Easy Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

This classic recipe for peanut butter cookies comes straight from my mom’s recipe box, and they are the BEST peanut butter cookies. They are easy to make and stay wonderfully soft. This staple recipe deserves a place in everyone’s kitchen!

A stack of peanut butter cookies

When you think about what would be on the all-star team of cookies, I think it breaks down pretty simply to the following:

Sure, there are tons of other amazing cookies out there (hello shortbread, thumbprint, snickerdoodles, snowballs, and macaroons, to name a few), but these four are the essentials. They’re the cookies that always show up on cookie trays, the ones that everyone’s family has multiple recipes for, are easy to whip up, and evoke the most nostalgic cookie memories.

Of these, I’ve always had the softest spot for peanut butter cookies. There’s just something about those crisscross-laced cookies loaded with peanut butter and rolled in crunchy sugar that makes me remember sitting in my mom’s old kitchen and licking the beaters, helping her roll those balls of dough and pressing the tines of a fork on top.

I might be biased, but I think these are the BEST peanut butter cookies!