Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

These are soft and chewy, and full of rich peanut butter flavor. The kind of cookie you need a glass of cold milk for dunking. Simple ingredients and very little prep work for the BEST Classic Peanut Butter Cookies.

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This recipe was shared with my mom many years ago by our sweet neighbor lady Wilma. We actually call these “Wilma’s Peanut Butter Cookies” in our family recipe book.

You can be sure that anything shared in this beloved cook book is nothing short of delicious. I know Wilma would have been honored to know I was sharing them with you!

These cookies have the best texture; soft on the inside and kind of chewy throughout. They are perfect with a cold glass of milk to wash down all that yummy peanut butter goodness, or even a hot cup of tea or coffee would be excellent.



Classic Peanut Butter Cookies are easy to make. They are also a great cookie to let the kids help with. When I was a young, my mom would get all the dough rolled in small size balls on the cookie sheet, then hand me a fork to make tic-tac-toe marks. It was fun and I was so proud of my art work!😍

Ingredients In Classic Peanut Butter Cookies:

These are simple ingredients you probably have on hand so when you get a craving for Peanut Butter cookies, you’re good to go!

  • White Wheat and All-Purpose Flour– I like the combination of both as in lends a nice texture, but you can certainly use only All-Purpose.
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • White & Brown Sugar– The brown sugar adds a nice richness.
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract– It’s worth buying pure vanilla extract vs imitation.
  • Peanut Butter – I like using Skippy Natural, and Jif. This lends the best texture and the cookies come out tall and soft.
  • Butter – Use salted or unsalted butter.

Assembling Peanut Butter Cookies:

  • Whisk dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Combine wet ingredients in smaller size mixing bowl – sugars, peanut butter and butter, along with the eggs and vanilla extract.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and stir until the dough comes together and you no longer see dry flour. The mixture will be thick.
  • Use a small cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop dough. Roll into balls and place on silicone lined cookie sheet.
  • Take a fork and make criss-cross marks (like tic-tac-toe) Sprinkle the tops with a little white sugar.
  • Bake and enjoy!


Storing and Freezing Peanut Butter Cookies:

Place cooked and cooled cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week. To freeze – place in a sealed freezer safe bag after baked and completely cooled and freeze for up to two months. When you get a craving for cookies, pull out desired amount and let set at room temperature for 10-20 minutes.

Can I use any kind of peanut butter?

I find the best peanut butter for this recipe is regular creamy or crunchy peanut butter. Using all-natural peanut butter containing only peanut oil will result in a flatter, dry cookie.

Peanut Butter Cookie Add-ins:

Add in your favorite baking chips like- milk chocolate, white chocolate, or peanut butter chips for extra peanut buttery flavor. Chopped peanuts or other nuts for added texture also work great.



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Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

These are soft and chewy, and full of rich peanut butter flavor. The kind of cookie you need a glass of cold milk for dunking. Simple ingredients and very little prep work for the BEST Classic Peanut Butter Cookies.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 dozen cookies
Calories 98 kcal

Ingredients
  

Dry ingredients

  • 1 cup white wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Wet ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus extra for sprinkling on top
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter I like Skippy or Jif
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Preheat oven to 350°F

    Mix dry ingredients

    • In a large mixing bowl whisk together flours, baking soda, and salt. Set aside

    Combine wet ingredients

    • In a small mixing bowl, using a whisk or hand mixer, combine sugars, peanut butter and butter. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix until creamy and smooth.

    Combine together

    • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined and you no longer see dry flour throughout the dough. The mixture will be thick but the dough should hold together.
    • Using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon, form into balls and place on silicone or parchment lined cookie sheet about 1-inch apart.
    • Take a fork and gently press down on the balls of dough to slightly flatten and create three lines. Then go the opposite direction with the fork creating a criss-cross or tic-tac-toe mark. Sprinkle the tops of the cookies with a little white sugar.
    • Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are puffed and slightly golden. Let cool on pan for a minute before you transfer to a cooling rack.

    Notes

    Tips:
    Peanut Butter- I love any of the Skippy and Jif brands for this recipe. I’ve found that brands like Adams, which is all-natural, tends to leave the cookies flat and dry. 
    Add-Ins- Add in 1 cup of your favorite baking chips like- milk chocolate, white chocolate, or peanut butter chips for extra peanut buttery flavor. Add a 1/2 cup chopped peanuts or other nuts for added texture.
    Storing and Freezing- Place cooked and cooled cookies in an airtight container on the counter for up to one week.
    To freeze – Pace in a sealed freezer safe bag after baked and completely cooled and freeze for up to two months. When you get a craving for cookies, pull out desired amount and let set at room temperature for 10-20 minutes. 
     
    Nutritional facts are per 1 cookie.
    Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be understood as an estimate rather than a guarantee. The Menu Maid makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
    Keyword All-purpose flour, Baking soda, Brown sugar, Butter, Eggs, peanut butter, White sugar
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving size: 1 cookie
    Servings: 45
    Amount per serving 
    Calories 98
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 5.2g7%
    Saturated Fat 2g10%
    Cholesterol 13mg4%
    Sodium 44mg2%
    Total Carbohydrate 11.3g4%
    Dietary Fiber 0.6g2%
    Total Sugars 6.1g 
    Protein 2.4g 
    Vitamin D 2mcg11%
    Calcium 3mg0%
    Iron 1mg5%
    Potassium 49mg1%
    *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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