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Soft Tried ‘n’ True Peanut Butter Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch

Makes

about 5 dozen

When I want to offer friend and family soft and chewy peanut butter cookies, this is the recipe I turn to. Use either creamy or crunchy peanut butter with delicious results. These are the best soft peanut butter cookies, and my family can't get enough. —Emma Lee Granger, La Pine, Oregon
Soft Tried 'n' True Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla and water. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Drop by tablespoons 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a fork. Bake at 350° until golden brown, 12-15 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Because shortening melts at a higher temperature than butter, it’s useful for baking cookies that you want to have a nice uniform shape.
  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes. But if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
  • Try all of our other peanut butter cookie recipes.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1 cookie: 105 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 91mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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