How to Make Peanut Butter Cookies

I learned how to make peanut butter cookies when I was eight or nine years old. These cookies were one of my first recipes to learn. The other cookies were oatmeal and on occasion chocolate chips. I say “on occasion” because I had to talk “long and hard” to get Mom to buy me a small package of chocolate chips. You might say that chocolate chips were a “luxury” around our house.

How to Make Peanut Butter Cookie RecipesHow to Make Peanut Butter Cookie Recipes

I would say I have made peanut butter cookies more than any type of cookie. Since I learned how to make peanut butter cookies I quickly realized that this is probably the favorite type. It seems to me even more so than chocolate ones. Every time I have asked “What kind of cookies should I make” the answer has been “peanut butter”. Today I am not surprised because people also love peanut butter candy, bread, cake, frosting, etc.


What really has surprised me is how great peanut butter taste with so many other ingredients. Back when I first learned how to make peanut butter cookies (Of course, I was very young), it was with a simple basic recipe with “creamy” peanut butter. Sometimes I would sift powdered sugar over the top for a little extra sweetness.  After a few years of making these cookies, I talked Mom into buying “crunchy” peanut butter for me to try. I loved the crunchiness! When I only had creamy I would add chopped nuts if we had them.


Back when I learned how to make peanut butter cookies I never realized how many other ingredients are great with this flavor. I could have found some of these ingredients in our pantry, at least part of the year. Raisins are a delicious addition to peanut butter. Oatmeal is also and we almost always had these in our pantry. 


In the Fall we had apples most of the time and apples are wonderful with peanut butter. Of course, chocolate is good with almost all cookies or any baked goods. I simply want to encourage you to try any of your favorite ingredients, perhaps coconut, when you are learning how to make peanut butter cookies.

JUMBO PEANUT BUTTER APPLE COOKIES

Have you ever eaten apple slices spread with peanut butter? Learn how to make peanut butter cookies and enjoy the same combination of flavor.

  • 1 Cup sifted flour
  • 1 Cup sifted whole wheat flour
  • 2 Teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ Teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 Cup softened butter
  • 2/3 Cup chunk style peanut butter
  • ¼ Cup sugar
  • 1 ¾ Cups brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Cup rolled oats
  • 1 Cup peeled diced apples
  • ½ Cup raisins


Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Sift together flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside.

Cream butter, peanut butter and sugars; mix in eggs and vanilla.

Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture; mix well.

Stir in oats, apples and raisins; shape ¼ cupful of the dough into balls.

Place balls on ungreased cookie sheets; flatten slightly.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes; cool 1 minute on trays and then move to rack to cool completely.

Makes about 18 cookies


CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER TOFFEE COOKIE RECIPE

Learn how to make peanut butter cookies with the added flavors of chocolate and toffee.

  • 1 Package yellow cake mix (Betty Crocker Super Moist)
  • 1 Cup peanut butter
  • ¼ Cup softened butter
  • ¼ Cup water
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup chocolate toffee crunch thin candy (coarsely chopped)


Preheat oven to 375F degrees.

Combine half of dry cake mix, peanut butter, butter, water and eggs in a large mixing bowl; mix until smooth.

Stir in remaining cake mix and candy; drop dough by ¼ cupfuls 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Flatten slightly with fork dipped in flour; bake 11 minutes until golden brown.

Cool slightly on tray; remove from pan to cool completely.

Makes about 15 cookies.


HOW TO MAKE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE BLOSSOMS

Learn how to make peanut butter cookies filled with jam or jelly.

  • 1/3 Cup shortening
  • 2 Cups flour
  • 1 Egg
  • ¾ Cup sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ Cup milk
  • Sugar (extra)
  • ¼ Cup grape jelly or blackberry preserves


Beat peanut butter and shortening in a bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy.

Add half of flour, egg, milk, sugar, baking powder, vanilla and salt; beat until blended.

Beat in remaining flour; divide dough in half; cover and chill for 3 hours.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 375F degrees.

Shape dough in 1 inch balls; roll each in sugar and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Press center of each ball with your thumb; bake 7 to 9 minutes until bottoms are lightly browned.

Transfer to rack to cool completely; before serving fill center of each cookie with ¼ teaspoon jelly.


BUTTERSCOTCH PEANUT COOKIE SQUARES

When learning how to make peanut butter cookies try the delicious combination of butterscotch with peanut butter.

Crust

  • ½ Cup brown sugar
  • ½ Cup butter
  • 1 1/3 Cups flour

Filling

  • 2/3 Cup sugar
  • 2/3 Cup light corn syrup
  • 1 Package (6 ounces) butterscotch chips
  • ½ Cup chunk style peanut butter
  • 2 Cups corn flakes


Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

TO MAKE CRUST combine brown sugar and butter; mix in flour.

Press crust dough in bottom of ungreased 9X13 inch baking pan.

TO MAKE FILLING combine sugar and corn syrup in saucepan; bring to a boil.

Remove from heat; stir in butterscotch chips and peanut butter stirring until melted.

Fold corn flakes into mixture; spread over the crust.

Bake for 15 minutes; cool before cutting into 24 squares.


CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE RECIPE

Learn how to make peanut butter cookies with this “marbled” recipe.

  • ½ Cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ Cup butter
  • ½ Cup peanut butter
  • 1 ¼ Cups flour
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • ¼ Cup honey
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ Teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoon vanilla
  • Sugar


Melt chocolate chips in a small saucepan stirring until smooth; set off to cool.

Beat butter and peanut butter with electric mixture on medium speed until creamy.

