Secrets to Make the Best Peanut Butter Cookies

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  •  How to make the best Peanut Butter Cookies!  These thick and chewy cookies are full of sweet and salty flavor! Get the secrets to the best Peanut Butter Cookie recipe.

    Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

    From the look of my Facebook post last week, it seems you loved my Marshmallow & Peanut Butter Cookie Cobbler Recipe. As I mentioned, I make full batches of cookie dough, but usually freeze at least half of it for cobblers, “just one cookie” moments and when the girls’ school requests them last minute.

    I consider Chris a cookie connoisseur. If there is a cookie in sight, he’ll test it. He can’t resist my peanut butter cookies!

    They’re the perfect combination of sweet and salty, soft, yet chewy and crunchy. These cookies are rich in peanut butter flavor. They’re even more amazing warm! Serve them just out of the oven or warm them up for 10 seconds in the microwave for the ultimate treat!

    Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

    Peanut Butter cookies are classic for a reason! They’re quick, easy and made entirely from staple ingredients including peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla, egg, flour, baking powder, baking soda, flour and salt.

    The addition of baking powder gives these cookies a little added rises and balances the acidity of baking soda. The combination also results in a beautiful brown color when baked.

    Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Cookies

    How to Make the Best Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

    There’s just a few steps to make these simple Peanut Butter Cookies. If you want to skip my tips, tricks and secrets, you can scroll to the printable recipe card below.

    1. Cream the butters, sugars, and vanilla in a large bowl. Add eggs.
    2. Combine dry ingredients.
    3. Gradually blend dry ingredients into peanut butter mixture.
    4. Drop dough balls onto a prepared baking sheet or sheet lined with parchment paper. 

    Secrets to Make the Best Peanut Butter Cookies

    First, I roll the dough into balls. The key to their size and shape, as with most cookies, is refrigerating the dough. I know it’s hard to wait, but so worth it!

    tips for great cookies

    Roll your peanut butter cookie dough in brown sugar for a little added crunch. Granulated sugar adds great texture and makes these cookies stand out among the rest!

    tips for great cookies | peanut butter cookie recipe

    Press the dough in a criss cross pattern with a fork on the baking sheet. This gives them pretty bakery style design.

    And now onto my favorite secret – the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

    Add a few cracks of sea salt on top just before baking.

    This takes ALL cookies and cookie cakes OVER THE TOP!

    tips for great cookies

    And add a little crack of sea salt to top. Set your salt grinder for the thickest flakes. They’re pretty and add the incredible flavor to this sweet and salty recipe!

    Of course you don’t have to stop there! You can add in chocolate chips, nuts, M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces, or Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups! The options are endless!

    Can You Use Natural Peanut Butter in Cookies?

    You can use natural peanut butter to make these peanut butter cookies, however, you may want to add a touch of salt. Natural peanut butter is often made from only nuts, and therefore is unsalted.

    Regular peanut butter is made with oil and sugar so that it lasts longer. While I prefer creamy peanut butter, but you can use crunchy, too. Use whatever peanut butter you have and love!

    Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Cookies
    These cookies stack up among the competition! If you love them, don’t forget to rate the recipe. It’s always appreciated 🙂

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    Sweet & Salty Peanut Butter Cookies
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    Best Peanut Butter Cookies

     How to make the best Peanut Butter Cookies! This soft Peanut Butter Cookie recipe has a nice outer crunch and is full of sweet and salty flavor!

    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword cookies, peanut butter
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 8 minutes
    Total Time 18 minutes
    Servings 24
    Calories 251 kcal


    • 1 c butter
    • 1 c creamy peanut butter
    • 1 c sugar
    • 1 c brown sugar packed
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 1/2 c flour
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt


    1. Cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth.

    2. Beat in eggs until just incorporated.

    3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually blend into peanut butter mixture.

    4. Roll into dough balls. Optional: roll in brown sugar.

    5. Refrigerate dough 1 hour.

    6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

    7. Press dough balls onto cookie sheet with the back of a fork. 

    8. Top with sea salt.

    9. Bake 8-10 minutes. 

    Recipe Notes

    Add chocolate chips, nuts or Reese's Pieces.

    Nutrition Facts
    Best Peanut Butter Cookies
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 251 Calories from Fat 117
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 13g 20%
    Saturated Fat 6g 30%
    Cholesterol 33mg 11%
    Sodium 252mg 11%
    Potassium 124mg 4%
    Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
    Sugars 18g
    Protein 4g 8%
    Vitamin A 5.1%
    Calcium 2.8%
    Iron 5.3%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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