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Peanut Butter Cutout Cookies

I used peanut butter in place of the butter in my take on a traditional cutout cookie, which turned out super nutty and soft. My children love to decorate the cookie with frosting, sprinkles and some creativity. —Cindi Bauer, Marshfield, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    About 4-1/2 dozen


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Red food coloring
  • Assorted colored sprinkles


  • In a large bowl, cream peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the eggs, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with 2-in. to 4-in. cookie cutters. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until edges are browned. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Frost cookies and decorate as desired.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 151 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 84mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • deb
    Jan 26, 2020

    These are very subtle in the peanut butter flavor but because of that you can still decorate them with frosting without it conflicting in flavors. They work great as a cutout cookie, just like a sugar cookie but without the butter, so to me it was a win.

  • Aman
    Dec 15, 2017

    Really nice banana cake. You have really done a nice job. As you have shared the best things for me. Even this recipes can be made in busy time also. It's really special for me.

  • munna1984
    Feb 11, 2016

    i tried it and it tastes awesome

  • danirev
    Mar 13, 2014

    I made this and it was a huge hit! I want to make it again, but I don't need 4 1/2 dozen.Can you provide the measurements to only yield 12-14 cookies?

  • paul3303
    Dec 21, 2013

    I enjoyed these cookies although the taste was very mild. I would have liked a stronger peanut butter flavor. When they first set up they were hard but then softened after settin in a covered container.

  • cpempek
    Aug 8, 2011

    Tasteless! I registered just to leave this review. Flour-tasting and dense. Salvaged the batter by adding 4T butter and a 1/4c brown sugar. Better, but not worth making this recipe again. I was making bone shaped cookies for human consumption to celebrate my puppy's first birthday - I literally fed the first batch of cookies to my dog! He liked them, but don't make them for human friends!

  • cassieandra23
    Nov 22, 2009

    a good cookie.. not one of my favourites tho..

  • justmelane
    Nov 16, 2009

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, it is wonderful and just what I was lookin for.

  • julieandkavin
    Mar 7, 2009

    These are great! I placed jelly between two cookies and they tasted just a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

  • bikenviken
    Dec 30, 2008

    I love this recipe! The peanut butter flavor is very subtle so it still tastes very much like sugar cookies should... just with a wonderful twist!