Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

A peanut butter cookie recipe is always a hit. Our classic peanut butter cookies are a favorite the whole family will love.

45 min. prep time
36 cookies
87487 Ratings


1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt


Heat oven to 350°F.

Combine brown sugar, butter and peanut butter in bowl. Beat on medium speed until well mixed. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat at low speed until well mixed.

Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls; roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets; flatten balls in criss-cross pattern with fork dipped in sugar. Bake 8-10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

Nutrition Facts (1 cookie)

Calories: 90

Fat: 4.5g

Cholesterol: 10mg

Sodium: 100mg

Carbohydrates: 11g

Dietary Fiber: 0g

Protein: 2g

Recipe #12367©2002Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

I followed this recipe and the COOKIES turned out PERFECTLY. Although, I did add a little bit of WHITE SUGAR!
Doesn't really work. Needs ALOT of extra peanut butter and sugar. Whoever invented this recipe probably doesn't like peanut butter cookies. Only tastes of flour???
I made these cookies this afternoon and followed the recipe exactly. I'm not sure why other reviewers had problems with the dough being crumbly, but if you use butter (not margarine or shortening) and make certain that it's softened, you should have no problems. Also, make sure that the egg is "large" or "extra large" because that can make a big difference in moisture content. I used a 1 1/2" scoop and the recipe made about 2 dozen cookies and they taste fabulous! I then made another batch and stirred in 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips at the end of the mixing process and they, too, are a hit! Great recipe!! Thank you!
Awesome and easy. I used golden brown sugar for "brown sugar". Remove from oven when bottoms just start to golden.
I use more peanut butter (about a cup of super chunky) and approx. 1 tsp cinnamon. sometimes the extra peanut butter means having to chill the dough before rolling into balls, but it's worth it. the cinnamon gives it that extra special something.
Good but they were a little dry - I used wheat flour?
Test Kitchen Comment


Hi Mary, whole wheat flour can perform differently in baking than white flour. We suggest trying half white flour and half wheat flour for a slightly better texture when baking. Hope this helps!
Posted May 22, 2015
on your recipe it has like regular sugar but in the directions it doesn't explain when to put it in
Test Kitchen Comment


Hi Cassandra, in this recipe, the brown sugar is creamed together with the butter. The regular sugar called for at the bottom of the recipe is for coating the dough balls. Hope this helps!
Posted May 04, 2015
My husband gave me this recipe from the LoL website. When I made them, the result was the best we've ever found. Everyone that we've given the cookies to, just rave over them as the best. Thanks!
I used this recipe as kind of a guide post with my past experience making cookies. Instead of 1 cup of brown sugar, I used 1/2 cup brown and 1/2 cup white sugar (the molasses in brown sugar can make cookies overly soft, and I like peanut butter cookies crisp:), unsalted butter (I increased the salt to 3/4 tsp), and I added 1/2 cup coarsely ground roasted peanuts to the mix. Then I chilled the mix for an hour in the fridge before rolling it into balls. The dough was a tad crumbly, and I baked the cookies about 12 minutes, but the end result was delish!
it was okay but I have made much better. crystal
i've never baked a thing until i used this recipe. i brought the cookies to work and everyone loved them.
I read all of the comments before I made these.I used one cup of peanut butter and 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla.They were delicious!!
Tuned out beautifully; cookies were soft as we like them. As I always say; "butter makes everything better!"
Horrible. they are so dry you can't even roll them. I added more butter and peanut butter

I saw the 5 star rating at top and thought this would be a good recipe to try. Wish I would have read reviews first. Cookies are dry and not enough peanut butter flavor. Would definitely add more peanut butter next time.
I added 1 cup peanuts and 1cup peanut butter chips. It turned out great
I agree with the others that found them not real peanut buttery. I might use natural peanut butter next time which might do the trick. I did have to bake them longer than suggested.
Made this recipe and drizzled chocolate glaze on top delicious. My family liked very much will be making again.
The last ingredient listed is sugar. It doesn't say how much.
Test Kitchen Comment


