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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Great Grandma's Peanut Butter Cookies

Delightful peanut butter cookie goodness.  This recipe is straight out of grandma's recipe box and can be baked with a chewy or crisp texture. Pour a glass of milk and dive in! 

      This cookie recipe was passed down from my great-grandma.  After she was no longer able to make them, the boys of the family took them over.  Now my grandpa makes them each Christmas, so there is always a tin on the holiday table.

     If you follow along regularly, you know that my husband has some funny food quirks.  He really is not at all picky, but he does have some interesting food "rules" and opinions.  This is just a small example of one.

     He never eats peanut butter.  I've never seen him eat a peanut butter sandwich.  He never dips and apple in peanut butter.  He doesn't even really like peanut chicken, though he'll eat it if that's what is available.  In fact, if you catch him on the right day he might even list peanut butter as one of his dislikes along with olives and nuts (which are ALWAYS on the list.)

     But ask him what his favorite ice cream is and he is sure to say chocolate with peanut butter swirl.  His favorite candy?  Peanut butter cups (or more specifically peanut butter eggs, because somehow those really are just better!)  His favorite cookies?  Soft peanut butter cookies.  You see, he's an odd one sometimes!

     This is actually the first time I baked my great-grandma's recipe.  So, I was anxious to see what he thought.  After a bite of cookie, he went ahead and grabbed a few more.  That is a sure sign I have a winner on my hands, because he can usually take or leave sweets.  So I made sure to leave him plenty of cookies, but then took a big tray of them to work as well.

    They were a hit there too!  Everyone kept telling me they were the best peanut butter cookies they've had!!  I think maybe because people expect a crunchier peanut butter cookie, the soft texture really won them over.  No matter what the difference is, this is definitely my go-to peanut butter cookie recipe now!

Yield: 5 dozen cookies

Great Grandma's Peanut Butter Cookies

Delightful peanut butter cookie goodness. This recipe is straight out of grandma's recipe box and can be baked with a chewy or crisp texture. Pour a glass of milk and dive in!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 7 MINStotal time: 17 mins


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Cream together butter and sugars.
  2. Add eggs and peanut butter and beat until incorporated.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  4. Roll into balls just smaller than a ping-pong ball.  Smoosh with a cup or fork and bake at 350 F for 7 to 10 minutes or until puffed and VERY lightly golden. 
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12 Days of Cookie Recipes Day 3:

Graybeh from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Great Grandma's Peanut Butter Cookies from Cooking With Carlee
Coconut Washboards from Jolene's Recipe Journal


  1. I LOVE peanut butter cookies! Family recipes are the best! They look delicious and I can understand why they were a hit at home and work!

    1. Thank you!! I need to make another batch again already!

  2. And I have peanut butter, too! I see these on the menu this weekend.

  3. My daddy's favorite cookie of all time is peanut butter but I never make them for him anymore. You just have me an idea for his Chritmsas box. I'm going to use your great grandmas recipe and He will be sooo happy! Hope you're having a great weekend!!

  4. I like a soft peanut butter cookie so I can't wait to try these. I LOVE peanut butter on anything and have been known to just grab a spoon and eat it plain.

    1. My husband loves soft peanut butter cookies too... and on the spoon is one of my favorite ways to have peanut butter too!

  5. Hi Carlee, your husband certainly has his own 'rules'. I never used to like olives, but now I don't mind the black ones.

    This year I one of our supermarkets started getting in Reese's peanut buttercups and I was addicted. Luckily I've not seen them for a while.

    I will be trying your Great Grandma's recipe for sure.... Do they freeze well?... There's just not enough hours in the day!


    1. He does have a lot of rules! It is part of what makes him interesting ;-) I would think they do freeze well, but none made it to the freezer!

  6. Hi Carlee, these cookies look so good. Thanks for sharing this cookie recipe at C&C with J&J.
    Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

  7. This is my second try at posting...I opted to leave the site the first time and couldn't figure out where this went!
    Thank you for this great recipe...very light, flavorful peanut butter cookies - I have a recipe in which the cookies do come out crunchy. This will go over very well, I am sure.
    I made almost 8 dozen ping pong balls are miniaturized ones of yours! Also, I used clay cookie stamps; the designs stayed - perfect for my Christmas smorgasbord.
    Thank you, once again!

    1. Ha! We should get a universal ping pong ball ;-) I am glad you like them. My grandpa has a cookie stamp, but I don't have any. Now I am really wanting some! Thank you so much!

  8. I've made some good peanut butter cookies before, but I am never quite satisfied. Your recipe sounds exactly like what I have been looking for. Definitely trying it!

  9. Peanut butter cookies are welcome anytime of year!

  10. These sound so tasty!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  11. These sound absolutely delicious. But I am a pounds and ounces girl, so how much is a cup in the old imperial measurements. I would just love to try making them. Thank you for sharing.

    1. A cup is 8 ounces by volume. I hope that helps, I'm afraid I don't know much about the old imperial measurements. Now I am curious though, so I'll have to do a search and learn more!


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