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Perfect Peanut Butter Cookies

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5 from 7 reviews

  • Author: Jenna Barnard
  • Total Time: 1 hour 27 minutes
  • Yield: 15 cookies


These peanut butter cookies are absolute PERFECTION with a soft, rich, and chewy texture and a coating of crunchy peanut sprinkles (because they’re way more fun than the classic fork criss cross). 


Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1/2 cup (108g) unsalted butter, room temp
  • 2/3 cup (175g) creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup (155g) light brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp (57g) honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/3 cup (175g) all-purpose flour

Peanut Crunch Sprinkles

  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp sparkling sugar (or more granulated sugar)
  • 3 tbsp rainbow sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted salted peanuts, uniform finely chopped


Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. In a large mixing bowl using a hand or stand mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and peanut butter until smooth.
  2. Add the brown sugar and mix again until smooth.
  3. Mix in the honey, egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Then mix in the baking soda, salt, and cornstarch until well incorporated.
  5. Last, mix in the flour. Switch to a rubber spatula and mix by hand to ensure it’s fully mixed in. 
  6. Cover the bowl and chill for at least 30 minutes. *30 minutes will provide a cookie that looks like the photos here, but chill for a couple hours and the cookie will bake a bit thicker. You can also chill the dough overnight. To do so, chill the dough for 30 minutes then roll and coat the balls, cover, and chill. 
  7. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  8. In a small dish, mix together the peanut sprinkles. Feel free to add more sprinkles or peanuts for a hefty coating.
  9. Using a large cookie scoop (3 tbsp worth), scoop the dough and roll in the coating. The dough should be soft and a tiny bit sticky.
  10. Place 4 cookies on the baking pan and bake for 12-14 minutes or until the edges are golden and the center looks pale, puffed, and slightly underdone.
  11. Immediately after pulling the cookies from the oven, use the inside curve of a fork to nudge in the sizes to create uniform cookies. 
  12. Let the cookies rest on the pan for a couple minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack and continue baking the batch.
  13. The cookies are best at room temperature. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cooling Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
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