Peanut Butter Cookies

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This is a version dear to the set who favor peanut butter. Some people add from ½ to 1 cup of halved or chopped peanuts to make double peanut cookies.

Cooking Methodbaking



Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Casual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Equipmentelectric mixer

Mealdinner, snack

Taste and Texturebuttery, chewy, nutty, sweet

Type of Dishcookie, dessert


  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups sifted all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)


  1. Cream the butter and peanut butter, cream in the brown sugar, then beat in the egg. Sift the flour and salt and stir in. If desired, stir in the vanilla. This will make a very stiff dough. Form into long rolls about 1 inch in diameter. Cut into lengths of 1 inch or less, form into balls, and place an inch apart on greased cookie sheets. Press down the top of each cookie with a fork, fIrst in one direction and then the other to make a crisscross design. Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven 9 to 12 minutes or until a delicate brown. Remove from pans while still slightly warm, and cool on a rack. Store in airtight containers.

    Rich Peanut Butter Cookies:

    Use only 1¼ cups flour. Chill the rolls or freeze until firm. Slice about ¼ inch thick to bake, place on greased or ungreased cookie pans or baking sheets, and bake until a delicate brown, about 8 minutes.


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I love how simple this peanut butter cookie recipe is to make. You can whip up a batch in no time and have them with some plain vanilla ice cream or alone if you like. I think they would go good in a picnic basket with some fresh fruit and a few tortilla rolls with chicken and spinach to round out the meal.


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