Peanut Butter Cookies

These peanut butter cookies are soft and chewy. The best I have ever eaten and always receives rave reviews. I have always used Jif Peanut Butter to get the best peanut taste. This recipe came from a small booklet of recipes from Oakland County, Michigan that I received after getting married.


4 to 5 dozen cookies


1 cup shortening
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder


Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C). In a mixing bowl beat shortening and peanut butter until creamy. Gradually add sugars, beating thoroughly after each addition. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix remaining ingredients and blend into peanut butter mixture.

Shape dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place about 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Flatten each cookie. Crisscross top of each cookie with a fork, if desired.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Cool 1 minute and remove from baking sheet. Continue to cool on wire cooling rack.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes/batch

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories: 129; Total Fat: 7.2 g; Cholesterol: 14 mg; Sodium: 124 mg; Total Carbs: 14.7 g (Dietary Fiber: 0.5 g); Protein: 2.3 g

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