Grandma Jane’s Peanut Butter Cookies

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Grandma Jane’s Peanut Butter Cookies are incredibly indulgent and so delicious! This soft peanut butter cookie recipe tastes like Mom’s and is made from scratch and simply the best. Easy to make with simple ingredients, chewy on the inside, and crisp on the outside, they are peanut butter cookie perfection.
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Grandma’s peanut butter cookie recipe. Satisfying, sweet, in one word, a classic. This peanut butter recipe is the best! This is my Mom’s (Grandma Jane to my kids) peanut butter cookie recipe and aside from the taste – they hold so many memories, too!

This is My Mom – “Grandma Jane”

I consider myself very lucky to have been a stay-at-home mom. When I was growing up, my Mom was always at home for us, and I loved that. If you have followed my blog at all, you have probably noticed that I speak of her a lot.

My Mom is one of the most special and inspirational people in my life. Not only is she my Mom, but she is also my very best friend. I can go to her about anything. She is always there for me to laugh with, cry with, and give me direction when I am lost. (even when that means giving me a good swift kick in the fanny!!) 

“what do you want to be when you grow up?”

Maybe that is why when I was growing up, and in school, they would ask the kids “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Kids would shout “doctor!” “teacher!” “fireman!”  What did I always say? “I want to be a Mom.” She gives me big shoes to fill, but someday I hope that my kids can look back on their childhood and think that my “job” as their Mom was important.


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grandma jane’s peanut butter cookies

It was always a special day when my brother and I walked home from school to find that my Mom had baked something for our after-school snack. You knew it the second you walked in the door and were greeted by that scent only something sweet baking in the oven can make! 
I have lots of favorite things that my Mom makes, they are very much my “comfort foods.” We all have them.  One of mine will always be her peanut butter cookies! I don’t know what it is, but these are the BEST peanut butter cookies I have ever had. 

close view of half of a peanut butter cookie

Why You’re Going to Love These Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

  • Easy to Make: Made with less than ten ingredients, Grandma Jane’s peanut butter recipe is incredibly easy to make and you will have chewy cookies ready in less than 20 minutes! Perfect for whenever you’re craving something sweet, but you don’t want to spend a lot of extra time in the kitchen.
  • Fun: Yes, these peanut butter cookies are so fun to make! This peanut butter cookie recipe brings me back to mom’s kitchen when we’d bake together. So fun and nostalgic! 
  • Yummy: Because these cookies are so soft and chewy, they are incredibly delicious! Who doesn’t like a classic peanut butter cookie recipe that is so easy to bite into?

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Why do Peanut Butter Cookies Have Fork Marks? 

Peanut butter cookies have fork marks because the dough needs to be flattened prior to cooking since it is so dense with peanut butter. If you flatten the dough with a fork, then you will end up with cookies that are evenly baked– this is where the criss-cross fork marks come from!

What Ingredient Makes Cookies Moist and Tender? 

For these chewy and soft peanut butter cookies, the eggs and sugars allow the cookies to become moist and tender. You will love how moist these cookies are!


For the full list of measurements, scroll down to the recipe card. 

Shortening– used instead of butter, this old-fashioned ingredient makes cookies softer and helps them hold their shape better. 
Peanut Butter– The key ingredient to this recipe, the peanut butter. You can use creamy or chunky. Feel free to experiment with other nut butter if you like, but I myself will stick to the classic.
Sugar– For this peanut butter cookie recipe, you will need both white granulated sugar in addition to brown sugar. 
Eggs– Two eggs to help bind the cookies together and give these cookies even more chewy textures.
Flour– I used all-purpose flour for this recipe. You probably already have it in your pantry! 
Leavening Agents– You will need both baking soda and powder for this recipe.
Salt– A little bit of salt adds an extra flavor element to these sweet cookies. 

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How Do You Make Mother’s Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies from Scratch?

Flavors of peanut butter and brown sugar salt come together in a smooth and irresistible batter that is baked into the most perfect cookies you’ll ever eat. You will want to eat these classic peanut butter cookies right out of the oven because that’s when they are warm, gooey, and extra soft. But, no matter how you eat these cookies– you will certainly enjoy them! 

Step 1

Preheat Oven: First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. 
Combine Ingredients: Next, combine the shortening, peanut butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking soda and powder, and salt. Mix until combined. 

Step 2

Transfer Cookies: Drop rounded balls of cooking dough onto the baking sheet. 

