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Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Lovers’ Cookies

Soft-Baked, thick, & chewy Peanut Butter Lovers Cookies. Filled with all of your peanut butter favorites!

Peanut butter lovers rejoice!  I’ve got one insanely peanut butter-y cookie recipe that will take down even the most intense peanut butter craving.  Loaded with creamy peanut butter, mini peanut butter cups, peanut butter chips, and honey roasted peanuts… this cookie is not for the faint of heart.

Soft-Baked, thick, & chewy Peanut Butter Lovers Cookies. Filled with all of your peanut butter favorites!

This recipe bakes up extremely THICK, puffy, and soft peanut butter cookies.  I can assure you, this is one cookie recipe that will NOT disappoint.  It’s the same basic recipe I used for my Peanut Butter Sweethearts and Peanut Butter M&M Cookies awhile back.  Any reader who has ever written in about this peanut butter cookie recipe has told me they are hooked. And… so am I.

These cookies are nothing like the traditional hard, crunchy peanut butter cookies you are used to.  The exact opposite, in fact.  They are so soft that they will literally melt in your mouth.  A peanut butter cookie recipe GOLDMINE.

The cookies can be made in only ONE bowl.  Yep, only 1 mixing bowl is needed for the dough.  Hello easy clean up! I love that.

AND they are not overly sweet.  The entire cookie recipe only has 3/4 cup sugar.  There’s enough sweetness with all those add-ins, ya heard me? 😉

Soft-Baked, thick, & chewy Peanut Butter Lovers Cookies. Filled with all of your peanut butter favorites!

So I made these peanut butter overloaded cookies for a very specific reason yesterday. I had a massive peanut butter craving.  Like the kind of peanut butter craving that a spoon to the jar couldn’t even fix…!  I needed crazy, multi-layered, complex bites of peanut butter.  Peanut butter in all forms. Peanut butter from every angle. Peanut butter NOW.

My soft peanut butter cookie recipe instantly came to mind.  I grabbed all of the peanut butter-y add-ins I had in my pantry and went to town.

The honey roasted peanuts provide an amazing crunchy contrast to the soft cookie.  The super tiny peanut butter cups offer a little chocolate surprise in each bite.  And the soft, melty peanut butter chips only enhance all the creamy peanut butter in the dough.

This is one extreme peanut butter cookie. Needless to say, my peanut butter craving was satisfied after a couple of these peanut butter cookie bombs. I would say I’m all peanut butter-ed out for awhile, but I would never lie to you. 😉

Soft-Baked, thick, & chewy Peanut Butter Lovers Cookies. Filled with all of your peanut butter favorites!

Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Lovers' Cookies

Soft + thick peanut butter cookies loaded with all your peanut butter favorites!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (115g) salted butter, softened to room temperature*
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup (185g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (160g) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (64g) honey roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup (100g) mini peanut butter cups (OR fun size or regular size peanut butter cups, chopped)
  • 1/2 cup (90g) peanut butter baking chips

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together on medium speed.  Mix in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla (in that order). Slowly mix in the baking soda and flour. Do not overmix.  Fold in the peanuts, peanut butter cups, and peanut butter chips.  Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Remover dough from the refrigerator.  Allow the dough to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes so you can easily roll it. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drop chilled dough by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet or silpat.  Gently press down to slightly flatten. Bake for 8-9 minutes.  Cookies will be soft and may appear undone.  They will firm up as they cool.
  3. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Enjoy! Cookies stay fresh stored covered at room temperature for up to 7 days.

Recipe Notes:

*If using unsalted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to the recipe. 

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For all my fellow Peanut Butter Lovers, check these recipes out!

 

Nutella Swirl Peanut Butter Banana Bread

 

Chocolate Frosted Reese’s Puffs Treats

 

Homemade Peanut Butter

 

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Peanut Butter Brownies

 

Mini Rainbow M&M Cookies with Peanut Butter Buttercream

135 comments

  1. These are downright dreamy Sally! How you managed to pack all that peanut butter goodness in there is beyond me! I’m in love. Again.

  2. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I love soft pb cookies, but mine always are crunchy. Now if only we had a TJs out here so I could get those mini pb cups!

    • Hi Sarah! I love soft penaut butter cookies too… you can always chop up regular sized Reese cups for these cookies too 🙂

  3. Tomorrow morning we leave for a week long trip to Scotland… but all I can think about right now is these cookies!!! Maybe for the plane?

  4. I’ve been thinking about these cookies ever since you posted them teehee. Today, I was finally able to find the mini peanut butter cups. Can’t wait to try this recipe – thanks 🙂

  5. so, i made these today with a few changes + they turned out amazing! just posted a pic to instagram + they’ll be on my blog tomorrow or friday. thank you SO much for sharing the fab recipe!

