The Best Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Author: Sam | Ahead of Thyme
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert


What is better than classic, soft and chewy peanut butter cookies? Umm… not a whole lot comes to mind. Get ready to fall in love with a cookie.


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter and sugars using a hand mixer (or a stand mixer), until soft and creamy.
  3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and continue to mix until fully combined.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add these dry ingredients to your large bowl slowly, continuously mixing using your mixer.
  5. Roll the dough into 1 to 2-inch balls and place on an ungreased, parchment-lined baking sheet. Using a fork, press down on each ball of dough to slightly flatten and create a criss-cross pattern.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or as soon as tops begin to slightly crack. To keep them soft and chewy, be careful to not overbake. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.


If you are like me and love vanilla, you can increase the vanilla amount to 1 tablespoon.