Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

This Chewy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe will remind you how good a classic cookie can be!!

Sometimes nothing beats a classic!  These Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies will remind you how good a simple cookie can be!

Peanut butter cookies have never been my favorite cookie… given the choice, I’d usually go for a Chocolate Crinkle, Snickerdoodle, or Chocolate Chip Cookie.  But I recently had one of the best peanut butter cookies I’d ever had, and it make me reconsider them!  =)

Most of the peanut butter cookies I’ve had in the past have been on the dry and crunchy side of the cookie spectrum…. but I recently enjoyed one (or two!) that was chewy and delicious!  The difference in texture was all I needed to fall in love with Peanut Butter Cookies!

I went right to work mixing up a batch of Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies and I’m very happy with the results!  Now, if crispy cookies are your thing, feel free to bake these an extra minute or two.

Following the recipe as is will produce a cookie that has a slightly crisp edge and a rich, chewy and moist (but not doughy) center.

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe - One bite and you'll remember why this is such a beloved classic!

I know I may have broken some kind of culinary law by not marking these cookies with the traditional criss-cross fork pattern… but I wanted to show off those beautiful creases that give you a peek of the chewiness inside!  Of course feel free to add the criss-cross pattern if you like!  =)

Let’s bake!

Print Recipe

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 24 large cookies

One bite of these chewy peanut butter cookies and you'll remember why this is such a classic, beloved cookie!

Ingredients:

3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted Challenge butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used natural)
1/4 cup honey
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

additional sugar for rolling

Directions:

In a medium sized bowl, add flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk together, then set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend softened butter, peanut butter and honey. Add brown sugar and (white) sugar and continue to blend. Add eggs, one at a time, then vanilla and beat all ingredients until well incorporated.

While mixing, slowly add the bowl of flour.

Blend just until all the flour is incorporated.

If the dough is very soft, chill dough (in the fridge) about 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350*F and line baking sheets with a Silpat liner (this is what I used) or parchment paper.

Using a 2 tablespoon sized scoop, scoop dough, then roll in your hands slightly to form a ball. Drop balls of dough into a small bowl of sugar, and roll to coat. Place balls of dough on the prepared baking sheet, then flatten to about 1/2" tall using the bottom of a glass.

Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven as soon as the tops are cracked, but the cookies appear slightly underdone. The cookies will continue to bake on the baking sheet as they cool. Cool 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet, then carefully move to a cooling rack.

Store cooled cookies in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

Notes-
I used natural peanut butter than contains only peanuts and a small amount of salt. If using peanut butter with added sugar you may wish to reduce the sugar a bit. If you use natural peanut butter with no added salt, I would suggest you up the salt in the recipe to 1 teaspoon.

I used Challenge butter in this recipe, please feel free to use a high quality brand of your choice.

Recipe source - Glorious Treats

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies - Classic and delicious!!

Now it’s time to grab a glass of milk and enjoy an old-fashioned treat!

What are your favorite cookies?  Are peanut butter cookies on the list?

Give this recipe a try, and you might just have to add them to your list!  =)

28 comments

  1. THESE would be my favorites. Peanut butter cookies forever!

  2. You certainly can’t go wrong with a classic! You have me totally craving one of these chewy peanut butter cookies!

  3. Yummy! Would love a couple of these and a cold glass of milk. Peanut butter cookies are the best!

  4. Nothing better than a chewy classic cookie like this! So yummy!

  5. love cookies, yours look good!

  6. What would happen if we added milk chocolate chips to the cookie dough???

  7. That’s strange. I always make a simple pb cookie for the holidays and mine are always soft and chewy. I thought thats just what pb cookies were all like.

  8. Chewy cookies for the win!! My boys love peanut butter cookies, these would be a huge hit!

  9. I agree, chewy is the way to go! I’ve tried several pb cookie recipes and always turned out crisper than I wanted, so I’m making these STAT!

  10. I love pb cookies, soft ones are my favorite! Yum, I can hardly wait to try this recipe! Love you!
    ~Cecilia

  11. peanut butter cookies were always featured in my lunch box growing up… until now i had forgotten how delicious they are. craving a bite of one right now!

  12. I love peanut butter anything. so can’t go wrong with these :)
    When it comes to cookies, I think I like them dry and crispy.. It’s just me!
    Just a quick question, Can I over bake the sugar cookies a minute or two to make them crisp as well?

  13. I am all about breaking culinary laws, shun the fork!! These look perfectly chewy, just as you’ve called it. Those are the BEST kind of peanut butter cookies! Great minds think alike!

  14. I think that this recipe is the best. I only have one question, what do you mean with natural peanut butter? Can you post the recipe if is a homemade one? Beacise in argnetina i cant find peanut butter
    Please answer!

  15. These sound so yummy! My son would love them.

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  17. I just made these and they are wonderful! My family could not wait for them to cool. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe.

  18. Soft and chewy cookies are my favourite and peanut butter ones are definitely on my “top five” list. Your recipe looks delicious and rolling the cookie balls in sugar before baking is something I’ve never done with peanut butter cookies. Looking forward to making these soon.

  19. Made these over the weekend. LOVED the texture of the dough and how great they baked and looked. I will have to wait for someone to tell me if they are as good as they look but they look like a great version of a PB cookie and I should know since I think I’ve made some PB cookie each week for the entire year. HA Thanks for a great recipe!!

  20. Hi! Longtime lurker here. Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe. I just made them and they’re probably the best PB cookies I’ve ever had!

  21. I’ve been on vacation and missed the post. I’ve been waiting for a post for chewy peanut butter cookies. I am making them pronto today and can’t wait!!

  22. Had to post a follow-up comment. I made these today and you nailed another cookie recipe! Glory, you never disappoint me when I need to make something sweet (and in this case it was a family get together for the first football game of the season). I’ve been searching a good chewy peanut butter recipe. All the ones I tried were small and crispy/crunchy. Thanks!! : )

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  24. The first time I made these they were perfect! But my last 3 tries have not been as successful. They spread a lot and super soft ( almost under baked even though they aren’t). What am I doing wrong? :)

  25. I’ve made these two weeks in a row. My husband loves peanut butter anything and requests pb cookies all the time. Well I finally hit the nail on the head with these. It was no surprise to my husband that the recipe came from the same woman that I got the vanilla cupcakes recipe from! :))

  26. I’m not a honey lover at all, and am sensitive to its flavor in baked goods. Can you omit it in these?

    • Hi Deborah, I’ve only made the recipe as listed, but I’m sure it would be just as delicious if you omit the honey and simply increase the brown sugar (by the same amount). The cookies might not be quite as chewy, but they will still be delicious!

  27. Thank you for your quick reply!

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