  6. Recently made these for a girl’s weekend and they were a HUGE hit. Puffed up just like you said and stayed soft after they were made (for the 2 days they lasted anyway hehe). I am definitely adding these to my “keep” list. Thanks so much!!

    • Yay! They ARE well worth the wait Becky. 🙂 I’m glad you liked them. They are my #1, go-to PB cookie. I make them A LOT lol!

  7. Sally, I made these cookies and they were SO SO good! Did a couple tiny things differently- no peanuts and I didn’t refrigerate the dough, and made the cookies bigger- but they are basically the same. They turned out SO WELL!! YUM! I am a huge peanut butter lover and these are definitely my favorite peanut butter cookies. Is it okay if I post the recipe on my blog with my couple little changes and of course credit you and link back to your blog?

    • Of course you may post this recipe and link back! I am so glad you made and enjoyed them – these are my go-to peanut butter cookie recipe. I will never turn back! I think I should try to make them bigger next time. the bigger the cookie, the better!!

  8. These are the BEST. PB COOKIES. EVER. I made a batch of these yesterday to share with family and friends. Everyone loved them! I even got a phone call today about how good they were. Thank you for sharing these perfect cookies. To say this one is definitely a keeper would be an understatement.

    • Sharee- thank you SO much for reporting back and letting me know you like them! They are by far my favorite peanut butter cookie ever. So soft and chewy. The best! Thank you! 🙂

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  12. Hello
    I want to try the recepie of the Soft Baked Peanut Butter Lovers’ Cookies. I have ordered most of the ingridiants from a grocery shop in the US, but I forgot the honey roasted peanuts. Can I make them from normal peanuts?

    Thanks
    Shlomit from Norway

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  14. Hi
    I love your website! So many great recipes. I recently made your Soft Baked Peanut Butter Cookies and both my husband and 12 yr old son said they are the BEST cookies they have ever had.

    Can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Brenda! Thank you so much for letting me know! I do love these cookies SO much and in fact, I have plans to make them again this weekend and I can’t wait. The best your son has ever had? Wow! That is high praise! I’m blushing. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  15. I made these…AMAZING. I ate 8…in a row…I’m not proud. Going to share them on my blog later after I’m out of my sugar coma! 🙂 Thanks Sally!

  16. You had me at Peanut 🙂 I made a double batch of these babies and everyone is my BFF ! My 16 month old is addicted as though she’s on crack! Lol your blog is forever saved in my iPad and my heart! I look forward to trying more 😀

    • Aww Melissa, thank you so much! I made a double batch of these cookies over the weekend too! I hadn’t made them in a long time. I added Reese’s Pieces to them. 🙂 So cute that your baby girl loves them. 🙂 Let me know what else you try!

  17. I made these last night and they are amazing! My husband loves them too – they are his new favorite! I used choc. chips though because I didn’t have the rest of the add-ins on hand.

  18. Thanks for the recipe! Added your tip of two teaspoons of corn starch and instead of the peanuts and peanut butter cups chopped up baking chocolate for super soft chocolate chunk peanut butter cookies, and chilled in the freezer for 20 minutes before baking. Awesome!!

  19. This is yet another favourite of mine and is a staple in my cookie recipe list!!!! Only thing I ever change is I add two tablespoons of light corn syrup to the batter and it makes the cookies even more soft and doughy. I literally almost drooled on my keyboard thinking of them….

    • That’s a great idea Laura! I’ll have to try that one time, I’ve never done it before. So glad you like these cookies!

  20. Well. These were very good and soft (which is why I tried this recipe – I hate crunchy cookies). The only thing is, mine stayed in the shape of a ball! They didn’t flatten at ALL. I smushed them a little bit with my palm right after taking them out of the oven, but that was very odd! I guess it’s better than having them flatten like a pancake (I’m at a high altitude, so my cookies have a tendency to spread), I just wish I could find a good middle ground! 🙂 Also, just a tip that makes things easier for me – whenever I make a batch of cookie dough, I like to shape all of it into balls, stick them all on a cookie sheet, and THEN stick them in the fridge to firm back up. Sticking the whole bowl of dough in the fridge before shaping them makes it a lot harder to shape the cookies because the dough is so stiff. I also freeze cookie dough like this – I flash freeze the balls on the cookie sheet for about 15 minutes, then stick them all in a gallon size zip lock bag. Then I get to have cookies on demand!

    • Kelsey, yep that’s how I chill my dough as well. Roll into balls then chill or freeze. Also, I do mention that you need to flatten the cookies after baking. Regardless, I’m glad you liked the taste!

  21. Hi these cookies look great but they would be better if I could actually see the recipe
    I’ve been trying to get 1 recipe and having to go through pages and pages of writing about you raving about cookies but actually finding no recipe.
    It would be great if there were less praises and more baking recipes

    • Hi Lili! If you don’t like the way I format and write my personal website, you don’t have to visit it.

