Soft Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Treat yourself to the ultimate comfort food with these Soft Peanut Butter Cookies!

With their melt-in-your-mouth texture and rich peanut butter flavor, these cookies are sure to become a favorite in your household.

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Whether enjoyed as an afternoon snack or a sweet treat after dinner, these soft and chewy cookies are perfect for satisfying your cravings.

Follow along for a simple and delicious recipe that will have you reaching for seconds!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Equipment

  • Mixing bowls
  • Electric mixer or whisk
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
  • Fork

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until smooth and creamy.

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Beat in the egg and vanilla extract until well combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

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Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.

Roll the dough into tablespoon-sized balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.

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Use a fork to gently flatten each cookie, creating a crisscross pattern on top.

Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges are set and the tops are lightly golden.

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Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutritional Facts

Per Serving (1 cookie, based on 24 servings):

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  • Calories: 120
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 15mg
  • Sodium: 90mg
  • Sugars: 8g

Health Benefits

These Soft Peanut Butter Cookies not only satisfy your sweet tooth but also offer some nutritional benefits.

Peanut butter is a good source of protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium.

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Additionally, the use of whole wheat flour adds fiber and nutrients to the cookies, helping to promote satiety and digestive health.

Enjoying these cookies in moderation as part of a balanced diet can be a delicious way to incorporate these nutritious ingredients into your day.

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FAQs

Q1: Can I use crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy?

Yes, you can use crunchy peanut butter for added texture and nuttiness in the cookies.

However, the texture of the cookies may be slightly different compared to using creamy peanut butter.

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Q2: Can I substitute the brown sugar with more granulated sugar?

Yes, you can use all granulated sugar if you prefer. However, brown sugar adds moisture and a hint of caramel flavor to the cookies, so they may be slightly less chewy and flavorful.

Q3: How should I store leftover cookies?

Store leftover cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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You can also freeze the cookies for longer storage, wrapping them tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil before placing them in the freezer.

Q4: Can I add chocolate chips or nuts to the cookies?

Certainly! Feel free to customize the cookies by adding chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or other mix-ins of your choice for extra flavor and texture.

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Q5: Can I make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it?

Yes, you can make the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before baking. Chilling the dough helps enhance the flavor and texture of the cookies.

Simply let the dough come to room temperature for about 10-15 minutes before shaping and baking the cookies.

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