Pulling all stops for one more Christmas cookie batch in the oven.

Peanut Butter Cookies have been a traditional cookie in our house, and it would not be Christmas without them.

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A super easy Christmas treats recipe that takes no time to prepare and bake. Peanut butter cookies are a classic American dessert. The principal ingredient is peanut butter, the creamy kind.

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Add sugar, eggs, flour, butter, and vanilla, and you have a crispy outside cookie with a soft inside.

We all need peanut butter cookie or dessert recipes like this fabulous Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Pie in our baking recipe drawers. You never know when the craving arises.

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Why do you make fork marks on peanut butter cookies?

Peanut butter is a thick and dense ingredient. Adding the criss-cross pattern to your cookies allows them to bake evenly.

It also gives you that crisp exterior around the edges and chewy interior where the criss-cross marks are formed.

Here are a few helpful tips for the ingredients needed

You can find the printable recipe with all the correct ingredient amounts at the bottom of this post. Besides the staple salt and pepper, you will need:

Granulated sugar: white stuff, also known as sucrose, sweet tasting.

Brown sugar: Sucrose sugar with a distinctive brown color due to the presence of molasses.

Unsalted butter: You do not want your cookies to be salty

Eggs: Large eggs and bring them to room temperature before starting to bake.

Peanut butter: Buy your favorite brand but MOST be the creamy type.

Baking soda: activation agent that helps your cookies to puff up.

Vanilla Extract: A liquid that adds a beautiful flavor to all bakings.

Flour: All-purpose and unbleached

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Equipment needed 

I have a kitchen filled with gadgets and cooking tools, all I purchased. I only recommend what I use and love.

Therefore to achieve this recipe, I used the following:

Silpat or parchment paper

KitchenAid stand-alone mixer

Spatula

Fork

Baking sheets

Ice cream scooper

Cooling rack

Baking tips and step by step to make those beautiful peanut butter cookies:

  • Start by preheating the oven and gathering all the ingredients needed.
  • Add the butter to the bowl of your mixer or a regular bowl and gradually increase the speed to soften your butter.
  • Add the sugars to the butter until a creamy consistency is formed.
  • Add one egg at a time to the butter.
  • Always sift the flour before adding it to your peanut butter mixture. Add a few scoops at a time.
  • Although there is enough fat content in your cookies, I always use a Silpat mat or parchment paper to prevent sticking to my cookie sheet.
  • With the help of an ice cream scooper, grab some of the dough and form a small ball.
  • Place each ball 1 inch apart.
  • If the fork sticks to the cookie, dip it prior into some flour and then proceed with the crisscross pattern.
  • Bake in the hot oven and watch the time. With my old oven, 10 minutes is perfect. You want some golden around the edges and still soft in the middle.
  • Please move to a cooling rack when you can handle them.
  • Let the cookie sheet cool off completely, or use two before baking the second batch of peanut butter cookies. The hot baking sheet will not allow your cookies to rise but will make them spread out.

Working the dough too much will result in cookies that will spread all over your baking sheet. Let it rest in the refrigerator for a few minutes before baking.

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Parchment paper

I cannot live without using it. Using parchment paper is convenient in case of jam spillage and burning of the cookie.

It also prevents sticking to your cookie sheet, which will relate to less mess to clean.

Storage instructions

If you are lucky to have some peanut butter cookies left over, a rare occurrence at my house, wait until they are completely cool before storing them in an airtight glass container.

You can keep them at room temperature, lasting up to 4 days.

I like to store mine on a cookie dish with a dome so everyone can enjoy one as they pass by the kitchen.

Expert Tips

Do not play with the dough too much as the butter will break down and will bake relatively flat.

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Peanut Butter Cookies

5 from 8 votes
peanut butter cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 36
Peanut butter cookies are a classic American dessert. The principal ingredient is peanut butter, the creamy kind.

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed firmly
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup peanut butter, creamy
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2.5 cups flour

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 375F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat.
  • Cream together sugar, brown sugar and butter. Add eggs, peanut butter and vanilla extract. Sift flour and baking soda together and add to the butter egg mixture. 
  • Once well incorporated, form into ball, one inch apart on a baking sheet and flatten with the back of a fork making a crisscross pattern. Bake 10 minutes. The edges should start to brown and the middle still a b it firm.

Nutrition

Serving: 12g | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 171IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

Giangi’s Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.

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