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Best Ever Peanut Butter Cookies

These are the best ever peanut butter cookies you should make for dessert tonight. Moist with every bite, you can even add chocolate chips.

Best Ever Peanut Butter Cookies

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We have made peanut butter oatmeal cookies for years. Lose the oats though and you can create a really creamy batter that kinda’ melts in your mouth.

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Add mini semi sweet bits of goodness to bring them even more over the top. Either way these are delicious to enjoy after dinner for sure. Get your Skippy out, make sure it is smooth, and let me tell you what else you need to create these bites of YUM.

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If you’re a parent you are sure to have a few containers of this at home. It’s not just for sandwiches anymore! You can make homemade dog biscuits and even peanut butter and jelly donuts with it. If you’re looking for a little sweetness after dinner though, these will be the ticket.

  1. All purpose flour
    1. make sure you know how to properly measure flour
  2. Butter
  3. Salt
  4. Creamy peanut butter
    1. I personally don’t like using natural peanut butter
    2. crunchy peanut butter is probably fine, I just don’t prefer it or have it on hand always
  5. White sugar and brown sugar
  6. Egg + an additional egg yolk (that’s the secret)
  7. Vanilla
  8. 2 bowls
  9. Fork for the criss cross pattern on top

1/2 cup to 3/4 c. chocolate chips are a great add in but not necessary. You could use semi sweet which is my go to or white chips for a milder taste.

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This whole prep, bake and cooling process will take you approximately 30 minutes. Reason I include a bit of cool time is that it will allow them to set sitting on the sheet after you take them out. BUT it will also allow the middle to become super soft with the outer rim a bit crunchy. The perfect consistency is key to the best cookie recipe.

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How do you make peanut butter cookies better?

Always use real butter instead of tubbed margarine first of all. Secondly, add an additional egg yolk to make them more tender and moist.
Some like to use powdered milk instead of it in liquid form too. And NEVER over-bake them. Only bake until edges are browned and cracking. Allow to cool on cookie sheet outside of oven.

As with any baking project you might do in your kitchen, you’ll need 2 bowls. One you’ll cream the butter, eggs and granulated sugar together and the other will mix dry ingredients. This is important for all ingredients to combine properly and bake right.

I like to use a small cookie scoop to ensure they are all the same size. You can see here how there is not a differentiation where there would be with a spoon. Baking every item evenly will ensure that each one is as chewy and moist as you dream of. A silpat mat, or lightly spraying your pan is a must too.

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Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

I cannot stress this enough but do NOT bake these too long. Remember that as they sit and cool on the sheet they will continue to harden more and stiffen up. You don’t want it wet in the middle but just enough where the edges are browned. Then pull them out and sit pan on a cooling rack.

Wait the 10 minutes or so to cool down and solidify the middle more. Then use a spatula and enjoy.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl mix together dry ingredients.
  • In another bowl beat together the butter and creamy peanut butter together until smooth. Then add sugars and beat until creamy.
    • can use hand or stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment
  • Add egg and your extra egg yolk and vanilla. Beat for about 30 seconds. Slowly incorporate all purpose flour dry mixture until batter is smooth. If you want to add chocolate chips fold them in now.
  • Use a cookie scoop (or roll into balls) so they are all the same size. Place on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet or baking sheet with parchment or a silpat sheet on top.
  • Use a fork to gently press down twice on each one. Face the tines the opposing directions on each press so they are crossed and batter it a bit flattened.

Bake for 8 minutes in a preheated oven. Remove and keep on baking sheet until completely cooled. You’ll create a very moist fall apart cookie this way. Love this flavor and want more? Try our peanut butter and jelly squares next.

Best Peanut Butter Cookies

If you want a REALLY intense peanut butter flavor you can smear some of this frosting on top too. You’ll need a couple cups of peanut butter if you want to make both of these. OR smash two cookies together with the frosting in between for a really sticky great recipe for dessert.

I do not find a need to chill the dough myself but some like it to be more stiff to roll it out in their hands instead of using a scoop. That is up to you. It is a bit easier to make the pattern on top if they are a bit stiffer too.

How long will homemade cookies stay fresh?

It depends how well you store them. The best way to store leftover cookies is to use freezer bags. Lay a few inside in a flat layer, then place a piece of bread on top and put a second layer on top of that. I know, weird right but it will keep that moisture in the bag so they don’t dry out!

Keep them on the counter and not in the fridge. Suck the air out every time you seal it and they will be good for at least 3 days.

For an easier, but just as delicious, idea you should also try strawberry cake mix cookies and/or some cake mix crinkle cookies right here. You can make them any color(s) you like which means they are fun for the holidays.

Crinkle Cookies Recipe

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Best Ever Peanut Butter Cookies

These are the best ever peanut butter cookies you should make for dessert tonight. Moist with every bite, you can even add chocolate chips.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cookies, homemade, peanut butter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 165kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a bowl mix together dry ingredients.
  • In another bowl beat together the butter and peanut butter together until smooth. Then add sugars and beat until creamy.
  • Add egg and egg yolk and vanilla. Beat for 30 seconds together. Slowly incorporate dry mixture until batter is smooth. If you want to add chocolate chips fold them in now.
  • Use a cookie scoop so they are all the same size and place on a lightly sprayed cookie sheet or baking sheet with parchment or a silpat sheet on top.
  • Use a fork to gently press down twice on each one, with tines facing opposing directions on each press so they are crossed and batter it a bit flattened.
  • Bake for 8 minutes in a preheated oven. Remove and keep on baking sheet until completely cooled to create a very moist fall apart with a little crisp on the edges cookie.

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Nutrition Facts
Best Ever Peanut Butter Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 172mg7%
Potassium 79mg2%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 147IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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