Prep 15 mins
Cook 8 mins
When peanut butter cookies are requested in my home, this is the recipe I turn to. It's one of my favourites!
- 1⁄2 cup butter, softened
- 1⁄2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1⁄2 cup white sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter (not crunchy, I think crunchy ruins the texture)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 375°F; have ungreased shiny cookie sheets ready.
- In a large mixing bowl, with electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugars; next, beat in egg, peanut butter and vanilla.
- In a smaller bowl, sift together salt, baking soda and flour (I do this through a sieve, not with a sifter).
- With a wooden spoon, stir flour mixture into peanut butter mixture until a dough is formed.
- If desired, you could stir in about 1/2 cup (or more) of chocolate chips now; I usually don't (even though I'm a chocoholic) as I often just want a pure peanut butter cookie with nothing else in it, not even peanut bits.
- Stash dough in fridge while you clean up the dishes; this step isn't absolutely necessary but the fridge slightly firms up the dough, making it easier to work with.
- Drop by heaping teaspoons onto cookie sheets and press down, criss-cross style, with a fork-- the classic peanut butter cookie look.
- If fork sticks to cookies too much as you press down, lightly flour the fork.
- Bake in preheated oven for 7 to 9 minutes, or until edges are slightly darkened (I like to cook these at 7-1/2 minutes).
- Do not worry if they don't look done; cookies firm up as they cool and if you want chewier cookies it is very important not to overbake them.
- Add an extra minute if you like crispier cookies.
- Remove cookies from sheets after letting them rest on sheets for one minute, then let cooked cookies cool on racks.
- Store cookies in a tin or in cookie jar (airtight containers are best).
- I use a one-inch scoop to make the cookies; the approximate yield I get is 4-1/2 dozen cookies.
These certainly were "Perfect" peanut butter cookies! I didn't change a thing when I made these, and baked them for the 7 1/2 minutes you recommended. They were great! I'm glad you mentioned that they may not look "done" when they come out of the oven, or I would have probably stuck them back in for another few minutes! I ended up with a perfect chewy peanut butter cookie.. just the way my DH likes them! Thanks for another great recipe, Lennie!
I accidentally used 2 sticks of butter the first time I made these, and my family was wild about them! They were unbelievably good! Made them a second time using 1 stick of butter, and they were ok. Made them a 3rd time with the second stick of butter and again the family raved about them! I definitely recommend trying 2 sticks of butter, and otherwise following the recipe exactly. YUM!
Fab recipe, Lennie! I generally do not bake, but I used your cookie dough to go with Bethany's great Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Cookies to give as holiday gifts. They were awesome, many thanks!