Overmixing dough in most cake, brownie and cookies recipes can result in drier baked goods because there is more air to dry out the moisture.

    peanut butter cookie dough in a mixing bowl

    Make sure you properly measure out your flour so you aren’t using too much. Don’t scoop it directly from the canister or bag, gently scoop it into the measuring cup or sifter so it is a very loose pack, not a hard pack like for brown sugar.

    Peanut butter cookie dough rolled in sugar

    Make sure your brown sugar is soft and moist. This moisture plays a big part in keeping the cookies soft.

    I also like to chill the dough slightly before baking. Mant bakers skip this step and don’t get me wrong, it is easier to not have to chill cookie dough, however chilled dough also spreads less and cooks slower, making your cookies softer and chewier.

    PRO TIP: Avoid using a natural peanut butter. The peanuts and oil tend to separate in the jar and it doesn’t bind well in the cookie dough.

    Use parchment paper on your cookie sheet. This is a simple solution that prevents sticking and burning. You can also use a silicone baking mat.

    peanut butter cookie being crosshatched with a fork

    Next, remove them from the oven right before they look fully cooked. Often people wait until they are browned in the oven and then they are overdone when they come out. Take them out when they look a little doughy.

    If they are lightly browned, then they are already overdone!

    Lastly, allow them to cool for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet, but then transfer them to a cooling rack. The residual heat from the hot baking sheet will continue to cook your cookies!

    soft peanut butter cookies on a baking sheet with parchment paper

    How long to do peanut butter cookies last?

    Homemade peanut butter cookies can last for a good amount of time … unless you eat them all. I had two of these for breakfast, so clearly I am not a good example of self control or moderation.

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    Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

    You can also freeze the cookies if wrapped well and in an airtight container. They’ll last for up to 6 months. Allow them to defrost at room temperature.

    close up of classic peanut butter cookie

    You can even freeze them and take them out individually. My husband loves to freeze chocolate chip cookies.

    He takes one out right after dinner and by the time the kids are in bed it is perfectly defrosted (about 45 minutes) on the counter waiting for him.

    overhead of a stack of peanut butter cookies

    Other cookie ideas you might like:

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    Or even recipes that use peanut butter:

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    Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

    Soft and chewy Peanut Butter Cookies made from scratch with a few pantry essentials.
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time15 mins
    Chilling Time1 hr
    Total Time1 hr 25 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: peanut butter cookies
    Servings: 36
    Calories: 145kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together softened butter with brown sugar and white sugar. Beat for 1 minutes.
    • Add peanut butter and blend until combined.
    • Add vanilla, blending again. And then one egg at a time, blending until combined.
    • In a medium mixing bowl, soft together baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour.
    • Add to wet mixture until just combined.
    • Chill for 30-60 minutes until dough is set.
    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
    • Shape dough into 1-inch balls and then roll in a bowl of white sugar.
    • Place cookies 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet.
    • Flatten each cookie using a fork dipped in sugar (to prevent sticking) to make a crisscross pattern.
    • Bake cookies 11-12 minutes or until right before they start to brown. Cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then carefully transfer to a cool rack.
    • Store in an airtight container.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!

    Notes

    If you want some chocolate for your peanut butter, try dipping or drizzling chocolate onto your cookies!
    Recipe adapted from Jiffy Peanut Butter.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 134mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

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