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Peanut Butter Cookies

It is amazing how much flavor these simple peanut butter cookies without brown sugar have. I make them very often because I always have the ingredients on hand. —Maggie Schimmel, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 large egg, room temperature, beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter


  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients. Scoop level tablespoonfuls and roll into balls. Place on ungreased baking sheets and flatten with a fork.
  • Bake at 350° until set, about 18 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe Tips

What's the best peanut butter for peanut butter cookies?

This peanut butter cookie recipe calls for creamy peanut butter—and as with any recipe, following the ingredient list yields the best, most consistent results. However, you can use crunchy peanut butter instead to add a little extra texture to these cookies. (Here’s the best chunky peanut butter, according to our Test Kitchen.) Substituting natural peanut butter for traditional peanut butter is trickier, as natural peanut butter has no added sugar or stabilizing ingredients, which can impact the taste and texture of the finished cookies.

How do you make peanut butter cookies better?

You can liven up these peanut butter cookies by adding mix-ins or by drizzling them with chocolate—these peanut butter cookie recipes may inspire you. Try folding in 1 cup of dark chocolate chips or chopped peanuts before baking. For some extra sweetness, drizzle your favorite icing over the cooled cookies. To make a peanut butter and jelly thumbprint cookie, gently press the back of a spoon into a just-baked cookie and add a dollop of strawberry or grape jam.

Why are my peanut butter cookies falling apart?

The main reason for dry, crumbly cookies is overbaking. All ovens are slightly different, so check the cookies a few minutes before the recommended baking time is up. Your peanut butter cookies should appear soft in the center—a little underbaked, but not raw—with golden edges. The cookies will firm up as they cool. (For more tips, check out our cookie-baking guide.)

How long do homemade peanut butter cookies last?

Peanut butter cookies can dry out fast, so store them at room temperature in an airtight cookie storage container and enjoy them within two or three days. Alternatively, you can shape the dough into balls, freeze them individually on a baking sheet, and then store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two or three months. Already-baked cookies can be frozen for three to four weeks.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 99 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 48mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Donna
    Oct 10, 2020

    The taste was good BUT couldn't roll and press since it was not stiff enough. I just plopped it on the cookie sheet and then pressed with a fork. I followed the recipe but didn't want to add more to it, especially the sugar.

  • gigi
    Oct 8, 2020

    it was amazing!it was a big hit!!i would rate it 4/5

  • ckbray
    Jun 15, 2020

    Very easy and tastes good. I baked for 15 minutes on convention bake on a Silpat. Maybe 2 were a little too brown, probably because they were a little smaller than the others. The rest didn’t burn at all probably due to the silpat. I had only minor spread so I was surprised to read a review that said they spread out a lot and were very thin. That was not my experience. I used crunchy peanut butter.

  • Valeria
    May 28, 2020

    Here in the middle of the COVID-19 quarantine, I was out of almost all baking ingredients, but I had peanut butter, Splenda, and eggs. I used this recipe,. subbing the Splenda for the called-for sugar. The cookies came out just fine and hit the right spot. Maybe peanuts are not only healthful but also a miracle ingredient!

  • Linda
    Apr 7, 2020

    I just made these and they are excellent - 18 mins is right on - they are a little sticky to make balls but make them small with the tbsp. as the guide. You certainly don't need sprinkled sugar on top. I would give them a 4 1/2 rating.

  • slt220yahoo
    Feb 13, 2020

    These are so delicious and easy to make! Only 3 ingredients and they're gluten-free!

  • Kayleigh
    Sep 5, 2019

    It was amazing, be sure to read all the reviews on how long to cook them. 18 mins is WAY too long. Also don't add sugar on top of the cookies until done. Just a failure on instructions part that's for sure.

  • lvarner
    Jun 2, 2019

    These cookies were very easy to make and tasted great. It's amazing that they contain only three ingredients! They come together quickly and were delicious.

  • Terryfl
    May 11, 2019

    Not the recipe that I have from 4-H 60 years ago

  • Debglass11
    Jan 17, 2019

    These cookies are really good and SO easy to make! Added them to my Christmas Cookie trays and they were a huge hit. Next time I'll double the batch! A great recipe to have all year round because you can throw them together at a moment's notice. And I always have the ingredients on hand! Baked them for around 15 minutes and they were perfect.