Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

In  honor of National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day, I’m sharing a yummy, old-fashioned recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies!

One day, I asked my Dad if he could have any kind of cookie, what would he choose.

“Peanut Butter, like your mom used to make.”

My mom never shared her peanut butter cookie recipe with me, nor did she leave it tucked away anywhere that I could find after she passed away. So I embarked on an experiment of finding a recipe similar to what Dad remembered.

I tried the easy cookie recipes that only had a a few ingredients. I tried complicated and labor intensive recipes. Nothing tasted like the cookies he remembered Mom always making (and I had to agree!).

Finally, in a moment of desperation, I dug out my granny’s old Betty Crocker Cookbook and looked up this peanut butter cookie recipe.

From the batter-splattered page, I think it was one Granny made often. And from the big smile on my dad’s face when I gave him these cookies, it is the recipe my mom always used, too!

Happy Baking!



1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 egg

1/2 cup granulated sugar + 1/3 cup

1/2 cup brown sugar


Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix peanut butter, butter, and egg. Stir in 1/2 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar. Blend in flour mixture. Cover and chill for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, shape a walnut sized portion of dough into a ball. If desired, roll in remaining sugar. Place on baking sheet about two inches apart. Flatten with a fork in a criss-cross pattern. Bake cookies for about 10 minutes, until set but be careful not to overbake. Cool on baking sheet a few minutes before transferring to wire rack.

Yield: 36 cookies

See more details about these cookies on Pinterest!

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10 Responses

  1. Hi Shanna! I loved hearing how you searched for the right recipe to make for your Dad. I love to bake for my Daddy more than anyone else. He has never been a big sweets lover but the one thing I have NEVER seen him refuse is my cookies. I’m not far from 60 and still get pure joy from making my him happy! I am pretty much the biggest peanut butter-aholic you can imagine. I don’t think there has ever been a time I have allowed myself to run out of it. I’m also known as The Cookie Lady around my area and can say I have made thousands of batches of these cookies! When my daughter was little I sold cookies, breads & rolls out of our small town beauty shop (obviously many years ago) and for a couple of years I made several dozen cookies a week for the family care center our church runs. Along with all the years I made care packages as Christmas gifts, gave platters of goodies to businesses and offices around town and just what I shared with family and friends, you can tell how much I love to bake! My recipe for pb cookies is not much different than this one but I don’t criss-cross them with a fork. I do roll them in sugar but just lightly flatten the ball. I like to leave them a little thicker and they end up being a softer, rather than crunchy cookie. Even one of my dogs favorite treats is a recipe that use peanut butter❣ 🐾Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Deb,
      Oh, I loved reading what you shared. It’s so neat you love to bake – and bake for your dad, too! So wonderful. And that is awesome you are known as The Cookie Lady!
      I’ll try leaving the cookies thicker in the middle next time and see what Dad has to say about them besides “yum!”
      You sound like my aunt who is a peanut butter-aholic, too! She LOVES anything with peanut butter.
      Wishing you happy baking days ahead!

  2. Thank you , Shanna for posting this Peanut Butter Cookie recipe. It looked very much like my Gramma’s recipe and it was! Except her recipe was doubled because of many peanut butter cookie lovers!!
    Since it is only my husband and myself at home now, your recipe portions worked well for us. And so very delicious 😋!! Thank you again!

    1. Hi Rena!
      I’m so glad they were like your Gramma’s recipe – and the portion size turned out well! That is wonderful So glad you enjoyed them. Happy cookie noshing! <3

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