Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 8 mins

The traditional peanut butter cookie with the criss-cross fork pattern you remember from childhood.


  1. preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Combine peanut butter, shortening, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer set at medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  3. Combine flour and salt in a small bowl; mix well. Add flour mixture gradually to the peanut butter mixture, mixing continually.
  4. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls on to ungreased baking sheets. Flatten in a criss-cross pattern with a fork dipped in granulated sugar.
  5. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


Most Helpful

Very good recipe! I cut the sugar by half, 1/2 c. white, 1/2 c. brown, and they were perfect. Thanks for postibg!

pammyowl August 29, 2012

Great cookies. Just like I remembered. However, I had to adjust the temp in my oven. 375 made the bottoms too brown. I adjusted back to 350. Thank you so much for posting.

Alice Robertson Clark December 01, 2010

My friend Mary makes these as well ... the only difference is that she only uses 2 1/4 cup flour and bakes for 10 min at 350 degrees. She also sprinkles sugar on top ... yummy. I was going to post the recipe when I found this one. The BEST peanut butter cookie out there!

Hill Family November 21, 2010

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