Easy Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies

Easy Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies

This, right here, is my split (food)personality showing up for you on bright, shiny display.

Do I want to be healthy? Yes.

Do I sometimes follow a Paleo regimen? Sometimes, but not so much lately.

Do I bake cookies? Yes. Almost all times.

Is sugar bad for you? *Ahem*.

I guess. . . if you want to get all scientific-y and high-and-mighty truthful about it.

Am I exercising and counting calories and trying to shed the most sticky, annoying 4 pounds on earth? Yes.

Sometimes, does a girl just want a freakin’ cookie?!

That was a rhetorical question.

Because, of course.

Just like everyone else this time of year, we’ve been on the superbusy train.

I don’t have time for intricate, hours long recipes for my high-calorie, non-healthy sweet fix.

For one day, I didn’t care, and these cookies are what came of it.

Small, soft in the middle, crispy on the edges, and a cinch to make – just mix, sugar dip, and drop on a tray.

No refrigeration, smooshing down, or fork-tine stamping required.

If you make them small enough (36 cookies per batch), my rough calculations are that they are about 90-100 calories each.

And I’m just going to throw this out there because it IS summertime and all – these would make ideal sandwich sides for a middle smoosh of Moose-Tracks ice cream. (I know – coming from the girl who doesn’t like ice cream. But can anyone really turn down Moose Tracks? I probably could, actually, but you know – would anyone else? Would you? Now I really want to know. Club Moose Tracks or not?? Ok, but even as I write this, I’m thinking, if someone handed me a peanut butter sugar cookie/Moose Tracks ice cream sandwich, I’d for sure eat it.)

It’s like window shopping for the junk-food deprived, folks. I’ve been dreaming in high-fat, calorie dense sweets lately.Easy Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies

Aaaaaand, we’re headed into summer with a wham-bang start!

PS – Do you guys have a summer bucket list??

What are you going to do for the next 10 weeks?

I want to know – ’cause I might steal your ideas so we can keep this house clicking at a nice happy tic.

Easy Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

Total Time: 24 minutes

Yield: 36 cookies

1 cookie


These cookies are quick and simple, and for that reason, I abandoned the traditional baking order of mixing dry ingredients in a different bowl beforehand. Here, you mix everything in one bowl, starting with wet and ending with dry. The only additional bowl you'll need is a small one - for dipping the dough in granulated sugar before you bake. **A note on measuring your flour: For this recipe, I went with the stir, scoop, level method. This means you'll stir and fluff your flour with a fork while it's still in your storage container. Then use a spoon to lightly add it to your measuring cup, then level off the top with the flat side of a butter knife. If you want to eliminate the spooning step, you can gently scoop up your flour in a quarter-cup measuring cup (being careful to scoop lightly and not pack the flour into the measuring cup), then level it with the flat side of the knife.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup crunchy, natural peanut butter ( I used Jif Natural)
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (table salt would work too)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar (for dipping)


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a mixer, add butter and peanut butter. Cream together. Add sugar and cream again.

Add in vanilla and egg. Cream together.

Add in baking soda, baking powder, salt, and 1/2 cup all purpose flour and mix just until incorporated. Add in 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour and mix until incorporated.

Scoop dough by heaping teaspoons, dip or roll in granulated sugar, and place on parchment-lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart.

Bake at 350 degrees F, for 7-10 minutes, or until bottom edges are just turning golden.


Sara| Home is Where The Cookies Are


14 thoughts on “Easy Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies

    • *sigh* I know! Here I say, “I don’t like it. I don’t like it”, then you come up with some crazy version I’ve never even thought of and I think, “Oh! I would like THAT!” So yes. Maybe I do. Deep down, somewhere. On occasion. 😉

  1. Ok, I have 2 questions for you:

    1. Do they even sell eggs that are medium or small?
    2. How did I not know you don’t like ice cream?!? Oh yea and a follow up to that… What’s wrong with you?!?

    • 1) I think not. The only other option would be non-specified. 🙂
      2) You’ve never tried to serve me ice cream. And, *sniff*, I have no idea.

  2. They look delicious. I love peanut butter cookies, but don’t eat them too often because I just don’t eat or crave cookies/baked goods often. But when I get the seldom random cravings, they so hit the spot and I am left happy.

  3. The 3/4 brown sugar in the ingredients section does not appear in the directions section. I assume it is creamed with the butter and peanut butter, no?

      • Haha! I added it after the egg and vanilla, and they turned out great! Added some reese’s peanut butter chips, and they were heaven. My boyfriend who doesn’t even like cookies devoured them 🙂

  4. Cookies are definitely part of a healthy lifestyle! Moderation is the key, right? And besides that, pb cookies are healthy for the soul so yeah I’m digging these! They look fabulous!
    Also, how come you don’t like ice-cream or pancakes??????? ;–) xxx

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