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Perfectly Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

This is the Perfect Soft Peanut Butter Cookies recipe! No old fashioned criss-cross necessary, these peanut butter cookies melt in your mouth!

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Perfectly Soft Peanut Butter Cookies!

I feel like I have recreated a classic here, guys. I am so super excited to share this recipe for the BEST Peanut Butter Cookies in the game. Of course I am a peanut butter cookie fan…and while I have even made many peanut butter cookie recipes here on my site I have never LOVED a peanut butter cookie as a standalone item. Is that weird? 

I think peanut butter cookies are sometimes too peanut buttery? Is that a thing? Or often times they are too crumbly which is never a cookie goal. OR you get that sticky peanut butter “feeling” in your mouth. I don’t know, I can’t describe it, but I know you know…

You will find NONE of those issues here today with this Perfect SOFT Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe.

What To Expect:

  • My recipe has the EXACT right amount of peanut butter, a slightly crispy edge and a soft middle.
  • The addition of peanut butter chips is optional, but makes them really great adding a creamy sweetness
  • A “melt in your mouth” texture that is original to this recipe and totally different from the crumbly, dry texture of a typical peanut butter cookie!


My Soft Peanut Butter Cookiies are the best peanut butter cookie recipe ever!


  • Butter at room temperature
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Light brown sugar
  • Large egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • Kosher salt
  • All purpose flour 
  • Peanut butter chips – you could even use chocolate or white chocolate chips to mix it up! 

How to make the BEST Peanut Butter Cookie:

  • This recipe is spectacularly easy…just a few little tweaks to keep them from being too thick, hence no crisscross necessary.
  • I add a teaspoon of cornstarch to the dough, which gives the cookies a slightly melty texture, while  keeping the cookie centers soft.
  • Also I recommend using a combination of baking soda and baking powder in this peanut butter cookie recipe, which gives these cookies the perfect height without being cakey. The cookies will puff up ever so slightly in the oven due to the baking powder and then settle a touch while they are cooling to create a soft crinkly texture.
  • I like also like to use a butter/peanut butter combo to tone the flavor down a bit. Some peanut butter cookie recipes use only peanut butter, and while that’s great for flavor, it tends to make the cookies a little crumbly.
  • Finally I use a combination of granulated sugar and brown sugar in my pb cookie recipe, which helps give the edges an itty-bitty crisp, while still having the depth of flavor that the brown sugar brings.


Why don’t these peanut butter cookies have the criss-cross pattern on top?

  • Another great tip when baking these cookies, as well as any cookie recipe, is to use a cookie scoop to portion out the dough. This ensures that all the cookies are the same size and shape!
  • And notice these peanut butter cookies don’t have the famous criss-cross pattern! Since there is no chilling of the dough it’s fairly sticky and will be really difficult to roll into a ball, so if you don’t have a scoop do your best using a heaping tablespoon.
  • And like I said before, I like to add peanut butter chips in this recipe. You can add them before they bake or as soon as they come out of the oven. It’s a step you certainly can skip, if you wan to, or find yourself fresh out, but including the chips adds a creamy sweetness to the cookie. And like I said earlier, you can add white chips, milk chips, or even semi-sweet chips!

When they are baked up they will look like this…

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies ever! This soft peanut butter cookie recipe is my favorite.

I know these will now be your go-to peanut butter cookie recipe.

Soft Peanut Butter Cookies are the best cookie recipe. No criss cross pattern necessary for these peanut butter cookies!

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The Perfect Soft Peanut Butter Cookie

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert


The best SOFT peanut butter cookies EVER!


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and set aside.
  3. Add the butter and peanut butter into the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Turn the mixer onto medium speed and mix for 1 minute, or until smooth and combined. Add both sugars and with the mixer still on medium beat the mixture for 2 minutes until pale in color and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add in the egg and vanilla and continue mixing for 45 more seconds until combined and smooth.
  4. Add in the cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix for an additional few seconds until combined.
  5. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until the dough comes together. Stir in the peanut butter chips evenly.
  6. Using a medium cookie scoop (2 tablespoons) scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet, placing the scoops 2 inches apart.
  7. Garnish with extra peanut butter chips, if desired.
  8. Bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes until they are golden at the edges.
  9. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 4-5 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.


