Classic Peanut Butter Cookies – Deliciously soft and chewy peanut butter cookies that are LOADED with flavour, and finished off with a crisscross pattern. The best peanut butter cookies!
Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
One of my all-time favourite cookies ever would have to be these Classic Peanut Butter Cookies.
These cookies are super soft and chewy, they’re loaded with peanut butter flavour, infused with a little vanilla, and finished off with the signature crisscross pattern.
If you’re a big fan of peanut butter cookies or know someone who is, then you need to try this recipe – you’re gonna love it!
Looking for more peanut butter goodness? Check out my Peanut Butter & Jam Muffins, Peanut Butter & Jam Thumbprint Cookies, and my Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge.
Ingredients you’ll need
Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make these cookies. You can find my recipe card at the bottom of this post for the complete list with their amounts.
- Plain/all-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Unsalted butter: You’ll want this softened to room temperature.
- Smooth peanut butter: I prefer to use smooth, but you could definitely use crunchy peanut butter.
- Light brown sugar: Using more brown sugar than granulated sugar is what keeps these cookies so soft and chewy.
- Caster/granulated sugar
- Large egg
- Vanilla extract
How to make Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
To make these soft peanut butter cookies, simply start by whisking together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a separate large mixing bowl, mix together the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until combined. You can use a hand or stand mixer here, but I just used my spatula.
Add the egg and vanilla, mix until smooth and combined, then add the dry ingredients. Fold in until combined.
TIP: The dough should be smooth and not at all sticky. If the dough is too sticky to handle, simply add flour (1 tablespoon at a time) until manageable.
Too crumbly to handle? Add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough starts to come together.
Roll the dough into 1-oz balls, and place them onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Press them down with the tines of a fork to make a crisscross pattern.
Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until lightly golden around the edges. Allow to cool on the baking tray for 5 – 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
The printable recipe card with the FULL list of ingredients and instructions can be found at the bottom of this post.
NOTE: For best results, I highly recommend using the gram measurements (with a digital scale), rather than the cup measurements.
Cup measurements are simply not accurate enough, and I cannot guarantee the best results if you use them.
These Classic Peanut Butter Cookies are:
- super quick and easy to make
- deliciously soft and chewy
- packed full of peanut butter flavour
- infused with vanilla
- finished off with a pretty crisscross pattern
How long will these peanut butter cookies last? These cookies will stay fresh kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Can I freeze these cookies? Yes, you can freeze these cookies for up to 3 months. BUT I do recommend you freeze the dough balls instead. Cookie dough balls can be kept in the fridge for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. Bake straight from frozen.
Freshly-baked cookies every time!
If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram and hashtag it #marshasbakingaddiction. I’d love to see!
Try these delicious cookies next!
- Melting Moments (Butter Cookies) – melt-in-your-mouth buttery goodness.
- Coffee Thumbprint Cookies – Coffee infused cookies with a caramel centre.
- Chocolate Chip Oreo Cookies – Chocolate chip cookies stuffed with whole Oreos.
- Banana Breakfast Cookies – You can’t beat cookies for breakfast!
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Friday 15th of January 2021
I tried the recipe twice both times they came out delicious. My dough was great kids loved them.
Sunday 25th of October 2020
Definitely not my favorite recipe for PB cookies! I added more peanut butter because they didn’t even taste like peanut butter cookies and you need to add milk so the mix will come together.
Friday 26th of June 2020
These were delicious. I made them for my grandson with Bobs Red Mill 1 to 1 gluten free flour and Teddie all natural peanut butter. They were not crumbly when they cooled and had just the right peanut butter flavor for me. They are not gooey chewy cookies like some other types, but I will make these again.
Thursday 18th of June 2020
I’m not sure why everyone has such a dry mixture but mine was moist, good recipe will make again!
Tuesday 5th of May 2020
You really need to add milk to your list of ingredients. I’m glad I read the comments - these were way too dry and crumbly without the milk.
Friday 19th of June 2020
DELICIOUS! I followed your recipe and the dough was perfect i didn't have to add any extra flour or milk. Great recipe thank you
Tuesday 5th of May 2020
I do mention within the post a tip to add milk if the dough is too crumbly to handle. I shall go ahead and add it to the recipe card, too. I hope you enjoyed them :)