Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Growing up, we didn’t have very many peanut butter cookies.  Especially soft peanut butter cookies.  Mostly because they were the exact opposite of everything my dad likes in a cookie.  First of all, he doesn’t like peanut butter.  Second, he loves a crunchy cookie.  However, I have got to say, these are some of the best peanut butter cookies I have ever had.  They are so soft and chewy, and they stay that way for days!  That is, if they make it that long…

Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Sorry, Dad, these cookies are not for you!

Begin by getting your ingredients to room temperature well before you start.

What You Need

You want the butter to be nice and soft so that it will cream together well with the peanut butter and sugar.



Next, add the egg, milk, and vanilla extract and beat together well.


Last, mix in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Mix just until blended.  Feel like making them extra special?  Add a half-cup of either milk chocolate chips or peanut butter chips!


Roll the dough into balls and roll through granulated sugar before placing on baking sheets.  I use a small cookie scoop that I have which holds about 1 tablespoon of dough (which is how I get about 4 dozen!).  If you use a larger scoop, you’ll get fewer cookies: probably closer to 3 dozen.

Ready to Roll

Ready to Bake

Bake them only 10 to 12 minutes and do not over bake!  They will look like they are not done (they’ll be puffy), but trust me, they are.


Let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before cooling completely on wire racks.


Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 4 to 4 1/2 dozen

From your Everyday Home Cook

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Beat together butter and peanut butter until well combined. Add sugars and beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix just until blended. Roll balls of dough in white sugar before placing on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not over bake. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for at least 3 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

315 thoughts on “Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. I love these cookies, they are seriously so good. Mine only needed 10 minutes. Usually recipes give you a time and it takes way longer to cook. This may sound weird but it is amazing, I added some potato chips and chocolate chips to mine, they were amazing! (I did not add the 1/4 tsp of salt) I saw this idea on sorted food.

  2. I love this recipe. I’ve made it over and over again. Today I decided to mix brown sugar and cinnamon and roll the cookie balls in it. Let me tell you they are awesome with brow sugar and cinnamon.

  3. My husband and I LOVE this recipe! I don’t roll the cookies fully in the sugar, I just dab the top of the cookie with sugar. We are Canadians living in Spain but all of our friends that try these cookies just love them!

  4. I had a craving for peanut butter cookies, but I can’t eat peanuts and I had a bad toothache that was preventing me from eating anything crunchy. I came across this recipe, and using “Wowbutter” as a replacement, I made these cookies.
    I have got to say, this is honestly the best cookie I have ever tried. Even without real peanut butter, they turned out absolutely wonderful.
    I baked the first batch not quite long enough so they were super crumbly, but I love that so I didn’t mind. I baked the rest a bit longer to get a bit harder for my boyfriend, and he loved them.
    Thank you so much!

  5. This is the one! These really are moist and chewy. I have been searching for that in a peanut b. cookie forever. Thanks!

  6. Hi there,
    A friend made these and they were absolutely amazing! Hands down the best pb cookie I’ve ever had. Has anyone ever tried making these with all natural peanut butter?

  7. these are fantastic. I made ’em with natural peanut butter and they turned out just great. thanks for the recipe!

  8. I just made these and I HAVE to say that they are the best PB cookies that I’ve ever tasted. My sister who is not a fan of PB also loved them. Definitely fav’ing this recipe. Thanks a bunch.

  9. I made these with Whole Wheat flour, Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter, I replaced the white sugar with Honey and removed the milk component. I noticed the batter was a little “wet” so I added a 1/4 cup of flour making it a full 1 & 1/2 cups and they are the BEST tasting peanut butter cookies ever. Not too sweet and using the Honey always gets rid of that Grainy feeling making them nice and creamy. Yum Yum

  10. I looked & looked for the perfect PB cookie recipe & oh my goodness is this it!!!! I am slightly challenged when it comes to making cookies of any kind but every single cookie turned out picture perfect! Thanks for the yummy cookies 🙂

  11. Oh my gosh! I just made these and tried them, they are soooo good! The best peanut butter cookies I’ve tried, my kids will be so excited when they come back from school, thanks for the recipe! I made them just like you said, soft and chewy yum!

  12. I just made these, OHMIGOSH they are so good! They really are soft and chewy. Definitley hanging on to this recipe

  13. I made these cookies and they were very good. I agree that while they may not look done at 10-12 minutes they actually are. They are soft and chewy and very easy to make

  14. Absolutely amazing. Perfectly soft and moist, and great peanut butter taste. I didn’t have brown sugar so I used white sugar with a bit a corn syrup/maple mixed in it as a substitute. I cooked them 12 minutes on parchment paper; it was REALLY hard not to be tempted to overcook them, they will not look done, and they NEED the 3 minutes to cool before you move them. After forming them into balls and rolling them in sugar, I lightly crisscrossed the top with a fork so they actually look like traditional peanut butter cookies. Just absolutely amazing, as soft as Subway cookies, you will not be sorry!

  15. Wow! I don’t normally comment on recipes but had to this time. I had been searching for a really good pb cookie recipe and so happy I decided to make these. Love them – lots of flavour and easy recipe. I decorated some for my Christmas tray – covered half with chocolate and added Christmas sprinkles and snowflakes. Wish I send you a photo. Will be checking out your other recipes. Thanks.

  16. Not that impressed with these cookies. They didn’t melt into flatter cookies but remained quite round. The cookies were very crumbly and many fell apart. I wanted to take them to a party but they were just falling apart.

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