Mamie’s Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe


Peanut butter cookies may not be a part of every family’s holiday assortment, but they always have been in mine. For as long as I can remember, Christmas time meant the prerequisite sugar cookies, my Aunt Thelma’s tea cookies, chocolate chip cookies, my mother’s famous wrecked fudge and my mother’s famous peanut butter cookies.

This is not my mother’s recipe. It was passed down to my wife by her grandmother, and while they are not exactly the same as the cookies my mother used to make, they are delicious nonetheless. (I’ll post my Mom’s version as soon as I can wrestle it out of my sister.)

These little gems are definitely one of the best recipes for a peanut butter cookie that I’ve ever had, and I haven’t been shying away from the plat of them, either. As a matter of fact, I’m a bit worried that my current trend of losing pounds is about to end, at least for a while. I don’t really think I mind though. These cookies are well worth an extra pound or two. I hope you’ll agree.

Are peanut butter cookies on your holiday must have list? If not, what cookies or confections are always on your Holiday table? I really would love to know.

Mamie's Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter (1 1/4 cup if using chunky)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  1. Mix butter, peanut butter, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and eggs together thoroughly in a stand mixer or large mixing bowl.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a separate bowl and mix into peanut butter mixture in three stages, with mixer on low speed.
  3. Chill dough for one hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  5. Form dough into walnut sized balls and arrange on cookie sheet with at least 2 inches between balls. Flatten dough balls with a fork dredged in sugar. (Press down twice, once in one direction, then once more, rotating the fork 90 degrees. This will create the traditional checkerboard pattern on the tops of the cookies.)
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit on cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:

Like many holiday standards, this is a family recipe that has been passed down from grandmother to granddaughter and will never be modified. Call me sentimental, I really don’t mind. *wink*.

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  1. says

    My mom has baked these forever, from a recipe on a Domino’s Sugar box. While they aren’t part of the Xmas roster, they are an historic family favorite.

    Thanks, Jerry, for offering assistance re: Blogger to WordPress. I’ll be in touch after the holidays. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas!

  2. Jerry says

    I think they were on our christmas table by popular demand of a couple of peanut luvvin’ carpet monkeys. (Namely my sister and myself.) In any event, they’re always there.

    It’s no problem. I remember working with blogger pre-having-my-own-server days. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the reasons I now have my own server. And I wouldn’t be a very good foodie if I wasn’t willing to help out, now would I?

  3. Naomia Rivera says

    Peanut butter cokkies are my faovrites. Nalani loves them probably more than I do. I can’t wait to try ths recipe. Let you know how they turn out.

  4. says

    Yeah !!! I nearly made peanut butter cookies once. I didn’t have one component and gave up. I was using a recipe from Nick over at Hot Sauce Blog. He had one that used a tsp or 1/2 of one of cayenne. Yay for cookies!


  5. Jerry says

    Please do hon! I really do miss you guys!

    Dr. Biggles,
    I dunno if I’d want to go for PB cookies with cayenne… Chocolate cookies or ganache, sure. But I don’ mess wit’ my PB cookies.

  6. says

    Terrific post and I enjoyed your views on this. I hope this holiday season brings you everything you’ve hoped for. I can’t wait to get the Christmas Lights out and start decorating. Wishing you all the best and will keep reading your blog in the future. Thanks!

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