Mary's Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Recipe Rating:
 50 Ratings
Serves: A group
Cooking Method: Bake


1/2 c margarine, light
1/2 c peanut butter, creamy
1/2 c sugar (plus additional for rolling cookies in before baking)
1/2 c brown sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract, pure
1 1/4 c flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

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Milwaukee, WI (pop. 594,833)
Member Since Oct 2009
M's notes for this recipe:
If I had to choose a "signature" recipe, this would be it. I've been making these since I was a teenager... because they're simply the softest, best-tasting peanut butter cookies I've ever had!
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This is a great soft peanut butter cookie!  My husband’s comment was that the peanut butter taste was not so overwhelming as most cookies of this type... very nice. 


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine margarine, peanut butter, sugars, egg and vanilla.
In a separate bowl sift together dry ingredients and add to wet mixture.
Form into small balls, roll in remaining sugar and flatten with a fork... creating a criss-cross design.
Bake 10-12 minutes until practically perfect.
Note: You can substitute butter for the margarine, but I actually prefer the reduced-fat margarine in this recipe. Also, be careful not to over-bake. These cookies are best when they're a little under-done.

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user Jan Mullikin jmulliki - Apr 22, 2010
Thanks for this recipe. I only know how to make crunchy peanut butter cookies. My kids will be so happy now!
user Sharon Willhite MsRotts - Jun 6, 2010
I made these today and they are really very good. The only thing I messed up on is I followed the recipe in order and didn't realiz I was supposed to save some extra sugar to put in later. Even with that mistake they were still really good. How much sugar should I have put aside and which sugar?
user M L mcmaven - Jun 7, 2010
Hi Sharon, glad you liked the cookies! Sorry for any confusion... all of the sugar in the ingredients goes into the actual recipe. Additional white sugar is needed to roll the cookies in before baking. I'll add that to the ingredients list! Thanks.
user Sharon Willhite MsRotts - Jun 7, 2010
Hi Mary, thanks for the clarification. I didn't roll these in sugar before I baked them but will do so next time. They were still really good even with that step left out. Thanks!
user Polly Motzko PollyMotzko - Aug 30, 2010
Well Mary,
This looks like another winner from your kitchen!

I would love to make these for my friends and parents. :-) I love the easy to remember even proportions too. :-)

Have you ever made these with chocolate chips?

Polly Motzko


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