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5 from 4 votes

Peanut Butter Cookies

These old fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, chewy and soft on the inside, and have the best peanut butter flavor.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baking from scratch, baking tips
Servings: 38 cookies
Author: Lisa Longley

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour 312.5 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 grams
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda 9.58 grams
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature (170.1 grams)
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed (200 grams)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar 150 grams
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter 240 grams
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 4.2 grams

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and line rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. (Please see notes in the post about measuring flour.)
  • Using a stand mixer or a large bowl and a hand mixer, beat together the room temperature butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Beat until light and fluffy, about 3 to 6 minutes.
  • Beat in the peanut butter, scraping down the sides as you go, until fully incorporated.
  • Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then beat in the vanilla extract.
  • Add in the flour mixture. Beat on low until combined enough that it won't beat out of the bowl. Turn the beater up high and beat just long enough that the flour mixture is fully incorporated.
  • Using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop, form into balls. Drop onto the prepared sheet, placing each cookie 2 inches apart. Press down with a fork, first one way, than the other to make a hash mark.
  • Bake for 10 mintues, rotating the pan half way through baking. Allow to cool for two minutes on the tray before transferring to a cooling rack. Once completely cooled, store in an airthight container for up to 1 week.