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    filed under: Cookies on July 17, 2014

    This classic Peanut Butter Cookie is always a treat for kids and adults alike! (I also have the traditional Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe which is rolled in sugar if you prefer that classic recipe!)

    Perfect peanut butter cookies!


    I discovered this recipe in an old church cookbook where it is called “best ever peanut butter cookies ever” by Mrs. Carl Swanson.

    One thing I found interesting is the fact that these cookies do not contain any flour.  I am slightly addicted to gluten and never thought I could get a thick cookie with a great crumb without it… but I was wrong!

    The only changes I made were to halve the recipe (that is like the first time I have ever said that, so weird) added brown sugar and increased the vanilla.  I love vanilla!  So basically I am sticking to the original recipe and am thankful to the creator.

    And the Creator. Can I get an Amen?

    Perfect peanut butter cookies!


    As much as I want to personalize things and make them my own, this is one cookie that I am not willing to mess with. I absolutely adore the iconic criss-cross pattern and wouldn’t change it for a million billion dollars.

    Ok, ok, so I would probably change it for like $20 but whatever.



    Perfect peanut butter cookies!

    best ever peanut butter cookies
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    15 mins
    Total Time
    25 mins

    This classic Peanut Butter Cookie is always a treat for kids and adults alike! 

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: peanut butter cookies
    Author: Amanda
    • 1 c peanut butter I use chunky
    • 1/2 c white sugar
    • 1/2 c brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • 1 pinch salt
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare cookie sheets.
    2. In a medium bowl, all all ingredients and stir together until smooth.
    3. Roll into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a criss-cross pattern.

    4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

    Be sure to head on over to my Butterscotch Peanut Butter Marshmallow Dessert Pizza where I also used this recipe!

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    Just made these. They came out perfect.
    They did seem a bit puffy and underdone, but after cooling, they looked just like the pic.
    Note to anyone else making them for the first time, a little dough goes a long way. I used about a tablespoon size ball and the cookies came out palm size. Just FYI.
    Thanks for the recipe!!!

    please send best ever peanut butter cookies ever to the e-mail. thanks debbie

    Please let me know if I should use conventional (Skippy) or a natural style (Laura Scudders) peanut butter. I am sure it matters, but rarely specified. Thank you!

      I have only used traditional peanut butter in this recipe, so cannot speak to whether the natural style would be effective. It is my best guess that you very well COULD use it, but may want to test the cookie dough for sweetness as well as consistency.

    I am impressed as how GOOD the cookies tasted and how EASY it was to make. It was the perfect cookie with the crispy edges and soft chewy middle. I froze the remaining dough and hopefully they are just as tasty when I decide to thaw it out..

    Is the 1/2 cup brown sugar a packed half cup or a loose 1/2 cup ??

      It’s packed half cup 🙂

    Made them tonight. My family loved them. Thanks for sharing

    Where’s the flour?

    OMG…these turned out perfectly!!! I’ve read that others were having trouble rolling the dough. I put the peanut butter in the measuring cup and into the microwave for 30 seconds. It didn’t liquify the peanut butter but it did make it easier to mix. Maybe it helped with making the dough easier to handle. I will DEFINITELY be making these in the future! Thanks so much!

    The cookies came out flatter than a pancake. Not sure what happened, I followed every step. What a waste.

    i like your ricipe

    How many cookies does this recipe yield?

    Tried the peanut butter biscuits and they are so easy and very tasty. well worth making

    Hi amanda, I tried your recipe and it went out well! I love it! Thanks for sharing😊

    Followed the recipe to a T. Disaster. Terrible cookies. Dough was extremely sticky to work. Near impossible ton shape into balls. The general bake did not go well. Paul Hollywood would not be shaking my hand right now. Sad & cookieless.

      Hey Lark! This recipe has been tried and tested hundreds of times which leads me to believe that it may be a humidity issue. If your dough is sticky, you can try adding flour or using less liquid.

    Love cookies n u have all the good recipes right here thank u

    Thank You I Am Baker for bring back so many memories with your Cakes😊. Keep up the good blogs 💖

    All your recipes are great Amanda, Keep posting them

    How many (dozen) does this recipe make? Thx!

    How did you prepare cookie sheets?
    Grease? Parchment paper?

    Hi, may I know why my cookie breaks easily after bake?

    I had great hopes for these cookies…but it was not to be. The baked cookies had a great taste, but were as flat as the parchment paper I baked them on. The dough was a greasy mess and did not hold the fork marks while baking. I’m wondering if using my Kitchen Aid to mix them up instead of just hand mixing in a bowl would have made for a better result. Humidity was not a issue for me. The humidity gauge in my kitchen currently shows 28%.

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