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Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies are classic American cookies. They’re also a popular biscuit recipe in the UK, and for good reason!

Today I’m going to show you how to make them from scratch with an easy recipe that will give you that perfect cookie each time.

peanut butter cookie

Grab your ingredients and let’s get started!

How To Make Peanut Butter Cookies

The ingredients you need are all usual kitchen cupboard regulars. Jump to the recipe card at the bottom for the exact measurements.

ingredients for peanut butter cookies
  • Butter, softened
  • Light brown sugar
  • Smooth peanut butter
  • Plain flour
  • Baking powder
  • 1 egg

Start by sifting the flour and baking powder together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, add the sugar and butter and cream together.

butter and sugar creamed together

Add the peanut butter and stir it until smooth.

Add the egg and flour and stir to combine.

Mix it all together until a dough has formed. If the mixture is still a bit sticky add some more flour. Sprinkle some flour on your hands and grab small bits of the dough and roll into a ball, about the size of a walnut.

Place them on a greased baking tin or sheet and press each one down with the back of a fork. Do this again to form a criss-cross design.

Cook in a preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Take them out when they are starting to brown around the edges.

They will still be soft when you take them out but they will harden up as they cool down. Leave them on the baking tray to cool down before transferring.

How Long Do Peanut Cookies Last?

If stored in an airtight jar they will last for up to 7 days.

What Peanut Butter Should I Use?

Any brand is ok, I used Whole Earth.

If you use a peanut butter brand that has extra sugar or sweetener in it, you might want to reduce the sugar by a little to account for this.

I think peanut butter cookies are best with smooth peanut butter but you can try crunchy peanut butter if you want the extra texture in your cookies.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 20
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes

Peanut butter cookies are a firm favourite. They are easy to make and cook in less than 10 minutes - what's not to love!


  • 100g butter, softened/room temperature
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 200g smooth peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 150g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt (only if using unsalted butter)


    1. Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4.
    2. Sift the flour and baking powder together in a bowl.
    3. In a different bowl beat the soft butter and sugar together before adding in the peanut butter and mixing well.
    4. Add the egg and flour, mixing it in until it is well combined into a smooth dough.
    5. With lightly floured hands, form small balls from the dough, about the sizes of walnuts, place them on a lined baking tray with space in between.
    6. Using the back of a fork, press each dough ball down to flatten it. Create a cross by pressing it down again in the other direction. This helps to make sure the cookie cooks evenly throughout.
    7. Place in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown. The cookies will be soft when you first take them out of the oven, but they will continue to cook and harden up as you leave them to cool down.
    8. Once they have cooled down, transfer them to a plate for serving, or an airtight container for storing.
    9. Optionally sprinkle with some icing sugar before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 167mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g

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