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Recipe: Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

This is the best recipe for easy peanut butter cookies that I have ever found.  Some easy peanut butter cookies taste funny, these do not!  I have had this recipe for so long that my handwriting is starting to rub off.  I think I got it from my grandmother. :-)

easy peanut butter cookies

Ingredients & directions:

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 Lg egg

1 tablespoon of water

1 teaspoon of vanilla

— beat for 2 minutes, then add:

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

— mix well until well blended

—  drop into approx 1/2 inch balls onto greased cookie sheet

— press criss-cross on top of each cookie with a fork that has been dipped in sugar (if you stick fork under running water first the sugar will stay better long enough to get to fork)

—  bake at 325 degrees for approx 10 minutes.peanut butter cookies

That is it! It says it makes approx 5 dozen, but I have never gotten 5 dozen out of it.  :-)  Maybe my cookies are too big :-)

Want these Easy Peanut Butter cookies in a more heart friendly version?  Check out my newer recipe post to learn to make these Heart Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies using Cheerios!

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About Kelli Miller

My husband (Ricky) of 15 years, our three wild and wonderfully different little boys, one totally spoiled little dog named Annie, and I live in a small town on the coast of Southern Alabama.


  1. Sarah Matos says:

    Peanut Butter cookies are my fav! This recipe sounds so simple and I have everything on hand to make it, even better!

  2. Katie Vyktoriah says:

    I’m not a fan of peanut butter, but everyone in my family loves it! Will have to give these a go! Thanks for linking up to Pin It Tuesday!
    Katie Vyktoriah´s last blog post ..Pin It Tuesday!

  3. Your cookies look delicious and would be special in my cookie jar. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen
    Miz Helen´s last blog post ..Whats For Dinner Next Week 8-3-13

  4. Yum! We love peanut butter cookies in our house! We often put a hersheys kiss on the top of each one.

  5. wow, they taste really good, thanks for the recipe. So even in the Netherlands we are enjoying your cookies :)

  6. Peanut Butter Cookies are my favorite! I will have to test this recipe. I Pinned it so I could find it again when I get ready to make them. Thanks. Kingdom Life & Blessings

  7. Ugh- shortening? What would you replace that with that is healthier? Just curious as shortening is only used for suet cakes for the birds in our house, lol. I’m sure butter would be great. Thanks so much for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Blog Hop!
    Thaleia (@Something2Offer)´s last blog post ..Home School Convention and Lost Children


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