Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe That Tastes Just Like Grandma's

Sometimes comfort food is a cookie, and our classic peanut butter cookies will take you right back to grandma's kitchen.

Updated January 10, 2024
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There's no flavor quite so intertwined with being a kid as peanut butter. And even as adults, the smell of peanut butter cookies baking in the oven can bring you instantly back to your childhood kitchen. With their cute cross-hatched tops, sugared exterior, and tender, crumbly interior, our old-fashioned peanut butter cookies will make you feel like a kid again.

Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

We're not here to dive into the chunky vs smooth debate (even though we certainly have an opinion). Instead, we want to offer you options... choose chunky or smooth PB depending on whether you want some extra crunch. 


  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divded
  • ½ cup peanut butter (any variety)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of flour
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of baking soda
  • Pinch of nutmeg


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Beat butter in your mixer using the paddle attachment until it is soft.
  3. Add the brown sugar and ½ cup of the white sugar to the butter and cream until light and fluffy.
  4. Mix together the flour, salt, baking soda, and nutmeg.
  5. Add peanut butter and egg to the butter/sugar mixture.
  6. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  7. Roll the dough into one-inch balls. Roll in the remaining ½ cup sugar.
  8. Arrange the dough balls on the prepared cookie sheet.
  9. Flatten using a fork, pressing the fork into the top of the dough in a criss-cross pattern.
  10. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until the edges just begin to brown.
  11. Let cool before serving.

Non-Peanut Alternatives

Even people with peanut allergies should be able to partake in the simple goodness of these cookies. You can replace the peanut butter with any nut or seed butter for an allergy-free alternative. We're particularly fond of cashew butter or macadamia nut butter.

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Melt-in-Your-Mouth PB Goodness

These simple peanut butter cookies are as classic as they come. From the tempting aroma they give off when they bake to their delicious peanutty flavor, we're nuts about peanut butter cookies, and we think you will be, too.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe That Tastes Just Like Grandma's