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Crisp Peanut Butter Cookies

"The old-fashioned taste of these crisp, peanut buttery cookies is irresistible," reports Jessie MacLeod of St. Stephen, New Brunswick. "And they're as quick to make as they are to disappear. I often double the recipe."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    about 4 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Additional sugar


  • In a bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add peanut butter, egg and vanilla; beat until smooth. Combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder; add to creamed mixture and mix well. For easier shaping, chill the dough for 1 hour. Shape into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten each ball by crisscrossing with the tines of a fork dipped in sugar. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned and cookies are set.
Editor's Note
Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 125 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Axiana
    Nov 10, 2020

    DOES NOT MAKE 4 DOZEN. Delicious cookies! Was about to cut the recipe in half, then looked at the amount of ingredients and changed my mind. I made exactly 1 inch balls and get 30 cookies.

  • Queenlalisa
    Oct 2, 2020

    These had just the right amount of peanut butter and butter flavor. So good and crispy, just like I like. I used a cookie scoop and it made almost 3 dozen. I like mine kind of small.

  • Lenore
    Jul 20, 2020

    One batch made 22 cookies for me! They are crispy and chewy; just the way I like them! ???? I used what I had on hand, so I had to make some modifications. ?? I used vegan butter, added an additional teaspoon of vanilla for flavor, added 1 tablespoon of molasses, since I didn't have brown sugar and used crunchy peanut butter. I forgot to add thr sugar when flattening them, but they taste amazing just the way they are! Mine took about 27 minutes to bake. But that may have happened because I had put 2 pans in the oven side by side.

  • hendia1
    May 15, 2020

    Excellent cookies...nice and crispy. In future, I will double the recipe as they disappear quickly.

  • jennifer_hardy62
    Apr 28, 2020

    I doubled the recipe, rolled them a little larger for a 3 inch finished cookie and baked them 13 minutes. They are delicious!

  • Andrea
    Aug 25, 2019

    Excellent, I cut the sugar down by 2 ounces and added a tablespoon of crunchy peanut butter. Soooooo good. Highly recommend.

  • JaniceElaine Olson
    Jan 6, 2019

    Excellent cookie recipe,although you must double the recipe, I also added extra Peanut Butter! So good ,I hate soft uncooked cookies ,these are perfect ??

  • Char
    Mar 23, 2018

    I have a few PB cookie recipes I've collected over the years, but they're just ok. This one I really like and it's now my new favorite! I doubled recipe, tweaked it a bit by using 1/4 cup more of PB and double the vanilla. In addition I also added almost a cup of dark chocolate chips stirred in last - I used Natural Jif creamy. A meat tenderizer dipped in sugar worked perfectly for the markings. Crunchy, a bit chewy; just the way I like them. Baked on regular bake (not convection bake) at 375 for 10 minutes. This made 65 cookies. Minor complaint is PB flavor was a bit weak, but they'll be gone before you can say "yum...

  • Jo
    Dec 11, 2017

    My DH loves Peanut Butter Cookies, but only if they are crispy, not soft. This recipe fit the bill perfect. I only got a couple dozen out of the batch, but I made them a tad bigger, we like a good size cookie. They were crisp and rose up so nice. I used my meat tenderizer to make the design on top and it looked really nice. This is my new favourite PBC recipe!

  • mamaknowsbest
    Jun 25, 2017

    As a volunteer feild editor with Taste of Home magazine I love classic cookie recipes! Simple ingredients and great crisp cookie! My teenage son prepared, quick to prepare. He skipped chilling because in a rush, with no difficulties. For us, removed from oven before minimum time. He loved them!