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Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

A stick to your mouth, peanut butter packed classic.

The peanut butter cookie. It's a classic most of us have been enjoying for years with its crisscrossed fork indentations and sugared exterior. I didn't have a recipe I loved so I set out to create one based on my ideal peanut butter cookie. The requirements? It must be packed with peanut butter flavor, not too dry and even a little chewy (my husband's request).

After lots of attempts (so...many...cookies...), I finally have a recipe I love. I pushed the limits in terms of the minimum amount of flour and the maximum amount of peanut butter. I added brown sugar for moisture but kept in some granulated sugar so the molasses flavor would subtle. The extra egg yolk is key for a extra moisture and chewiness. As I said before, they are packed with peanut butter flavor so have a tall glass of cold milk handy!

The brand and type of peanut butter you use will alter peanut butter cookies tremendously. I tried 4 different kinds in the development of this recipe - Jiff, Skippy, Wholefoods 365 Everyday Value Creamy Peanut Butter, and Teddie. The recipe below is designed for Jiff and Skippy (standard, sweetened peanut butters). It will also work well with the 365 brand but I recommend increasing the granulated sugar from 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup since it is unsweetened. Unfortunately, I did not love the cookies with the Teddie peanut butter. It will give you crumbly, intensely peanut butter cookie that really sticks to your mouth.


Classic Peanut Butter Cookies
Makes 15 large cookies


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