Crispy Peanut Butter Cookies

by zesty on October 19, 2012 · 27 comments

I wanted to focus on baked good today.  With that being said, I have a fun simple cookie that you will love – a versatile peanut butter cookie.  Whether you want a crunch, a soft chewy texture, chocolate or butterscotch chips, this cookie can handle it.  Next time you are in the mood for a homemade cookie, I suggest you try these.


To compliment the salty flavor from the peanut butter, you can try adding a handful or two of chocolate in any form or even butterscotch.  Let me know what you think of these peanut butter cookies.


  • 3/4 Cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 Cup butter (chilled)
  • 1 1/4 Cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Tbsp.  milk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 3/4 Cups white all purpose flour
  • 3/4 Tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 Tsp. salt


  1. Preheat Oven to 375 F.
  2. Cream peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, egg, milk and vanilla in a large bowl at medium speed until smooth and creamy.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda and salt.  Add to creamed mixture above slowly and beat at low speed until mixed thoroughly.
  4. Drop from a spoon onto non greased baking sheets.
  5. I pushed down with a fork to ensure the crispy texture.
  6. Bake at 375 F for 8 minutes until set and lightly brown.  These are very similar to the chewy chocolate chip cookies for me as I take them out when they just start to brown as I don’t want them to dry out and become crumby.
  7. Cool slightly and set on cooling rack.
  8. ENJOY!


Zesty Tip: If you want your cookies to have a crunch, push them down with a fork like these ones.  They will firm up quicker and offer the great texture you come to expect in a homemade peanut butter cookie.  If you want them softer and chewier, drop them from a spoon, use creamy peanut butter but forget pressing them down.

Question of the day? What is your favorite drink with a fresh baked homemade cookie?  Is it milk?  or tea?

Have a great day today and I hope this lightened your day and made you smile.

Take care


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1 Lori

The pictures are gorgeous! I’m actually headed to Antigua in December and I can’t wait! Thanks for giving me a preview. :)

Those PB cookies look delicious, my husband’s favorite by far. I have to go for milk with my cookies.


2 VeggieGirl


You are in freaking paradise, my friend.


3 rhodeygirl

ABSOLUTELY TEA! or even iced coffee if it is hot summer


4 girlbeerdrinker

Have fun!!! I love tea with my cookies.


5 brandi

ah…why do you torture us with those beautiful pictures! :)

I love milk with fresh cookies.


6 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

I’m so jealous of where you are right now… man…

Fresh baked cookies and milk are just a match made in heaven, but I tend to drink coffee with mine instead.


7 Meg

I am officially jealous! Look how beautiful it is there.

I like coffee with my homemade cookies. I know…I know…it is going to stunt my growth, but I like my coffee.


8 Sarah

I have been thinking about peanut butter cookies every day for a week… this may be a sign that I should just break down and make a batch.

Nothing really beats a glass of cold milk with a warm cookie! Hot chocolate is pretty good too.


9 Pearl

What a gorgeous view and nomnom PB cookies!

i like milk :D COLD glass, please!


10 Krista

GREAT cookies and AMAZING photos!!!

I’m jealous!


11 coco

great cookie and pics of the paradise!
fav drink for cookie: tea! :)


12 K

I don’t know what looks better – those cookies or that scenery!!

I used to be a milk + cookies girl! No tea for me :)


13 Joanne

Gorgeous pictures. I can feel the sunshine.

I like tea with my cookies – and I HAVE to dip them.


14 Bunny

Ok I’m jealous!! Love the pictures!! I love soft cookies so i’ll try these and let you know how they go for me!


15 Lauren

I am just BIT ( ;) ) jealous of where you are right now! When it comes to enjoying a drink with cookies, it all depends on the type of cookie for me.

chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies – hands down, milk
biscotti – coffee

peanut butter cookies go with just about anything :)


16 Marianne

Mmmm, cookies. I don’t usually have a drink accompaniment to go with my cookies, I eat them on their own. Or I might have a glass of water, because I always have water around. Could you use butter instead of shortening in your recipe?


17 ZestyCook

@Marianne – you sure can! And I have before… works great


18 Lisa D

I don’t think I can read your blog anymore when I am hungry!!!!You make my mouth water haha, and also make me want to go on vacation! And with most baked goodies i like some soy milk or a latte!


19 teeni

That is an awesome villa! I am so jealous of you in Antigua! I love the islands. They are so gorgeous. Anyway, I did try your pork, pepper, pasta recipe and posted about it on my latest post. Just thought you’d like to know. ;)


20 EAT!

Since I am in New Jersey and not paradise, baking cookies will be the next best activity for me today.

Have fun.


21 holly

i highly recommend using a natural peanut butter. (Smuckers makes my favorite.) the flavor will be unmatched by other brands- and since it doesn’t have any additives it’s better for you!!


22 Beverly

It’s the end of the day and the week, those cookies look so good. I am ready for the Comfort Food!


23 Susan Athill

Hey, I love recipes which use ingredients I already have in the house. So easy to try. Going to make these in the morning. I live in Antigua. Loved your pictures. Thanks for giving my country some extra exposure. Come again!!!


24 Sheila | Live Well 360°

My favorite is coffee!


25 Blender Benefits

I have a ton of organic pb in the cupboard and will def give this a shot. Thanks!


26 sally @ sallys baking addiction

I would add a lot of butterscotch to my peanut butter cookies! Love the two paired together. Great recipe Cory!


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