Reader question… “My family loves your other cookie recipes, but I’m wondering if you have a recipe for peanut butter cookies. Whenever I make them, they do not taste as ‘peanutty’ as I would like. Any ideas or hopefully a recipe you would share?” –Rhonda P.

These peanut butter cookies are the ones I remember from my childhood. The recipe comes from a Spry shortening cookbook that was published seventy-one years ago. These cookies are very easy to make and they have a wonderful peanut taste. For the best flavor, be sure you use a natural peanut butter that contains only peanuts, or peanuts and a little salt. (Some of the popular brand name peanut butters contain so many other ingredients, the real peanut taste is often lost.) A natural chunky-type peanut butter is especially nice in this recipe.

1/2 cup shortening (I use butter)
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg (well beaten)

1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cream shortening/butter and peanut butter. Add sugars gradually and cream well. Add egg. Sift dry ingredients together and add to mixture. Chill.

Form into balls the size of a walnut and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Flatten each ball with a fork in one direction, then again in the opposite direction to make a criss-cross pattern.

Bake the cookies in a moderate oven (350°F) for ten to twelve minutes. This recipe makes about four dozen cookies.

These cookies freeze well.

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I am going to make these today. These sound *GREAT*!!

Mrs. Andrews

I really appreciate the recipes section of your blog. I have made them all except the sponge cake and everything was wonderful. Would you consider a step by step tutorial on how you make your sponge cake? I want to try the recipe but I have never made a sponge cake before and it intimidates me. Thanks again for this blog. It is a treasure.


I plugged the recipe in to weight watchers… and those 4 dozen cookies are only one point each!! I’ve found my snack! Thank you!

Joan B Smith

As soon as I read ‘your favorite peanut butter cookie’ recipe, I had to try it. I love recipes that include ingredients already on hand; no need to rush out to the store. I used crunchy peanut butter and because I was making them for my adult son, I made only two dozen large cookies instead of four dozen – none made it to the freezer. Thank you!