The Best Easy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe Ever! *Can Be Dairy Free*

This is such an easy peanut butter cookies recipe! It is a classic recipe that makes soft, chewy cookies that has been in my family for years.

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I remember cooking these peanut butter cookies with my mom since I was a kid.  They are so yummy and you can make them with or without butter!!! 

My favorite part about this recipe is how fast you can make them! You can have cookie to dip in milk in 20 mins or less!

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What equipment do you need to make classic peanut butter cookies?

This recipe down’t use any fancy equipment. It uses some very basic items that everyone has in their kitchen.

To make this soft peanut butter cookie recipe, you need:

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Sheet Pan
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoon

If you have these few things you can make these cookies. If you don’t have a wooden spoon you can use a plastic or metal spoon or a mixer. I prefer to make mine by hand because it is easier to mix them that way.

How do to you make easy peanut butter cookies from scratch?

While many cookie recipes make you refrigerate the dough before cooking, this recipe does not. So you can have the cookies made easier and faster.

Here is the fastest way to make these easy peanut butter cookies!


1 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Cup Margarine or oil
1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs Beaten
3 Cups Flour
2 tsp Baking Soda
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla


1. Mix all wet ingredients together in a bowl
2. Add dry ingredients and Mix together
3. Shape in balls on a cookie Sheet and press down with a fork
4. Bake for 9 min at 325 degrees

Why are my peanut butter cookies dry?

When making these easy peanut butter cookies you can sometimes see results that don’t match with what you had in your mind. The main reason people have a dry cookie is because they’ve added too much flour. When you add too much flour, too much of the moisture is absorbed and it causes the cookies to crumble as they bake.

Another reason people might have a dry peanut butter cookie is that they’ve cooked them too long. If you are seeing dry cookies coming out of the oven, try to take the cook time down a minute or 2. Cook times are not always exact because there are so many factors that affect it.

If you try these tips you should have a soft and chewy peanut butter cookie after making this recipe.

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Easy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Melissa @ Living a Frugal Life
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings



  • Mix all wet ingredients together in mixing bowl
  • Add dry ingredients to bowl and Mix together
  • Shape in balls on a cookie Sheet and press down with a fork
  • Bake for 9 min at 325 degrees
Keyword Cookies, Peanut Butter, peanut butter cookie
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  1. Amy Nielson says:

    Those sound yummy! I think I’ll have to try them. 🙂

  2. I was thinking the same thing…..a nice warm Peanut Butter Cookie with a tall glass of milk sounds so good right about now!

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