Classic Peanut Butter Cookies


These peanut butter cookies taste great and are easy to make!

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
4 dozen

There's nothing like a peanut butter cookie to satisfy your sweet tooth and lift your spirits. This peanut butter cookie recipe will quickly become a family favorite.

an overhead view of a pile of classic peanut butter cookies
Meredith Food Studio

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

You'll find a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions in the recipe below, but let's go over the basics:

Peanut Butter Cookies Ingredients

These are the basic ingredients you'll need for these classic peanut butter cookies:

· Butter: This peanut butter cookie recipe starts with two sticks of unsalted butter.
· Peanut butter: This recipe calls for crunchy peanut butter, but you can use smooth if you'd prefer.
· Sugars: A blend of white and brown sugars creates the perfect sweet, warm flavor.
· Eggs: Two eggs lend moisture and act as a binder, which means they help hold the dough together.
· Flour: All-purpose flour gives the dough structure.
· Leaveners: Baking soda and baking powder act as leaveners, which means they help the cookies rise.
· Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the flavors of the other ingredients, but it won't make the cookies taste salty.

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies

Here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make peanut butter cookies from scratch:

1. Make the dough: Beat the butter, peanut butter, and sugars together. Beat in the eggs. Sift the dry ingredients together, then add to the wet mixture.
2. Roll into balls: Chill the dough to make it easier to work with. Roll the dough into balls, place on a baking sheet, flatten with a fork, and make a criss cross pattern.
3. Bake the cookies: Bake the cookies until golden, then cool on a wire rack.

close up of Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

How to Store Peanut Butter Cookies

Transfer the (completely cooled) peanut butter cookies to an airtight container or cookie jar. Store at room temperature for up to five days.

Can You Freeze Peanut Butter Cookies?

Yes! But for the best results, you should consider freezing the dough balls before baking. When you're ready to eat the peanut butter cookies, simply remove the balls from the freezer and bake according to the recipe.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Simple, easy to follow recipe that produces a good cookie," according to one Allrecipes community member. "I substitute smooth peanut butter and turn them into sandwich cookies by making a layer of 50/50 peanut butter and icing in the middle of two cookies."

"Made this recipe with a few alterations," says Devionte Martin, who left these cookies a 5-star review. "Added a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and I cooked them for a minute longer."

"I used vegan butter and replaced the eggs with a banana," says another Allrecipes community member. "They are soft and chewy and so delicious! This is now my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 cup unsalted butter

  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Beat butter, peanut butter, white sugar, and brown sugar with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth; beat in eggs.

  2. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a separate bowl; stir into butter mixture until dough is just combined. Chill cookie dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  3. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  4. Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten each ball with a fork, making a crisscross pattern.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until edges are golden, about 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets briefly before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

    an overhead view of a pile of classic peanut butter cookies
    Meredith Food Studio


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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

126 Calories
7g Fat
15g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 126
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 101mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 2g
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 57mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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