Best Ever Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

Best Ever Soft Peanut Butter Cookies are a classic. Soft & chewy, these peanut butter cookies have quickly become our favorite sweet treat.

Best Ever Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

My family can’t keep their hands off these easy peanut butter cookies. This peanut butter cookie recipe is not your traditional crunchy peanut butter cookie, but there really isn’t a better recipe out there. Trust me, we’ve tried them all.

What peanut butter cookie recipe is the best?
While I do love making homemade peanut butter cookies with just 3 ingredients, they are just not as soft and chewy as these. I love 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies, but I am just not as satisfied.

These cookies go right in line with my love for creamy peanut butter. Peanut butter is my to-go-to snack anytime I am hungry.

Whether it’s by the spoonful, with pretzels, on a sandwich or paired with some Nutella, I really could eat peanut butter in any way, shape or form. Because I have a sweet tooth, of course, cookies are at the top of my favorite foods. This makes soft peanut butter cookies an obvious hit.

Should I use crunchy or creamy peanut butter to make peanut butter cookies?
While I love creamy peanut butter for cookies typically, there are those moments – like with my morning breakfast toast with bananas – that I reach for the crunchy peanut butter.

We are a house divided on creamy and crunchy peanut butter. While my son, Aiden and I am more in the middle and could eat either, my husband and daughter Jersey love crunchy, and my other 3 kids, Jojo, Cannon, and Madden, will only eat creamy. If I accidentally pack them crunchy, the sandwich will still be in their lunchbox when they get home – making you wonder just what they ate for lunch.

We also have very strong opinions on whether a soft or crunchy peanut butter cookies are the best.

I tend to lean towards chewy, soft cookies. The best cookie recipe I’ve ever had are my Best Ever Monster Cookies. But most classic peanut butter cookie recipes I’ve had are too crunchy, leaving a crumbly mess. So, I have been on a mission  the best peanut butter cookies recipe, and finally… finally… I found it.

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper, if desired.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter, sugar and brown sugar. Beat together until smooth & creamy best if using a stand mixer or hand mixer.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and continue to mix until well combined.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture and mix until well combined.
  5. Use a cookie dough scoop, or spoon the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in white granulated sugar if you desire and place onto baking sheet.  
  6. Using a fork, press down on each ball of dough to flatten, creating a criss-cross pattern.
  7. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Do not over bake. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.
  8. These keep well for a couple of days in an airtight container.


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