Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut butter cookies

I was recently challenged to make peanut butter cookies by someone who has sampled many varieties. I readily accepted and went home to find just the right recipe. Do you have any idea how many recipes there are out there for peanut butter cookies? I was a tad overwhelmed, to say the least.

After pouring myself into studying recipe after recipe, I finally decided on this one from The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook: Old-Fashioned Recipes From New York’s Sweetest Bakery. I have made several recipes from their cookbooks with wonderfully delicious results.

I liked the slight break from traditional peanut butter cookies with the addition of peanut butter chips. I had recently procured a rather large bag of miniature ones that were just begging to be used. I don’t think the chips really added that much extra peanut butter flavor, but I still liked the idea.

Peanut butter cookies

They were a bit crispier than I would have liked. I adjusted the baking time down by a minute or so on later batches and was much more pleased with those. I would have liked to experiment with a little sprinkling of salt on top, but in the end I didn’t vary from the recipe.

These cookies received raves from everyone who tried them. My challenger declared them the best she’s ever had. In that respect, I feel as if I accomplished something big.

Peanut butter cookies

I’m not sure I would choose this recipe as my staple recipe for peanut butter cookies. That’s not to say that they are anything less than delicious. But, there are many more variations to be tried. I am officially on the hunt for the best!

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  1. Kelly April 3, 2009 Reply

    I adore peanut butter cookes. I also use peanut butter chips in my cookies. They make such a big difference, IMO, with the different textures. Those are beautiful!

  2. Maria April 3, 2009 Reply

    They look really good!! I am always up for a PB cookie!

  3. Melissa April 3, 2009 Reply

    I love peanut butter and those look delicious. I have never used peanut butter chips, I am intrigued!

  4. Michelle April 3, 2009 Reply

    Mmmm peanut butter. I recently found out I am allergic to some nuts and I was sooo happy to find that peanuts wasn’t on of them. I love love peanut butter. I am definitely going to try out this recipe along with all the other peanut butter recipes you post. :)

  5. Claire April 3, 2009 Reply

    I love peanut butter cookies but you do have to be careful about them being too crisp. Honestly, one of the best ones I’ve had is one that uses peanut butter and eggs as the fats (no butter or oil) and banana for moisture. It is SO good!

  6. Eliana April 3, 2009 Reply

    Peanut butter cookies are great and I didn’t even know peanut butter chips existed. Sometimes they can be a bit too crisp for me though. Yours (and their pictures) look great though.

  7. Dani April 4, 2009 Reply

    congrats :p

  8. Hayley April 4, 2009 Reply

    Those cookies look incredible! And I love the idea of sprinkling the tops with salt. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Baking Monster April 4, 2009 Reply

    I dont like peanut butter but warm peanut butter cookies with ice cold milk is so goood.I’m gonna have to go bake these now.

  10. Type A Mommy April 4, 2009 Reply

    I love peanut butter cookies, they’re awesome. My fave is a recipe from Everyday Food that has a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup right in the center. Yum!!

    P.S. – Here’s the link to the “Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies”: http://www.pbs.org/everydayfood/baking/recipes/peanut_butter_surprise_cookies.html

  11. Baking and Mistaking April 4, 2009 Reply

    Definitely going to try these soon!

  12. Sophia April 5, 2009 Reply

    there are sooooo many PB cookie recipes out there, I agree! I finally found that I just like to mix up my own personal batch with my favorite things inside. I like to use a mix of butter and shorterning, and crunchy pb, with extra honey-roasted crushed peanuts. I also substitute a bit of the sugar with honey for more depth and subtler sweetness.

  13. jennifer April 5, 2009 Reply

    Type A Mommy, I’ve made those before, and they’re wonderful! One of my favorites. Here’s the link to my post.

    Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

  14. Monica H April 5, 2009 Reply

    I like the old fashioned ones you used to get in the school cafeterias. Peanut buttery, crisp along the edges, and slightly chewy in the center. And marked perfectly with the criss cross of the fork. So yum!

  15. dawn April 6, 2009 Reply

    did you give the ones from “baked” bakery in nyc a go? those are my fav’s so far.
    haven’t tried this recipe…yet.

  16. Abby April 6, 2009 Reply

    There are 1.56789 million recipes for them. I checked. And every time I make one I declare it better than the last.

    Thanks for adding to my list! Ha.

  17. jennifer April 6, 2009 Reply

    dawn, I haven’t tried those yet, but I do have that cookbook. I’ll add them to the list. Thanks!

  18. zestycook April 8, 2009 Reply

    I love peanut butter and these look so yummy. I have never used peanut butter chips, I am excited to try!

  19. The Duo Dishes April 9, 2009 Reply

    A good peanut butter cookie is worthy of a prize. They are irresistible!

  20. Alexandra April 25, 2009 Reply

    The looks sooooo good!! I love your blog its so cute!

  21. Victoria April 28, 2009 Reply

    This recipe came right in time. I was challenged to make some peanut butter cookies and was trying to find a really good recipe that didn’t appear toooo sweet….Thank you!

  22. Mark Garso May 10, 2009 Reply

    I had never thought of adding peanut butter chips to peanut butter cookies – I’ve just recently started baking quite a bit more. I’ll ahve to try something like this!

    Mark Garso 2325

  23. Dominic May 12, 2009 Reply

    You had me with Peanut, I am a sucker for any peanut based snack! Like you blog, I have added it to the blog list/blogroll or whatever it is called on the food blog my friend and I write.

    http://bagsofflavour.blogspot.com/

  24. Susan May 17, 2009 Reply

    I made these with my grandchildren today. It was the perfect rainy-Sunday-afternoon activity. Thank you for sharing.

  25. Ellen May 19, 2009 Reply

    I was inspired to make these cookies after seeing the picture. I added chopped up dry roasted peanuts as well as peanut butter chips and made half the batch with salted (kosher) tops. They were great!! I really enjoy your site and trying your recipes-all the pictures are sooo awesome! Thank you for doing what you do!

  26. Lindsay June 20, 2009 Reply

    Jennifer: The recipe says 10-12 mins. as bake time. Does this reflect your one-minute adjustment? Any tips you can provide re: the baking time would be much appreciated, as I’m aiming for less-crispy cookies myself …

    Thanks, as always, for this wonderful resource! :)

  27. jennifer June 20, 2009 Reply

    Lindsay, 10-12 minutes is the recommended baking time in the original recipe. I baked the first couple of sheets using that guideline, then reduced it with the rest of the cookies.

  28. Alice June 22, 2009 Reply

    Strangely enough – I’ve stumbled into your blog, and I too made the same PB cookies a couple of days ago. Unfortunately, I’m in Oz so have no easy access to PB Chips and left them out – they still were pretty much the best cookies I’ve made… am guessing that the cookies are even better with them. Love the blog – will be back for more!

  29. G. Alarcon December 8, 2009 Reply

    These peanut butter cookies look incredibly delicious! I would love to be able to duplicate these cookies for special occasions.

    Thanks for sharing this post.

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