The Best Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies*

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies recipe via

I don’t call things “The Best” all that often, but when I do…I mean it. I have had a love affair with Peanut Butter Cookies for a very, very long time. In fact, I have over 7 Peanut Butter Cookie recipes already on this blog!

However, I didn’t have a single chewy peanut butter cookie recipe. I could never get the recipe to be better than the chewy peanut butter cookies you get at those kiosks in the mall. And if I am going to tell you to bake cookies, they better taste better than cookies you can buy.

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies recipe via

Then last week, I decided to give my recipe another go with a few more tweaks to the ratios. And BAM! Perfect Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies! I have made these babies 3 times since then and I am officially ready to share the recipe with y’all.

You don’t need any special ingredients and they take less than 30 minutes. They also store really well in an airtight container…if you don’t get around to eating them all in one day like I do. 😉



The Best Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 20 cookies


  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sugar for sprinkling, optional


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the peanut butter, butter and both sugars, until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla.

Gradually add in the flour mixture on low speed. Stir until dough forms.

Using a large cookie scoop (about 1 heaping tablespoon of dough), drop rounded balls of dough onto prepared cookie sheet. Leaving space for spreading. For a sparkle look, I like to sprinkle the tops of the dough with extra granulated sugar -- but it's totally optional.

Bake for 12 minutes, or until edges are slightly browned, and remove from oven. Let cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheets before transferring cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days...but they won't last that long.

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38 Responses to “The Best Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. 1

    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 7, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

    I can definitely see why you call these “the best”! They sound freaking amazing!

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    Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts — July 7, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

    ahhh, these look perfect!! yum!!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 7, 2014 @ 7:10 pm

    They look great and just pinned them to my PB board. You can NEVER have too many recipes for PB cookies…I wrote a book about it :) Seriously these look so good and I agree about what you said about they better be better than what you can buy or why bother! So true that is!

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    Eileen — July 7, 2014 @ 8:06 pm

    Hooray for cookies! I may need to make up a batch of these for future tea-drinking sessions. :)

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — July 7, 2014 @ 11:04 pm

    I love a good, basic, peanut butter cookie! I’ll have to give this recipe a try – I don’t have a perfect one of my own yet!

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    Sues — July 7, 2014 @ 11:07 pm

    These are gorgeous! And also, peanut butter cookies are my favorite :)

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    Meriem @ Culinary Couture — July 8, 2014 @ 1:43 am

    These definitely look like they live up to their name!

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — July 9, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    There is nothing like a good, chewy peanut butter cookie!

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    Alexis @ Upside Down Pear — July 9, 2014 @ 10:35 am

    These sound delicious! Peanut butter cookies are some of my favorite :) I can’t wait to make these and sit down with a nice glass of milk!

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    Rebecca — July 9, 2014 @ 11:01 pm

    Just made these…they are divine. I used crunchy peanut butter in mine, though. Thinking of adding pretzels and chocolate next time :) One of the best peanut butter cookie recipes!

    • Jessica replied: — July 18th, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

      So glad you liked them! I like switching it up with crunchy PB sometimes too! :-)

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    Alaina {Fabtastic Eats} — July 10, 2014 @ 12:54 am

    These cookies would last approximately .928474 seconds in our house. PB lovers ALL the way around! Cant wait to try these!

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    Lauren — July 11, 2014 @ 11:39 am

    These really do look like the best :) Yum yum!

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    Nicole — July 11, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

    Question: I generally only ever have natural PB. Would the lack of the extra sugar/oil/etc affect the cookies? I may need to pick up a jar of the regular stuff for these. :)

    • Jessica replied: — July 18th, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

      A commenter below said they used skippy natural peanut butter with honey and it turned out just fine! Would love to hear your results if you also use a natural pb!

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    Joanne — July 12, 2014 @ 8:05 am

    So, you’re basically my hero. Thanks for taking on this daunting PB cookie task!

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    Nuray — July 14, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

    So i dont know if i should build a shrine in your honor or what….. These r addictive and easy and oh so yummy….as is they r awesome but the ADD in me had to add things….specifically milk chocolate chips and then i dipped them in cinnamon sugar and OMG…artery clogging delish!!!!!! Oh and i should mention i had skippy natural pb with honey and it still turned out amazing! Thank you Jessica! U rule!!!!!!

    • Jessica replied: — July 18th, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

      Ha! So glad you liked them!! :-)

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche — July 20, 2014 @ 4:17 pm

    these definitely bring back some childhood nostalgia.. i am SO craving a peanut butter cooking right now. love it!

