Soft, Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Shannon Cairns

January 23, 2022

Baking

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These Soft, Thick, and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are full of sweet, tasty peanut butter for a delicious, classic cookie that will melt in your mouth.

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Can you think of any cookie that’s as delicious as a peanut butter cookie? I know that I can’t!  These aren’t the typical peanut butter cookies that you grew up on. These are very soft and chewy, and you won’t be able to eat just one! These have been declared a favorite cookie at my house!

These are my favorite cookies to make when I find out that I need a dessert last minute.  You don’t even have to chill the dough like you do with some cookies, and I always have all of the ingredients that I need on hand in my pantry.  All I have to do to make them is mix up the ingredients, scoop them onto a tray with a cookie scooper, and push them down with a fork. Then I just bake them and they are ready to enjoy!

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Why You’ll Love This Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

  • These cookies will stay chewy for days!
  • You have all of the ingredients already in your pantry.
  • They’re perfectly sweet and peanut-buttery.
  • This recipe makes a big batch!
  • They are a classic favorite that will be enjoyed by everyone.
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Equipment Needed To Make Theses Old Fashioned Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Parchment Lined Baking Sheet Hand or Stand Mixer
  • Small Cookie Scooper
  • Fork

Ingredients For Your Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted, butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, brought to room temperature
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • Powdered sugar (See notes)
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How To Make Easy Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside
  • Cream butter and both sugars in a stand mixer with paddle attachment for 4-5 mins until light and fluffy
  • Add peanut butter and mix until just incorporated.
  • Add in the egg and vanilla, mixing until just combined.
  • Add the sifted flour mixture until just incorporated.
  • Using a cookie scooper, roll dough into one-inch balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet Flatten cookies with a fork in a crisscross pattern.
  • Bake for 8-10 min
  • Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet

Baking Tips

  • Use powdered sugar on the fork before pressing into the dough to avoid sticking.
  • This cookie is very soft and not crunchy at all. If you prefer a slightly firmer peanut butter cookie, let them cool on the tray for 5 mins then move to a drying rack.
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Storage

Keep these cookies stored at room temperature in a sealed container. They will last for up to 3 days, and will stay chewy!

You won’t want to freeze these cookies once they are baked, but you can freeze the dough. Just make the dough as directed and scoop them onto a parchment paper lined pan. Freeze them on the pan until they are solid.  Once frozen, remove them from the freezer, place them into a sealed container, and then put them back in the freezer.

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What To Serve/Pair With Your Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

  • A popular way to serve these cookies is with a Hershey Kiss on top of each one.  Just push them in when they come out of the oven.
  • If you want a dessert to go along with this one on a dessert tray, make these Birthday Cake “Funfetti” Sprinkle Rice Krispie Treats. They give a pop of color to any tray (and they are delicious!).
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Soft, Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies FAQs

How do I know if these cookies are done?

To check and see if your peanut butter cookies are done, stick a toothpick in the middle.  If it comes out clean, they are ready.

Does it matter what brand of peanut butter that I use?

Nope!  Use whichever brand is your favorite.

What do I do if I don’t have a cookie scooper?

If you don’t have a cookie scooper, you can either use a regular spoon or use your hands to form the dough into balls.

Be sure to come back and tell me how your Soft, Thick, and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies turned out!

Soft, Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Soft, Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

These Soft, Thick, and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are full of sweet, tasty peanut butter for a delicious, classic cookie that will melt in your mouth.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 1/2 cup unsalted, butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, brought to room temperature
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • Powdered sugar (see notes)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Sift flour and baking powder together and set aside
  3. Cream butter and both sugars in a stand mixer with paddle attachment for 4-5 mins until light and fluffy
  4. Add peanut butter and mix until just incorporated.
  5. Add in the egg and vanilla, mixing until just combined.
  6. Add the sifted flour mixture until just incorporated.
  7. Using a cookie scooper, roll dough into one-inch balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet Flatten cookies with a fork in a crisscross pattern.
  8. Bake for 8-10 min
  9. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet

Notes

Use powdered sugar on the fork before pressing into the dough to avoid sticking.

This cookie is very soft and not crunchy at all. If you prefer a slightly firmer peanut butter cookie, let them cool on the tray for 5 mins then move to a drying rack.

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