Classic peanut butter cookies

A stack of classic peanut butter cookies made with natural peanut butter

Sometimes I dislike the internet. I love this site called Thought Catalog. It’s honest, I like the way it’s written, and it makes me laugh. I read this one post that cracked me up, but then it made me think, and I mean really think.

pressing peanut butter cookie dough with a fork for the criss cross pattern

The post is entitled “10 signs you have no life” and it has an image taken from Daria. Automatically I was hooked and it really was hilarious. Unfortunately, it mirrored my life just a little too much as of the first telltale sign. See, not only do I have a semi-permanent pile of crap next to me in my bed at all times (magazines, laptop, iPod, notebook, pen), one night I actually woke up to find almonds and dried cranberries (snacks?) scattered in between the sheets. I think it’s safe to say this was a new low in my single life.

Developing a thick chewy peanut butter cookie with natural peanut butter

 Conclusion: I need to go out more, or else that semi-permanent pile of crap (and apparently snacks) “occupying the space where another human being should be” will become more than semi-permanent. I really don’t want that.

Of course, I have nothing to wear and a million other stupid reasons to avoid going out. So, excuse me while I stuff my face with peanut butter cookies instead.

This is a typical peanut butter cookie recipe (from my mom’s recipe box) but of course I did a little experimenting. I wanted a cookie that was thicker but still chewy and containing natural peanut butter. The key to that is more flour, but keeping the baking time at around 10 to 12 minutes. Any longer, and you will end up with crisper cookies. That’s okay. They all taste amazing, and are the perfect excuse to stay home. For more classic cookies, try these jam thumbprint cookies, shortbread, or linzer cookies.


pressing peanut butter cookie dough with a fork for the criss cross pattern

Classic peanut butter cookies

A recipe for thick chewy peanut butter cookie made with natural peanut butter

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 21
Calories 137 kcal
Author Janice


  • 115 grams unsalted butter 1/2 cup, room temperature
  • natural peanut butter 1/2 cup
  • 100 grams granulated sugar 1/2 cup
  • 100 grams light brown sugar 1/2 cup
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 125 grams or 188 grams all-purpose flour 1 cup, 1 1/2 cups


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter, peanut butter, and the sugars for several minutes, starting on low and slowly increasing the speed to medium. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  3. Add the egg, and beat until it is incorporated, then the vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the baking soda and salt. For chewy/softer/thin cookies, add 125 grams of flour. For thicker chewy cookies, add 188 grams of flour. Whisk the dry ingredients together then add them to the mixer bowl. Beat until combined.
  5. Scoop the cookie dough with a cookie scoop onto parchment-lined cookie sheets, press with a lightly-floured fork to make a criss-cross pattern, and then bake for 10–12 minutes for chewy cookies or for 13–15 minutes for crispier cookies.

  6. Let cool several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

For peanut butter, , I like Maranatha brand unsweetened peanut butter, which you can purchase on Amazon

To scoop cookies, I use a 1.5 tbsp cookie scoop Amazon

Classic peanut butter cookies made with natural peanut butter and pressed with a fork for the signature criss-cross pattern

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13 Responses to Classic peanut butter cookies

  1. El April 30, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    They look fantastic. Great job saving the wood board too.

  2. Kathy Jollimore April 30, 2013 at 3:57 am #

    If I was in Montreal, we could stuff our faces with cookies together and never go out!

    • Janice Lawandi April 30, 2013 at 11:54 am #

      Yay! That would be awesome 🙂

  3. Medeja April 30, 2013 at 4:02 am #

    I still don’t know how to make simple basic and perfect peanut butter cookies.. Thanks for this post!

    • Janice Lawandi April 30, 2013 at 11:51 am #

      After making these, I realized just how long it had been since I had made/eaten an old-fashioned peanut butter cookie. I hope you get a chance to try them!

  4. musingmar May 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    I love how you show the effects of switching up the amount of an ingredient like flour. It helps me understand how to tailor a recipe so it’s perfectly suited to my preferences. In this case, however, I could go for these peanut butter cookies both ways!

  5. Jarome June 6, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Peanut butters are my all time favorite. Yummy cookies. 🙂

  6. Joan June 6, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    A favorite cookie of mine. Ha, I love the criss-cross. When I do that, it makes me feel happy. Odd maybe, but I take what I can get. lol

  7. Marie December 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    This recipe turned out perfectly! Thank you so much for sharing.
    I shared it here too:

    • Janice Lawandi December 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm #

      I’m so happy to read this! Thank you for checking in to let me know 🙂


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