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peanut butter cookie recipeI always wanted to be one of those moms that has freshly baked cookies waiting for their children when they come home from school for their after school snack.  It turns out that I am not that mom.  Most days from 3 until about 7 (when my children go to bed) my house is pure chaos.  It is full blown survival mode.  Homework, dinner, baths, bedtime.  Sometimes my cookie baking aspirations are taken over by cleaning up Legos, changing diapers, and shuttling back and forth in the ol’ minivan.  But on rare days, I sometimes do have it together, and I do make cookies for my children to come home to.  These peanut butter cookies are a favorite around here and for good reason.

Peanut butter cookies are either really, really good or just mediocre.  Some are too sweet, some are not salty enough, some are too hard, or too soft.  This peanut butter cookie recipe comes via the Magnolia Bakery via Smitten Kitchen.  It is by far, my favorite peanut cookie recipe.  It yields a cookie with a crisp outside and a soft inside.  And the most perfect combination of sweet and salty.  When Will came home from school and ate one of these cookies, he told me, “Mom, these are the most delicious cookies ever.”

peanut butter cookie recipe1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup room temperature butter
1 cup peanut butter (I use creamy, but chunky would be amazing in these)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg at room temperture
1 Tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
peanut butter M&Ms
sugar for rolling

peanut butter cookie recipeIn a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Set aside.  Cream together the butter and peanut butter.

peanut butter cookie recipeAdd the sugars and beat until light and fluffy.

peanut butter cookie recipeAdd the egg, vanilla, and milk.  Beat well.

peanut butter cookie recipeBeat in the dry ingredients and mix until combined.

peanut butter cookie recipeMix in the milk chocolate and peanut butter chips.

peanut butter cookie recipeRoll the dough into balls and roll in the sanding sugar.

peanut butter cookie recipeUse the bottom of a glass and slightly flatten the bottom of the cookies.

peanut butter cookie recipeI wanted to make these cookies festive for Valentine’s Day, so I added peanut butter M&Ms to tops of my cookies.

peanut butter cookie recipePress a few of the M&Ms in the tops of the cookies.

peanut butter cookie recipeBake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.  Be careful to not overbake these.

peanut butter cookie recipeCool on the baking sheet for a minute, then let them cool completely on a cooling rack.  I promise you that you will love these peanut butter cookies as much as I do.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup room temperature butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter (I use creamy, but chunky would be amazing in these)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg at room temperture
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • peanut butter M&Ms
  • sugar for rolling

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. Cream together the butter and peanut butter.
  2. Add the sugars and beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla, and milk. Beat well.
  4. Beat in the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  5. Mix in the milk chocolate and peanut butter chips.
  6. Roll the dough into balls and roll in the sanding sugar.
  7. Use the bottom of a glass and slightly flatten the bottom of the cookies.
  8. I wanted to make these cookies festive for Valentine’s Day, so I added peanut butter M&Ms to tops of my cookies.
  9. Press a few of the M&Ms in the tops of the cookies.
  10. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Be careful to not overbake these.
  11. Cool on the baking sheet for a minute, then let them cool completely on a cooling rack.
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30 Responses to Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. K&B says:

    These cookies are absolutely lovely. Wish we had peanut butter M&Ms in France …

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  2. Jessica says:

    I never in my life thought to add peanut butter m&ms to my cookies. HELLO! Only the best m&m ever created in the best cookie ever – GOTTA try this!

  3. these look fantastic! I love peanut butter cookies!
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  4. These look picture perfect and delish! Such an amazing valentines day treat!!
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  5. Michelle says:

    yum! these look awesome and I would love to try to make these this weekend. Would you happen to know what adjustments to make for baking them in high altitude? I haven’t quite mastered baking above sea level yet!

    • bakedbree says:

      Honestly, I do not. I have never had to so I do not want to give you any advice. But I would try looking in the Joy of Cooking for some tips. It is the best book I know for for things like this.

  6. Melody says:

    I have to make these soon. I’d be lost without peanut butter.
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  7. I love peanut butter anything!! I’m sure my family will love these. Can’t wait to try.

  8. Joanne says:

    I totally want to be that mom someday too. We’ll see though. It might have to be at the sacrifice of me being able to see my living room floor.

    I LOVE these cookies! The more PB the better, in my opinion, and these are chock full of it!
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  9. Christal says:

    These look great. I typically only have natural pb (Smuckers creamy…peanuts and salt only). Do you think that will work or do you need the other kind for the right consistency.

    • bakedbree says:

      I think that it would work as far as texture, but you need the sweetness of the peanut butter too for a peanut butter cookie.

  10. Memoria says:

    I’m not even crazy about peanut butter, but this recipe is my favorite, too! I have used this recipe many of times and found it on Smitten Kitchen as well. The last time I made it (2 weeks ago), despite doing a mise en place, I forgot to put in the peanut butter until after ALL the ingredients were mixed!! I put in the peanut butter over the “completed” dough, and the cookies tasted good but not near as fantastic as they taste when done right haha. Your cookies look absolutely perfect.

    • bakedbree says:

      Uh-oh, I get so mad at myself when I do stuff like that. I am a little ditzy sometimes. These are my favorite peanut butter cookie, hands down.

  11. Hannah says:

    I have made these before, but not with peanut butter m&ms which sounds good, and they are amazing! Literally one of my favourite peanut butter cookies.
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  13. Tiffany says:

    Just made these while my kids napped and they are in fact delicious and a great texture. i did it just as you suggested PB M&M’s and all and they are great. Yum Yum

  14. Shandi says:

    These are in the oven as I type I can’t wait to try them!! I used semi sweet chocolate chips since thats what I had but I’m so excited peanut butter is my favorite yummmm :)

  15. Yummy!! I love Peanut Butter Cookies, now going to try it our myself.
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  16. thanks! trolling for cookie recipes-will make for sure

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  19. jackie says:

    HI there! I <3 this recipe and the photos. I grabbed the peanut butter ball atop of Mt. Sugar pic to include in my next blog post for raw vegan brownies and blondies…will reference this yummy recipe.

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