Peanut butter cookies

Peanut butter cookies

45 min
Peanut butter cookies are an all-American classic. These cookies are not like the crispier ones that are enjoyed in many European countries, rather, they are soft and chewy. With our easy peanut butter cookie recipe, you get tender cookies with a crunchy twist from peanuts and an intense, deep flavour. The whole peanuts provide texture and even more of that delicious nutty taste, and because they are mixed into the batter, you are sure to get some in every bite.


  • Preheat oven to 175°C regular oven.
  • Beat butter and the two types of sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Whip in egg.
  • Mix peanut butter and syrup into the dough and fold in peanuts, flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Place peanut butter cookie dough on lined baking sheets (approx. 1 tbsp per cookie)
  • Bake the cookies in the middle of the oven for approx. 15 minutes until golden.
  • Let peanut butter cookies cool on a wire rack – they are very brittle so while they are still hot, gently move them from the baking sheet so they do not break.

A recipe for peanut butter cookies might sometimes describe them as drop cookies, that is, cookies that are made from dropping spoonsful of dough onto a baking sheet which then 'melt' into a flatter cookie while cooking. However, you can press them down just a bit, using either a finger or a spoon if you find the cookies are a bit too thick and dense.


Remember to make enough room between each ‘drop’ of cookie dough, since they will spread out a little bit. Also, take them out of the oven when they are still slightly gooey as they will set as they cool.

Questions about peanut butter cookies

With a recipe for peanut butter cookies as simple as ours, making delicious treats you can enjoy immediately after baking has never been easier. Read on to learn more about chewy peanut butter cookies by checking out our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

How to make a peanut butter cookie?
It is quick and easy to make delicious cookies with our chewy peanut butter cookie recipe. Simply prepare your cookie dough, making sure to beat the butter, sugar, and cane sugar well to ensure the cookie's fluffy, tender texture, and drop balls of cookie dough on a baking sheet. Enjoy the freshly baked cookies while they are still warm but let them firm up just a little before eating.
Can you freeze peanut butter cookie dough?
Peanut butter cookie dough will last for up to 3 months in the freezer. Store it properly by wrapping it in cling film and placing it in an airtight container. You can also choose to freeze it as cookie balls instead. Place the balls in the refrigerator for 1 hour first to let them firm up before placing them in an airtight container. This should keep the cookie balls from sticking to each other.
Can you refrigerate peanut butter cookie dough?
Peanut butter cookie dough can be refrigerated for up to 2-4 days if you do not bake all of it at the same time. Simply make sure to store it properly by either leaving it in a mixing bowl covered with cling film or transferring it into an airtight container. Since you can bake your cookies straight from the refrigerator, it is possible to prepare the dough in advance and bake the cookies whenever you have the time.
How to know when peanut butter cookies are done?
Since these are supposed to be chewy and soft peanut butter cookies, the best way to tell if they are done is to look for light-brown, golden edges. You may need to turn off the oven light or take out the cookies briefly to be able to tell if they are done, as they are naturally golden in colour from the peanut butter. If, after the recommended 15-minute baking time, you feel like your cookies are still not done, try baking them for a bit longer. This may be necessary with some ovens but remember to check on the cookies at one-minute intervals as they are supposed to be a little gooey when you take them out.


Soft butter
125 g
Cane sugar (approx. 1¼ dl)
100 g
Sugar (approx. 1¼ dl)
100 g
Chunky peanut butter
150 g
Light syrup
2 tbsp
125 g
Flour (approx. 2½ dl)
150 g
Baking powder
1 tbsp
Fine salt
1 pinch

Chewy peanut butter cookies with a crunchy treat

Homemade peanut butter cookies are some of the most tender and soft cookies you could ever hope to make. With our peanut butter cookie recipe, you get chewy cookies with a wonderful mouthfeel. Choosing to use both chunky peanut butter as well as whole peanuts adds texture to the soft cookies and make them both a chewy and crunchy treat that is sure to delight anyone who is lucky enough to try one.

If you enjoy these chewy, nutty cookies, you might be interested in checking out our recipe for chocolate chip cookies with hazelnuts as well.

Authentic American cookies with chunky peanut butter

Using a chunky peanut butter rather than a smooth one gives the peanut butter cookie a different texture by adding a bit of crunch that makes the eating experience more complex. The cookie will still be perfectly chewy and gooey, just how you like it, but it will have an unexpected and delicious crunch, too.

American-style cookies in general are best enjoyed when freshly baked and still lukewarm, and these peanut butter cookies are no exception. Allow for a couple of minutes for the peanut butter cookies to firm up after transferring them to a wire rack before indulging in them.

Discover the easy and quick recipe

Making peanut butter cookies is very easy and does not take much time either. In under an hour, you can be enjoying scrumptiously soft and chewy homemade peanut butter cookies – perhaps with a glass of ice-cold milk as is custom. Because these cookies are so easy to bake, you can even ask children or inexperienced bakers to participate without worry – you will have taught them how to make a peanut butter cookie from scratch in no time.

Experiment with the ingredients

Taking inspiration from another well-known American classic, PB&Js or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, you can experiment with making a peanut butter jelly cookie using classic jam options like grape or raspberry or by experimenting with using a homemade plum jam or blackberry jam. The peanut butter and fruit preserve complement each other beautifully with the fruity freshness of the jam brightening the richness of the peanut butter. As such, the combination makes for beautiful, decadent cookies with a splash of colour in their middle, created from making an indent and filling it with jam.

Chocolate chip peanut butter cookies

Another wonderful flavour combination is peanut butter and chocolate – two ingredients with a lot of flavour and complexity. Mixed, you get flavourful peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips or chunks of coarsely chopped chocolate, perfectly complementing the whole peanuts.

If you want darker cookies that are heavy on the deep, rich chocolate flavours, add melted chocolate and cocoa powder to the dough. No matter how you decide to incorporate it, chocolate chip peanut butter cookies are a winner with most people, only adding to the deliciousness of our basic recipe.