This old fashioned peanut butter cookies recipe is the homemade cookies recipe my great grandma and grandma made! These cookies are super delicious and easy to make and your family will love them! You can find this recipe in volume 1 of our Dining On A Dime Cookbook.
This peanut butter cookies recipe calls for a few more ingredients than the 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies recipe but don’t be afraid to try it. These cookies are nice and fluffy and it’s not any more work to mix them up.
Give these old fashioned peanut butter cookies a try! They’re just like grandma’s– OK, they ARE grandma’s, so everyone will rave about your cookies, too!
Grandma’s Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe
- Yield: 6-8 dozen
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
- Preheat oven to 375°.
- Cream shortening and sugars.
- Add peanut butter, eggs, vanilla and dry ingredients.
- Stir until well blended.
- Roll into balls.
- Place on a cookie sheet.
- Flatten with a fork dipped in flour.
- Turn fork 90° and make another fork print for the design.
- Bake 10 minutes or until brown. Make 6-8 dozen.
Note: To make all your baking super easy and quick, make sure you have a baking center in your kitchen where all the baking supplies are stored in one place. Then you won’t have to move all over the kitchen to get ingredients and put them back. You can do everything in one smooth movement, taking out, using, and putting back all of the ingredients in one quick motion.
I even go so far as to have 5 shakers of salt in my small (20×20 foot) kitchen. I keep one salt shaker with baking ingredients, two others on the stove (different sized tops for different recipes), one with my spices and one on the table. That may seem excessive, but when you have Fibromyalgia you don’t have the energy to waste going back and forth for ingredients.
Baking gets frustrating when you have to walk all over the kitchen from cabinet to cabinet getting ingredients, so keep all your baking ingredients in one place.
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I made this recipe this morning after watching Jack and Mike make cookies. It has a thumbs up from the husband. I’m sure the Wildbunch will wipe them out when they get home from school.
Any chance U can substitute for butter? I don’t use shortening…gross chemicals.
Mary you can use butter but the texture and all will not be the same. You might want to do some research (looking at pros and cons) because there are no chemicals in shortening in the sense you are using it. It is an oil that is taken from plants like palm oil, soybean etc. Not sure where the idea came from that it is made from nothing but chemicals but it is once again one of those fear myths that people are believing. As a matter of fact at one point people (doctors too) said do not eat butter because it has more bad fats in it than shortening or margarine. Now things have swung all the way into the other direction saying you shouldn’t eat shortening.
Just a heads up, everyone may want to rethink their fear about chemicals- did you know there is nothing you breathe, touch, taste or see that is not a chemical. Everything there is is made up of chemicals. So when you say you don’t want to eat or use anything with chemicals in it that means you can’t eat or use anything.
Love the explanation. It’s like educating someone with a smirk!
Never thought of it like that before Shawna. :) One thing I want people to learn more than anything though is to stop doing all these different myths and ideas out of fear and what “they” say but to truly research things themselves to find out what the truth is. That doesn’t mean just researching the side you want to believe but to open mindedly research both sides in depth.
The cookies were good. I did half butter and half shortening. The next time, I will add a little more peanut butter, sugar, and less shortening.
Loved! This recipe. I baked all the time as a kid and this recipe brought back so many good memories. I used butter instead of shortening. The cookies were a crunchy buttery taste. My family loved them. I shared with my granddaughter and shared with my son and they LOVED them. Thanks for sharing. I doubled the recipe. I really had fun baking these cookies. The house smelled wonderful!
WHAT KIND OF SHORTING WITH BUTTER OR PLAIN
I usually use plain but you can use either because they are the same except for the one has a little butter flavor in it.
Hello, my question is, why do the peanut butter cookies break when taking off the cookie sheet? Am I not leaving them long enough to cool? I haven’t tried your recipe yet, I will as they sound awesome!! Thank you and best to you, Ellen
Ellen not for sure but you are right usually they break when you try to move them and they aren’t cool enough but I rarely have mine break even when they aren’t cool so not sure. You might try this recipe and see if you have better luck. Could be the amount of shortening in them and sometimes people use butter in place of shortening or margarine which can really mess with the texture of something and how they hold together. I always recommend too when trying a new recipe make it exactly like the recipe – that way the first time you can see what it is suppose to be like and taste like. Then you can experiment with it the next time you make it and if something goes wrong then you know you need to go back to the original ingredients.
I walk with a walker and have a tray to put on my walker when I have to carry things. When cooking or baking I load up my tray with all ingredients and have everything in one place before starting to cook. It helps for a person with disabilities.
These are awesome peanut butter cookies, I use butter and there a hit in my household every time, thanks for the recipe! ❤️
There is nothing like a good old peanut butter cookie for sure.
This is the recipe for peanut butter cookies that I’ve been looking for! It has no milk for my dairy-free child. Thank you!
Glad this recipe will work for you Angela. I love this peanut butter cookie recipe so much. They are just good old fashion cookies.
Good morning, I was wondering if I could use almond butter instead of peanut butter. Due to allergies. Thank you for all you do. Love the how to and the common sense to get things done. ❤️ Denise
Denise I am not sure it might work but it would maybe have a different flavor than a strong peanut butter. You might make a half of batch and see. It could have a good flavor to it.
Can you freeze some of the batter?
Yes you can. I roll mine in logs and then just take the frozen log out and slice off what I need.
I followed the recipe to the dot! These are delicious cookies! I have saved this recipe and will make them again!
Glad you liked them Sandra. I have started taking this recipe to potlucks and things because people (adults and kids alike) really like them and they bring back fond memories for many. Plus they are very easy and inexpensive to make.
This is the second time I made this recipe. The first time they were perfect. For some reason this time the dough was very crumbly. I don’t know what I did wrong. They taste fine but the dough was messy to work with. Has this ever happened to anyone else?
Have never had this happen but all you need to do is to add 2 1/2 cups flour and see what the dough looks like – if sticky add another 1/4 cup of flour up to 3 cups or until it looks right. It could be a couple of things – you maybe just added 2-3 Tbsp. extra of flour with out realizing it by heaping it to much, the kind of peanut butter you used could have been a little drier, even humidity can affect it, your eggs may have been a bit smaller etc. Just adjust the flour.
These cookies are SO good!! The only thing I don’t like is I can’t stay out of them!!
LOL Karen. I know what you mean. I now can bake them – hold back a couple for me and then take the rest to the grand kids so I am not tempted. LOL
Add a teaspoon of cinnamon, makes them even more yummy!!