The Best Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe Ever, I Promise

The best peanut butter cookie recipe ever? O.k…I know it is an election year and you are feeling a little overwhelmed with empty promises, but this one is not empty. Really. No. Really.

Look at the first picture and look me in the computer screen and tell me I am lying, go ahead-

Peanut Butter sandwich cookies

Uh huh, see?

If you like peanut butter, (and really, who doesn’t?) these are the cookies for you. They are, depending on how long you bake them, chewy, crispy, or somewhere between. The peanut butter is intense. And, I use them as sandwich cookies, sandwiching them together with peanut butter mixed with honey. The are also great just single with a tall glass of organic milk.

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The Best Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe Ever

2 1/2 c flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 c unsalted butter

1/2 c vegetable shortening

1 c peanut butter

1 c sugar

1 c brown sugar, firmly packed

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350

Stir together dry ingredients.

In mixer cream butter, shortening and peanut butter until smooth. Add sugars and continue beating until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, then vanilla. Add gflour mixture and blend well, you may need to do that part by hand.

Shape dough into 1″ balls. Place on the silpat covered baking sheet 2 inches apart. Flatten with a ford dipped in flour and then flatten the other way to create cross hatching.

Bake for 8-10 minutes for chewy

10-12 minutes for crispy/chewy

and 12-14 minutes for crispy but watch carefully. Cool completely. about 6 dozen.

Now, if you want to make sandwich cookies make a spread of equal amounts of peanut butter and honey (or try sandwiching with ganache..yum) and put two cookies together with the filling in the middle.

Don’t eat them all before the kids get home.

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    • Nirmala

      I’m going to have to try this. I love PB cookies.

    • Marye

      Let me know what you think!

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    • Jennifer

      Now, I haven’t even thought about, or had PB cookies since, um, maybe since I was a kid. Wow. I should make a half batch of these. We don’t eat cookies when we make them so a half batch might work out. I remember how good they are warm. But I like mine chewy.

    • Marye

      You should make them…if only for the dough.

    • How To Eat A Cupcake

      Hahahaha I love the way you worded the beginning of the entry… “Look me in the computer screen…”

      LOL :D

    • sandy vincent

      I’d like to know if these freeze well? That is very important to me, as i try NOT to eat them all at one time!!! Thanks……….Sandy

    • Marye

      Sandy- they freeze beautifully.

    • Trinette

      They really are delicious….I made a “tester” batch (yeah, right, I ate my first batch, okay?) then sent a triple to Iraq for my fiancee and his buddies. They are demanding more! Thank you so much!

    • Marye

      Trinette-I am glad they liked them! :) My son is on his way to Japan and then back to Iraq a bit later in the year.
      Tell your fiance thank you for me.

    • Cindy

      These were awesome! I thought this would be another one of those “Best Peanut Butter Cookie Ever…” recipes that disappoint and lie. You kept your promise! Nice and chewy, peanut buttery MMM! I FINALLY found my peanut butter cookie recipe after many attempts over the years! Thanks so much!

    • Marye

      Cindy, not being a politician I really really have no unction to lie. :)

      Seriously I am glad you like them

    • Sonia

      I have a question to the ladies that sent the cookies to Iraq, did you use a vacuum sealer bags or how did you pack them?
      Thank you for you help.

      Btw, I am just about to make the dough, I am so exited! ;)

    • Davis

      yum. yum. yum.
      i made this with my three year old daughter and all i can say is yum.. the cookies come out soft and chewy and they are so so good..

    • Marye

      Davis-that is great! Cooking with kids is such a great way to build relationship.,

    • MEEE!

      Me and my mom were looking for the perfect recipe, we got out six cook books and looked through them all, then she compared the ones to the others of the peanut butter recipes, we narrowed it down to one cook book. Then I google-lated “The Best Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe Ever” and found this site [secound on the list!] so I checked it out and it was the same as the one we found in the cook book!!

      Granpy will sure like these cookies!
      It’s my first time baking a batch of cookies.
      Good luck to meee!

    • Sally Perry

      I halved this recipe as it is just my daughter and myself, but accidentally put in a whole stick of unsalted butter. The cookies were amazing!! They were crispy and simply melted in our mouths. We ate half the batch before the second was finished baking! Can’t wait to see how they taste with the recommended amount of butter – next time.

    • Lynn

      These sound like THE perfect PB cookie! Just wondering…how would these cookies handle having added goodies like M&MS or chopped peanuts? Even without added goodies, I’ll be mailing these yummers to nieces and nephews working and studying all over the world. :)

    • Matt

      I’m hesitant to make these because they use shortening, although they look absolutely fabulous. I know Crisco recently reduce their shortening to 1g of transfat in 12g of shortening (pretty sure), but I’m still not really lookin forward to tryin that.

      I have one question though. I’m sure I can figure out how to flour my Ford, but won’t the cookies be a little bit…ruined if flatten them with my truck?



    • best

      Matt, I replaced shortening with butter and still turned out fantastic :D
      truly the BEST peanut butter cookies recipe ever!!!
      I made 6 batches and all my family and neibors just loved it <3
      will keep making more :)

    • Vanessa

      I just made a test batch before they (the cookies) ship out to Iraq. And they are THE BEST I have ever had. Not too dry, I like mine a little crunchy so I did 14 mins. Perfect! You weren’t lying:)

    • Shannon

      Fantastic I love this recipe!

    • Abby

      How many cookies does this recipe make?

    • Marye Audet

      what cookbook was it? Because I have used this for so long I dont know where it came from

    • Marye Audet

      I dunno…maybe I should try them with the whole stick of butter!

    • Marye Audet

      That sounds fantastic!

    • Marye Audet

      thanks! i am glad you like them

    • Marye Audet

      LOL Vanessa. I never lie. :)