Overhead shot of a row of peanut butter cookies on a wire rack, on a white background.

Best Ever Peanut Butter Cookies

Best Ever Peanut Butter Cookies are thick and chewy, and perfect for snack time. These are a classic, and are best dunked in milk!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword peanut butter cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 26 cookies
Calories 242 kcal
Author Sue Ringsdorf


  • 1 cup unsalted butter - softened to room temp
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs - at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • more granulated sugar - or rolling - optional


  1. Using a mixer, cream butter and sugars together until creamy. Add eggs and mix well. Then add vanilla and peanut butter and mix until well combined.
  2. Mix dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder) together. Add to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Cover dough and store in refrigerator for at least two hours prior to baking.
  3. Roll dough into round balls and dip into granulated sugar. Place about 8 cookie balls on baking sheet. Press fork into dough in criss cross directions.

  4. Bake in 350 oven for 10 - 13 minutes, depending on how dark you like your cookies. Let sit for 10 minutes before transferring to baking rack to cool completely.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  1. Always start with room temperature butter. Doing so will result in best results, because the soft butter creates little air pockets that emulsify when baked. In other words, you get a nice creamy taste.
  2. Using room temperature eggs is also key to making awesome cookies.
  3. Use a good quality peanut butter. I don't recommend using a lower sugar or fat brand. Let's use the REAL stuff for these cookies.
  4. Take the extra step and roll the cookie dough into nice round balls. This will ensure a perfectly round cookie.
  5. Also, dipping the cookie balls in sugar and flattening with a fork, makes the presentation picture worthy.
  6. These cookies freeze great, for up to three months.
  7. You can also freeze the cookie dough.


Nutrition Facts
Best Ever Peanut Butter Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 242 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 142mg6%
Potassium 115mg3%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 242IU5%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.