Hi Richard, the sugar listed at the bottom of the ingredients is to roll the dough balls in right before you bake them. You can use as much as you need to coat the balls, but 1/2 cup should be a good starting point. Hope this helps!
Posted February 04, 2015
Always great!
I made these with organic peanut butter that didn't have any added oil. The dough was a little dry so I added 1 tablespoon extra butter and rolled in raw sugar. Delicious! Best peanut butter cookies I've ever made!
I made these for quick snacks for my family, and they were good, but not great. They needed more peanut butter and a tad more sugar. I,m going to make them again with the additional peanut and sugar, I`ll repost after.
Made these with Challenge butter, a farm fresh egg, and 3/4 cup of peanut butter instead of 1/2. Turned out excellent - a classic peanut butter cookie. They took a little longer than 8-10 minutes in my oven when baked in two batches, perfect to take out when the crisscross pattern and edges start to brown. Not too soft and not too crispy. My family loves them!
This cookie recipe turned out a little bit dry & bland for me. They needed more peanut butter flavor & moisture. I went exactly by the recipe & my cookies turned out a bit dry & crumbly, so a big glass of milk came in handy. Next time I will try adding more peanut butter as some of the reviewers mentioned.
It was easy to make and bake and is very yummi. Love it. I did add 2 more tablespoons of peanut butter and 1 tablespoon of molases. The cookies are soft inside and cripy on the outside. Tasty.
The taste is great, I did add more PB like the others recommended. But, my cookies weren't soft by any means. I bake all the time, did everything right, not sure why that happened. I'll try it again some other time, definitely delicious cookies.
I'm only 16 and made these with Hersheys on top and my family ate them in one day, I made 2 dozen. Good with or without the chocolate I had to make three more batches for Christmas and hide them from my family so they wouldn't eat them all. I followed the instructions easy and did this in about half an hour, I' m an avid baker for my age and these were good to make with my little sister too.
I added a bit more peanut butter and chocolate chips. The flavor of the cookie is fantastic and I bet it would be really great without my additions. The texture is perfect and I love the sugar coating. This is delicious.
Great recipe- it is a keeper. I did add the extra peanut butter as some reviewers recommended. The result was a rich, chewy cookie with just enough sweetness and flavor.
I followed the posters instructions to add dark molasses and like it. thanks, made them a 5* in ME book~ Make homemade Jam and use the dough for thumb-print cookies...makes a better P,B&J .... **
Easy to make and very good. I did add about 2 add'l tablespoons of peanut butter. They aren't very sweet, which I like, but if you're a sugar person you may add a little more.
I made these DELICIOUS cookies today! After trying several other recipes over the last month or so, I found this one and it's perfection. My stick of butter and egg were not 'Land O' Lakes' as they aren't available in my area, but I did use 'Braums'. They are our local dairy and ice cream supplier. I added 2 Tablespoons extra of peanut butter. Everything else was exactly the same. Simply superb rating from this peanut butter cookie aficionado!
The cookies came out really tasty. I'm a little upset that they didn't taste peanuttier but I will take the advice from some of the previous comments, and add more peanut butter. They made my Sons of Anarchy viewing night, a great hit!
I made these cookies and they were really good. I did add extra peanut butter though. The cookies were tasty but not overly sweet. Which was a good thing. I would make them again.
They tasted so good .I felt like I was in heaven.It was like a dream come true.?? ???? ????.I loved them. MADE 2 BACHES??????.
Recipe was easy to follow and only advice is to chill dough for 1 hour prior to rolling into balls.
I rarely review recipes but this one is the best I've ever tried. I just made a batch for tomorrow's Thanksgiving dinner. It's spot on! They cooked in exactly 8 minutes and were lightly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside without being gooey. These are seriously good! I meant to sample only ONE cookie........HA! It will be a challenge to make a low carb version of this recipe for myself - One that tastes as good as this one, but I'm going to give it a try. Otherwise I'll have to buy larger pants!
Excellent! These came out with the perfect texture - soft on the inside and slightly crunchy on the outside because if the sugar. I followed the recipe exactly and wouldn't change a thing.
Easy recipe and really delicious cookies. I'm making them again!
The only thing I thought was that they cookies could have been "peanut buttier" . The recipe was easy and made 3 dozen good sized cookies.
This recipe is great! I cooked mine right at 6 minutes and they are perfect! I love the set up of this recipe--it is quick and easy and these are quite simply some of the most delicious PB cookies I've ever made.
The cookies are bland. Should have added more peanut butter and perhaps a pinch more salt as I used salt free butters. What "saves" this batch is a carefully placed dark chocolate chunk and a nice crunch as I rolled them in Turbinado sugar. My experience w/peanut butter cookies leads me to add "about" a tablespoon of dark molasses for texture (soft and chewy).
I finally found this to be the BEST recipe for peanut butter cookies!!!
This is great cookies I never make. I add more peanut butter 1/2 cup. It is very perfect. Thank you so much.
Ok now I have made quite a few recipes but this one is the BEST !!! Just add a little more peanut butter ...My elderly Mother loves these and she did not eat any of the other ones I good..just do not overbake...keep an eye on that timer..
I made this recipe with organic peanut butter and loved it. They were actually better the next day after sitting for a while. So I froze some and ate some! Tastes just like the ones my aunt made me and that's what I was looking for. She made these when she couldn't sleep when we knew she was dying; so each September I make these cookies and sit and remember my Aunt Jo.
I made this recipe and I am very pleased with it. The cookies come out perfectly when I bake the for 10 minutes. The next time I make them, I will add walnuts. Then I'm going to make them with raisins. I used the make my kids what I called cupboard cookies (everything in the cupboard) and these remind me of them.
My kids made some of this and they were great just a little we dunked them in milk. I highly recommend to be really careful because we added a little too much peanut butter but that isn't entirely bad.
Best homemade peanut butter cookie I have made in a long, long time. I will be making these again, and often. Butter instead of margarine or shortening makes a huge difference. Thanks for the recipe!
I made a few alterations. 1. About 1 Tablespoon less flour. 2. About 1 tablespoon more peanut butter. 3. added 1/4 teaspoon imitation coconut extract. 4. mixed 1/4 c sugar with 1 tablespoon brown sugar and rolled them in it. Amazing!
To the lady who used convection oven...they were designed for baking, but you do have to adjust the temperature if it is not a convection recipe. Try again!!
This is the recipe I was looking for. I don't want shortening in my pb cookies. Thank you!
Very good cookies=simple and tasty
I made this recipe and all 36 cookie disappeared in one day. My family really enjoyed them. I found out with the baking of the second batch (by request) if I cheat and use self-raising flour it changes the taste and they are not as good.
This is the best peanut butter cookie ... The key is not to over mix the dough use parchment paper and do not overbake . I use a large scoop (makes about 15 large cookies) to form the dough then roll it around in the sugar and bake 375 for 9 - 10 min cool for a few min on the pan then move to a wire rack to cool them in an airtight container with a piece of bread -- they will stay soft for days if they last that long.
I just tried this recipe with my lil ones last night. Cookies ended up not having much flavor. As a side note this recipe is not meant for cooking in convection. It dries it out way too quickly. Stick to traditional oven cooking on this one. Not planning to use this one again.
My son is allergic to peanut butter, so I made these with sunflower butter.

