Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

Have I got a story for you! Don’t worry, I also have a cookie recipe that is a amazing! 1 large container of peanut butter, 3 recipes and 4 batches of cookies later I have redeemed myself. My favorite cookie is chocolate chip. My daughter and I have a go to recipe that we use every time. Whenever we make them, my husband mentions how much he likes peanut butter cookies. I have tried to several recipes, but had not settled on a solid go to recipe for peanut butter cookies. Until now. These are Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies. My husband says they are most definitely the new go to peanut butter cookie in our house. Are you wondering why 3 recipes, but 4 batches of cookies? Once we settled on our favorite recipe, we ate the entire batch. I had to make more to take pictures for you! The search for the Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies is not the real reason I went on this quest. The real reason? I made these to make up for the awful, horrible, bad thing I did.
Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies - No kidding, these are seriously perfection!My husband and I are working on our SCUBA certification. Last week, we had one of our training sessions. The previous session was at the pool, and I was freezing even though I was in a wet suit. So I was really nervous about this certification, because it was at the quarry.

Where the water is cold.

And murky.

And dirty.

I was dreading it and complaining every chance I got. But it had to be done. Because I really like SCUBA diving and my husband and I would like to be able to do deeper dives on our next cruise, and we’ll need to be certified for that. I bought a shirt for extra warmth to wear under my wetsuit. That worked perfectly and kept me comfortable. The poor visibility in the murky water turned out to be the real challenge.One of the skills we had to demonstrate was navigation. I am directionally challenged in the first place. I get lost in malls, forget where I parked my car, and GPS is a life saver for me. So navigating from point A to B using a compass, underwater, with 6 foot visibility had me  more than a little nervous. I begged my husband not to leave me. He promised to stay close by me and we would do this together.

I took my bearings.

Set my compass.

Went to a depth of 15 feet.

And looked for my husband. He was right there. So I looked at my compass, and took off. I was so focused on staying in the right direction, I forgot about depth.

Until it got cold.

Really cold.

I had dropped to 20 feet, so I quickly swam back up to 15 feet. I checked my compass and looked for my husband.

He was gone.

I looked for the instructor.


I was alone. In the icky, murky, dirty water.

I panicked.

I followed the compass and took off. Fast. I figured the safest thing to do was get to where we were supposed to be so I would meet up with the other class members as quickly as possible. Joe, our instructor, tapped me and pointed to go up. I have no idea where he came from. I swear I couldn’t find him before. When I surfaced, I immediately looked for my husband. Joe knew that and pointed out his bubbles. They were pretty far back. But they were headed in a straight line coming right to where he should be.

Until they turned.

And then circled.

And with tremendous guilt I watched the bubble evidence of him getting horribly disoriented.

And I knew why.

He was looking for me. Keeping his promise.

And I had left him.

Joe had to go get him.

It was that bad.

Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies - These really live up to their name!The least he deserved was a perfect batch of his favorite cookies! Whether or not you are guilty of anything, you are going to love these cookies. My hubby voted for these based on strong peanut butter flavor, texture, and that they stayed soft, which we didn’t find out until the second batch, because we ate the first batch so quickly. For Lan at the Angry Asian these cookies were her gift to Santa. I bet he was happy. No wonder he is so fat.

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Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  1. Combine butter, peanut butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla until blended.
  2. Combine remaining dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and salt.
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients to peanut butter mixture until well combined.
  4. Form dough into balls and place on Silpat or parchment paper lined cookie sheet..
  5. Using a fork, press down the balls and create a criss cross pattern.
  6. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven until for about 7 (or LESS!) minutes until they look just barely done, almost underdone. DO NOT over bake! The cookies will get dry and crumbly if over baked.
  7. Cool completely on wire rack and store in airtight container.
Makes 2 dozen.

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  1. Well, I just wasted half my morning on this recipe. Cookie dough itself was dry and crumbly even before baking. Can’t imagine organic flour and peanut butter made any difference. I was really careful to bake as directed. I’ve been baking cookies for more than 50 years, this is one of the worst outcomes I’ve ever had. Very annoying as pb cookie dough is messy to make and clean up from. Going back to my trusted recipe.

  2. Another Pinterest Flop…. I baked 7 minutes as instructed in a brand new Convection Oven and these completely fell apart as I was trying to remove them form the cookie sheet. I double checked recipe and followed to the letter. Won’t make again. Classic Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookie recipe still reigns supreme.

    • Hi Debbie. I am sorry to hear this flopped for you. We still make this recipe all the time. It is crucial that they are not over baked. In fact, they are best a little under baked. I have a convection oven and do not use the convection feature when making these cookies. You may already know that with the convection feature you need to decrease temperature by 25% or time by 25% to get comparable results. The fan in a convection oven circulates air and promotes even baking but also dryness, which is great for crispy crusts on bread, and roasted food, but is not ideal for everything. For a more tender cookie I would bake this without the convection feature, just regular bake. But I know how it is to have a favorite recipe. If it works, stick with it! Thanks for giving these a try.

  3. Opposed to the other comments on these cookies, mine came out AMAZING. I made them exactly how the recipe said. Took them out at 7 minutes and they were divine. Sure, the dough itself is crumbly but you roll it in your hands to form balls before you press with the fork. The oil from the peanut butter and butter holds the dough together.

    Love this recipe! Thank you :)

    • I am so happy and relieved to get your comment, Ashlee. My family seriously loves these cookies, and I was so bummed it wasn’t working for anyone but me! I appreciate everyone who takes the time to comment, and I am so glad you like this recipe as much as I do.

  4. I’d like to add to my comment that these took me about a half an hour total to make. Lol Super quick and easy.


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