Store airtight for up to 3 days at room temperature


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 155
  • Sugar: 11.5 g
  • Sodium: 104.6 mg
  • Fat: 9.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16.4 g
  • Protein: 2.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 19.4 mg

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86 comments on “Perfectly Soft Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. these are my favourite peanut butter cookies of all time, my neighbours, family, friends, and coworkers are always asking for more!! i always mix up a big batch and flash freeze the scooped out portions so i can have fresh baked cookies whenever! still only takes 10 or so minutes to bake and turn out just as yummy.. thanks for the recipe 🙂

  2. I have to say hands down this is the best peanut butter cookie recipe I’ve ever used and I bake a lot. I did refrigerate the dough and just let come to room temp for about 1/2hr. Still took about 10 1/2 min. They do flatten out some and I didn’t have a problem with sticky dough

  3. wow these taste exactly like the peanut butter cookies from Insomnia Cookies! I’m in love. this is my new favorite recipe! (:

  4. This is a fantastic recipe! Not only did I use the pb chips but I also added reese pieces and mini cups to the dough. They were a huge hit! I even started dating the guy I have been crushing on once he ate those cookies. Thank you!

  5. Beginner Baker

    I’m a beginner and this recipe was so easy! I used a hand mixer because that’s all I have, but it still made the dough fluffy and it scooped extremely easily. These are easily the best homemade cookies I’ve ever made!

  6. I wanted to post a picture, but there isn’t an option for it. I followed the recipe to the letter and my dough was VERY sticky. I tried putting it in the fridge to harden up so I can scoop it, but it didn’t work. I baked them anyway and they are super flat. They taste good, but they’re just really flat and not at all like the picture. I’m not sure what I did wrong

    1. Hi Star, it sounds like by accident you might have forgotten to add the salt. The salt mixed with the baking soda and/or baking powder is what makes the cookie rise 🙂

  7. Jaymi kavanagh

    These are definitely my go to cookies absolutely love them can’t stop making them.

    1. I had the same exact problem. I couldn’t even scoop it properly, and my cookies came out super flat. I’m not sure what I did wrong lol

  8. Laura Simmons

    I am a beginner baker, I was skeptical about the cornstarch but made the recipe exactly as stated.
    All I can say is WOW! This truly deserves it’s title of BEST peanut butter cookie. Everything about it is as advertised, make these you’ll never make your old family recipe again! I have never “followed” anyone on Pinterest, but I will follow Shelly now. Thank you for his wonderful recipe.


    I have made these multiple times and everyone loves them!! I’m wondering if you have had any experience freezing the dough ahead of time? I’m doing a late Christmas w/ family and am trying to get ahead of things 🙂

  10. Shannon Brooks

    Has anyone used almond, coconut or tapioca flour for this peanut butter cookie recipe?
    If so how was it and do I need to adjust the amount of flour?
    My husband hates when I substitute or cut back on sugar or butter! Lol!
    So I thought I would ask!:)

  11. Perfect cookie! Mile high altitude, only adjustment was cutting down granulated sugar by half. Also sprinkled some Himalayan sea salt on before putting in oven for 10 min. Aesthetically ideal – came out perfect little round cookies. Taste amazing! Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  12. DELICIOUS! I’ve made these for my mom so many times, they are her absolute favourite! I use gluten-free flour, whatever type I have on hand, and they ALWAYS turn out wonderful! I find they often spread out a lot, but bigger cookies aren’t a problem for me!

  13. Made these for a family get together – we couldn’t get enough! Best peanut butter cookies I have ever eaten. Everyone asked for the recipe!

  14. This is honestly the best peanut butter cookie I have ever had! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

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