Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

EASY, delicious, and SOFT Peanut Butter Cookies – our family’s all-time favorite version of this classic cookie that always gets rave reviews!

While classic Peanut Butter Cookies are amazing, a soft and chewy cookie cannot be beat! Take our Chewy Sugar Cookies for example—I think they’re even better than the original.

Soft peanut butter cookies stacked on a plate

How All PB Cookies Should Be!

This classic cookie recipe is one we’ve been making for a long time. It’s our family’s favorite version of peanut butter cookies!

There are so many different types of peanut butter cookies, but these ones are simple, chewy and SOFT. In our option, that’s how all peanut butter cookies should be, right?!

If you are a long time fan of peanut butter cookies, I think you’re going to love this crazy soft and flavorful treat. But beware – they’re addicting!

Ingredient tips

This recipe uses BOTH peanut butter and regular butter. You can make a couple different substitutions for both, and still yield a really soft and chewy cookie:

  • Substitute half of the butter for shortening to achieve an extra soft cookie crumb
  • Use an equal amount of crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy 

The regular creamy peanut butter like Skippy or Jif is definitely the best type of peanut butter to use. Natural peanut butter won’t give you the same results. In fact, it will likely make them crumbly and dry.

Peanut butter cookie dough ball in bowl of sugar

How to make Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

DOUGH. In a mixing bowl, combine sugars and peanut butter. Mix well. Add eggs and vanilla, mix until creamy. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix to combine them.

CHILL. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

FORM. Roll dough into 1 – 1 ½ inch balls. Place on greased cookie sheet and make a criss cross on top using a fork.

BAKE. Bake at 375°F for about 10 minutes or until cookies begin to brown.


Soft peanut butter cookies on cookie sheet

Make Ahead & Store

Make ahead: Go ahead and double the recipe. You won’t regret having cookies on hand to grab as a quick after school snack, a treat for an unexpected guest, or a late night snack for you and your spouse.

Peanut butter cookies can be STORED in dough form or as baked cookies.

To store cookie dough, wrap in plastic and store in the fridge for 3-5 days. You can also form cookie dough balls, flash freeze them, transfer them to a freezer Ziploc and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Store baked cookies in an airtight container for 7-10 days, or freeze in a Ziploc bag for up 3 months.

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Soft Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

5 from 14 votes
EASY, delicious, and SOFT Peanut Butter Cookies – our family's all-time favorite version of this classic cookie that always gets rave reviews!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 30
Calories 214 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter or crunchy
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together peanut butter, sugars and butter. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until creamy.
  • In a separate bowl add the flour, baking powder, and baking soda. Whisk together then pour it into the butter mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Place the ½ c of sugar in a bowl. Roll dough into 1 – 1 ½ inch balls and roll in sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 6-7 minutes.


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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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    1. Thanks, Jenn!! Blogging has become so much a part of our lives that the whole family seems to be involved. 😉 Hope you are doing well, friend!! XO

  1. Hi! Your recipe calls for “shortening”. Which is best to use, Crisco, margarine, butter?
    Recipe sounds scrumptious! Thanks!

    1. They are so so good!! I like to use crisco. As long as it says shortening, it can be any brand. Hope that helps! Hope you like them!

  2. 5 stars
    I should have known to smash them with a fork before baking lol….but I always try to follow the recipe. Second batch perfect!! The cookies themselves are the very best!!!

  3. 5 stars
    I cannot resist a warm, peanut butter cookie!! And, I don’t even like peanut butter! Next to chocolate chip, they are my favorite & this recipe really makes the softest cookie.

  4. 5 stars
    Peanut butter cookies are one of those cookies that everyone should make! These classic cookies turn out great every time!

    1. They definitely are. Can’t go wrong with a peanut butter cookie! So glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this soft peanut butter cookies recipe! It taste really amazing and what I love more about this is it’s easy to make~

  6. 5 stars
    These are one of amy most favorite cookies. They are so soft and the perfect texture with the right amount of peanut butter!

  7. 5 stars
    I love your peanut butter cookie recipe! They are so yummy & soft. My kids think they are the best!