The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

A favorite cookie at my house is a peanut butter cookie. After making a certain peanut butter cookie for 20 years, I’m deeming these cookies, The Best Peanut Butter Cookies.

A stack of three peanut butter cookies

If you try this version of peanut butter cookies, I think that you’ll agree with me that they are the best.

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

This recipe is my hands-down all-time favorite peanut butter cookie. The ratio of brown sugar to white sugar in this recipe results in a chewier cookie than the standard peanut butter cookie recipe.

Peanut butter cookies on a white plate

This recipe is from a cookbook called From Granny’s Apron Pocket that my grandmother gave me years and years ago.

My mother and my grandmother marked recipes with the date that they made them and also with comments and I do the same thing.

You can see that the first time that I made this recipe was in June 2000. My family used to gather at the beach every June and I brought a batch of these cookies with me many years.

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

I first shared this recipe on my blog in June of 2009. I’m sharing it again today with updated pictures and a printable recipe card.

Mr. SP recently had a birthday and instead of a cake, he requested these peanut butter cookies.

Peanut butter cookies on a white plate

This recipe makes six dozen cookies. They store well in an airtight container and they also freeze well.

Peanut butter cookies on a white plate

Since the recipe makes a large batch, I delivered part of the batch to my father-in-law who lives down the street. He’s a fellow cookie lover and he enjoyed the cookies very much.

Stack of Three Peanut Butter Cookies

I bake three sheets of cookies at a time in my oven using the convection setting. After four minutes, I turn the cookie sheets and then bake four more minutes.

Peanut butter cookies cooling on a rack

Mr. SP was really looking forward to these cookies as I hadn’t baked any cookies for him since Christmas. He snapped this shot to send to a coworker who is also a cookie lover.

Peanut butter cookies cooling on a rack
Yield: 72 Cookies

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies

Three Peanut Butter Cookies in a Stack

This peanut butter cookie is crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. The ratio of brown sugar to white sugar is different than the standard peanut butter cookie giving this version a delicious taste and texture.

Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  • 10 2/3 T butter
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2/3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars.
  2. Add eggs and continue to beat.
  3. Sift together flour, soda, baking powder and salt and add to creamed mixture. Mix well.
  4. Using a 1 T size cookie scoop, drop balls of dough on a cookie sheet and flatten with a fork. (Note: The recipe comes out just as great without flattening!)
  5. Bake at 350° for 4 minutes, turn cookie sheets, bake four more minutes. Be sure not to overbake.
  6. Cool cookies on a wire cookie sheet.

If you are a peanut butter lover, you also will want to check out my grandmother’s Peanut Butter Bars that taste like a Reese’s Cup and also my equally delicious No-Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Squares.

This recipe is guaranteed to please any peanut butter cookie lover in your life. My friends and family will attest that is is a great cookie!


  1. T would LOVE these (and okay, so would I)! 🙂 We have a PC ice cream scoop too…will have to try that. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Wow!! These cookies look really chewy and scrumptious!! I do have a lot of peanut butter lovers in my family and they would love these cookies!!

    Thanks for posting pictures too. Seeing is believing!


  3. Hi. I am about to make these but wanted to make sure that this recipe calls for 3 cups of brown sugar instead of maybe 1/3 of a cup. There is over 4 cups of sugar to 2 cups of flour. Can this be right? They look delish and I just want to make sure that this is the correct measurements. Thanks!

  4. Thank you so much for responding. I’ll make them tomorrow. I need to make a store run for more brown sugar in the morning!

    1. I’m estimating because I haven’t made this recipe in a while. I am pretty sure that it makes at least 5 dozen cookies. It’s a GREAT recipe and always a hit when I take it somewhere.

      I hope you enjoy the recipe!


  5. They look amazing, Paula! I think I have all the ingredients so I will have to try them this week. I am sure my family won’t mind! Stay well!

    1. The men in your house will be happy if you make this recipe for them, Shelley! If you let Rosie have treats like this, she’ll enjoy them as well. Sherman loves getting a bit of cookie when we eat them.


    1. Peanut butter cookies are so good. This batch is nearly gone. I think the next treat that I make will be the peanut butter bars. My father-in-law is loving getting treats since he’s not going out to shop right now.


  6. My boys are going to love these (our dog loves peanut butter too but she’s not getting any 😉 – Thanks for the recipe! Pinned this for later!

    1. Our dog also loves peanut butter and he really loves peanut butter cookies. My husband is a sucker and can’t resist giving our Sherman bits of cookie as he eats one.


  7. You had me at “chewy.” I LOVE peanut butter cookies too but most in my family are ho-hum about them in favor of just about anything else if it has a chocolate chip in it. So I will try this recipe and see if I can’t convert these people and bring them over to the LIGHT side.

    1. Mmmm…Choosing between a peanut butter cookie and a chocolate chip one is hard for me. I love both. (Probably love both a bit too much as once I start eating them, it is hard to stop.)


  8. Wow! That’s a lot of brown sugar!! I’ll have to try these soon. I made monster cookies a few weeks ago, that have peanut butter, oatmeal, and M+Ms. They look like perfection!


    1. This recipe does have a lot of brown sugar. Your monster cookies sound great! Bet your kids loved those.


  9. Love that you write notes in your cookbook! We love PB Cookies here, will have to try your recipe!!! Thanks for sharing for Charming Homes & Gardens!

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