Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

These old-fashioned peanut butter cookies, made with sugar, flour, peanut butter, and eggs, are like the cookies you grew up with, crispy, chewy, and peanut buttery.

A stack of five old-fashioned peanut butter cookies, with crosshatch marks on top

Adapted from Moira Sanders | Lori Elstone | The Harrow Fair Cookbook | Whitecap, 2010

According to the authors of the cookbook in which we found this recipe, these yummy peanut butter cookies come from Mila Klomp, who won 1st prize in the 9- to 12-year-old category at a local fair. While don’t know Mila, it’s abundantly clear to us that she certainly knows her peanut butter cookies. Er, let us rephrase that. For someone so young, she certainly knows her old-fashioned peanut butter cookies. Crisp at the edges, chewy on the inside, and peanutty through and through. [Editor’s Note: If you have a thing for peanut butter cookies that are crisp throughout, fear not, we can appease that craving with a recipe, too.] Pass the milk, please.–Renee Schettler

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

A stack of five old-fashioned peanut butter cookies, with crosshatch marks on top
These old-fashioned peanut butter cookies, made with sugar, flour, peanut butter, and eggs, are like the cookies you grew up with, crispy, chewy, and peanut buttery.
Moira Sanders & Lori Elstone

Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
Total 1 hr
48 cookies
131 kcal
5 / 11 votes
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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar preferably light
  • 2 sticks (8 oz) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda*
  • 1 tablespoon hot water


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, beat the granulated and brown sugars and butter on high until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla, reduce the speed to medium, and beat until thoroughly combined.
  • Mix the flour and salt together in a small bowl. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour and salt to the peanut butter mixture and blend thoroughly. In a small bowl, stir together the baking soda and hot water and add it to the cookie dough, mixing until just combined.
  • Drop the dough in heaping tablespoons onto the parchment. Gently press a fork into each cookie, first vertically, then horizontally, to create the classic peanut butter cookie crisscross. (If an extra sparkly, extra crunchy cookie is desired, dip your fork in a little granulated sugar prior to pressing it into the dough.)
  • Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, until the cookies have barely begun to turn golden at the edges.
  • Let the cookies cool for a minute or more on the baking sheet, then move them to a wire rack to cool at least a little. (The cookies will get crisper the longer they cool.) Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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*Why do you dissolve baking soda in hot water for baking cookies?

First off, you use baking soda to help keep those peanut butter cookies from spreading too much (and becoming one giant cookie, as good as that sounds). But why mix it with hot water? Have you ever gotten a taste of pure baking soda? Yes? That’s why. Dissolving it a little bit, at the end of the recipe, and then combining it with all the other ingredients ensures that it’s evenly distributed within the mixture.

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Serving: 1cookieCalories: 131kcal (7%)Carbohydrates: 16g (5%)Protein: 2g (4%)Fat: 7g (11%)Saturated Fat: 3g (19%)Trans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 18mg (6%)Sodium: 99mg (4%)Potassium: 54mg (2%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 9g (10%)Vitamin A: 129IU (3%)Calcium: 10mg (1%)Iron: 1mg (6%)

Recipe Testers' Reviews

This is a perfect old-fashioned peanut butter cookie. The recipe is as simple as a cookie can be: cream together the butter and sugars, add the dry ingredients, scoop, and bake.

The yield really was 5 dozen and the cookies baked in exactly 8 minutes to achieve a perfect crunchy edge and chewy center.

This will definitely be my go-to peanut butter cookie recipe.

I wasn’t a big fan of peanut butter cookies, but this recipe made one out of me. This is an amazingly moist and chewy cookie that can be made in a cinch. Just lovely.

The time of 8 minutes was bang on.

Originally published September 7, 2012


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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve made these a couple of times now and they are just super cookies–super buttery and with a great peanut-butter flavor. They’re also pretty simple to make, which is nice, and make killer sandwich cookies with chocolate ganache or raspberry jam. LC, how I love thee!

    Four photos of old-fashioned peanut butter cookies with cross hatch made from fork marks

  2. Wow. Exactly how I make Peanut Butter Cookies. My recipe is from my Grandma which all her grandchildren have. It sure is an old recipe as my dear sweet Grandma passed away 1965.

    1. Patricia, it’s amazing how even seeing a recipe can instantly bring us back to childhood, yes? I’m always touched when that happens…and lost for the rest of the day in happy memories. Thank you for taking the time to let us know how much this recipe means to you. Your grandmother was clearly a lovely lady.

  3. A lovely old-fashioned peanut butter cookie recipe. Using the water and baking soda was a different twist but definitely successful. My only caution is they’re loosely vegetarian with eggs and butter on the ingredient list. A great old fashioned cookie.

  4. Renee, yes thanks! And I’ve got so many new books to dive into, I’ve actually put a little weekly reminder on my calendar with the first few weeks loaded with several books on my “to cook from shelf”…stay tuned.

    and thanks for sharing my pic of these great cookies!

  5. 5 stars
    OK. Made these cookies and they are great. Decided to roll extra dough in parchment then slice and bake as needed. Today, after failing to find a Christmas tree, schelpping all over in the rain, losing my Fitbit, I was comforted by having a handful of these waiting at home for me. I dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with Maldon Sea salt.

    Thank you for always providing reliable recipes, good advice and a community of testers!

    Peanut Butter Cookies

    1. Jacqueline, it’s kind notes like yours that make doing what we do worthwhile. Many thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful comment. You are so very welcome. Just doing what we do.

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