My Dad's sister gave me this recipe for killer peanut butter cookies.

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Ingredients

36
Original recipe yields 36 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cream together the shortening, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in egg. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; gradually stir into the peanut butter mixture. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least one hour.

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Make small balls of dough. Flatten with fork dipped in flour to form cross-wise pattern.

  • Bake for 10-12 minutes in the preheated oven, or until just set. Remove from baking sheets to cool on wire racks.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

86.5 calories; 1.5 g protein; 9.9 g carbohydrates; 5.2 mg cholesterol; 69.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2006
I made this recipe twice. The first time I followed the directions as written. The cookies were okay but not delicious. My family members at a couple and then I froze the rest to give away. I would give the recipe three stars. The next day, I tried the recipe again making changes suggested by other reviewers. I used butter instead of shortening and I used 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar. These changes made a big difference. Everybody in my family loved them and gobbled them up. They had a better peanut butter flavor and texture that we like. I give the recipe change 5 stars. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/26/2011
I was totally disappointed in this recipe made them for my new fiance cause they are his favorite and they were dry and crumbly. Read More
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177 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 111
  • 4 star values: 37
  • 3 star values: 16
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2006
I made this recipe twice. The first time I followed the directions as written. The cookies were okay but not delicious. My family members at a couple and then I froze the rest to give away. I would give the recipe three stars. The next day, I tried the recipe again making changes suggested by other reviewers. I used butter instead of shortening and I used 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar. These changes made a big difference. Everybody in my family loved them and gobbled them up. They had a better peanut butter flavor and texture that we like. I give the recipe change 5 stars. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2006
I made this recipe twice. The first time I followed the directions as written. The cookies were okay but not delicious. My family members at a couple and then I froze the rest to give away. I would give the recipe three stars. The next day, I tried the recipe again making changes suggested by other reviewers. I used butter instead of shortening and I used 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar. These changes made a big difference. Everybody in my family loved them and gobbled them up. They had a better peanut butter flavor and texture that we like. I give the recipe change 5 stars. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2007
This is a great recipe; I did however make a few adjustments. Margarine instead of shortening 1 C brown sugar instead of white and brown cut out baking soda and used 1 t baking powder increased PB to 3/4 C. Came out perfect with lots of flavor. Great cookie! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2005
I didn't need to make this one - it is the same recipe we've been using for years! The only difference is, I don't add any salt. I'd also add that you can change the basic first "mouth impression" of the cookie depending on what you criss cross with. Dip your fork in water, shake it off, and put in FLOUR for a richer, chewier cookie, and WHITE granulated SUGAR for a sweeter, slightly more crunchy finish. Either way, these will disappear fast! Also, if you use the parchment paper on your cookie sheet, the bottoms will come out more evenly. YUM! I'm making some of these today! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/05/2008
At 8 p.m. Leah suggested making cookies. After scanning the pantry the only ingredients available were for peanut butter cookies. I googled for a recipe and found this one and boy were we lucky. First batch rocked. We played around the next time and added a teaspoon of bourbon and a teaspoon of honey and went with all brown sugar. We rolled the finished dough balls in hot cocoa mix mmm...... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/07/2010
Classic darned near perfect peanut butter cookie. There's nothing unusual or different about these other than that this is just a good recipe for basic peanut butter cookies! The only thing I felt it needed was vanilla so I added two teaspoons. Reliable and easy to make. Good looking peanut butter cookie too just the right thickness. Tender and somewhat sandy with crispy edges just how I like them. I swore I was only going to taste these just so I could review them but I enjoyed it so much I finished the cookie and had another! Dependably good on its own but I threw in a bag of peanut butter/chocolate chips. Toe curling good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2004
I made these cookies on Wednesday Nov. 5th 2003. Great cookies. I had tried to write a review of this recipe but it was too difficult trying to eat the cookies and type at the same time! I am alwyas concerned when I make Peanut Butter Cookies that it won't be Peanutty enough for me. It was wonderfully peanutty! I did add Peanut Butter Chips to the batter just to be on the safe side. I liked the additonal chips in the batter. But I am sure it would have been just fine without them too. ENJOY and make a double batch! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2003
This is a great recipe but I used 1 cup brown sugar & left out the white sugar. I also used 1/4 c butter & 1/4 c shortening rather than all shortening. This made the cookies alittle bit chewier. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2003
I've used many different peanut butter cookie recipes over the years this is by far the moistest and best rising peanut butter cookie recipe I've found. I've looked many places for a pb cookie recipe this good as peanut butter cookies are my husband's favorite. He LOVES these! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2003
These cookies turned out WONDERFUL!I was so happy with the results-chewy and soft. Except the batch I baked didn't have 3 dozen cookies only about2 and 1/2. Next time I better double this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/26/2011
I was totally disappointed in this recipe made them for my new fiance cause they are his favorite and they were dry and crumbly. Read More
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