Who doesn't love a good peanut butter cookie? While I love all types of peanut butter cookies, for this recipe, I wanted a deliciously soft cookie that you can feel your teeth sink into. These peanut butter cookies are thick and have just enough chew for the perfect bite. They don't spread much, and stay fluffy and soft. And, the great thing about these cookies is that they do not call for butter. So, not only do you have to not wait for butter to soften, but they are a great dairy-free cookie option!
INGREDIENTS FOR SOFT AND CHEWY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
These cookies are insanely easy to make. To make them, you only need seven ingredients, that you probably already have in your home! Here's everything you will need.
• All-purpose flour
• Baking soda
• Peanut butter
• Brown sugar
• Vanilla extract
MAKING SOFT AND CHEWY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
These cookies are made in just 3 easy steps- make the dough, roll the dough, press the cookies. Here are the deets for what you'll need to do!
MAKING THE DOUGH
Begin by creaming together the peanut butter and brown sugar. Once combined, you'll add in the room temperature eggs and vanilla extract. Lastly, add in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix just until the dough is completely formed.
ROLLING THE DOUGH BALLS
Right after you finish making the dough, roll into 1.5 - 2 inch balls, and place a few inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
FORMING THE COOKIES
Once the balls of dough have been rolled out, it's time to press and form the cookies, giving them that 'traditional' peanut butter pattern. For this step, you'll need a small cup of water and a fork. Dip the fork into the water and shake off excess water. Gently press the fork on the top of the dough ball, leaving fork lines in one direction. Lift, and press down on the dough the other direction, creating the grid-like pattern on top. Then, just repeat for each cookie.
TIPS FOR THE BEST PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
These cookies are extremely simple and straightforward to make, but here are just a few tips to make sure you get the most perfect peanut butter cookies!
• Make sure your eggs are room temperature. If your eggs are cold and straight out of the fridge when added to the dough, it will make the dough firm up a bit more, making it crack easier when pressing them. I recommend using room temp. eggs to keep the cookie dough softer.
• Don't let the dough sit for too long. Because there's no butter in this recipe, the dough will begin to dry out a little quicker than other doughs. Once you finish making the cookie dough, I recommend immediately rolling the dough into balls and pressing with a fork. If the dough does sit, it is okay- it will just crack a bit more when pressing dough balls with the fork.
• Top the cookies after they're baked! You can absolutely eat and enjoy these peanut butter cookies once they're out o the oven. But if you're looking to jazz them up, you can sprinkle them with sea salt, or even drizzle/dunk in chocolate! Have fun with it!