Add to creamy mixture half of the flour, ½ cup sugar, honey egg, soda, baking powder and vanilla.

Beat mixture until well blended; beat in remaining flour.

Drizzle melted chocolate over the dough; with knife cut chocolate through the dough.

Place dough in refrigerator about 1 hour.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 375F degrees.

Shape dough into 1 inch balls; roll in sugar and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Flatten balls with bottom of a glass; bake 7 to 9 minutes until bottoms are slightly brown.

Place on wire rack to cool completely; makes about 36.


CHOCOLATE DIPPED PEANUT BUTTER LOGS

When learning how to make peanut butter cookies you can never go wrong by adding some chocolate.

  • 1 Cup peanut butter
  • ½ Cup powdered sugar
  • ¼ Cup shredded coconut
  • ½ Cup light corn syrup
  • 2 Cups Cheerios cereal
  • 1 Tablespoon shortening
  • 1 Cup milk chocolate chips


Combine and mix peanut butter, powdered sugar, coconut and corn syrup in a bowl.

Add cereal to bowl and blend well; shape mixture into 1 ½ inch balls.

Roll balls into logs about ½ inch in diameter and place on wax paper covered tray.

Place in refrigerator while melting chocolate.

Heat shortening and chips in 1 quart saucepan over low heat stirring constantly until smooth; cool.

Dip one end of logs into chocolate; place on wax paper lined tray.

Refrigerate until firm; store in refrigerator.

Makes about 2 dozen.


PEANUT BUTTER CUT OUT COOKIE RECIPE

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You can use your favorite cutters when learning how to make peanut butter cookies with this recipe.

  • ½ Cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 Tablespoons softened butter
  • ½ Cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 Cup light corn syrup
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Cups flour divided
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 Teaspoon salt


In a large mixing bowl cream butter and peanut butter.

Add brown sugar, corn syrup and egg; beat until well blended.

Reduce speed and beat in 1 cup flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.

By hand stir in remaining 1 cup of flour; divide dough in half.

On a large cookie sheet between 2 sheets of wax paper; roll each half to ¼ inch thickness.

Refrigerate on tray until firm about 1 hour.

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350F degrees; remove top sheet of wax paper.

Cut dough in desired shapes; place on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 10 minutes or until lightly browned; move cookies to rack to cool completely.

Reroll dough trimmings and cut into cookies; decorate cold cookies as desired.

Quantity depends on size.

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DOUBLE PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE RECIPE

Learn how to make peanut butter cookies with a peanut butter filling.

  • 1 ¾ Cups flour
  • ½ Teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Cup sugar
  • ½ Cup solid shortening
  • ½ Cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ Cup light corn syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • ¼ Cup creamy peanut butter


In large bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt and sugar.

Cut in shortening and ½ cup of the peanut butter with pastry blender until coarse crumbs.

Stir corn syrup and milk into mixture; shape dough into a 12 inch roll and wrap in wax paper.

Chill roll about 2 hours; PREHEAT OVEN TO 350F degrees.

Unwrap roll and cut into ¼ inch slices; place half of slices on ungreased cookie sheet.

Spread each with ½ teaspoonful of peanut butter; top with another cookie slice.

Seal edges by pressing around edges with fork; bake 10 to 12 minutes until lightly browned.

Cool completely on wire rack; makes about 2 dozen.


CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUP COOKIES

Learn how to make peanut butter cookies with this easy recipe.

  • 1 Roll (15 ounces) refrigerated ready-to-slice peanut butter cookie dough
  • 48 Miniature peanut butter cup candy


Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Slice cookie dough into ¾ inch slices; cut each slice into quarters.

Place each quarter into a lightly ungreased mini muffin tin; NO SHAPING NECESSARY.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes (Dough will rise; remove from oven. 

Immediately press a miniature peanut butter cup gently and evenly into each cookie.

Cool cookies before removing from pans; refrigerate cookies until firm.

Makes 4 dozens


PEANUT BUTTER PINWHEEL COOKIE RECIPE

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  • ½ cup solid shortening
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • ½ cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ¼ Cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 Package (6 ounces) chocolate chips melted and cooled


Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Cream shortening and peanut butter together; beat in sugar, egg and vanilla.

Sift together flour, baking soda and salt; add dry ingredients to cream mixture with milk.

Roll out dough to a rectangle ¼ inch thick; spread melted cooled chocolate over dough.

Roll up in “jelly roll” fashion; chill for 1 hour.

Slice with a sharp knife into 1/8 inch thickness; place on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake 8-10 minutes; make 5-6 dozens.

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Dough Ready to RefrigerateDough Ready to Refrigerate

HEARTY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE RECIPE

  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ Cup chopped dates (Pack down)
  • 1/3 cup mashed banana
  • 1 Cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Cup oatmeal
  • ½ Cup flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda


Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

Combine the raisins, dates, banana, peanut butter, water, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl.

Stir until very well blended; add oatmeal, flour and soda and mix thoroughly.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheets; flatten slightly and bake about 10 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.


OLD FASHIONED PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

Learn how to make peanut butter cookies the plain way.

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup softened butter
  • 1 Cup peanut butter (Creamy or crunchy)
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla


Combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl combine butter and peanut butter; beat until creamy.

Add sugars and beat well; beat in eggs and vanilla.

Add flour mixture and beat until blended; cover bowl and refrigerator at least 1 hour.

Shape into 1 inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Dip a fork in sugar and flatten; bake 12 minutes or until lightly browned.

Move cookies to cooling rack or to surface lines with paper towels; makes 6 dozen.

OPTIONAL: When cooled dust with sifted powdered sugar.

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