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Crisp Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Crisp Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

"The old-fashioned taste of these crisp, peanut buttery cookies is irresistible," reports Jessie MacLeod of St. Stephen, New Brunswick. "And they're as quick to make as they are to disappear. I often double the recipe."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min. YIELD:24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Additional sugar


  • 1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add peanut butter, egg and vanilla; beat until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder; add to creamed mixture and mix well. For easier shaping, chill the dough for 1 hour. Shape into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten each ball by crisscrossing with the tines of a fork dipped in sugar. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned and cookies are set. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 125 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 268378
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2017

"As a volunteer feild editor with Taste of Home magazine I love classic cookie recipes! Simple ingredients and great crisp cookie! My teenage son prepared, quick to prepare. He skipped chilling because in a rush, with no difficulties. For us, removed from oven before minimum time. He loved them!"

Jackie User ID: 9193208 267934
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2017

"Delicious! Love this recipe!"

ReneeMurby User ID: 7119369 244166
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2016

"Good cookie. My batch made 3 dozen. Delicious. Nice treat."

mikibunny31 User ID: 7066772 51307
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2014

"Really good"

Rejoicealway7 User ID: 7576062 202544
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2014

"Wonderful recipe!"

[email protected] User ID: 193450 52301
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"So traditional - and so delicious. Made a double batch today for lunchbox treats this week."

mjbeagles User ID: 6547836 23179
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

"Our church has a "cookie walk" every few months as a fundraiser. This was the first time I made this recipe, and I really like the way they came out-very thin, but with a perfect amount of peanut butter. My husband, the cookie expert, gave it a thumbs-up!"

mjbeagles User ID: 6547836 202543
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2013

"Our church has a "cookie walk" every few months as a fundraiser. These cookies were thinner than the usual peanut butter cookies, but full of flavor! The amount of peanut butter was just perfect. I doubled the recipe as suggested, and they got a thumbs-up from my husband, the cookie expert."

Mommalovespink User ID: 7310357 21640
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2013

"Best peanut butter cookie recipe yet!"

keepinyouinstitches User ID: 2668277 21732
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"I use dark brown sugar and maple flavoring instead of vanilla and LOVE the flavor; it is my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe!"

Antonina39965 User ID: 6413731 21637
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2013

"easy and delicious. What else do you need if you want something peanuty, and FAST."

bak1123 User ID: 4254509 79403
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012

"Amazing taste .I did add morsels and it I wouldnt recommend it .No need to the cookie is so good as i."

kchambe1 User ID: 3870432 49362
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2012

"Awesome recipe! I thought I would try rolling the last batch that I put in the oven in sugar. I think those were the ones the family liked the best. It made them a little more crispy on the outside and still stayed soft on the inside. I will be making these again!"

mapete8 User ID: 2815935 16447
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2012

"soft and moist cookies. I also mixed these up some by putting some in a mini muffin tin and putting mini peanut butter cups in when they came out of the oven. I also put chocolate chips in some as well."

antadaall User ID: 5206252 51241
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2012

"I made these cookies for my family and am amazed at how quickly they were devoured. My children asked that I make them next time they need cookies for something. I will do so, and I am sure they will be a great success!"

Rmhdesigns User ID: 6009358 45778
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2012

"This recipe is in my old Better Homes & Gardens cookbook from 1989! Exact same. Anyway, it's a great, easy recipe that always turns out great. I usually use crunchy peanut butter because that's what my family likes & it gives the cookies more peanut taste. 7-9 minutes usually is perfect for baking, but one batch only make 2 1/2 to 3 dozen for me."

mthorton2006 User ID: 6316240 45010
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"These cookies were pretty good. I was skeptical of how they came out of the oven. They fell really thin, but to my surprise they were crispy on the edges and soft in the middle (PERFECT). I haven't tried to dip them in milk yet. 1 batch was able to give me 12 cookies the size of the ones you get at the bakery. The taste was really good. I gave it a 4 star because the only thing it was lacking was more peanut butter taste, but this level of peanut butter may be just right for some. I say try it and if its not to your liking, give it a bit more pb. Good job and I'll keep his recipe in my box."

keepinyouinstitches User ID: 2668277 21636
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2011

"When I made these, I realized I had no vanilla in the house, so I substituted maple flavoring... I loved it!! This is now my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe, I love the crispiness of it!"

dharris66 User ID: 5569872 21633
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2011

"I also thought the batter was dry and then when I refrigerated it for an hour it was super hard from the butter??????"

tulsamom08 User ID: 5779690 16432
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"Yummo!! These are really good!! Will be making again!!"

ruthjoe User ID: 1058746 51238
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"I've made this recipe many times and it always turns out great. The original recipe in the magazine calls for softened butter, not melted."

jeffreyo User ID: 2983702 45777
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"the batter was super dry, needed to add milk. then it was super sticky. icebox helped, but the cookies really had little flavor"

heather.foote User ID: 3997155 50998
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"My day care kids had a great time making these"

KimberlyV65 User ID: 3135275 20946
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2009

"Excellent cookies!"

5xamom User ID: 787516 25623
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2008

"My husband brought home a bag of chocolate and peanut butter chips. I decided to added them to this recipe. It turned out heavenly! What is better then chocolate and peanut butter?"

brazil8201 User ID: 4092274 21730
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2008

"These are the best peanut butter cookies that I have ever made!!"

Ann Harrington User ID: 2709809 50991
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2008

"I doubled the batch but the white sugar. The cookies are delicious, I'll be making them again. Ann"

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