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Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

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Want to know how to make super soft peanut butter cookies? This peanut butter cookie recipe right here, makes the most soft, delicious, moist, peanut buttery cookies you will ever make! Using extra brown sugar, honey roasted peanut butter, and slightly shorter cooking time, these cookies are the best peanut butter cookies ever!

Peanut butter may just be one of the greatest food inventions of all time. I love eating it by the spoonful, right out of the jar! But, peanut butter cookies have always been a little lacking to me, until now.

Freshly baked peanut butter cookies on parchment paper.

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I have had peanut butter cookies in the past that were dry and crunchy, not exactly appealing. But with this recipe, I have finally found a peanut butter cookie that is soft and moist.

A hand holding three peanut butter cookies.

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies Soft and Moist

There are some tricks you can use to get soft and moist peanut butter cookies, and this recipe uses almost all of them. That’s why they are so amazing!

  • Using more brown sugar than white sugar will result in softer, more moist cookies because of the amount of molasses.
  • If you slightly under-bake the cookies, they will be softer as well.
  • You can add a little bit of cornstarch to the dough to make softer cookies. That is what I did with these S’mores Cookies.
  • Another method is to add an extra egg yolk, which is the method I used with my Copycat Disneyland Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Peanut Butter Cookies on a baking sheet.

Best Ingredients for Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookie Ingredients

All-Purpose Flour- I like to use all-purpose flour in this recipe because I always have it on hand, which means I can have soft peanut butter cookies whenever I want!

A bowl of all-purpose flour.

Honey Roasted Peanut Butter– This is by far the most ingredient for the best tasting peanut butter cookies! Once I tasted this amazing invention, I was sold and have never looked back.

A jar of honey roasted peanut butter.

Salted Butter- You can use either salted or unsalted butter. I like to used salted butter because it enhances the flavor of the cookies.

Two sticks of salted butter.

Pure Vanilla Extract– There is nothing like using pure vanilla extract when baking. And the good news is, it seems like the price is finally starting to come back down. I usually get the best deals for vanilla at Costco, but you can get it at your local grocery store or here on Amazon.

A bottle of pure vanilla extract.

Helpful Kitchen Tools

Mixing Bowl- You will be using a mixing in this recipe to combine the dry ingredients.

Whisk- A good whisk is a necessary tool for any home cook or baker. This is one of my favorite whisks here.

Peanut butter cookies on a cooling rack.

Stand Mixer- I have owned both a Kitchenaid Mixer and a Bosch Mixer. Both are great! I happened to find my Bosch mixer at my local Costco and have not once regretted that purchase.

Bosch Mixer on a kitchen counter.

Instructions to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Set Aside.

A bowl of dry ingredients and a whisk.

Step 2: Unwrap the sticks of butter and add them to the bowl of a stand mixer and beat for 1 or 2 minutes until light and fluffy.

Butter in a stand mixer.

Step 3: Add the brown sugar and 1/2 cup white sugar into the bowl with the butter. Mix for another minute. Scrape down the sides if necessary.

A bowl of brown sugar next to a bowl of cookie dough in a stand mixer.

Step 4: Scoop the peanut butter into stand mixer and mix until combined.

A bowl of peanut butter and a bowl of cookie dough.

Step 5: Add the egg and vanilla extract to the dough and mix together.

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

Step 6: Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together and fully combined.

Wet and dry ingredients for peanut butter cookie dough in a stand mixer.

Step 7: Use a 2 inch cookie scoop to make cookie dough balls.

Peanut butter cookie dough in a cookie scoop.

Step 8: Roll the balls of cookie dough in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and coat completely.

A ball of cookie dough rolled in sugar.

Step 9: Place the cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.

Peanut butter cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Step 10: Use a fork to stamp a criss cross shape on each cookie.

A fork pressing into a peanut butter cookie dough ball.

Step 11: Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

Peanut Butter cookie dough balls on a baking sheet.

Step 12: Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Peanut Butter cookies on a cooling rack.

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Freshly baked peanut butter cookies on parchment paper.

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 36 Cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Want to know how to make super soft peanut butter cookies? This peanut butter cookie recipe right here, makes the most soft, delicious, moist, peanut buttery cookies you will ever make! Using extra brown sugar, honey roasted peanut butter, and slightly shorter cooking time, these cookies are the best peanut butter cookies ever!

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups plus 3 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar, divided
  • 1 Cup Creamy Honey Roasted Peanut Butter
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, and salt. Set Aside.
  2. Add the butter to bowl of a stand mixer and beat for 1 or 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the brown and 1/2 cup white sugar into the bowl with the butter. Mix for another minute. Scrape down the sides if necessary.
  4. Scoop the peanut butter into stand mixer and mix until combined.
  5. Add the egg and vanilla extract to the dough and mix together.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together and fully combined.
  7. Use a 2 inch cookie scoop to make cookie dough balls.
  8. Roll the balls of cookie dough in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar and coat completely.
  9. Place the cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  10. Use a fork to stamp a criss cross shape on each cookie.
  11. Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.
  12. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 136mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

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