Peanut Butter Cookies


2 1/2 C flour
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

1/2 Lb butter (2 sticks), salted
1 C firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 C granulated sugar
1 C extra-crunchy peanut butter, preferably Jif
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup roasted salted peanuts, ground to consistency of breadcrumbs


Preheat oven to 350

Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.

Beat butter until creamy. Add sugars and beat until fluffy. (~3 min, w/elec. mixer)
Beat in peanut butter until fully incorporated (don’t overbeat), then eggs, one at a time, then vanilla.

Gently stir dry ingredients into peanutbutter mixture. Add ground peanuts, and stir gently until just incorporated.


Roll a bit less than 2Tbs of dough into a ball, and place on parchment covered cookie sheet. Using a dinner fork dipped in cold water, make the traditional criss-cross pattern in each cookie.

Bake until cookies are puffed and slightly brown along the edges (but not on top–they will look slightly underbaked) about 10-12 minutes.

Makes approximately 4 Dozen Cookies

Also listed on our original recipe site.

(recipe adaptation courtesy of: Cook’s Illustrated, March/April 1998)

3 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. How ironic … a few days ago, I was telling my wife about a friend who’d given me a recipe for peanut butter cookies many years ago. I’ll give your recipe a try. Thanks.

  2. dont you think this recipe is a little difficult for teenagers to make? and it isn’t very resonable for ingredients!!!!!! I have to make them for the first time for a school project and you are not making it as easy as it could be!! i am very disapointed in this website!!!!
    ~YOUR MOM~

  3. I agree, it probably is a bit hard for teens. How was it that you ended up choosing such a difficult recipe? Oh well, I hope you enjoyed them and got a good grade on your project.

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