Step 3

Press Cookies: Next, dip the tines of a fork into sugar and criss-cross the forks down onto the cookie dough. You can also use a cookie stamp. 

Step 4

Bake: Finally, bake the cookies for eight to ten minutes. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool before moving to a cooling rack. 

peanut butter cookies cooling on tray

What Makes Cookies Chewy vs Crunchy? 

A combination of shortening, brown sugar and a shorter baking time allows this recipe to produce cookies that are soft in the middle and light and crisp on the outside. 

Why Are My Peanut Butter Cookies So Crumbly? 

If you are cookies are too crumbly, then it is possible you added too much flour. Make sure to properly measure the flour!

graphic for mom's peanut butter cookies


Make sure to save Grandma Jane’s peanut butter cookies on your favorite Pinterest recipe board before you go! You will want to save this peanut butter cookie recipe so that you can find it easily. 


  • Feel free to experiment with crunchy peanut butter if you would prefer. 
  • Freeze these cookies in a freezer-safe bag or container to enjoy these cookies frozen or at a later date! 
  • Keep these cookies in an airtight container for up to four days. 
  • Pull the cookies when they look like they are not quite done. Leave them on the cookie sheet for a minute or two before transferring them to a cooling rack. That will keep them soft inside and crisp outside.


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More Cookie Recipes You Will Love!


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I have a complete assortment of my favorite family recipes all in one spot for you to enjoy! Of course, there is an entire section dedicated to my mom. Some of my most favorite recipes of hers, aside from these peanut butter cookies are her Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, her Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, Beef & Noodles, Taco Casserole, Tuna Tetrazzini and how to make her complete Thanksgiving dinner! See all of her recipes and more from my Grandmas, aunts, and extended family in my Collection of Family Recipes post. 


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Let’s get to baking, what do you say? Here is the recipe for my Mom’s Peanut Butter Cookies!  M.
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Grandma Jane's Peanut Butter Cookies

Grandma Jane's Peanut Butter Cookies are full of peanut butter flavor. My Mom's recipe that makes soft and chewy cookies on the inside and light and crispy on the outside.
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time11 minutes
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best, chewy, easy, from scratch classic, Grandma Jane's Peanut Butter Cookies, Grandma's Peanut Butter Cookie recipe, Mom's Peanut Butter Cookie recipe, Peanut Butter Cookie recipe Peanut Butter Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies, simple, Why do peanut butter cookies have fork marks?
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 204kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine the shortening, peanut butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking soda and powder, and salt. Mix until combined.  
  • Drop rounded ball shapes onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Dip the tines of a fork into granulated sugar and “criss-cross” them onto the cookie. (you could also use a cookie stamp) 
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Watch them closely, because, in order for them to be soft and chewy, you can’t over bake them! When the edges are golden brown, it’s time to take them out. Leave them on the cookie sheet for a minute or two before removing to a cooling rack.
  • Store in an airtight container.


These cookies freeze well!


Serving: 2cookies | Calories: 204kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 162mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g
I originally posted this recipe on August 13, 2011. It has been updated to improve user experience and reshared on July 6, 2021.
my mom and I in her kitchen in 2011

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  1. We love love love peanut butter cookies . These were so good and my kids are already asking for them again.

  2. Peanut butter cookies are one of my favorites, and I love trying heritage recipes like this! I can’t wait to make these with the kids this weekend.

  3. I love a classic cookie like this! I can’t wait to use your Grandma’s recipe to create these delicious cookies.

  4. We love this recipe. Such a great post to read too. I can’t wait to make these cookies again, so delicious and very yummy!

  5. You and your mom have the same smile! What a treasure to have special memories like this to share and keep the tradition alive. These cookies look just perfect.

  6. I don’t know if I did something wrong (I don’t think I did), but these taste identical to the peanut butter cookies I usually make that consist of nothing except peanut butter, sugar and an egg. It was a lot more work (and ingredients) for the exact same results.

    1. I actually have a recipe for a 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie, and I don’t think they taste the same at all. Different palets I guess? I make the 3 ingredient ones when I am in a rush, but these are my favorite and worth the extra time and ingredients in my opinion! 🙂

  7. Perfection! I love my gramas pb cookies and these were just like them – i can’t wait to make them again already! So delicious!

  8. A grandma’s recipe is always the best! I can’t wait to give these a try soon. They look amazing!

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