Old-fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Old-fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ¾ cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil for shaping cookies
  • Flaky sea salt for sprinkling on top of cookies


  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter, peanut butter, and both sugars until light and well blended.
  • Combine eggs and vanilla in a liquid measuring cup. Add eggs one at a time to electric mixer, blending well before adding the next.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • On low speed, add to egg and butter mixture until a dough forms.
  • Scoop dough into a smaller bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for approximately 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Using a 2-ounce or ¼ cup ice cream scoop, scoop dough and roll into balls. Place balls on a parchment-lined sheet pan, leaving 2 inches between cookies.
  • Place vegetable oil on a small plate. Dip a large fork into the oil and press in a crisscross pattern onto each ball of dough. Sprinkle generously with sea salt.
  • Bake for approximately 14-16 minutes, or until cookies are light brown. They will continue to set up as they cool.


Makes approximately 22 large cookies