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Easy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

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This is the best recipe for easy peanut butter cookies that I have ever found. They’re so fast and full of flavor! Some easy peanut butter cookies taste funny but I can assure you that these do not!  I have had this cookie recipe for so long that my handwriting is starting to rub off the recipe card.  I think I got it from my grandmother and I love it so very much! I use it a lot because it’s one of my favorite yummy cookie recipes

Once you make this peanut butter cookie recipe, I think it just might become one of your favorites, too!

 My house loves cookies more than most other desserts, but these PB Cookies are the most requested.  Thank goodness, because they are the easiest to make. LOL!

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 🙂

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

This is a great recipe to make delicious cookies. Once you make the fork marks creating the crisscross pattern, it’s time to pop them in the oven and let them bake. This recipe is so simple, that you’ll be eating homemade cookies in no time at all.

My boys love when I make these cookies because they’re really fast and simple. The peanut butter flavor is so strong and delicious!

What type of peanut butter works best?

It’s up to you to decide if you want creamy peanut butter or crunchy peanut butter. You can try making two different batches and see what you like best!

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Reminder, not all ingredients in the Creamy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for.

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Make it a Meal:

Now is the time to start meal planning! This is a great way to be on track to plan out all of your upcoming meals! You can easily let everyone in the family know what to expect for dinner.

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How do you keep the fork from sticking into the dough?

When you’re making the criss-cross pattern, using chilled dough can help! When it’s colder the fork may not stick to the dough. You can also add some flour to the fork so that when you are pushing down on the dough while it’s on the baking sheet, it doesn’t stick.

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Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

These Peanut Butter Cookies are the best!


  • 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
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Beat first 7 ingredients for 2 minutes
  2. Add remaining 3 ingredients and mix until well blended.
  3. Drop into 1/2 in balls onto a greased cookie sheet
  4. Press criss-cross on top of each cookie with a fork that has been dipped in sugar (if you stick the fork under running water first the sugar will stay better long enough to get to the fork)
  5. Bake at 325 for approximately 10 minutes or until the cookies are a beautiful golden brown
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 60 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

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Sunday 31st of October 2021

Best peanut butter cookie recipe 🍪 ever!! Easiest recipe the kids can even do it!! I do add extra peanut butter though! After they ARE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES 🍪!

Kelli Miller

Friday 5th of November 2021

Can you really ever have enough peanut butter?


Tuesday 31st of May 2016

These look so yummy and easy!

Trish @

Thursday 4th of June 2015

I am a fan of the three ingredient Peanut Butter Cookie however I am always up for trying a new recipe that could be come a fast favorite. And your recipe sounds tasty! Thanks for sharing at the Creative Inspiration Link Party. Join us again next week ~ Mon 8p EST - Thurs 8p EST.

Laura at Mommy Maleta

Sunday 24th of May 2015

These look wonderful! I'll be featuring this post tomorrow at the Thoughtful Spot. Thanks for linking up your delicious cookies!


Saturday 23rd of May 2015

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