Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

Cookie season is in full swing.  Thing 1 and I had a great time making the first batch of Christmas cookies last Sunday and I will be making these this coming weekend.  In the meantime, when I get a hankering to whip up a batch of cookies on a weeknight, this peanut butter cookie recipe is one I reach for again and again.

Mmm, sugar, butter, and peanut butter

Mmm, sugar, butter, and peanut butter

First, it is super simple to put together.  The dough doesn’t need to be refrigerated before rolling so the cookies come together quickly.  They are easy to decorate (a must when you are talking about Christmas cookies).  And they taste just like peanut butter cookies should… buttery and full of peanut flavor, with a texture that is soft but a little crumbly.

Peanut butter balls

Peanut butter balls

Putting a tray of these together only takes about a half an hour so if you find you need to make an emergency batch of cookies for your next holiday party, this is the recipe for you.  It is easy enough that it makes a great project to do with budding chefs.  Kids love to roll the dough and to use the fork to flatten the balls.  And of course they are excellent to decorate.

Dressed and ready for the oven

Dressed and ready for the oven

Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

Adapted from Clueless In the Kitchen


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

To Make:

Combine butter, peanut butter, white sugar and brown sugar in a mixing bowl.  Beat until combined.  Add in the egg and beat until smooth and creamy.

Whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a medium bowl.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth.

Scoop out the dough with a teaspoon.  Roll into 1″ balls and place on foil lined cookie sheet, approximately 2″ apart.  Use a fork to flatten each ball, making a criss-cross pattern.  Since it is Christmas, feel free to decorate the cookies with chocolate candies, sprinkles, cinnamon candies, etc.

Bake in at 375 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.  The cookies will be soft when they come out of the oven but don’t over bake.  They will firm up once they cool.  Allow them to cool on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before you remove them from the cookie sheet to a wire rack to cool completely.

To Serve:

Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies.  Store in an air tight container for 3 days.



Filed under Cookies, Dessert, Recipes

61 responses to “Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. You rock.

    Peanut butter cookies are the absolute best — only when homemade. Store-bought pb cookies are … well … icky, for lack of a better term, so I’m always looking for new recipes!

    Thank you!


  2. I didn’t need to see this…now I want them…I WANT THEM ALL!!!

  3. these look tasty 🙂 can’t wait for the holidays 🙂

  4. god these look delicious! so going to try them 🙂

  5. Great recipe! Europe has not embraced the use of peanut butter in baking- and it is almost impossible to find proper peanut butter cookies in the shops. Love these!

  6. Teri

    I’m definitely going to take a stab at making these delicious things! One question: Are you using natural, unsweetened peanut butter, or does it not matter?


    • Hi Teri,

      Thanks for your comment. We actually do use natural, unsweetened peanut butter (we love Trader Joe’s brand) but it works equally as well with regular peanut butter. If you make them, let us know how they turn out.

      -The Wicked (awesome) Whisk

      • Teri

        Thank you for the quick reply. I’ll let you know how my batch turns out.

      • Teri

        Hi, I know it’s been a while since your post went up, but I wanted to let you know that I’ve made a few batches of these cookies now, and they are a big hit. I tend to bake them longer than called for (my oven is oooold), but people have loved the cookies and their toppings (I’ve used peanut M&Ms, Nestlé Smarties [Canadian candy], chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips [which didn’t have a strong enough taste when competing with peanut butter]).

        I ended up using regular Kraft peanut butter and cutting back on the sugar a bit.

        Thanks again for the recipe!

      • Hi Terri,
        I am glad that the recipe worked out for you! Thanks for stopping back in to let us know how it went. Reading your comments makes me want to go make a batch of cookies right now!


  7. Yum! I’ve been looking for a good PB cookie recipe, I think I’ll try these! A lot of the recipes I’ve made call for milk, but I think it makes the cookies crumble more, so I like this milk-less recipe!

  8. This looks delish! Thanks, it would come handy for Xmas!!!

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  10. Those cookies look just YUMMY!
    I’m still going to bake a few more cookies later today and I will just have to try your recipe.
    Thanks so much for sharing and I wish you Very Happy Holidays
    Paula Jo (Clean Star)

  11. eatspinlive

    These look delicious 🙂

  12. RJK

    Plan on making these right away! They look great…just thinking about those Christmas Cookies!

