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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

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My mother insisted that my grandmother write down one recipe for her when she got married in 1942. That was a real effort because Grandma was a traditional pioneer-type cook who used "a little of this or that 'til it feels right." This treasured recipe is the only one she ever wrote down! —Janet Hall, Clinton, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:36 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 36 servings


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 180 calories, 9 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 128 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place 3 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a fork or meat mallet if desired. Bake 10-15 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Peanut Butter Cookies in Grandma's Great Desserts Cookbook 1992, p45

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Reviewed Jan. 22, 2016

"We really enjoyed these cookies. They stayed soft!"

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

"Wonderful cookie.... I will definitely make them again!"

Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"My husband couldn't believe how good these tasted and asked if I would make them for Christmas also. This a very chewy cookie and next time I am leaving them just a little longer for a crisper cookie."

Reviewed Jul. 5, 2014

"Delish! I used creamy pb and rolled and wrapped them so I could slice and bake. They worked out great. My husband wanted more chewy but I thought they were good. I may try them again and not roll them, to see if the consistency is any different. I did use Crisco shortening and the dough came together really nice."

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013

"My family is now eating the second batch of these I've made this week, & it's only Wednesday. I took some of them to a few residents of a senior housing facility, & they were requesting more the next day. Easy to make, definitely use 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter, all time favorite!"

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