Grandma’s Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Fresh baked cookies on a platter for the holidays - Julia's Simply Southern food blog

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In this post I am sharing the recipe for Grandma’s Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies.

Classic peanut butter cookies are another top pick for most favored cookies. Bake up a batch of these glorious delicious cookies for the holidays or as a dessert any time of the year.

I’m a huge peanut butter fan so it’s almost a guarantee that if there’s peanut butter involved then I’m gonna love it.

I do wish y’all were here to help me eat all of these cookies! I’ve had my mixing bowls out every day baking up a storm since Thanksgiving. 

Here are a few of the other cookie recipes I’ve been baking lately that you might enjoy too: Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin and The Original Chocolate Chip Cookie

Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies

There is nothing like the wonderful aromas of cookies baking in the oven. Peanut Butter cookies baking smell intoxicating. If you love peanut butter like I do there is no mistaking what kind of cookie is baking here!

Grandma's recipe for peanut butter cookies

What do I need to make Peanut Butter Cookies?

You only need a few ingredients (only 8 in fact) to make the BEST peanut butter cookies! You’ll need: shortening, creamy peanut butter (Jif is my favorite), sugar (granulated and brown), eggs, flour, baking soda and salt. 

Jif Peanut Butter for baking cookies

How to Make Delicious Peanut Butter Cookies

Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C ).

Step 1: (You’ll find a full printable recipe card near the end of this post) In a small bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the vegetable shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. 

Y’all, hold on a minute while I lick the peanut butter off of this spatula!

If you’ve noticed a trend with baking cookies, most recipes begin with creaming the butter, or shortening, with the sugars.

Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. 

how to make the best peanut butter cookies from scratch

Step 3: Next, add the flour mixture in thirds, mixing well until all of the flour mixture has been combined into the cookie dough. 

Use a small cookie scoop to gather out a ball of dough, then roll in your hands to smooth. Place the ball of dough on a parchment lined baking sheet, spaced two inches apart, and use two fingers to gently press the cookie down. 

Lastly, use the tines of a fork to press in a crisscross pattern. I prefer to use a large serving fork but a regular fork will do just fine. This crisscross pattern is very traditional for peanut butter cookies. 

Place the cookies into the oven and bake 10-15 minutes. I bake mine for ten minutes so that they’re soft and chewy. Bake a few minutes longer if you like your cookies crispy. Old Fashioned chewy peanut butter cookies in the oven

This batch of cookie dough will bake 3 to 3.5 dozen regular size cookies. If you don’t need that many all at once, no worries, just freeze the rest of your dough to use another time.

Peanut Butter cookies for Christmas on a silver platter

Old Fashioned Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies can be made ahead to share as holiday gifts or to share at a cookie swap party. 

Fresh baked peanut butter cookies on a serving platter for the holidays

Grandma’s Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 3-3.5 Dozen Cookies

Grandma's Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Fresh baked cookies on a platter for the holidays - Julia's Simply Southern food blog

Classic old fashioned peanut butter cookies just like grandma used to bake

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 c Vegetable Shortening ( I prefer the Crisco shortening baking sticks)
  • 1 c Peanut Butter
  • 1 c Granulated Sugar
  • 1 c Brown Sugar, packed
  • 3 Large Eggs, room temperature
  • 3 c All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • Dash of Salt (about 1/4 teaspoon)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening, peanut butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt together, then add to the creamed mixture in batches, mixing well between each addition.
  5. Roll into 1½ inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet, then gently press down with two fingers.
  6. Finally, using a fork press a crisscross pattern onto each cookie.
  7. Bake 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. Gently move cookies to a wire rack for cooling.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 9g
Grandma's Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies, perfect for Christmas and holiday gift giving or as an everyday dessert #baking #holidaybaking #cookierecipes | Julia's Simply Southern

More holiday treats you might enjoy: Easy Peanut Butter Fudge Bars and Crock Pot Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy

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  • Reply
    November 29, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    I love recipes from grandma and anything with peanut butter so this recipe is perfect as far as I’m concerned!

  • Reply
    April 28, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    Julia, these look so delicious!!! I am a sucker for pb cookies!

  • Reply
    Lynn Spencer
    April 29, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    If there is one thing I’m crazy about, it’s Peanut Butter Cookies and I’m always looking to add a new recipe to my repertoire. Thanks friend!

  • Reply
    May 4, 2020 at 8:18 am

    I’m crazy for peanut butter, these are just perfect.

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      May 4, 2020 at 9:04 am

      Thanks, Chellie! I’m a peanut butter lover myself and these are one of my personal favorite cookies.

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