WONDERFUL! Very moist, delicious!

This is an excellent recipe very delicious..there are a lot of variants with flour and your oven.if the cookie dough is dry you may have to work in a little butter. Also if your oven bakes hot either reduce the temperature 10 degrees or the time by 3 minutes. I always make a tester tray with just a couple cookies and you can make adjustments in time and temperature if necessary. Especially if you make bigger cookies.
Omg this recipe rocks, my husband asked me to make him penut cookies and I looked this one up and I am so glad I did he could not stop eaten them he ask who's recipe was that and I told him and he said that they were exactly like the ones his mom use to make.!!!! Please give more he kept saying hehehe!!!
Thank you for this recipe :) I love land o lakes!!!
About 5 years ago I started adding peanut butter extract instead of vanilla and they are so good!!!!!! Try it and you will be baking them all the time.
Just okay, not much flavor. Although, made them at my moms house, who knows how old the ingrediants are, and had to use margarine, no butter in the house. Don't know if this affected the taste.
Amazing. Just what I was looking for in a peanut butter cookie. Added tbsp honey, was heavy on the peanut butter and used whole wheat flour. The temp worked for me, I baked on parchment paper on an aerated (double bottom) cookie sheet. Removed cookies from hot sheet immediately after baking. Dad is gona love em!
This is a horrible cookie. I am actually going to throw them away.
reduce heat to 325 degrees and increasing baking time to 10 to 12 min helps make these a softer cookie. that is the ONLY change I made. Great cookie
the best i have ever had
I just finished making these and they are quite good! My only complaint is that they are bit on the dry side for me. I tend to like softer cookies to crisp cookies. I think next time I will reduce the amount of flour and maybe add a bit more butter. They taste great though!

