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Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

My mother insisted that my grandmother write down one recipe for her when Mom got married in 1942: the how to make peanut butter cookies from scratch recipe. That was a real effort because Grandma was a traditional pioneer-type cook who used a little of this or that until it felt right. This treasured recipe is the only one she ever wrote down! —Janet Hall, Clinton, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place 3 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a fork or meat mallet if desired. Bake 10-15 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 each: 180 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 128mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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    • cakehostess
      Feb 7, 2021

      Great recipe sounds like the same one I have used for years and everyone loves them. I do add vanilla though. To Jan from an August 15, 2019 comment, you said you have a Tea Cake recipe from your grandmother. I have being looking for one because my Mother made these but never have out the recipe.

    • Lilly
      Feb 6, 2021

      I used Jif peanut butter and it didn't taste very peanut buttery. I'll use a different recipe next time.

    • Michelle
      Jan 5, 2021

      I love these! I made them exactly according to recipe. They taste just like grandma used to make! Thank you!

    • Nancy
      Dec 13, 2020

      This is almost exactly the cookie recipe I was given by my homemaking teacher back in the late 1960s, my recipe adds vanilla.

    • Stephanie
      Sep 8, 2020

      I have made these cookies for at least 58 years and they are imprinted on my brain the only thing that's different for me is it always asked for vanilla . I went ahead and put it in as it was already imprinted thank you. Oh yeah I added marijuana oil too that worked out very well

    • Mary
      Sep 4, 2020

      I would just like to thank you for sharing this recipe. I’m sure I will love them!! Peanut Butter cookies are one of my favorite. Mary Walker. Teague Texas

    • Sue
      Jul 8, 2020

      I found these cookies quite tasty! The shortening made them a nice soft cookie but full of flavor. Next time Zi will use dark brown sugar to compare results.

    • FEC
      Jun 27, 2020

      Have not tried this particular recipe although looks very good. A difference that has been used in my family as long as I can remember is to substitute bacon drippings for part of the shortening.

    • jimmyJEO
      Jun 6, 2020

      looks like Carol has a little trouble reading titles : "The Secret Cookie Recipes Grandma (Almost) Wouldn’t Share" ..Grandma didn't have the leisurely life we all enjoy today. Grandma's had grit and courage, and the best recipes were made to fill a stomach that has been working all day. This "Classic Recipe" Rocks! Mmmmm very tasty, make sure you read the recipe, and use the amount of peanut butter that the "recipe" calls for "1 Cup". Roll them in sugar also, like one commenter mentioned.Mmmmm

    • jimmyJEO
      Jun 6, 2020

      looks like Carol has a little trouble reading titles : "The Secret Cookie Recipes Grandma (Almost) Wouldn’t Share" ..Grandma didn't have the leisurely life we all enjoy today. Grandma's had grit and courage, and the best recipes were made to fill a stomach that has been working all day. This "Classic Recipe" Rocks! Mmmmm very tasty, make sure you read the recipe, and use the amount of peanut butter that the "recipe" calls for "1 Cup". Roll them in sugar also, like one commenter mentioned.Mmmmm