If you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert, look no further than these delicious easy peanut butter cookies. Made with just a handful of simple ingredients, these cookies are soft, chewy, and packed with rich, nutty flavor. Whether you’re baking for a crowd or just need a sweet treat to enjoy on your own, this recipe is the perfect choice. So grab your mixing bowl and get ready to whip up a batch of the best peanut butter cookies you’ve ever tasted!
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Easy Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1 1/2 c. flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 c. (1 stick) butter, room temperature
- 3/4 c. brown sugar
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 3/4 c. peanut butter*
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Extra sugar for topping
In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set bowl aside. In your mixer, mix together butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Blend until well mixed and creamy, about 2 minutes.
Mix in peanut butter, egg, and vanilla extract until well combined. Mix in the flour mixture. Place the peanut butter dough in the refrigerator for about an hour to chill it.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a couple of tablespoons of sugar in a small bowl. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the dough into uniform balls. Roll each ball in the sugar and place on a cookie sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper.
Use a fork to press a crisscross pattern into the top of each cookie ball, gently flattening each ball just a bit. Bake cookies for about 10-11 minutes, until the tops of the cookies are just starting to brown. Remove the cookies from the oven. Let the cookies set on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes, then move them to a wire baking rack to cool. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks.
Freezing Peanut Butter Cookies
Baked peanut butter cookies can be frozen for 3-4 months. You can also freeze the cookie dough. Just scoop the dough into balls, roll them in sugar, and press them down with the fork like usual. Freeze the raw cookies on a cookie sheet, and then set the cookie sheet in the freezer. When the cookies are frozen, move them to a ziploc freezer bag and store them in the freezer for 3-4 months. When ready to bake you can bake them frozen, baking for an additional minute or two.
In just a few simple steps, you can create a batch of mouth-watering peanut butter cookies that are sure to be a hit with everyone. With their soft and chewy texture and irresistible nutty flavor, these cookies are perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re baking for a party or just enjoying a treat at home, this recipe is a must-try. So go ahead and give it a go – you won’t be disappointed!
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