Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

These Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, tender and soft on the inside, plus you just scoop and bake them! No rolling in sugar and pressing with a fork required!


These Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, tender and soft on the inside, plus you just scoop and bake them! No rolling in sugar and pressing with a fork required!

I have been working hard to bring you the best classic cookie recipes, or at least what I consider the best.  It started off on Wednesday with my Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, and now we are moving on to these Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies.


If you like a crisp, crunchy, “forked” peanut butter cookie, then you might want to go somewhere else.  If you like a peanut butter cookie that is soft on the inside and lightly crisp on the outside, without having to roll the dough in sugar or fork the tops, then you’ve come to the right place!


These Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, tender and soft on the inside, plus you just scoop and bake them! No rolling in sugar and pressing with a fork required!

As with all cookies, it’s best to:


  • – Use quality ingredients – a good butter can make a huge difference!


  • – Use a cookie scoop (warm hands make cookies spread).


  • – Start with a little less flour, bake a test cookie, then add more flour if needed.  (We don’t want flat cookies, or dry cookies.)


  • – Consider your environment: altitude, weather, if your oven is calibrated correctly, etc. and make adjustments as necessary.


*Read my Soft Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies post for in-depth tips and techniques for baking great cookies!


These Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, tender and soft on the inside, plus you just scoop and bake them! No rolling in sugar and pressing with a fork required!

The best part about these cookies is that they are what I call, “scoop and bake cookies.”  I LOVE SCOOP AND BAKE COOKIES!  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all kinds of cookies: cut-out cookies, sugar coated cookies, etc., but sometimes, a cookie is just as good, scooped and baked plain.  Plus, it’s less work!  These peanut butter cookies are just that kind of cookie.  Scoop, bake, enjoy!


These Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, tender and soft on the inside, plus you just scoop and bake them! No rolling in sugar and pressing with a fork required!

I also love the little wrinkles the cookie scoop leaves behind on the top.  It’s almost like a crackle cookie. 😀


Y’all are going to love these Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies!!!  Grab your glass of milk and enjoy!


Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
Yield: 1½ dozen+ medium/large cookies (about 19)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  1. Cream the butter and sugars together in the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment.
  2. Add the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla. Mix well and scrape the bowl.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture all at once and mix until just incorporated.
  4. Scoop dough onto silicone lined baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until just set. Allow cookies to cool slightly on the tray before transferring them to a cooling rack. Store cookies in an airtight container.
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These Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are slightly crisp on the outside, tender and soft on the inside, plus you just scoop and bake them! No rolling in sugar and pressing with a fork required!


  1. KaySue says

    These cookies taste good and are so easy! The baking time was perfect for a soft and chewy cookie. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. Amanda says

    These cookies are the bomb diggity!! I was craving a good peanut butter cookie so I scanned Pinterest and your recipe was one of the first that popped up. Me and my hubby have already ate the first pan that just came out of the oven. Thanks for such a delicious recipe.

  3. melissa says

    Best peanut butter cookies I’ve ever had, hands down. I added a handful of Reese’s Pieces and Reese’s peanut butter chips — DECADENT! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Amber says

      Those additions sound wonderful! So glad you liked these Melissa! Thanks for sharing your experience!

  4. says

    what size scoop did you use…I like using a cookie scoop (which I think is a 20 or 40). These look pretty large. A standard ice cream scoop?

    • Amber says

      The scoop I used is a #30. It’s comparable to an ice cream scoop. You can really use whatever size you want, just adjust the baking time accordingly.

  5. Ana Leigh says

    Best peanut butter cookie recipe ever! I’ve looked far and wide because peanut butter cookies are my absolute fav, and I finally found the perfect ones! Yay! 😀

  6. carol banks says

    these were delish! Da Bomb! I used super crunch peanut butter and followed Melissa’s lead, putting Reese’s peanut butter cup chunks on top. Hubby gave me “the wave”

  7. Amber says

    Your photographs are gorgeous! My peanut butter cookie recipe is very similar, but I’ve found substituting shortening for some of the butter keeps the cookies soft for longer. I also roll just the round “scoop” tops into salted sugar before baking because I think that bonus flavor and texture is so worth the extra step.

