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Soft & Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

2011 August 3
by Alicia

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.

310 Responses leave one →
  1. Lindsey permalink
    March 29, 2014

    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. March 30, 2014

    Found your recipe on Pinterest. Made them today and they are ah-maze-ing!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  3. Winner Chicken Dinner permalink
    March 30, 2014

    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.

  4. Angie permalink
    April 28, 2014

    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!

  5. Kath permalink
    May 4, 2014

    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!

  6. billylynn permalink
    May 17, 2014

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

  7. June 6, 2014

    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?

  8. melissa permalink
    June 7, 2014

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

  9. June 21, 2014

    I love these cookies , Thank u so sharing its a big hit in the house :))

  10. MacKenzie permalink
    August 4, 2014

    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.

  11. Sarah permalink
    September 2, 2014

    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

  12. Alison permalink
    December 24, 2014

    These are the best peanut butter cookies! My mom even loves them! Thank you for the recipe.

  13. February 8, 2015

    I followed this to a T and the dough was so dry it wouldn’t form balls; it was too dry. I had to add a little more milk.

  14. Charlotte permalink
    March 1, 2015

    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 :)

  15. Helen permalink
    March 4, 2015

    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!

  16. Diana D permalink
    March 14, 2015

    Made these cookies tonight for after church social. They turned out GREAT! Added the chocolate chips, yum!

  17. Jenna permalink
    March 16, 2015

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

  18. Hei Hei chan permalink
    May 19, 2015

    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

  19. Hello permalink
    June 17, 2015

    These are soooo good omg I couldn’t stop eating.

  20. Abbie permalink
    July 26, 2015

    Add some chocolate chips and it makes the perfect cookie! LOVE LOVE LOVE.

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