Fancy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
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Fancy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

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I always received compliments on my moist and chewy peanut butter cookies. But I wondered how to make them even more special, and I decided to decorate them!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:45 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 45 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • ICING:
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 227 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 162 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks.
  3. For frosting, in a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening, peanut butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the milk, vanilla and salt until smooth. Frost cookies. Combine melted chips and milk; drizzle over frosting. Yield: 7-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Fancy Peanut Butter Cookies in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p54

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Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"Wonderful recipe. I used 1/2 c butter & 1/2 c butter crisco and they turned out just like the picture. This is the best peanut butter cookie recipe I have found. They freeze well too. The icing tastes great on graham crackers also."

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"At first you think "peanut butter frosting?!?", but this cookie was delicious and easy to make. Everyone loved them!"

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2012

"These cookies are delicious and pretty!"

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2010

"I made these cookies and unfortunately for my family was not impressed. But... the pictures looks different than my cookies, probably because I always use butter in my cookies and not shortening."

Reviewed Sep. 15, 2010

"Excellent recipe. You can decorate the cookies quickly by putting the icing in a decorating bag with a large tip. Pipe the frosting on. If you'd like more chocolate, melt 2 cups semi sweet chips with 12 T butter, cool for a few minutes, and put a spoonful on top of frosting, spreading into a circle. This makes a soft chocolate glaze with a bit more punch than the original recipe."

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