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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

The perfect recipe for grandma’s peanut butter cookies

peanut butter cookies on a blue and white striped towel

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Did you grow up eating homemade peanut butter cookies? My mom made them and we all loved them. And my girls love spending time with my mom now, baking various goodies and learning her cooking secrets. It’s quality time like no other.

a stack of peanut butter cookies

My husband’s favorite cookie is peanut butter, so I occasionally treat him to some homemade ones. His mom made them for him when he was growing up so they’re a bit nostalgic for him. I love them too, so it’s a win-win situation for sure. 

homemade peanut butter cookies and a jelly jar full of milk

You can use creamy or crunchy peanut butter for this recipe. I used creamy. 

blue and white striped towel with homemade peanut butter cookies on it

And you might want to give some away or hide them because you will want to eat too many if they’re in plain sight. At least that’s how it is at our house. 

homemade peanut butter cookies and jar of milk

Here’s my favorite recipe, from a family friend who is a wonderful baker and cook. And these are NOT keto cookies even though peanut butter has lots of protein. These are good old-fashioned cookies just like grandma used to make.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 60 cookies (approximately)


prep time: 2 H & 10 Mcook time: 45 hourtotal time: 47 H & 10 M

These peanut butter cookies are just like grandma used to make. The recipe uses things that you probably already have in your cupboard and will bring back fond childhood memories of cookie baking sessions.


  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter (I used creamy)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour (I use White Lily)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


How to cook Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Cream butter and peanut butter with mixer. Gradually add 1 cup sugar and brown sugar. Beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs and milk, mixing well. 
  2. Combine dry ingredients (flour, soda, & salt) in a medium bowl and gradually add to creamed mixture, beating well. Stir in vanilla extract.
  3. Cover and chill mixture for 2 to 3 hours.
  4. Shape dough into 1 1/4 – 1 1/2″ balls using acookie scoop. Place 3″ apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Dip a fork into sugar and press into the top of each ball, making a criss cross pattern.
  5. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes. Place cookies on cooling rack to cool. 


I varied the baking times on different batches of these cookies and they all turned out great. If you like them more soft, bake them for 9 minutes. If you like them a little more crunchy/crispy, bake them for 11 minutes.

Helpful gadgets for this recipe:

Push-up Measuring Cup

Stand Mixer

Spatula Spoon



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  1. It's getting to that time of year I love, baking. I have many family favorite recipes that get requested.

    Warms my heart to feed our family and friends


  2. It is time to start baking, the cooler days always makes me think of cooking and what's better than cookies, these will be so good i just know it, thanks Angie.

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