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Peanut Butter Lovers’ Cookies

Peanut Butter Lovers’ Cookies are just as the name implies. If you’re a big fan of all things peanut butter, then these cookies are most definitely for you!

overhead view of Peanut Butter Lovers' Cookies on a red-trimmed white plate

Peanut Butter Lovers’ Cookies

One of the things I always keep in my pantry is peanut butter. I have a long-standing love of it for baking, sandwiches, and, honestly, eating it with a spoon. For this blog’s purposes, let’s focus on the baking part of that sentence. I’ve shared a lot of peanut butter recipes with you, but I have a big ol’ soft spot for peanut butter cookies.

These Peanut Butter Lovers’ Cookies are THE cookies for peanut butter’s biggest fans. They’re perfectly delicious peanut butter cookies without any further embellishments, but we’re not stopping there. Mixed into the dough is a whole bunch of peanut butter deliciousness. Peanuts, peanut butter chips, peanut butter M&Ms, and peanut butter cups are all there to max out the peanut butter flavor. You can use any combination of those you like or try some different add-ins. Just aim for about 2 cups total so there’s relatively enough dough to hold everything together.

With all that good stuff mixed into the dough, I like to make these cookies a little larger than normal to make sure you get plenty of everything in each cookie. I use a 3-tablespoon scoop (See my cookie scoop guide if you need help with scoop sizes.) for a cookie that’s big enough to share if you’re so inclined. Or just keep it all to yourself!

For my fellow peanut butter lovers out there, I think you’re going to love these Peanut Butter Lovers’ Cookies. They are such a delicious celebration of all things peanut butter, that I just know you’ll find them irresistible!

stack of Peanut Butter Lovers' Cookies on a red plate

What You’ll Need

You won’t need any special ingredients for these cookies. Have fun with the add-ins to make them perfectly suited to your tastes!

  • All-purpose flour – Be sure to measure by weight or use the spoon and sweep method.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter – Set out the butter about half an hour before baking to allow it to soften.
  • Peanut butter – I recommend regular peanut butter, not natural.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar – Make sure it’s firmly packed. Better yet, measure it by weight.
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • More peanut butter flavor! – Have fun with add-ins! The cookies you see here feature peanut butter chips, peanut butter M&Ms, peanut butter cups, and peanuts for lots of fun flavor. I recommend a total of about 2 cups of add-ins.

How to Make Peanut Butter Lovers’ Cookies

These cookies are quite easy to make and are suited for bakers of all skill levels. You’ll just need a couple of mixing bowls, a mixer, and your trusty sheet pans.

Prepare for baking. Heat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Combine the dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Combine the wet ingredients. With an electric hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar until the mixture is fluffy and lightened in color. Mix in the egg and vanilla.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the flour mixture. Don’t over-mix; mix just until combined or a few streaks of flour remain.

Add the fun stuff. Stir in the add-ins.

Portion and bake the cookies. Drop the dough by 3-tablespoon portions onto the prepared pans. (I use a #20 scoop.) Leave 2 or 3 inches between the cookies to allow room for spreading. Slightly flatten the top of each cookie. Bake, one pan at a time, for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.

Cool the cookies. Place the pans of cookies on wire racks and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies from the pans to a wire rack to cool completely.

Peanut Butter Lovers' Cookies piled on a red-trimmed white plate

Tips for Success

  • Use regular peanut butter. There’s quite a bit of variation among natural peanut butters, so I don’t recommend baking with them as a general rule.
  • Take care with measurements. This is a sturdy cookie while still maintaining a nice softness just past its outer crunch. There’s a fine line here between that texture and dry and crumbly, so be extra sure you’re measuring your ingredients accurately.
  • Use a cookie scoop. A scoop makes the cookies uniform in size, which not only looks nice but also helps ensure even baking.

How to Store

After the cookies have completely cooled, place them in an airtight container and store at room temperature. They should keep up to 3 days.

You can extend that a couple of days by placing the container in the refrigerator. Just be extra sure that the container is airtight so the cookies won’t get dry.

How to Freeze

Place the cooled cookies in a freezer-safe bag or container. They should keep up to 3 months. Thaw on the counter top for an hour or two when you’re ready to serve.

You can also freeze the unbaked cookie dough. Portion the dough as directed, placing the balls of dough on a lined rimmed baking sheet. Place the pan in the freezer until the dough is frozen solid (about 2 hours). Then transfer the dough to a freezer-safe bag or container. When you’re ready to bake, there’s no need to thaw; just bake them as directed adding an extra minute or two to the baking time.

Peanut Butter Lovers' Cookies

Yield about 20 cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Peanut Butter Lovers Cookies are jam-packed with peanut butter flavor. These are THE cookies for big fans of peanut butter!

overhead view of Peanut Butter Lovers' Cookies on a red-trimmed white plate

Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/4 cups (150g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (255g) peanut butter*
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (83g) peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup (84g) peanut butter M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup (35g) chopped mini peanut butter cups**
  • 1/2 cup (62g) chopped peanuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix well.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined.
  5. Stir in the peanut butter chips, M&Ms, peanut butter cups, and peanuts.
  6. Drop the dough by 3-tablespoon portions onto the prepared pans, leaving about 2 to 3 inches between the cookies. Flatten the top of each cookie slightly.
  7. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
  8. Cool on the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

*As a general rule, I don't recommend using natural peanut butters for baking.

**The weight measurement is just a ballpark. I quarter about 8 of the standard miniature peanut butter cups. There are smaller ones available that wouldn't need chopping.

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    9 Comments on “Peanut Butter Lovers’ Cookies”

  1. I love peanut butter! These cookies look amazing!

  2. Made these this AM.  I didn’t have the M&Ms so switched to Reese’s Pieces but otherwise kep to the recipe. They turned out great. Thanks for another great recipe!

  3. Hi. I made these cookies and they taste great. However they are crumbly. Can’t pick one up. I doubled the recipe. Any thoughts?

    • Hi, Brian. As I said in the post, there’s a fine line here between the crispy on the outside/chewy on the inside texture and dry and crumbly. It’s very important to make sure your ingredients are measured accurately. The usual culprit is too much flour. I’d recommend starting with a review of How to Measure Flour.

  4. I just made these and they are DELICIOUS!!  I used both peanut butter M&Ms and chocolate chips as that is what I had.

  5. These look so good! Don’t have the mini peanut butter cups – can I just leave them out, or should I just add more of the M & M’s or peanut butter chips?

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