    • Amber says

      Make sure you give your flour a stir before measuring it to work some air into it. You can also try halving the baking soda to flatten them more. Glad they were still yummy though. :)

  8. Sue Pxxx says

    Oh blimey – I’ve just seen these on Pinterest and I must have a go at making them. They look gorgeous.

    Thanks Amber

    Sue Pxxx

  9. Granny says

    There are 4 things in life I love….my husband, my grandsons, peanut butter anything, and soft cookies. ;o) Your recipe brings all four together!! I tried another soft peanut butter cookie recipe, and although very good and soft, they didn’t hold together and were flat. Yours are perfection in my book! Thank you! My 6 year old grandson will be here tomorrow and i know he will love these!!

  10. Sarah says

    I am not a fan of crunchy cookies, so SOFT peanut butter cookies sound amazing! I added a few chocolate chips on top before baking because why not? :p I love how soft and tasty these are. There was a tiny bit of extra dough after making the last batch, so I did a quick microwave one with the extra dough while waiting for them to bake. Even in the microwave they are great, and the oven ones even better. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Amber says

      Ooh! Love what you did to this recipe! I’ll have to try it in the microwave and with chocolate chips! Thanks for your review Sarah!

  11. Lindsey says

    Okay, So, awhile back I found this recipe and decided to try it. I had yet to find a peanut butter cookie recipe that did anything for me. But after trying this one, I can no longer say that. I have made these cookies again and again. And they have completely changed my life. I just thought I would come by and give you the credit you deserve. Best. Peanut. Butter. Cookies. Ever.

    • Amber says

      I am so incredibly happy that you enjoyed them! (and are making them over and over again!) Thanks for taking the time to share your experience Lindsey!

  12. bertha says

    Just used this recipe this morning. I’ve tried many pb cookie recipes. But this one, this is THE ONE! I’m always skeptical of recipes and read the comments, and these comments on your recipe made me think “ok let’s try this one today” they all liked it. I am so in love with it, I shared your page my facebook! Hope it brings you lots of new viewers! I feel like I can go delete my entire pinterest pb cookie board and just leave this one there because I wont use another now! Thanks so much!

    • Amber says

      Thank you so much for sharing the love on Facebook Bertha! I’m glad you found the best pb cookie recipe for your tastes! I too love it like crazy! Keep on enjoying. :)

    • Amber says

      I would freeze the dough and bake them as is, frozen, but you may have to add an extra couple minutes baking time. Just bake one or two cookies first to determine the bake time, and then bake the rest. Good luck! Let us know how it turns out!

  13. Carmen says

    I was looking for a cookie recipe to make for Santa with my daughter. I stumbled across this recipe today and I made them today. These cookies are so delicious and we couldn’t stop eating them so I made another batch tonight! They remind me of the cookies I made with my mom when I was a girl, only she didn’t use a recipe, she just put stuff in a bowl. Thank you for sharing this recipe, now I have a cookie that’s comparable to my mom’s and I can make memories with my daughter!

  14. says

    Sooooo, good. 5 stars+ for ease of recipe and turning out perfect not to mention they tasted amazing. I added chocolate chips when I made them! :)

  15. Anssam says

    I just made them and they are perfect <3 they didn't flatten out but still so soft and buttery inside! I am in love with them!! thank you so much for the recipe :)

  16. Geri says

    I made these today with my daughters. A huge hit with the family — this now has become THE family recipe. Thanks Amber!

