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Mary's Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

By M L mcmaven

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M's Story

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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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
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. 


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
1/2 tsp
vanilla extract, pure
1 1/4 c
3/4 tsp
baking soda
1/4 tsp

Directions Step-By-Step

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.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Hashtag: #Peanut butter

  • Comments

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    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!
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    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?
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    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!
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    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