Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are one of my all-time favorite cookie recipes. Chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside. These are the best dunkers, whether it’s in milk, tea or coffee. These are the real deal, but if you’re looking for a quick 4 ingredient PB cookie recipe, I’ve got it too! It’s great in a pinch!
Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut butter has been a favorite of mine since childhood. Believe it or not, if I had to choose between chocolate chip cookies or chewy peanut butter cookies…. peanut butter wins 90% of the time.
I have a girlfriend who is losing her battle to pancreatic cancer. We used to meet weekly and talk shop. She’s a fellow blogger and has the blog Spoon & Saucer. She’s a gem, one of those down to earth kind of gals you can connect with quickly.
I just found out she is now under hospice care and it breaks my heart. I’ve taken food many times right after she was diagnosed and I could have just sent another casserole. But I thought maybe some wholesome, soft and chewy peanut butter cookies would be a nice break for her family.
This week, these cookies are healers. It was healing for me to make them for her and I hope it was healing for her and her family to receive them. I only wish they could heal the cancer.
Is there anyone in your life that could use some cookies?
Why do peanut butter cookies have fork marks?
If you are like 98% of the population, I bet you have asked yourself why peanut butter cookies have fork marks. I used to think it was just for visual appeal, but actually, there is a scientific reason for them!
When peanut butter is added to cookie dough, it makes it denser, making them harder to bake through. Placing fork marks in the peanut butter cookies dough balls flattens them for more even baking.
When you eat chewy peanut butter cookies, they should be soft and chewy, with crispy edges where the fork marks are.
Cookies have a way of making people smile, I know they always make me feel better.
How to make the best chewy peanut butter cookies:
- 1/2 cup butter, softened (one stick)
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
- I used my kitchen-aid mixer, but a hand mixer would work well too.
- Combine softened butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar until smooth.
- Mix in the egg and the vanilla.
- Grab another bowl, add your dry ingredients; flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well using a fork or wooden spoon.
- Slowly incorporate the dry mixture into your batter. Mix well.
- Grab a small amount of batter and roll between your hands to make small 1 inch balls of dough.
- Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicone liner.
- Use a fork to slightly flatten, marking the fork one way, then the other to create the traditional peanut butter cookie design.
- Bake 8-9 min
- Cool on a baking rack.
If you’re obsessed with making all your cookies the same size, try using one of those cookie dough scoops. So much better than a cereal spoon.
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