  17. sue says

    anxious to give these a try. do you mind sharing the brand of peanut butter you use? I have been using Jif, but it seems like any recipe I try, there is a strange aftertaste. Brought up on Peter Pan. Wish I could make them like my Mom. So important to get those “special” recipes while you can. thank you so much

    • Amber says

      Hi Sue! I use Jif peanut butter for everything. I buy the huge ones at Sam’s Club. We love Jif peanut butter, but if you like a different brand better, go for it. Any creamy peanut butter should work just fine. So far, I haven’t had any bad reviews for this recipe. It’s very popular and loved by all. I really hope you enjoy it too!

  18. Camille says

    This is one darn good cookie. I am from Trinidad saw the recipe on pinterest and decided to make some for my girls. This is an awesome recipe. It is soft and chewy just how a cookie should be, next time I will add some oats. Keep up the good work.

  19. Courtney says

    These sound amazing! I’m going to make them for my BF for Valentine’s Day tomorrow. BUT, I want to make them as one giant heart-shaped cookie. I’m going to try to buy a heart-shaped form today, but I’ve never baked a giant cookie before so I’m worried it might be easy to under or overbake it. Any suggestions?

    • Amber says

      I would press the cookie dough into the heart shaped pan and then bake it for about 15 to 20 minutes. It should bake pretty even as long as you press it evenly in the pan. Good luck!

  20. says

    I can’t make cookies…….period. And I have never made cookies that were successful……period. However, I came across this recipe and now I can make COOKIES!! This is the best recipe ever, it’s easy, the measurements are correct and they turned out perfectly! I did use salted butter and also added the suggested salt portion and they are just amazing. Thanks for making a cookie baker out of me!

  21. Barbara says

    I made these today and they are hands down the best peanut butter cookies ever! I added peanut butter chocolate morsels to the batter and they were delicious! My whole family raved about them. Thank you Amber for an amazing recipe!!

  22. uncomfortable telling my name online :( says

    OMG mine didn’t deflate in the oven and were a bit powdery instead of chewy but by golly they taste AMAZING!!! Maybe I did something wrong?

  23. TT says

    These are FABULOUS!!! 😀😀I have searched for years for a great peanut butter cookie recipe and this is definitely it! My oldest son is an even bigger peanut butter lover than I am, so it’s a battle to keep him (and myself) from devouring these in one day lol. Thank you for sharing! 👍😄

  24. Carrie says

    WE LOVE THESE!!! My husband and I usually indulge in Choc Chip but just the photo of these PeanutButterCookies made me try them. SO delicious, soft, perfect…they keep for several days just fine…THANK YOU for sharing the recipe!!

  25. Liz says

    So I’m trying to find the perfect chewy peanut butter cookie and stumbled upon your blog. I followed the link to your chocolate chip recipe and saw that you added cornstarch to those cookies. Would adding cornstarch to this recipe help with making them soft and chewy?

    • Amber says

      Hi Liz! You definitely could add the cornstarch, but the extra moistness from the peanut butter keeps these soft and chewy as is. Most everyone who has tried them has loved them so far. They are far from dry and crispy. Let me know what you think if you make them!

  26. Kaitlyn W says

    Just made these and LOVEEEEED them. Mine didn’t quite flatten like yours did, maybe I should have baked them for 10 rather than 12, but still delicious.

  27. Rebecca says

    These cookies are absolutely amazing! I made them about a week ago and my whole family loved them. My mother just isn’t big into cookies and she ate 3 of them- she wants more! The only issue I had was the cookies were very very thick- like the top of a muffin. So I ended up flattening them a bit with a fork. Do you know what I did wrong? I would love to make them again!

    • Amber says

      Hi Rebecca! Glad they were tasty! As far as the thickness, I can think of two things. You can stir your flour before you measure it, so it incorporates air into the flour, which will in turn help you use slightly less of it to help your cookies spread more. Or you can try adjusting the leavening agent, in this case the baking soda, to maybe 1/2 tsp instead of a full teaspoon. I hope this helps! Thanks for your comment!

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