Old-fashioned peanut butter cookies

Old-fashioned peanut butter cookies are a classic treat loved by many. Here’s a simple recipe to make them:


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Additional granulated sugar for rolling (optional)
  • Extra peanut butter for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the creamy peanut butter, egg, and vanilla extract to the creamed mixture. Beat until well combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a smooth dough forms.
  6. If desired, shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in additional granulated sugar to coat them evenly.
  7. Place the dough balls on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Flatten each cookie slightly with a fork, creating a crisscross pattern on top.
  8. Optionally, you can make a small indentation in the center of each cookie with your thumb and fill it with a small dollop of peanut butter.
  9. Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.
  10. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.
  11. Once cooled, store the old-fashioned peanut butter cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Enjoy these deliciously nostalgic peanut butter cookies with a glass of milk or a cup of tea!

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