The World's Best Peanut Butter Cookies

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

The name of the recipe says it all. While it is my description of these cookies, it is also the actual name of the recipe that was printed in a small booklet of recipes that came out of a bag of Gold Medal Flour at least 40 years ago. Tried and true, this is the only peanut butter cookie recipe my mother ever made, and it is the only recipe I will use. Prepared as described below, the cookies are soft, yet crispy.


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream together butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and sugar until nice and smooth.
  3. Add egg and vanilla and beat in well with a spoon.
  4. Gradually add the self-rising flour. Dough will be stiff.
  5. Form one inch balls and roll in sugar (I like to toss a dozen of the dough balls into a bag with sugar, shake gently to coat and then leave them in the bag for a couple minutes so a thicker coat of sugar adheres to the dough, then give another light shake before removing them from the bag. But just giving them a quick roll is fine).
  6. Place sugared dough balls onto an UNGREASED baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Flatten balls with the back of a fork (or if you want flat tops you can flatten them with the bottom of a drinking glass. I usually flatten them with the textured side of my meat cleaver giving the cookies a nice waffle pattern).
  7. Optional step: You can sprinkle a little extra sugar onto the tops after they are flattened if you like. It adds a little "crunch" to this soft cookie.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges just start to turn brown. Remove from the oven and cool cookies on baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to cooling racks.
  9. Note: While baking one batch of cookies, cover the remaining dough with plastic wrap so it doesn't dry out. I generally form the dough balls for the next batch while the previous batch is cooling on the baking sheet.
  10. Variation: To give a Christmas touch. Dip the bottom half of the dough balls in regular sugar, then dip the top half of the balls in colored sugar crystals. Then flatten and bake as directed.
  11. Enjoy!


Most Helpful

I'm a chocolate girl so I added shaved chocolate to the mix. They worked out FANTASTIC. Wondering how they would work without being rolled in the sugar. Anyway, delicious!

starcie August 08, 2007

I tryed this with 1/2 a cup of sugar insteid of two 1/2 cups. I put in 1/2 a cup of chocolate chips to replace some of the sugar. I also did it without rolling the balls in sugar, we don't like very sweet things in our family. But these turned out amazing! I have been trying all sorts of recipies for peanut and these are so far the best :)

Chuck D. June 23, 2015

The only peanut butter we eat is Peter Pan creamy honey roast, which isn't as firm as the other peanut butters, so my first batch came out too sticky. U added flour til it got cookie firm. The next batch, I used 1/4 cup butter, with all the same amt ingredients and they came out perfect. I also didn't roll or add extra sugar ( who wants those added calories?!) and they still were great!! I also decreased the time to 6 min and the oven to 350 Bc my k

bridgettecarpenter March 14, 2014

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