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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!

Freshly baked peanut butter cookies on parchment paper.

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Why This is the Best Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

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.

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!

Peanut Butter Cookie Ingredients

Best Ingredients for this Classic Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

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!

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.

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

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.

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Peanut Butter Cookies on a baking sheet.

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 peanut butter cookie 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 of granulated sugar and coat completely.

A ball of cookie dough rolled in sugar.

Step 9: Place the cookie dough balls on a parchment paper 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 crisscross pattern on the tops of the cookies.

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.

How to Store Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

These peanut butter cookies are best when they are soft and chewy. To keep them soft, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. If you prefer your cookies to be crispy, store them in a loosely covered container or bag.

Baking Tips & Tricks

  • Make sure to use room temperature butter for easier creaming and smoother dough.
  • Use a cookie scoop or spoon to make evenly sized cookies for more consistent baking.
  • Don’t overbake your cookies. They may look slightly underdone when you take them out of the oven, but they will continue to cook while cooling on the baking sheet.
  • For an extra peanut buttery taste, add some chopped peanuts into the dough before baking.
  • If you prefer a sweeter cookie, increase the amount of white sugar in the dough.  Now that you have successfully made these delicious Peanut Butter Cookies, try experimenting with different mix-ins such as chocolate chips or chopped nuts. These cookies also make great gifts for friends and family – just

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the trick to making soft cookies?

The trick to making soft cookies is using room temperature butter and not overbaking them. Allowing the cookies to cool on the baking sheet before transferring them will also help keep them soft.

Can I freeze these cookies?

Yes, you can freeze these cookies after they have been baked and cooled. Place them in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 2 months. Thaw them before serving.

Can I use natural peanut butter for these cookies?

Natural peanut butter may result in a slightly different texture and taste, but it can be used in this recipe. Just make sure to stir the natural peanut butter well before adding it to the dough.

What ingredient in homemade cookies makes them soft?

Butter is the ingredient that makes cookies soft. Using room temperature butter and not overbaking the cookies will result in a softer texture. You can also try using a lower protein flour, like cake flour, to make your cookies more tender.

Can I use chunky peanut butter for these cookies?

Yes, you can use crunchy peanut butter for these cookies for added texture. However, if you prefer a smoother dough, use creamy peanut butter.  

Why do you put fork marks in peanut butter cookies?

Fork marks are used in peanut butter cookies to create the classic criss cross pattern and also help flatten the cookies for even baking.  

Enjoy Your Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies

Enjoy these soft and chewy homemade peanut butter cookies with a tall glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee. They are perfect for any occasion and are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Share them with your loved ones or keep them all for yourself – I won’t tell! Happy baking!  

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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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Amber

Monday 13th of December 2021

Can you skip the last step of rolling the balls in sugar before baking?

Mindy

Saturday 18th of December 2021

Yes 😊

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