      • These cookies are definitely worth the time of flipping through the “writing.” In fact, Sally, just last night, I added this and the chocolate chip cookie recipes to our family’s official “keep me forever” list. Rock on, girlfriend!! My friends and I love your blog.

  22. Can I make these without the add ins? All I have are chocolate chips and peanuts:(

  23. These look delish! I cannot wait til the dough cools so I can get to baking them! Thanks for helping me unwind after a busy day. Baking chills me out and I have fun! I’ve tried more of your recipes and the ones Ive sampled are all fabulous! Thank you so much! I have never fallen in love with pb as much as I have since meeting you on this site 🙂

    • Baking chills me out too. And helps me unwind from hectic wedding planning and book writing. 🙂 So glad you enjoy my recipes, especially the peanut butter ones!

  24. I brought these to work yesterday and they got RAVE reviews! I will definitely make them again soon 🙂

  25. Sally, I recently discovered your blog and I’m loving it! Thanks for creating all of these great recipes!

    Would your soft-baked PB cookie recipe work as a bar cookie? My mom used to bake peanut butter cookies as bars and I was obsessed, and now I want to recreate that (and fill it with PB cups, M&Ms, and the like). Would this recipe do that?

    On another note, if you are still in the Baltimore area and are ever in DC, you have to go to Cone E Island (an ice cream shop) and try their Fantasy Bars. They have all different flavors and they are amazing.

    • I have to try Cone E Island Mir! What a great suggestion, thank you!

      And yes, you may make these cookies into bars. That’s not a problem at all. Try an 8×8 inch or 9×9 inch baking pan. I’m not exactly sure of the time – perhaps 25 minutes or slightly more/less. Just keep an eye on them – as they begin to brown, they are done. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Should be about 16 bars.

  26. Sally these look yummy! I’m making a batch tonight. This may sound like a silly question but can I use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy. All I have is crunchy on hand.

  27. Hi, Sally!

    I was in search of a recipe for a soft peanut butter cookie and I “happened” upon your website yesterday. Your photos are gorgeous (and mouth-watering) and I love your “mini-stories” before the recipes (very fun and down-to-earth)….

    I’m trying to surprise my mom with homemade cookies for the holidays, so I plan to use this recipe. If I used “natural” peanut butter (the kind you have to stir), would that alter anything?

    • You are so kind, thank you! I am happy you found my website and that you’re enjoying my photos and writing! That makes my day, truly it does. I do not recommend using oily peanut butter in my cookie recipes. The texture of the final baked cookie will be off and may result in a cookie that spread too much from the excess visible oil. Can you find a non-oily natural style peanut butter instead? I typically use Skippy Natural.

      • Sally, the cookies are AMAZING! I’ve made two batches in the past few weeks. I did use 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour and 1/2 cup AP flour but kept everything else the same. The cookies “puffed up” nicely, and the texture was soft and chewy!

        The first batch was too sweet for me, but my co-workers LOVED them. With the second batch (for my mom), I did reduce the sugar by 1/4. (For the brown sugar, I used 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons. For the white sugar, I used 2 tablespoons.) I kept everything else as it was, and they turned out GREAT! My mom loved them; I mailed them to her, and though she got them in five days, she said they were STILL soft. This recipe is a KEEPER!!!!!!

      • These cookies say soft for days! I am so glad you love them so much. I’m happy to know they work successfully with some WW flour. I’ll have to try that next!

  28. I ALWAYS have a problem with flat, crunchy results when I make cookies, and so today, I googled “puffy peanut butter cookies” and found your site. These looked so amazing, I decided to surprise my husband tonight (he’s a MAJOR PB lover!). I was confused with one thing – in the narrative above the recipe, you said it only has 3/4 c of sugar, but in the print out version, it says 1/4 c. I did the 1/4 c, and I sure hope it’s right! The dough is currently chilling, so we shall see. Somehow I figure even if it’s not enough sugar, the sweetness of all the candy should be enough! Thank you

    • Hi Renee! It says 1/4 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar. So it’s 3/4 cup of sugar all together. And in the instructions, I ask you to cream the butter and sugarS together. So sorry you were confused!

  29. Hi Sally! I’m making these tomorrow as they look so so delicious but could you please post in metric? 🙂

  30. After having kinda failed the choc chip ones I made these! I didn’t have peanuts or peanut butter or chips cups so I used 100g of smooth PB and 100g of crunchy PB and 100g of milk choc chips, this time I made sure the dough rolls didn’t fall in the oven and OH WOW ! They turned out gorgeously puffy, moist with the most amazing taste EVER! Wow just wow. I can’t believe how good they were I just could not stop eating them. You are simply genius. I love your blog THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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