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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 180 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein

Reviews for Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

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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!"

Reviewed Nov. 8, 2012

"mine didn't seem to take very much, i added more peanut butter but next time i will add more spices for my preference"

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

"EXCELLENT!!!! Love these cookies they are crisp and I would not change a thing."

Reviewed Jun. 4, 2011

"This recipe is light and crisp, I would make again but it seems to me that I would put more peanut butter in the recipe."

Reviewed Apr. 22, 2011

"I haven't made these yet (sounds wonderful) - but wanted to know if they come out hard or soft?


Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"makes alot of cookies and they dissapear rite after they come out of the oven...yummy!"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

"These were so yummy! Makes a big batch for a family, they are perfect! I am in LOVE! :)"

Reviewed Apr. 23, 2010

"I just made these cookies and OMG, they turned out perfect. I made some with a little suger on them and than the others I inserted a Hershey Kiss (my fave). I can't wait for my husband to get home to taste these. DE-LISH!"

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2010

"I thougth this was kids ate them right up!! I also made them healthier by subsituting 1 cup of the flour for whole wheat and I also added 1/3 c weat germ and 1/3 c oat bran.....cant even tell its in there!"

Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"I made these cookies for a church function and they are great! I used 1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco and 1/2 cup Crisco and I added 1 tsp. of vanilla extract. Perfect cookies."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2009

"I can't get the butter flavourd shortening in Australia so I just use butter but it turns out very nice."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2009

"These turned out PERFECT! he best I have ever made. I took them to a tailgate party this Sat. and they were all gone in a few minutes.I followed the recipe exactly using Butter Flavor Crisco and XL All Natural eggs and Jif Crunchy PB. I am making them again this weeknd for another tailgate party. It made 42 the size of a DVD!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 9, 2009

"I have used this recipe twice and it was fantastic!! Very easy to make (and eat). I am not thrilled with 3 eggs but only added 2 and it worked fine. : ) Julie"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2009

"I add 1 teaspoon cinnamon to this same recipe. My family loves them."

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