Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

When was the last time you had old fashioned peanut butter cookies? They’re a tried and true crowd-pleaser just like Grandma used to make!

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies
Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies


½ cup vegetable shortening

¾ cup creamy peanut butter

1¼ cups brown sugar

3 tbsp milk

1 tbsp vanilla

1 egg

1¾ cups flour

¾ teaspoon salt

¾ tsp baking soda


Preheat the oven to 375℉.

Cream shortening, peanut butter and brown sugar until well combined and fluffy. Add milk, vanilla and egg. Mix just until combined.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda. Add to the creamed mixture and stir to combine.

Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Dip a fork in sugar and press lightly twice on one cookie, flattening it slightly to create a crisscross pattern. Repeat for each cookie.

Bake for 7-8 minutes until set and just beginning to brown on the edges. Do not over bake, as cookies will continue to cook on the hot cookie sheet after removing them from the oven.

Allow cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.

Yield: 3 dozen, 100 calories per cookie


Hack: Store cookies in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Hack: Cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months. Place cookies on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place them in the freezer until completely frozen. Remove to a sealable freezer bag and place in a freezer-safe container. To thaw, remove the desired number of cookies from the bag and place them on a paper towel-lined plate. Allow to thaw completely before serving.



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6 Replies to “Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. I love old fashioned peanut butter cookies, my grandmother used to make them and my mother still does from time to time.  Being a single father I am always looking for things to be able to cook up or bake for my kdis that are simple.  This looks like it might fit the bill so I might just give it a try.  Problem is I will end up eating most of them myself I am sure!  lol  Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. Ahhhh….the memories alone are reason enough to make these cookies but they also taste every bit as good as you remember!  I make cookies with my grandchildren and they always beg for some before bed.  They tell me that Daddy will eat them all when he gets home and then they won’t get any at all.  Looks like you’re in good company.  😉

  2. Woah, these look really good!

    Thank u for sharing the recipe with us, I will try them very soon.
    I’ve always loved this cookies in the store & shops, but I think they will be even better when I make som of my own.

    I’d like to see more of ur recipes soon :).

    1. I had actually forgotten about this childhood favorite until I saw them (homemade, of course) at a farmers’ market. I couldn’t wait to share the recipe!

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