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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

These old-fashioned peanut butter cookies are crispy, crunchy, and full of peanut butter flavor! Easy to make and always a favorite.

If you are looking for the texture of the classic peanut butter cookies your mom or grandmother made look no further.

peanut butter cookies stacked on a wire rack

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

These are not soft, chewy bakery-type peanut butter cookies. These have a crunch that doesn’t crumble!

The key is shortening and butter. They bake up perfectly, no need for that classic criss-cross pattern using fork tines to flatten. Also, no chilling is required.

peanut butter cookies stacked on a wire rack

Ingredients Needed for Peanut Butter Cookies That Crunch

  • Shortening – Shortening tends to gives cookies tenderness and a little more height.
  • Unsalted butter – Butter gives the cookies a better flavor.
  • Creamy peanut butter – Well, naturally you need peanut butter for peanut butter cookies.
  • Granulated sugar
  • Dark brown sugar – I rarely buy light brown sugar, so most all of my recipes call for dark brown sugar. I just love the deeper molasses flavor.
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt – We use 1/2 tsp kosher salt in these cookies because we like the bit of saltiness it adds. If you prefer lower it to 1/4 teaspoon for less saltiness.
  • Baking soda

Optional Additions

  • Salted dry roasted peanuts – chopped
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Chocolate chips (if you must)

This recipe makes about 72 cookies. You can easily cut the recipe in half if desired.

How to Make Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

shortening, butter, and peanut butter creamed together in a glass bowl

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare a large baking sheet (or two) with parchment paper.

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

In a large bowl using an electric mixer cream together the shortening, softened butter, and peanut butter for 2 -3 minutes until light and fluffy.

Gradually beat in the granulated sugar and dark brown sugar until combined.

Mix in the eggs one at a time until combined.

peanut butter cookie dough in a glass mixing bowl

Add the dry ingredients and hand mix just until combined. Do not beat them in with the mixer. You don’t want to overmix the peanut butter cookie dough.

cookie dough balls on a parchment lined baking sheet

Drop by tablespoon size cookie scoop onto the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. They spread but not too much. There is no need to roll into balls. They bake up perfectly round.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven, let cool for about 1 minute on the baking pan. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

crunchy peanut butter cookies stacked

Serve and enjoy this old-fashioned peanut butter cookie recipe!

How to Store Peanut Butter Cookies

Place them in an airtight container or zip lock bag.

crunchy peanut butter cookies stacked

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

These old-fashioned peanut butter cookies are crispy, crunchy, and full of peanut butter flavor! Easy to make and sure to be a favorite.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, old fashioned, peanut butter
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 72
Calories: 82kcal
Author: DSTR

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Shortening
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup Creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup Granulate sugar
  • 1 cup Dark brown sugar packed
  • 2 large Eggs room temperature
  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt (or 1/4 tsp, this will depend on your taste)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Prepare a large baking sheet (or two) with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
  • In a large bowl using an electric mixer cream together the shortening, softened butter, and peanut butter for 2 -3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Gradually beat in the granulated sugar and dark brown sugar until combined.
  • Mix in the eggs one at a time until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients and hand mix just until combined. Do not beat them in with the mixer. You don’t want to overmix the dough.
  • Drop by tablespoon size cookie scoop onto the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. 
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven, let cool for about 1 minute on the baking pan. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition

Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

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