Peanut Butter Cookies

"Southern Living; a simple, basic cookie that my kids love."
photo by Pam-I-Am photo by Pam-I-Am
photo by Pam-I-Am
Ready In:
8 dozen




  • Cream shortening; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs and water, beating well.
  • Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture, beating well.
  • Stir in peanut butter.
  • Shape into 1-inch balls; place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Dip a fork in flour, and flatten cookies to 1/4-inch thickness in a crisscross pattern.
  • Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes.
  • Remove to wire racks, and cool completely.

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  1. klewis4698
    Sorry, I usually like most of the recipes I find here but not this one. It lacked flavor.
  2. mamamountin
    I am a sucker for a good peanut butter cookie and this is such a quick, easy and delicious recipe! I am making them for the third time in 3 weeks! I made them for a playdate for my 1 year old and they were so good that I decided to make them for our church harvest festival as well. Now I am making them for a fellow mom who just had a baby and is getting dinners for a week from our mom's group. She is lactose intolerant and I thought these would be a perfect dessert since they are made with shortening! Win, win, win! Oh, and my 1 year old loves them and gets a big smile on his face when we give him a piece of ours! Thanks for sharing this great recipe.
  3. Michelle S.
    This is one good cookie! I added 1 t.vanilla to the dough for a little added richness. I also rolled the dough in sugar for extra crunch prior to making the criss cross pattern on the cookies. These are classically good peanut butter cookies and will be my go to recipe from now on.
  4. Pam-I-Am
    I chose your recipe from the tons of PB cookie recipes because it contains flour, which I prefer, and it makes a lot. I got a little over 4 dozen 2.5 inch wide cookies. I sprinkled some granulated sugar on top of them pre-baking to give them a sparkle. I also used natural chucnky peanut butter which is trans-fat free as well as a trans-fat free crisco. Turned out tasty and great! Pam
  5. nhredhead_65
    This is a great recipe. Everyone in my family loved them. Thanks for the recipe.



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