Stack of peanut butter cookies.

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies that taste like roasted peanuts and have slightly crunchy exterior thanks to being rolled in sugar before baking. Easy cookies that will quickly become your favorite.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword soft and chewy peanut butter cookies
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
chilling time 2 hours
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 147 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose bleached flour see note
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling
US Customary - Metric


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream softened butter and peanut butter together with a hand mixer. Mix for 30 seconds. Add both sugars and beat for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix just until combined.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and baking soda. Add to butter and sugar mixture in 3 additions, mixing just until combined. If desired, you can add chocolate chips or chopped nuts to the cookie dough. Cover the bowl with dough and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Scoop 1.5 tablespoon size balls of dough, roll in your hands in balls and roll in sugar. Place on baking sheet, about 2" apart, and bake for 8 to 9 minutes. Cool on sheet for 3 to 5 minutes, then remove onto a cooling rack.

Recipe Notes

To properly measure flour, fluff the flour in the container you store it in. I do it with a fork or a whisk. Next, scoop flour with a spoon into the measuring cup. Level the top off and place in a mixing bowl. Repeat until you get the needed amount.

Do not use unbleached flour in this recipe. It will affect the final result, the cookies will spread and won't look like the ones on my photos.

You can add chopped nuts or chocolate chips to the dough before chilling or place a Hershey Kiss candy on each cookie after baking.

Nutrition Facts
Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 127mg6%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 130IU3%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.