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Soft Tried 'n' True Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

When I want to offer friend and family a tried-and-true cookie, this is the recipe I turn to. Use either creamy or crunchy peanut butter with delicious results.—Emma Lee Granger, La Pine, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD:27 servings


  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and water. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Drop by heaping tablespoons 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a fork. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.

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EastmanJ User ID: 8083597 230306
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2015

"These were easy and delicious! I used butter in place of the shortening and they turned out scrumptious! I also mixed the ingredients by hand instead of using a mixer. My kids loved them!"

Gramma Amy User ID: 6989823 130704
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2014

"NIce soft texture which we enjoy. I sprinkled a little sugar on the tops before baking. Makes them look pretty. I also used 1 C real butter in place of the shortening. Turned out well."

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 111499
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2014

"These are in my mind the perfect peanut butter cookie. I use dark brown sugar for an even richer flavor. For half the cookies I added m&m's because my husband loves them. I stored them in an air tight container and they remained soft. This is my go to recipe for peanut butter cookies."

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