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.
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.
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.
- Cream the butters, sugars, and vanilla in a large bowl. Add eggs.
- Combine dry ingredients.
- Gradually blend dry ingredients into peanut butter mixture.
- 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!
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!
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!
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!
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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!
Cream butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until smooth.
Beat in eggs until just incorporated.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually blend into peanut butter mixture.
Roll into dough balls. Optional: roll in brown sugar.
Refrigerate dough 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Press dough balls onto cookie sheet with the back of a fork.
Top with sea salt.
Bake 8-10 minutes.
Add chocolate chips, nuts or Reese's Pieces.