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Soft Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

The best chewy peanut butter cookies which have everything — a chewy texture, crisp edges, and crunchy peanuts.The perfect peanut butter cookie!

I have been on the hunt for the best peanut butter cookie recipe. Since peanut butter cookies are one of my husband’s favorite cookies, I searched in order to figure out how to make the ultimate peanut butter cookie. After many batches, we have declared a winner!

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I tried all sorts of different methods and ingredients. I found that butter produced the best flavor (it truly does make everything better) so it was the perfect base. Slightly softened butter (a small indention forms when pressed but it is not melted) mixed well with the sugars.

Both brown sugar and sugar play an important role in the cookie.  The brown sugar creates the chewy texture, thanks to the molasses, and the sugar creates the slightly crispy edges. I tried using all brown sugar, mostly brown sugar and a little sugar, and half and half, and the 50/50 brown sugar to sugar ratio won out.

The peanut butter is always important since it is the star ingredient. If you want the cookies to be extra crunchy, reach for crunchy peanut butter. If you want them to be mostly smooth, reach for creamy peanut butter. One of my favorite parts of this peanut butter cookie is the finely chopped peanuts added to the cookies so you get a crunch in every bite. It adds so much texture!

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One note on salt…if you use salted butter, just omit the salt. There will be plenty of salt between the peanut butter, peanuts, and butter. It is best to use unsalted butter in these cookies but either will work just fine.

After rolling the dough into a ball, roll into a bowl of sugar, and then take a fork and make a crisscross pattern. Place on a baking sheet and bake just until edges start to become a light golden color. They will look slightly underbaked but will set up. They are supposed to be soft and chewy so let them continue to set up on the cookie sheet after removing from the oven.

These chewy peanut butter cookies freeze so well so keep them in the freezer for a late night craving or an after school snack for your kids. They go perfectly well with a big glass of cold milk. Just ask my husband…he’s an expert on that combo.

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Soft Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

The perfect soft and chewy peanut butter cookie recipe.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 24


  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Sugar (plus 2 Tablespoons for top of cookies)
  • 1 cup Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy)
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt (optional if using salted butter)
  • 1 cup Roasted Salted Peanuts (ground or finely chopped to resemble breadcrumbs)


  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar, and sugar for 4 minutes, until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl often.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and beat for 1 minute longer. Fold in peanut butter. 
  • Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Fold in finely ground or chopped roasted salted peanuts. 
  • Chill dough for at least 1 hour or overnight is ideal. After chilling, preheat oven to 350 degrees.Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll dough into 2-inch balls. Place remaining sugar into a small bowl. Roll cookie dough balls into sugar to coat. Place on cookie sheet and press each ball twice with a dinner form to form a crisscross design. 
  • Bake for 10-13 minutes or until the edges become a light golden color. Do not overbake as these are supposed to be soft and chewy. Let the cookies rest for at least 5 minutes before moving to a cooling rack. 



** May use a mini food processor or food processor to ground the peanuts. You may use a knife and finely chop them into small pieces. 

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24
Keyword: Peanut Butter Cookies
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  1. 5 stars
    These are the best peanut butter cookies I have ever baked thank you for this wonderful recipe. I never thought to chill the dough I just made it directly from the bowl and my cookies always fell apart.
    But these cookies….. OMG they are chewy they’re sweet but not too sweet. And they held together perfectly.
    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe I give it five stars.

  2. Mine are currently chilling in the fridge. My husband has asked me four times if they’re ready to bake!😂 They’ve only been in there 35 minutes!😂😂😂 Thank you for this recipe! We were craving something sweet, and I can tell, these are about to be amazing!!

  3. 5 stars
    This is exactly what I was looking for – They are very yummy, and soft and chewy. I’ll keep this one and continue to use it. TY

  4. I made these today and while the taste is good I found them on the dry side. Followed recipe exactly, so not sure what went wrong.

  5. I’m pretty sure I’ve tried close to 100 different recipes in search of the perfect peanut butter cookies. By far, this one is my favorite!! I make my cookies a bit smaller than the suggested size and decrease the baking time slightly, but the finished product is always great. I would definitely recommend this recipe to any of my friends and family.

  6. They are so soft and so chewy and delicious. My husband like regular peanutbutter cookies and I prefer mine with chocolate chips so we did a batch of his then a batch of mine and they’re amazing both ways . ♡

    1. I love that you guys did both, it’s so fun to experiment! I am so glad that you loved them. Thanks for trying my recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    Perfection! These are absolutely the best peanut butter cookies I have ever eaten. I’ve tried several recipes over the years but they always fell short of my expectations. Thank you so much Melissa for posting this fantastic recipe of yours. I need never search for another peanut butter cookie recipe again.

    1. 5 stars
      I am so happy to hear that you loved these Donna! Glad that they didn’t disappoint. Thanks for trying my recipe!