Oh, and, I found that if I waited until they started browning on the edges that meant they were burning on the bottom (that could be my oven). So, I took them out as soon as they could hold their shape and carefully put them on cooling racks. Worked perfectly. Yum! Thank you!!
It was very dry, i even put the additional 1/4 c. of peanut butter. i had to form the cookies with my hand and when i used the fork to put the sugar on the top they broke apart terribly. ive made a lot better!
Very easy and quick. Kids loved them. Thank you.
the cookies taste great ate most of them and had to bake more before family came home
I made these cookies on 2/26/2012. I used 3/4 cup peanut butter. Got a weird after-taste that I didn't quite like. Not sure if it was from the peanut butter, baking soda or baking powder but overall they were good and quite filling. My husband is a picky eater and he thought they were good so I will try making them again since they were low calorie cookies. I may add a touch of cinnamon next time or maybe raisins. thanks for sharing.
the ingredients vary slightly from my "ancient" recipe, but they're still very good.
These cookies are great, they do not crumble and keep their shape when baking. Taste amazing. And I bake a lot.
I followed the suggestion of using 3/4 cup peanut butter instead of the 1/2 cup called for in the recipe. My husband also requested I add dark chocolate chips.
Lovely cookies! I add 1/4 cup more peanut butter as suggested & did not roll in sugar. Next time I think I will replace some of the flour with ground oats.
These are perfect!
I have searched a long time, many recipe requests from family & friends for this recipe! The search & wait was worth it!!YUM! YUM! Try it for yourself. You'll know what I mean!
i loved the fact that you really didn't have to use a lot of sugar for the sweetness of the cookie.
very great recipe my dad said it was excellent
Just like grandma made and NO transfat!
I like soft and chewy peanut butter cookies. I have been trying different recipes for years, and I have been baking for 50 years. These are the best I have ever tried, my search for the best peanut butter cookie is over. I did make two changes: I increased the peanut butter by 1/4 cup to 3/4 cup to give a stronger peanut butter taste. I also baked at 350 for 9 mins. Excellent cookie for those who like soft and chewy.
Soooooo easy and delish!
Loved the cookie's buttery "melt-in-your-mouth" character but would like to "bump-up" the peanut butter flavor - can I just add more peanut butter without changing the amount of flour and sugar?
I used 1 cup of JIF creamy peanut butter + 2 frozen reeses cups ground into crumbs. you can add ground peanuts for more texture and crunch I rolled the dough into 24 golf ball size balls. Once I flattened the balls with the bottom of a glass, and pressed a criss-cross pattern across the top of each cookie with the prongs of a fork, they measure approx. 4-inches in diameter about the length of an adult hand. I baked all 24 large cookies on 2 seperate professional size cookie sheets in my oven at the same time for 14 minutes and they were slightly crispy on the outside and chewy in the middle. Very good flavor. Wish I could share a photo, they turned out so beautiful.
Love this recipe, but my husbande said the cookies need a more peanut butter taste. What do I have to do to be able to add more peanut butter? I imagine I would have to change the amounts of other ingredients to accomplish this.
I have and will always will LOVE peanut butter cookies! They are just wonderfull, and the recipe here is just great!!!
I mede these for "Homemade Cookie" day at my son's band camp week. They were a big hit. This will be my one and only peanut butter cookie recipe!
Tasty and simple to make!
These were very good cookies. My husband, told me to get rid of the other recipe I had and keep these one. He said they were like the Jays potatoes chip .You can just can't stop eating them.
These are the best peanut butter cookies I have ever tried. I will always make these now for peanut butter cookies. The flavor is amazing and they are nice and soft. :) Thanks Landolakes.
I have used this recipe several times and have enjoyed it every time. Very easy to make. I usually bake them a few minutes longer than what is called for on the recipe but that is a personal choice. I want my cookies a little crispy.
I have always made my cookies scratch, and I have a family that loves homemade anything.
Thank you,
Happy Thankgiving
Love this recipe, my granddaughters like putting the fork marks on the cookies and they really like eating them.
A must try for all peanut butter lovers. Easy, fun, and delicious. Serve with Ice cold milk or lemonade.

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