Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies on a white plate.

Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies

If you love peanut butter the way that we do, then these peanut butter sugar cookies will quickly join your cookie rotation.

Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies on a white plate.
Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies

Sometimes we don’t need to make things fancy. Often the simple classics have been lifelong favorites because they’re perfect just the way they are! These peanut butter sugar cookies fit in that category.

A plate of peanut butter sugar cookies - some dipped in chocolate.

This post first appeared October 21, 2012 as part of the Simple Sundays series. I hope you enjoy this favorite from my kitchen!

Sometimes, you fail in the kitchen.

Last week, I was developing a recipe for a client that seemed easy enough. In my mind’s eye, it was very clearly laid out. Peanut butter was involved. So was chocolate. There may have even been some chocolate candies, too. And fancy sugar glitter. But that day, kitchen karma was not working in my favor, and I was reduced to a defeated lump. What a waste of a day, I thought to myself.

My husband agreed that the resulting dessert was not up to my standards, but was so compassionate to my failure. Ah, the sad truth, uttered by my best critic. It was true. As I sat and took a breath, I noticed that my children were sneaking scraps of Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies from under my nose. They kept ever so sneakily returning to the kitchen, nibbling on the bits of peanut butter bliss. And then I realized, I was overcomplicating things.

Because, there, on the cookie trays, were perfect peanut butter sugar cookies. They did not need any extra adornment or fancification. Is fancification a word? Well it should be. And I was reminded, once again, that sometimes, the simplest things, are truly the best.

A stack of Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies next to a glass of milk.

More ways to enjoy peanut butter:

Raspberry Peanut Butter Energy Bites
Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream “Cake” Pie
Peanut Butter Pie

{Ultimate} Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies
White Chocolate Dipped Apricot-Pistachio Shortbread Cookies
Lemon Spritz Cookies

Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies

Peanut butter fans, these are a delicious twist on the classic sugar cookie. I may even like it better! It really doesn’t need anything fancy, but if you care to, dip it in melted chocolate for extra bliss.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 8 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 364kcal


  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • Cream the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in the granulated and powdered sugars and mix thoroughly. Add the egg and mix until well incorporated. Add the peanut butter and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir into the butter mixture until just combined.
  • Divide the dough into two, and place in the center of two separate plastic wrap sheets. Form each dough ball into a disk and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Work with one disk at at time. Roll the cookie dough to 1/4 inch thick. Use your favorite cookie cutter to cut the cookies; a 2 1/2 inch cutter is a good size. If the dough has softened while you rolled and cut, place in the refrigerator or freezer to firm up a bit while you roll out the rest of your dough. You can also store the cut cookies in the freezer for future batches.
  • Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes, until they are baked and a light golden color. Carefully transfer to a wire baking rack to cool completely.


Lightly adapted from Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies,


Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 443mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 493IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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  2. Renee

    I could quite happily live off of peanut butter forever. I can’t wait to try these cookies.

  3. Holly

    So true. Simple is often the best. I have to keep reminding myself of that when I cook.

    mmmmmm peanut butter cookies. I haven’t made any in a long time…

  4. angela@spinachtiger

    So true, and I do it all the time. Best to keep things simple. There is honesty in that. These look like perfectly charming peanut butter sugar cookies and I’m going to pin and give a try.

  5. Betty Ann @Mango_Queen

    Oh my goodness! These peanut butter cookies dipped in chocolate are bliss indeed! I haven’t baked anything in p.b. for a while. But now that the weather is chillier, well, let the baking commence! Thanks for the recipe & gorgeous photos, Liren ! Happy Sunday :-)

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