Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies - soft and chewy | Cooking on the Front Burner

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Back to baking this week with these Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies.   I had a craving for some PB cookies and thought I would look through my mom's handwritten cookbooks to find her recipe.  I searched through the stash of notebooks I had but no luck!  So now I'm not sure if her recipe came from a cookbook or one she didn't happen to write down.  After some searching, I came across this recipe that seemed like a winner to me and it was!

I love how soft and chewy these cookies are - I had to really resist eating a big pile so I sent most of the cookies to work with the DIY Guy - always a good choice for my self-control!  And much appreciated by his co-workers.

As I mentioned I was craving these cookies because they reminded me of my mom and she always had some sort of after school snack for us.  It was an anticipated event of the day.  We'd come running in the door after getting off the bus, drop our book bags, and head into the kitchen for snack time.  If we got peanut butter cookies, that was the best!  Just a little something to tie us over until dinner time - then if we were really lucky we got to have these again for dessert! 

What kind of traditions do you remember loving as a kid or what traditions do you want to start for your kids or grandkids? 

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6-8 minutes
Yield about 4 dozen

  • 1 1/4 cup peanut butter (regular-basic)
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and line cookie sheets with parchment paper
  2. Cream together the peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla; mixing well
  3. Add the egg and beat in until just blended.
  4. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, salt and baking soda.
  5. Add slowly to cream mixture until just blended.
  6. Roll into about 1" balls, slightly flatten with your hand then criss-cross with a fork (if sticky dip fork in flour)
  7. Bake for 8 minutes then cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely
  8. Cookie will firm up a bit when they cool - do not overbake.
**Recipe inspired by Polish the Stars
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Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | Cooking on the Front Burner

Go ahead - make a batch and grab an icy cold glass of milk!  I'm sure these would be a great hit for the kiddoes for an after school snack!

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | Cooking on the Front Burner

I know I will be making these again soon! 

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies | Cooking on the Front Burner

Other cookies you might like:

White Chocolate Pecan Oatmeal

Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries and Blueberries


  1. Oh, these look so good! Cookies are very dangerous for me to have around, and these…VERY dangerous! I can see why you shipped them off. haha

  2. Awh, peanut butter cookies are one of my favorites! I love the looks of these.... truly dangerous to keep nearby indeed ;)

  3. Deb, there is nothing like a good, old-fashioned delicious peanut butter cookie and these look awesome! Pinning and sharing - happy Wednesday!

  4. I love a classic peanut butter cookie! And I haven't made them in years. I see some in my future! Pinned and shared on FB!

  5. One of my favorite cookies! Reminds me of my childhood when my mom would make these for us! :) Pinned and sharing!

  6. Deb, it seems like I am always craving PB--especially in cookie form :) These look fabulous!

  7. There really is nothing quite like a good cookie and a glass of milk. Blessings dear. Catherine

  8. Yes yes yes, just added to must try folder!!! Great one

  9. Yum! Those look so good! Pinning it! Visiting from Freedom Friday. :)

  10. Tis the season for Peanut Butter cookies! I made some earlier this week, but tried a 3 ingredient recipe - too sweet for me. Now I will give these a try :) Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

  11. YUM! These look just like the peanut butter cookies I grew up with and LOVED!!!

  12. My very favorite cookie and I haven't made them in some time. You've just given me inspiration both with your recipe and appetizing photos.

  13. Oh yum!!! Will have to try these!

  14. This looks so yummy. Need to bake these cookies soon

  15. Way too salty! I would omit the salt and scale back on the baking soda a bit. I will try them again.

    1. So sorry to hear that....let me know if changing it helps.

  16. I LOVE PB cookies, but I almost never make them because we have a peanut allergy in the house and its just too much sometimes to make multiple batches of cookies and have to worry about cross contamination and all that fun stuff. Anyway, your cookies are going to make me seek some out soon! Beautiful photos!

  17. Just nothing like a classic peanut butter cookie! These look perfect!

  18. So wishing I had a stack of these and a tall glass of milk right now, Deb!

  19. These cookie look so good!! I love peanut butter cookies!

  20. You mention shortening... oleo... butter... crisco????
    Each makes some cookies just a little bit different.

  21. You just can't beat the classics! I could go for these right now!

    I stopped by from Whimsy Wednesday.

  22. Yep, you've made me wanting peanut butter cookies! My mom and I used to make them at least once a month, and with chunky peanut butter for extra bite! Thanks for sharing this recipe, pinning and running out to get the ingredients tomorrow.I’d love it it you’d link it up at Worthwhile Wednesdays Link Party!
    Allie (www.craftyallieblog.com)

  23. I love a classic peanut butter cookie. These look amazing!

  24. Perfect. I did use chunky peanut butter and Crisco. Just about the best PB cookies I have ever had. Dough was light and fluffy (and delicious). Each month I bake cookies for my husband's VFW meeting. There will be some happy Veterans tonight. Thank you.

  25. Yum! My Mother made the best Peanut Butter Cookies. Her recipe came from the recipe book that came with the mixer my Dad gave her for Christmas one year. The recipe did not call for any honey, but she knew Daddy loved honey and peanut butter so she always added a little for the flavor.


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