Ruth's Peanut Butter Cookies

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is my mom's recipe that she has been using since she was first married 60 years ago. I have searched thru all of the popular recipes here and this one is just a bit different.....most use only brown sugar or have both sugars but then don't use both baking powder and baking soda. I've never had these cookies turn out wrong and they freeze so well. Whether they get reviewed or not, I know I'll be making them for years to come and now I know they are safe here.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. Cream together the peanut butter and shortening.
  3. Add both sugars and cream together until smooth.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing well.
  5. Sift the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together and then add to the creamed mixgture.
  6. Drop by walnut sized balls unto ungreased baking sheets.
  7. Press with a fork in a criss-cross pattern.
  8. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
  9. Cool in pan for 5 minutes before removing to a rack to cool completely.
  10. Store in an airtight container. These also freeze very well.
Most Helpful

I got a blast back in time with these cookies. They tasted just like the ones my Grandma made. I made them as written and we loved them. Thanks for sharing. Made for PAC Fall 2011.

CJAY October 15, 2011

These were really yummy!! Made them on a rainy night... followed your directions... and they turned out great! THANK YOU!

jodyladybug April 21, 2010

These were good but a little dry BUT I used an unsweetend PB so I think that is why. I need to get regular PB for baking LOL I added some mini chocolate chips to half the batter. Made for Newest Zaar Tag

wicked cook 46 April 28, 2009