Best Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies Best Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

Photography: Maya Visnyei | Food styling: Michael Elliott | Prop styling: Geary House

These are the best, most chewy peanut butter cookies you’ll ever have—we guarantee it. 

  • Prep time 35 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour & 45 minutes



Place 1/3 cup of the granulated sugar in shallow bowl.

In large bowl, using electric mixer on medium speed, beat peanut butter with butter until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes; beat in brown sugar and remaining 2/3 cup granulated sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg; beat in egg yolk and vanilla. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; stir into peanut butter mixture just until combined.

Divide dough in half; wrap each in plastic wrap. Shape each into disc; freeze until firm, about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough by rounded 1 tbsp into balls; roll each in reserved granulated sugar to coat. Arrange, 2 inches apart, on prepared pans. Lightly press 2 or 3 peanuts on top of each (if using).

Bake, 1 pan at a time, until edges are golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on pans on racks for 3 minutes; transfer to racks to cool completely.

Test Kitchen Tip: To measure flour, spoon it into a dry measure until heaping. Don’t pack or tap it on the counter to level; level with the straight edge of a knife or spatula.

Makes about 48 cookies.

Nutritional facts PER COOKIE: about

  • Sodium 93 mg
  • Sugars 8 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 87
  • Total fat 4 g
  • Potassium 46 mg
  • Cholesterol 11 mg
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Total carbohydrate 11 g


  • Iron 3
  • Folate 7
  • Calcium 1
  • Vitamin A 1
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