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

5 5

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

5 5

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.

5 5

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!