Hey Besties! Where are my peanut butter lovers at?! Or even better, where are my peanut butter and chocolate combo lovers at?! You are going to be rejoicing with the latest in our growing cutout cookie recipe collection! This one was trickier to perfect than many of our other flavors, but I’m thrilled to share this amazing peanut butter cutout cookie recipe! Anytime you start playing with peanut butter, it requires a delicate balance of ingredients. Especially when you want a no-chill and no-spread recipe like we LOVE! But these are soft, chewy and absolutely delicious plain or iced. So, call your favorite peanut butter lover and let them know cookies are on the way! Let’s do this!
What PB Dreams Are Made Of
It seems people either love or hate peanut butter but those who love it, love it fiercely! Not gonna lie, I’m one of those people, along with my son. Then there’s my daughter who despises it and my husband who LOVES Reese’s peanut butter cups, but that’s where he draws his PB line! So, we are totally a house divided, which is fine with me because it leaves more for my son and me!
But there’s really no match for a great peanut butter cookie and when you can make it quickly, in all your favorite shapes? I’m in. As with all of our cutout cookie recipes, this is no-chill and no-spread. I used THESE perforated baking mats that I’ve fallen in love with. Not only does it leave the beautiful bottoms on the cookies, but they help your cookies bake evenly and eliminate any potential spread. If you ever struggle with cookies spreading, you’re going to want to pick these up; you can thank me later, Bestie!
- Food Safety & Healthy Diet – Silicone coated fiberglass mesh on both sides, nonstick and easy to clean. Oven, Microwave, Dishwasher and Freezer Safe. Our silicone baking mat will provides you, your family and friends with delicious foods with low fat. You can totally have healthy diet with this non-stick baking mats instead of the costly parchment paper.
I always use full-fat, regular creamy peanut butter for baking. Normally, I’m a JIF gal, but they were out at the store, so this specific batch was made with Skippy. Either brand works beautifully and gives a perfect amount of flavor, without being overpowering.
To Ice or Not to Ice?
One of the first questions cookiers always ask when it comes to our fun flavor cookies. While all of our recipes are incredibly delicious plain, we almost always ice and fully decorate them. It is also our preference to celebrate the flavor of the cookie and let that really shine though. So, we almost always use our vanilla royal icing which pairs beautifully with every flavor cookie we make. Every now and then we’ll flavor our icing, like for our strawberry lemonade cookies, but that is the exception. Now if you like to flavor your icing to compliment fun flavored cookies, you should do that! Just know that these are exceptional with vanilla royal icing, and you don’t NEED to make a special icing flavor.
That said, because we LOVE the peanut butter and chocolate flavor combo around here, I couldn’t resist using our chocolate royal icing for this batch! Especially with Halloween around the corner and knowing that Reese’s peanut butter cups are always the top-rated Halloween candy, this felt appropriate. And let me tell you, we have no regrets; it’s superb together. You can find our chocolate royal icing recipe HERE. It behaves almost exactly like our normal royal icing but does not get as thick when mixed. It dries very shiny and hard, so you can package and stack, but with a soft bite.
A peanut butter and chocolate cookie combo made in heaven!
Peanut Butter Cutout Cookie Recipe
All of my recipes are made for people who love an easy recipe that is quick yet incredibly delicious. If you’re anything like me, you’ve got 999 other things going on and I simply don’t have time to wait for dough to chill, rest, or any of that jazz. These babies can be mixed up, cut out and coming out of the oven in less than 30 minutes. I hope you love this latest recipe added to our collection for you! I know we’ll be BUSY with these during the holiday season! Who doesn’t love a cute peanut butter snowflake cookie?!
Without further ado, here is the perfect peanut butter cutout cookie recipe to now add to YOUR collection! Enjoy!
The Perfect Peanut Butter Cutout Cookie Recipe
- 1 cup (226g) Salted Butter Chilled
- 3/4 cup (165g) Light Brown Sugar
- 3/4 cup (150g) Granulated Sugar
- 1.5 cups (360g) Creamy Peanut Butter (I use JIF or Skippy)
- 2 Large Eggs Chilled
- 1 tsp (5ml) Vanilla Extract
- 3 cups (360g) All-Purpose Flour
- 1/4 tsp (1g) Baking Powder
- 1/4 tsp (1.5g) Salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- I use perforated baking mats on my cookie sheets, which I highly recommend for evenly baked cookies and eliminating any potential spread.
- In your mixer bowl cream butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and peanut butter, until smooth, at least 2 minutes.
- Beat in vanilla extract and eggs.
- In a separate bowl, combine baking powder, salt and flour. Add to wet ingredient mixing bowl a little at a time.
- Mix until thoroughly blended. Dough should be pulling away from the bowl.
- Chilling the dough is not necessary! I have tried many different ways of rolling out dough and always come back to the old-fashioned way; a sheet of wax paper that has been floured.
- I usually divide the dough into 3 chunks and roll out each onto a floured surface and cut. In my experience, this dough works best for cookies at 1/4" thick. I use my Joseph Joseph rolling pin which does the measuring for me – genius!
- Bake at 350 for 8-9 minutes, depending on size of cookie. I also suggest baking similar-sized cookies together. You can bake longer if you prefer a crispier cookie.
- Cool cookies on cookie sheet until firm enough to transfer to cooling rack.
I hope you love this peanut butter cutout cookie recipe as much as our family, friends and customers do! The options are endless for fun shapes and decorating possibilities!
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