These peanut butter cookies are gorgeously moreish with a delicious nutty flavour. They make a brilliant snack for those mid-morning and mid-afternoon biscuit cravings.
If you haven't tried peanut butter cookies, you might just be missing out on the tastiest biscuits in the world. Even if you don't like peanut butter, you might still like these cookies.
Admittedly, until I tried these cookies, I didn't know what I was missing out on either. I'd have said the best biscuits in the world were chocolate chip ones. However, you can't always make chocolate chip cookies, sometimes you have to mix things up a bit and luckily that means I've discovered a new love.
A great cookie recipe to make with kids
I've made these peanut butter cookies a few times and I usually make round cookies which get lovely cracks on the top. However, I don't always get to make them this way. The first time I ever made them, Little Miss Spice helped and we made stars, hearts and Christmas trees, as you can see below!
They do look quite different but they taste just the same! I love to make biscuits with my children as it's such a fun activity to do together. These cookies are not the healthiest recipe but they are quite small and everyone deserves a treat now and again!
What do you need to make peanut butter cookies?
To make these crunchy peanut butter cookies you'll need:
- Butter - Salted or unsalted is fine
- Caster sugar
- Soft dark brown sugar
- An egg - A large one is best
- Self-raising flour
- Peanut butter - I use crunchy as I love the texture but smooth peanut butter will work too.
- Vanilla extract
How do you make peanut butter cookies?
These peanut butter cookies are really simple and quick to make. First melt the butter. I normally do this in the microwave.
Put the butter into a mixing bowl. Stir in the sugar. Then the rest of the ingredients. You'll get a thick sticky dough.
Take spoonfuls of the mixture and roll it into balls between your palms. Put the dough balls on a baking tray lined with baking paper and flatten slightly.
Make sure you leave a gap between each cookie as they will spread in the oven.
How long do these peanut butter cookies last?
If you keep these biscuits in an airtight container and they will last for a couple of weeks. That means they're great for batch cooking and you've got snacks on hand for whenever you need them!
Can you freeze the cookie dough?
If you don't want to bake all the cookies at one or you want to make a double batch then it's a great idea to freeze the cookie dough. That way you can enjoy freshly baked cookies another day too!
How do you freeze the cookie dough?
I usually roll the dough into balls, place them on a baking tray covered with baking paper and put them in the freezer. Once they have frozen I transfer them all to a freezer bag or container. You can keep the peanut butter cookie dough in the freezer for at least three months. You can then bake them from frozen. They may just take a couple of minutes longer to cook. It'll probably be 15 minutes rather than 12!
Can you adapt the recipe?
If you need to use substitutions or just want to change the recipe for these peanut butter cookies a little you can. I used crunchy peanut butter but you could use smooth. Why not add some chopped peanuts for extra texture? Or even a few chocolate chips as well.
If you don't have peanut butter but you do have another nut butter then you can switch them. These cookies are also delicious made with almond butter.
More homemade cookie recipes
These are some of my favourite homemade biscuits. Do let me know if you try any of them!
Peanut Butter Cookies
- 115 g butter melted
- 80 g caster sugar
- 100 g soft dark brown sugar
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- 190 g self-raising flour
- 180 g peanut butter I used crunchy
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 160C
- Stir the sugar into the melted butter. Followed by the egg, the flour, the peanut butter and the vanilla extract. You should get a fairly thick sticky dough.
- Take dessert spoon sized pieces of dough, roll in a ball between your hands and then flatten slightly onto the baking tray. Leave about 5cm gap between each cookie.
- Bake in the pre-heated oven for 12-15 minutes.
- Let the cookies sit on the baking trays for a few minutes after taking them out of the oven and then cool on wire racks.