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Peanut Butter Cookies

The perfect peanut butter cookies. Soft, thick, and puffy with a sugar coated firm outside and a chewy, peanut butter filled center.
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Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24
Author: Kimberly


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar - plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg room temperature preferred
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 and 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • In a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Give it a quick whisk (or stir) to combine dry ingredients together. Set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl combine shortening, peanut butter, and sugars. Using a mixer on medium speed mix ingredients together until combined. Add in egg, vanilla extract, and milk and continue mixing until combined. Batter will be smooth and thin.
  • Slowly add in dry ingredients and continue mixing until everything is well combined. Cookie dough will be thick and sticky.
  • Pour an extra amount of sugar onto a small plate.Using a tablespoon (the actual tablespoon you use to measure out ingredients) form cookie dough balls by rolling 2 tablespoons of cookie dough together with your hands to form a smooth circle. Roll formed cookie dough balls in sugar so that the surface is evenly coated. Placed sugar coated cookie dough balls onto a plate and let them chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with non stick cooking spray or line with parchment paper. If you prefer, use a fork to press down the center of the cookie dough balls to form the traditional criss-cross pattern. This is optional.
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes. Cookies will be super soft but they will set as they cool. Allow cookies to cool for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. Serve once cooled.