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    Mackenzie @ NeverSkipDessert — July 21, 2014 @ 9:39 pm

    I LOVE peanut butter cookies!! Will definitely be trying them soon! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Tiffany — July 28, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

    Yumm..I too love PB and these look great!!

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    Jefferey in Sacramento, CA — October 31, 2014 @ 1:00 am

    Thanks for the delicious cookie recipe. This one is definitely a keeper!

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    Mitra — October 31, 2014 @ 12:20 pm

    I made these last night and, oh my goodness, they are absolutely delicious! I used natural crunchy peanut butter (Market Pantry) and substituted Stevia in the Raw for the granulated sugar. I also decided to process some Reese’s Puffs and substituted half a cup of flour with them. About halfway through baking, I added Heath toffee bits on top. They were incredible right out of the oven and very tasty the next day, making the perfect Halloween treats. This recipe is a keeper!

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    Brianna — November 4, 2014 @ 3:33 pm

    Hi! Thanks for posting this. Your blog and pictures are beautiful. Unfortunately, my cookies look exactly like this… And aren’t chewy at all. :-( They have great flavor and melt in your mouth, but they’re kinda fluffy. Not like cake. Just light and airy. I followed the recipe in everyhin except I used salted butter instead of unsalted. I don’t know what went wrong!

  22. 22

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    Kenze Lee — February 24, 2015 @ 10:03 am

    Oh My Gosh!!! The recipe tastes like a little piece of heaven! So delicious! I am a peanut butter fanatic so I used crunchy peanut butter to give it a little extra boom! Wow! I wouldn’t mind getting fat on these!! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  24. 24

    Recipe roundup October 2014 | SterlingFink — March 2, 2015 @ 4:53 pm

    […] The Best Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies from The Novice Chef. Matt likes ‘em smooth and I like ‘em chunky, but we both like ‘em chewy, never crispy. These bad boys are melt-in-your-mouth soft when they’re warm and as they cool they become wonderfully chewy. A simple recipe (you don’t even have to roll balls and smash ‘em with a fork!) and a definite keeper. I had some mini chocolate chips on hand that I dumped in. Oh, man. Even better! […]

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    Tammy — March 11, 2015 @ 1:58 pm

    Wow….great recipe!

    Thanks for sharing :-)

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    Tammy — March 11, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

    I don’t know if anyone mentioned results for the skippy natural PB (no honey) and it came out great.

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    Kate — March 28, 2015 @ 3:04 am

    I made these today! I added a little maple syrup to my ones. I wouldn’t say they are chewy but do have a delicious thin crunchy exterior and gorgeous soft centre. Thanks for sharing your recipe! ❤

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    Dominique — March 29, 2015 @ 11:18 pm

    Made these cookies tonight…very very good!!!

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    Micheal Fonda — April 28, 2015 @ 10:37 pm

    You absolutely got this right. My whole family loved them.

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    Dionna — May 5, 2015 @ 5:04 pm

    These were the BESTEST PB cookies I’ve ever made! Thanks for sharing your award-winning recipe.

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    Jaziel — October 11, 2015 @ 4:43 pm

    The ” BEST ” peanut butter cookies

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    Michael — November 21, 2015 @ 8:54 pm

    I am very fussy about my PB cookies and am definitely looking forward to trying these!! (especially after reading all the mouth-watering comments!) I am surprised no one said they tried adding chopped peanuts into the batter…..I like ’em that way. Same as crunchy PB? I don’t really know. Thanks in advance to whomever has tried it; report please. I have all the other ingredients out waiting for your report…….!! (I will make them regardless). And, thank you Jessica!!

    • Jessica replied: — November 23rd, 2015 @ 11:04 pm

      Yes! You can add chopped peanuts or use crunchy peanut butter. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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    Karla Waggoner — February 7, 2016 @ 8:48 am

    How can I subscribe to receive your blog? Is that possible? Your recipes looks delicious. Also, is there a simple way to print them?

    Thank you,

    I don’t have a website, I just love to cook for my family!

    • Jessica replied: — February 11th, 2016 @ 2:57 pm

      Hi Karla! Thank you!

      Yes, you can easily subscribe via email and get a weekly newsletter that has all my recent recipes in it. Just look at the top right and there is a orange box that says subscribe.

      And yes you can easily print just the recipe by clicking on the little printer icon right next to the recipe!

      Hope this helps! :-)

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