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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 large 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.

Recipe Note

Test Kitchen Tip:

  • Use a glass with a pretty pattern on the bottom to add flair to these cookies.
  • Nutritional Facts

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

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    barnkitty User ID: 1239032 263643
    Reviewed Mar. 19, 2017

    "These are the best peanut butter cookies I've made so far. Really beautiful to look at and a great blend of chewy/crispy. That said, could have a little more peanut butter flavor. Maybe add more peanut butter? I flattened slightly with a fork dipped in sugar."

    sue0221 User ID: 7393994 263150
    Reviewed Mar. 6, 2017

    "Loved the soft texture but felt the peanut butter taste was lacking. I have a similar recipe from my 93 yo grandmother and it calls for 1c peanut butter to 1/2c shortening; 1c br sugar; 1c white sugar; 2 eggs; 2c flour and 2t soda. They're a little denser with less fat added but have a more peanut taste. Tried a meat mallet today and loved the look! Always used a fork before."

    tsuop User ID: 6274346 261692
    Reviewed Feb. 22, 2017 Edited Feb. 25, 2017

    "Great cookies !! Lots of recipes that were a " little bit of this & a little bit of that" were lost. Glad Janet's Mom saved this one."

    LegalSec User ID: 548619 261363
    Reviewed Feb. 15, 2017 Edited Feb. 23, 2017

    "I made these cookies and they are heavenly. I flatted with a traditional meat mallet (tenderizer) and they look great as well. I actually got 40 cookies instead of 36. I followed the recipe exactly as written. I would say if you like a bit more crispy to decrease the flour maybe by a half cup. You won't be disappointed if you make these!!"

    dublinlab User ID: 1682119 255057
    Reviewed Oct. 5, 2016

    "This recipe is a good cookie, but l will say it needed a little more salt. I live in Canada but used U.S. Peanut butter. It is a good cookie. Janet. VFE"

    lasturgeon User ID: 8419278 254399
    Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

    "Very good! Some crunch and some chewiness."

    DDPLoeches User ID: 1536323 242279
    Reviewed Jan. 22, 2016

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

    web.wicht User ID: 6919012 233901
    Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

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

    babysister20 User ID: 8053408 25226
    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."

    TOHccrocker User ID: 1712991 25938
    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."

    Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 50292
    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!"

    ehor49 User ID: 6339076 16220
    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"

    mojomo User ID: 4462613 50701
    Reviewed Nov. 15, 2011

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

    magybarra User ID: 3529303 45409
    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."

    Mjxfingers User ID: 265595 22991
    Reviewed Apr. 22, 2011

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


    TiffanyH User ID: 2584774 50682
    Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

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

    TiffanyH User ID: 2584774 21328
    Reviewed Oct. 27, 2010

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

    katm2 User ID: 5088977 25222
    Reviewed Apr. 23, 2010 Edited Feb. 16, 2017

    "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!"

    amandarath User ID: 4952697 16218
    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!"

    MY REVIEW User ID: 2350474 20696
    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."

    t-macka User ID: 1174815 45407
    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."

    shakeragmary User ID: 2329680 78983
    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!!!"

    uzifool1 User ID: 1558159 49016
    Reviewed Aug. 9, 2009 Edited Feb. 16, 2017

    "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"

    sandra stevens User ID: 2484498 78981
    Reviewed Feb. 27, 2009 Edited Feb. 16, 2017

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

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