  13. you are more than welcome to drop by anytime and bake for me 😉

  14. Wicked Whisk, I plan to make your peanut butter cookies (adding red and green sprinkles) for our block party. Thx! -Kathleen Rowland

  15. Funny peanut butter cookies.

  16. YES!!! I an clicking like so I can find my way back. Congrats on being freshly pressed.

    • While I made a different recipe, I let the kids have fun with the chocolate chips. They had fun making different faces or simply crowding the cookie with chips. Plus, they were tasty.

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  18. Susan Zheng

    Yummy. I’ll definitely try this one. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Yummy. I’ll definitely try this one. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Yummy. I’ll definitely try this one. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Clinton Verley

    excellent! Count me in as a subscriber!

  22. These look awesome! Reminds me of the ones my grandma used to make…congrats on FP!

  23. Video Recipes

    I can’t wait to try it out.

  24. YUM – definitely trying this recipe. Thanks!

  25. Jeanne Heuer

    Very nice food blog. I really like your philosophy too ( about us). We are also foodies but on the other end of the spectrum ( retired). We still garden ( 40 pounds of garlic this year alone) and definitely cook from scratch most of the time. We used to raise sheep but family and time and circumstance intervened. I am putting you in my blogroll. Check us out at ( Another Stir of the Spoon). We don’t just post food but we post a lot of food.

  26. I can taste them from here and I’m loving it. Delicious!

    Congrats on being fresh pressed as well; Cheers 🙂

  27. mmm they look really yummy!!!

  28. Oh, my! Thanks for tempting me on my second week of my weight loss journey! Kidding aside, these look great and I think I pass along the recipe to my son and his fiance – he LOVES peanut butter. They bake –I’ll stop by for a taste 😉 Congrats on Freshly Pressed.

  29. looks yummy .. am sure it tastes yummy too !

  30. This is totally yummylicious….just logged onto WP and straight came here seeing it on the Freshly Pressed….WOW !!! 🙂

    Since, my daughters love peanut butter, I am going to give it a try this weekend and see how it turns out…thank you for the wonderfully simple yet delicious recipe. 🙂

  31. Yeah I agree this is simple, yet the looks of it I cant resist, I can hust imagine how delicious they were.


  32. Just loved this blog of Peanut Butter Cookies.
    Just one of my many favorite type of cookies.

  33. maked me hungry… i’ll take one.. 🙂

  34. Gayathri

    Hello, These cookies are delicious…I dont have an electric oven..Can you suggest me an alternate to baking cookies, Please. Thank You

  35. Mmmm…. yummeh! I’m gonna try this! Thank you!

  36. These look great! I am normally intimidated by homemade cookies, but these seem simple enough. I’m going to give them a whirl! Thanks for sharing!

  37. nyam nyam….
    that must be delicious >.<

  38. Sunflowerdiva

    My mouth is watering. I have GOT to try this out one day. Thanks for sharing with us! They look delicious! 😀

  39. Like everyone else, I’m making these ASAP! I wasn’t in the cookie baking mood until I saw these! uh-oh!
    And congrats on your recognition under “freshly pressed!” Benefits all of us cookie lovers and bakers 🙂

  40. Modern Funk

    Peanut butter cookies, peanut butter fudge, peanut butter ice cream…yep, I am addicted to peanut butter! 😉

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  42. Looks yummy! Definitely must try at my friend’s baking party!

  43. Kirsten

    I tried this recipe tonight and the cookies turned out beautiful! Thanks for posting!

  44. Beloved

    I love cookies. I can have them anytime with a glass of cold milk! My son falls asleep after eating a wonderfully made chocolate chip cookie. We’ve pegged them his sleeping pill.

    I have been wanting to try peanut butter cookies for some time now. Thank you for this wonderful post and the photos are super!

  45. These peanut butter cookies look great. Very nice recipe.

  46. Tes

    My son will adore these yummy peanut butter cookies. Can’t wait to try it 🙂

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