Basic Peanut Butter Cookies With Variations

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
Classic Peanut Butter Cookies. Diana Rattray
    20 mins

This is one of my favorite recipes, a classic chewy and delicious peanut butter cookie. The cookies are pressed with a fork to make the classic ridges.

For soft and chewy cookies, take them out when they begin to brown around the edges. 

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups flour, 5 3/4 ounces
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • about 2 tablespoons of flour or granulated sugar for dipping and pressing

How to Make It

Heat the oven to 375 F.

Grease baking sheets lightly or line with parchment paper.

Cream the granulated and brown sugars with the butter and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and then stir in remaining ingredients.

Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheets. Press the dough balls down with a fork dipped in flour to make ridges down the center. Dip fork tines in flour or granulated sugar before pressing each cookie.

Bake in the preheated oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until they begin to brown around the edges. 

Makes about 2 1/2 to 3 dozen peanut butter cookies.


  • Use chunky peanut butter in the cookies or fold in about 1/2 cup of chopped peanuts to the batter just before baking.
  • Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies: Roll the cookie dough balls in sugar and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. With your thumb, press an indentation in each cookie. Bake as directed in the recipe. When the cookies have cooled, fill the indentation with about a scant 1/2 teaspoon of jam or preserves.

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