Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies
Growing up as a kid I used to be a peanut butter fanatic. My favorite snack food was peanut butter, paired with anything. These Old fashioned peanut butter cookies are my own recipe passed down through my family and are super easy to make on an afternoon day. Depending on how liberal you are with the butter and peanut butter ingredients in this recipe, your cookies can come out either crunchy or chewy. I prefer my peanut butter cookies on the chewy side because then they don’t crumble easily if you want to pack them up and take them in your lunch or if you are really desperate you can put them in a plastic bag and carry them around in your purse for a snack attack!

These cookies aren’t a traditional Finnish recipe, as finding Peanut Butter in Finland is no easy task. I remember one time going to four different stores and asking for peanut butter only to be told “No we don’t carry that here”. The central market in Finland, Stockmann does carry peanut butter in their “American Foods” section. It is very expensive because it is imported from the states or another part of Europe! Peanuts are not native to Finland unfortunately, however you can find them if you put in some time looking.

Despite not being a traditional Finnish cookie, this recipe is among my favorite cookie recipes, next to sugar cookies and oatmeal cookies. This recipe for Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies is a breeze to whip up and enjoy with your friends or on your own as a snack. I’m sure my fiance is reading this recipe right now and drooling.

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 2 Dozen

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

These scrumptious old fashioned peanut butter cookies are absolutely divine! Certain to satisfy your peanut butter craving, cookies are chewy and tasty.


1/2 cup softened butter (if you want an extra moist or very chewy cookie you can ramp up the butter all the way to 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream the butter with the sugars in a small bowl until combined and a creamy texture is achieved.
  3. Add the eggs, vanilla extract and the peanut butter a little at a time to the butter and sugar mixture.
  4. Add the other dry ingredients- flour, baking soda and salt until a batter is achieved. The batter will be fairly dry at first but the longer that it sits it should come together nicely. If the cookie is still on the dry side you can add a teaspoon or two of milk to the recipe. Also to note, if you are not using the 3/4 cup recipe of peanut butter to add extra moisture.
  5. Use a spatula or a wooden spoon to gently knead the batter until you can form it into cookies.
  6. Form into cookies and place onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Use a fork to make two slats and give the cookie its standard appearance.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes until they are barely beginning to show browning at the edges. Cool on wire rack. Serve and enjoy.


I don’t claim to be a peanut butter expert, but I do have a brand that I enjoy more than the rest: Peter Pan. My fiance prefers JIF "natural".


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