The Best Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Confession- I’m not a huge peanut butter fan. My hubby LOVES it but the rest of us hardly ever touch it. We are a nut free school district which doesn’t help since the boys can’t bring any of it to school so through the years we’ve just removed it from our regular diet. Until now. I found the Best Peanut Butter Cookies I’ve ever eaten.

When I say eaten I mean devoured. By the handful. We made several batches and they were gone so fast. If you manage to save some they’d fair well in an airtight container for a few days. These cookies aren’t crunchy at all. They are soft and chewy the way peanut butter cookies should be.

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies #Recipe #momspotted

This recipe is from my most favorite cookbook I’ve told you about for years. It’s The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook. If you don’t own it, you should. Along with the other books they sell. I’ve not only come to LOVE every recipe I’ve tried out of it but I’ve even bought a few things off their recommendations (like my food processor). It’s way cheaper than what I paid on our affiliate Amazon. I also own the baking & healthy one and I’m about to invest in their slow cooker one too!

The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

Anywho. Back to the Best Peanut Butter Cookies I’ve ever had.

Another tip is that we used Skippy’s Extra Crunchy, Super Chunk Peanut Butter. I didn’t pay attention to what I grabbed when I was buying it. They recommended Skippy and didn’t realize I bought this one but I feel it definitely made a difference in the taste of these cookies.

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies #Recipe #momspotted

Hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think!

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies {#Recipe}

America's Test Kitchen Cookbook
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5 from 11 votes
Course Cookies
Servings 24


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup extra-crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs


  • Pre-heat oven to 350˚F.
  • Whisk the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Beat butter and sugars in your stand mixer bowl combined with your paddle attachment. Mix on medium until light & fluffy (3-6 minutes). Beat in the peanut butter until fully combined (30 seconds). Beat in the vanilla, then the eggs (one at a time) and then scrape down the bowl.
  • Slowly add in flour mixture while beating together on low.
  • Take 3 tbs. and make dough balls with it. Place evenly on baking sheets (preferably on a Silpat) about 2 inches apart. Use a fork to make a criss-cross pattern on top by pressing it down on the dough balls.
  • Bake until golden and centers are puffed and beginning to deflate (10-12 minutes). Let it for 10 minutes then eat warm or transfer to wire rack and let them cool completely.
  • The dough can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in the fridge covered tightly. If freezing the dough, freeze in dough balls and then baking at 300 for 17-22 minutes (on the tray frozen). Frozen dough balls are good for up to one month.




  1. I am going to have to make these! My mouth is watering just by looking at your picture!

  2. Beth says

    I need to convince the rest of the family to like PB cookies. I end up eating too many of them when I make them. Pin the recipe to try the next time I need PB cookies!

  3. Jenn says

    5 stars
    I’ve never made them with crunchy peanut butter before. Sounds good!

  4. Tonya says

    5 stars
    My daughter and I were just talking about Peanut Butter Cookies and I would so make these right now if I had baking soda on hand.

  5. Wendy says

    5 stars
    oh those look amazing. I love peanut butter cookies. They are my favorites

  6. These look great! I love peanut butter cookies.

  7. I’ve never ever made peanut butter cookies with crunchy peanut butter before, but am really tempted to give it a try. Gabz loves peanut butter cookies, and LOVES peanuts, so these should really appeal to her.

  8. 5 stars
    These look and sound delicious. I definitely need to pick up that cookbook.

  9. Ty says

    5 stars
    Oh my yum! These look absolutely amazing and I sure wish I could have one right about now.

  10. My hubby would love if I made these for him. He’s a peanut butter cookie ADDICT. I just hate making them because the smell of PB makes me gag a bit.

  11. I love peanut butter cookies. I will definitely be trying this recipe.

  12. Ok now I want peanut butter cookies!! Ive heard of that book and want a copy!

  13. Cynthia R says

    Peanut butter cookies sound good right now, its been a long time since I’ve made them.

  14. vickie couturier says

    5 stars
    ok,,now ive got to make those,,they look so good they made my mouth water just looking at them

  15. 5 stars
    Ooh, those look so good! I might have to try these today!

  16. 5 stars
    What is funny is that I can literally TASTE these just by looking!

  17. I <3 peanut butter cookies. Mine are usually flaking and crunchy, though. I'll be trying these soon, thanks!

  18. I LOVE peanut butter, but for whatever reason I am typically {usually, anyway} not a fan of peanut butter cookies. They are my husband’s favorite though, so I’m going to try these for his birthday- and I bet I’ll love them too if you did!

  19. Oh YUM. I love peanut butter!! Do these stay soft? They look amazing!

  20. Lorayne Gothard says

    We have been needing a good peanut butter cookie recipe!! Thank you so much we will try these for sure!!

  21. Shannon says

    These sound amazing, thank you for sharing this recipe.

  22. Cristy Ridey says

    I do not love peanut butter cookies normally, but i am gonna try these!

  23. Engelica says

    5 stars
    Made these last night….AMAZING! Love the crunchy peanut butter! Thank you for sharing!

  24. Kimberly Flickinger says

    5 stars
    I love Peanut Butter cookies. Thank you for sharing!

  25. Stacey says

    5 stars
    I made them and they are so good! I divided the dough, and put chocolate chips in half of it. Oh my gosh, wonderful! Thank you for sharing!

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