Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day

Dated: January 24 2024

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Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

There's nothing like a peanut butter cookie to satisfy your sweet tooth and lift your spirits. This peanut butter cookie recipe will quickly become a family favorite.

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Peanut Butter Cookies Ingredients

These are the basic ingredients you'll need for these classic peanut butter cookies:

  • Butter: This peanut butter cookie recipe starts with two sticks of unsalted butter.
  • Peanut butter: This recipe calls for crunchy peanut butter, but you can use smooth if you'd prefer.
  • Sugars: A blend of white and brown sugars creates the perfect sweet, warm flavor.
  • Eggs: Two eggs lend moisture and act as a binder, which means they help hold the dough together.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour gives the dough structure.
  • Leaveners: Baking soda and baking powder act as leaveners, which means they help the cookies rise.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the flavors of the other ingredients, but it won't make the cookies taste salty.

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies

Here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make peanut butter cookies from scratch:

  1. Make the dough: Beat the butter, peanut butter, and sugars together. Beat in the eggs. Sift the dry ingredients together, then add to the wet mixture.
  2. Roll into balls: Chill the dough to make it easier to work with. Roll the dough into balls, place on a baking sheet, flatten with a fork, and make a criss cross pattern.
  3. Bake the cookies: Bake the cookies until golden, then cool on a wire rack.

Test Kitchen Tips

“If you’re looking for that perfect, easy, nostalgic, and delicious treat, make these peanut butter cookies — fork marks and all,” says culinary developer Nicole McLaughlin (a.k.a. NicoleMcMom). Here are some expert tips from Nicole: 

  • Don’t forget to chill the cookie dough before rolling it into balls, as cookies have a tendency to spread in the oven and chilling makes the dough easier to work with. 
  • Don’t skip the criss-cross step! The fork marks give these cookies a nostalgic appearance, but they also serve a purpose: The marks help the cookies bake evenly. 
  • “A lot of people complain about peanut butter cookies becoming crumbly,” Nicole says. “The main reason for that is that they’re overcooked.” Check the cookies at the 7-8 minute mark to make sure they’re perfectly baked. 

How to Store Peanut Butter Cookies

Transfer the (completely cooled) peanut butter cookies to an airtight container or cookie jar. Store at room temperature for up to five days.

Can You Freeze Peanut Butter Cookies?

Yes! But for the best results, you should consider freezing the dough balls before baking. When you're ready to eat the peanut butter cookies, simply remove the balls from the freezer and bake according to the recipe.

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

These peanut butter cookies are deliciously soft and chewy in the middle. They taste great and are easy to make!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins


  • 1 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Beat butter, peanut butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth; beat in eggs.

  2. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a separate bowl; stir into butter mixture until dough is just combined. Chill cookie dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour to make it easier to work with.

  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a crisscross pattern.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, about 7 to 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets briefly before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

  1. Nutrition Facts

total fat 7g 
saturated fat 3g 
cholesterol 18mg 
sodium 101mg 
total carbohydrate 15g 
dietary fiber 1g 
protein 2g 
calcium 15mg 
iron 1mg 
potassium 57mg


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