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Soft and Simple Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe | The Bearfoot Baker

Peanut Butter Cookies

Everyone needs a good soft peanut butter cookie recipe and I think you'll like this one. It's easy to follow and once the cookies are soft and delicious.
Course Christmas
Keyword Christmas Cookies, Cookie Recipe, give a friend a cookie, imperial sugar, peanut butter cookies
Prep Time 6 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 38 minutes
Author Lisa


  • 1 ⁄2 cup 4 ounces unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 ⁄2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ⁄2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ⁄2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1 ⁄2 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⁄4 cup granulated sugar for rolling


  • You can use a sand mixer or a hand mixer for this recipe.
  • Place the butter in a bowl and mix the butter for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the light brown and granulated sugar to the butter and cream for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the egg and mix on medium scrapping down the sides of the bowl once.
  • Add the vanilla extract and the peanut butter and mix until combined.
  • In a separate bowl add the flour, bakings soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix it well and add it to the wet ingredients mix on low until all the ingredients are combined.
  • The cookie dough will be thick and that is what we need for delicious peanut butter cookies.
  • Wrap the dough or cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for at least two hours or you can leave it in overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silcone mat.
  • Use a small cookie scoop to make 1⁄2” dough balls.
  • Roll the dough balls in granulated sugar and place them on a lined cookie sheet about one inch apart.
  • Gently press a fork into the top of each cookie to make a criss-cross pattern.
  • Bake for 8-11 minutes.
  • The sides will turn a nice light golden brown, but the tops will look a little underbaked. They will continue to cook after you remove them from the oven so go ahead and take them out now.
  • Let them cool for about 5 minutes and then place them on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • These peanut butter cookies will stay fresh for up to one week in an airtight container.