Photo: Ryan Benyi; Styling: Stephana Bottom
Prep Time
35 Mins
Cook Time
16 Mins
Yield about 80 cookies (serving size: 2 cookies)

hese peanut butter cookies are the perfect afternoon snack. Serve with a glass of milk for the ultimate cookie experience.

How to Make It

Step 1

Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven and preheat to 350°F. Butter 2 large baking sheets. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

Step 2

With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter with both sugars for about 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium and add eggs and vanilla; beat until smooth and well combined. Beat in peanut butter. Scrape down sides of bowl. Reduce speed to low and beat in flour mixture in 2 batches, until just combined.

Step 3

Form dough into 1-inch balls and place on baking sheets. Flatten each ball by pressing with tines of a fork in a crisscross pattern. Bake, switching pans halfway through, 14 to 16 minutes, or until golden brown on bottom and barely colored on top. Cool on pans on wire racks for 5 minutes. With a spatula, carefully transfer cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Repeat with remaining cookie dough.

Ratings & Reviews

KathRS's Review

January 30, 2014

SissysCookin's Review

October 06, 2013
To Betty Hanner - thanks SO MUCH for your simple 3-ingredient recipe. I am salt-free and this fills the bill perfectly with Trader Joe's unsalted peanut butter. I think I might try it with half brown sugar and half white. The recipe shown in the website will be fine with the salt left out and low sodium baking powder/soda. But Betty's is so simple I think I will try it first.

ihartcookies101's Review

August 11, 2013

amateurcook's Review

July 28, 2013
Awesome! I followed some of the suggestions by doubling the amount of peanut butter, adding some cinnamon, using margarine instead of butter and cooking for 9-10 min. We tried them just as peanut butter cookies and they were deemed excellent. Then I added some chocolate chips, they tasted more like a chocolate chip cookie and over powered the peanut butter flavor. I then took some of the plain dough and added only 2 chips to each cookie and that was nice. You could taste the peanut butter flavor but then were surprised with a little chocolate in a couple of bites. This a keeper as its very easy to make.

sherrycampbell1's Review

June 28, 2013

Nira81's Review

June 22, 2013
Wow, great easy recipe! We halved it and out of laziness used only brown sugar. Just the right texture.

carmelita's Review

February 27, 2013
What ? Nothing special ? Have had better ? I just can't imagine that. These are the most classic of recipes. It's been years since I've made PB cookies and this recipe is just perfect. So easy - buttery, airy, crisp and bake up beautifuly ! Emily Rose, please share your "have had better" recipe ! I need to compare for myself.

stacy12345's Review

February 25, 2013
I agree these cookies are okay.

emeraldbinns's Review

February 03, 2013

lasamiracookies's Review

September 30, 2012
yummy and delicious mmmmm.... i made these cookies and they came out VERYYY good