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5 from 4 votes

Peanut Butter Cookies

These Peanut Butter Cookies are the classic cookie you all know and love with a secret ingredient that leaves them extra chewy and delicious!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time27 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 71kcal



  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Cream the shortening, peanut butter, and sugar together until smooth. Add the unprepared pudding powder, eggs, additional egg yolk, and vanilla. Beat for about one minute on medium speed.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients a ½ cup at a time and mix until combined.
  • Use a medium cookie scoop to portion out the dough into balls and roll the dough between your palms. Roll the balls in granulated sugar.
  • Place the balls of dough on the prepared cookie sheet about two inches apart. Use a fork to gently press the balls flat, making two indents with the fork tines, criss-crossing the marks.
  • Bake for 9 to 12 minutes then let rest on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.


  • Do not use all-natural peanut butter in this recipe.
  • Butter can be used in this recipe instead of shortening but I find that it makes them less chewy overall. The butter-flavored shortening gives the buttery flavor everyone loves and yields the best texture.


Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 30mg | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.3mg