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Classic peanut butter cookies

A recipe for thick chewy peanut butter cookie made with natural peanut butter
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Classic peanut butter cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 21
Calories 137kcal
Author Janice


Artisan mixer
OXO whisk
mini scoop
Sheet pans


  • 115 grams (½ cup) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 125 grams (½ cup) all natural, unsweetened smooth peanut butter
  • 100 grams (½ cup) granulated sugar
  • 100 grams (½ cup) light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2.5 mL (½ tsp) pure vanilla extract
  • 2.5 mL (½ tsp) baking soda
  • 2.5 mL (½ tsp) Diamond Crystal fine kosher salt
  • 188 grams ( cups) all-purpose flour Note: use 125 grams (1 cup) flour for softer cookies that spread more OR use 188 grams (1 ½ cups) flour for chewy thicker cookies


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • 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.
  • Add the egg, and beat until it is incorporated, then the vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Let cool several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • For the peanut butter:
    • I like Maranatha brand all-natural unsweetened peanut butter, which you can purchase on Amazon.
    • I have also used Kraft Natural peanut butter and it works great too (it's made from peanuts only and has nothing else added)
  • To scoop cookies, I use a 1.5 tbsp cookie scoop Amazon
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Calories: 137kcal