My Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

by jenna on February 20, 2014

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I got to thinking the other day about how I didn’t have a good old fashioned classic peanut butter cookie recipe on this site. The horror! While there’s tons of cookie recipes in my recipe index, most of them are all gussied up with chocolate, nuts or other fancy things. Sometimes you just need a classic cookie and a cup of milk…amen?

These peanut butter cookies are no frills delicious. They are like the kind you get from a bakery — all big and soft and full of peanut butter flavor. I must have made these cookies at least a hundred times in college. They are perfect fuel for late night study sessions, parties, gifts for the boyfriend, girls nights and, let’s be honest, broken hearts. In my experience, a good home baked cookie and a bubble bath often functions as life’s perfect medicine.

So if you like big soft peanut butter cookies, these are for you!

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I think they key to great peanut butter cookies is using only brown sugar in the dough. It makes them super chewy and soft. And don’t even get me started on what it’s like to make ice cream sandwiches with these babies warm out of the oven using vanilla bean gelato and a {huge} drizzle of chocolate sauce. Please.

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Yum. I just don’t even know what else there is to say….but yum.

Happy {early} weekend!

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My Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

adapted from Gourmet

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Yields 2 dozen large cookies


1 stick unsalted butter, softened

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

3/4 cup peanut butter

1 cup bread flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla


Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with either silpats or parchment paper.

Cream together the butter, brown sugar and peanut butter until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until just combined.

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredients and blend just until a dough forms.

Using a large spoon or an ice cream scoop, scoop out big balls of dough onto your prepared baking sheet — about 3″ apart. Press down gently with a wet fork on each cookie.

Bake for 15 minutes until edges are golden.


25 minutes

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Liz S. February 20, 2014 at 3:10 am

Perfection in a cookie.


Averie @ Averie Cooks February 20, 2014 at 3:21 am

Thanks for sharing your fave PB cookies! I have a jillion recipes for them and I always like seeing what everyone’s faves are. I totally agree with the brown sugar part too – it just gives the best results!


Maryea {happy healthy mama} February 20, 2014 at 3:29 am

I love a simple peanut butter cookie. Is there a reason for using bread flour in this recipe?


Cara's Healthy Cravings February 20, 2014 at 4:19 am

Love! Nothing beats a warm, chewy pb cookie!


Anne @ February 20, 2014 at 4:23 am

I am so excited you posted this recipe and just pinned it!

I hate to sound like I am swooning, but your recipes absolutely positively never let me down, especially the classics! I cannot wait to make these!


Jojo @ RunFastEatLots February 20, 2014 at 4:38 am

Wouldn’t think of using bread flour in cookies! I only like soft PB cookies,so these look perfect!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 20, 2014 at 4:39 am

Mmm PB cookies were one of my favourite things to make as a kid (and the dough one of my favourite things to eat!) I know I’ve said it before that I’m not really a huge baking type any more, but you always have a way of making me want to stay home and make all sorts of baked goods!


Madison February 20, 2014 at 4:50 am

Some of the best cookies are the simplest one where 1 flavor stands out. :) These look amaaaaazing!


Chicago Jogger February 20, 2014 at 4:59 am

Yum – I didn’t know that about brown sugar :) I could use one this morning!


Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health February 20, 2014 at 5:46 am

I love anything Peanut Butter! At one point, I had the SAME peanut butter sandwich with my coffee every. single.morning. I love it! I bet these cookies are just as amazing as you make them sound :)


Liv February 20, 2014 at 7:02 am

I love that these cookies have so few ingredients–all in my kitchen cabinet. Can’t wait to try them. Thanks for posting!


Caroline H February 20, 2014 at 7:46 am

Suddenly my cup of coffee seems lonely…


joelle (on a pink typewriter) February 20, 2014 at 8:21 am

PB cookies were one of the first types of cookies I ever made for anyone on my own!


Amy February 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

Can I pay you to make them and send them to me? 31 weeks and can’t bake
my way out of a paper bag!


Jen February 20, 2014 at 9:25 am

Hi! Would you use a natural peanut butter in this recipe?


Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe February 20, 2014 at 9:56 am

You can’t go wrong with a classic peanut butter cookie – yum!


Katrina @ WVS February 20, 2014 at 9:57 am

Peanut butter cookies are so good! And these sound lovely!


Megan @ The Skinny-Life February 20, 2014 at 10:25 am

I love peanut butter, but somehow I am terrible at making PB cookies. You make it look too easy!


Keri February 20, 2014 at 10:31 am

These look delightful! Do you think the recipe would work with an all-natural peanut butter?


jenna February 20, 2014 at 5:32 pm

I don’t see why not!


Kelsey February 20, 2014 at 11:48 am

Would these work with regular flour instead of bread flour??!!


Ella February 20, 2014 at 2:34 pm

yes I was wondering this too?


polly February 20, 2014 at 11:52 am

hi lovie!!! I just made these. For those who used regular flour… sure! I did and it works perf.

hugs and keep that baby warm and cozy and well fed. love you, little sis.


Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs February 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm

I love a good pb cookie! I’ll have to remember this recipe for the next time I get a craving :)


Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists February 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Happiness in a cookie!


Alanna February 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm

These peanut butter cookies scream class. Looks so comforting right now!


Alexandra Aimee February 20, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Peanut butter cookies are my weakness! These look amazing. Perfectly browned and crisp on the edges.

— Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo


Pam February 20, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Yummy in my tummy. ????


Pam February 20, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Those question marks were a smiley face before I clicked submit. :)


Mak February 21, 2014 at 8:34 am

I don’t even know what to say bout these either…so simple…so good….so totally hopefully making these soon.


Catalina @ Baby on Board February 21, 2014 at 11:45 am

These do look good, and sound comforting, too bad that I have a cold, otherwise i would’ve combined them with some vanilla ice cream!


Danae @ reciperunner February 21, 2014 at 11:45 am

I love soft and chewy peanut butter cookies! These look heavenly!


Luv What You Do February 21, 2014 at 6:53 pm

I love a good PB cookie! I will definitely save these for the next snowy day baking (which you know is coming soon )


Danielle February 21, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Those look so good!

My mom would make PB cookies like this and push a Hershey kiss on top of each while they’re still warm. And then I would reach up and grab them off of the counter while still warm.


Emily @ Life on Food February 22, 2014 at 3:40 am

Sometimes you just need a good classic cookie. This is a winner recipe.


Janeanna February 22, 2014 at 11:48 am

This looks so good! Do you have to use bread flour or can you substitute it for regular?


jenna February 25, 2014 at 5:05 pm



Carla February 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Oh, gosh! Now I have the desire for a peanut butter cookie. Yum!


Weight loss tea February 23, 2014 at 6:57 pm

They indeed mouth watering! I hope they can be a healthy snack so that I can eat them all day. :)


Susan H February 24, 2014 at 9:42 am

Made these yesterday with my oldest daughter. It was family dessert after Sunday dinner…a big hit! And yes, all-purpose flour works fine. Thanks for the recipe!


mugofcomfort February 25, 2014 at 6:14 am

Best peanut butter cookie recipe ever! My husband loves peanut butter and these are now his favorite cookies! Thanks!


Amanda February 27, 2014 at 6:37 am

My guy absolutely loves anything peanut butter. I’ll have to make him cookies soon!


Laura March 2, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Thanks for the recipe, Jenna! I just made these, and the cookies are so fluffy and wonderful. What a great, simple recipe! I can see why they’re your favorites!


Kirsten @ Fit + Fab March 5, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Oh how I want these now!! Yum!


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