Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

There’s nothing particularly innovative about this recipe – it just tastes really, really good. I don’t even like peanut butter and yet I love these cookies! I like to underbake them just a bit so they retain their soft, chewy texture even a couple of days after baking. As with most cookie dough, I like to form the whole batch into dough balls and freeze most of them, baking up just a dozen or so at a time. The time it takes for your oven to preheat is just about enough thawing time for frozen dough balls.

These chewy cookies are a personal favourite; the salty/sweet ratio is just right.

These chewy cookies are a personal favourite; the salty/sweet ratio is just right.


2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (packed) brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 cup softened (not melted) butter
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 teaspoons good-quality vanilla
2 large eggs


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Mix flour and baking powder together in a medium bowl.
  • Using electric mixer, beat butter, peanut butter and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended.
  • Beat in both sugars, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides of bowl.
  • Stir half of dry ingredients into mixture.
  • Add eggs 1 at a time, stirring well after each addition.
  • Mix in rest of dry ingredients until well incorporated.
  • Roll 1 heaping tablespoonfuls of dough into 1 inch balls.
  • Arrange dough balls 2 inches apart on parchment-paper lined baking sheets.
  • Using the tines of a fork dipped in white sugar, flatten the dough balls and form crosshatch design on tops.
  • Bake cookies until just turning golden around the edges; about 8 – 10 minutes.
  • Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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