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Grandma's Classic Peanut Butter Cookies

Updated June 14, 2018

Take a trip back to the good ol' days with this recipe for Grandma's Classic Peanut Butter Cookies. These no fail peanut butter cookies are a hit for holiday parties, bake sales, or just a fun night baking with your family. Don't forget to make the signature criss-cross pattern on the top with a fork to tell everybody that these are peanut butter cookies. When peanut butter lovers see that pattern, they know they're going to eat a great cookie.

Cooking Time7 min


  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well-blended. Add egg and mix until combined.
  3. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended.
  4. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Flatten slightly in crisscross pattern with lines of fork.
  6.  Bake until set and just beginning to brown, about 7 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet before removing to cooling rack.

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Oh Grandma you know what I like. These classic Peanut Butter Cookies are just that, Classic. The combination of brown sugar and peanut butter is a taste sensation. This is such a simple recipe, made the old fashioned way, that has stood the test of time. Don't hesitate to try this recipe and find out what a peanut butter cookie is supposed to taste like.

This is a simple, basic cookie recipe, and I bet it is really good. I love peanut butter cookies, and I know the old recipes are usually better than the new shortcut ones. I like my peanut butter cookies to be chewy. I will probably substitute crunchy peanut butter because I like it better than creamy.

These cookies look delicious, and I find that old fashioned recipes are usually the best! I also find that using shortening is the secret to moist and chewy cookies! I have homemade peanut butter that I can't wait to use in this recipe - they look amazing!

I just finished making Grandma's cookies. They are wonderful!

I think they sound delicious. However I get tired of reading peoples petty complaints about a recipe when I would prefer to read their opinions of how it tastes. If you don't like a recipe, just don't make it!

It amazes me that in an email labeled "No Bake" more than half of the recipes need to be baked. Great Job.


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