Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are a delicious treat with a soft, chewy center and a slightly crisp edge. These cookies have the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavors, making them a favorite for peanut butter lovers. Enjoy them with a glass of cold milk to enhance the flavors and textures. This recipe is from jessicasheenanbakes and is absolutely fantastic! Also, don't forget to try the Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies if you're looking for more peanut butter goodness.
Ingredients & Substitutions:
- 1/2 cup of shortening (such as Crisco) or you can use 1 cup of all butter if you don't have shortening.
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted and mixed with the shortening. If using salted butter, consider reducing the amount of salt in the dough.
- 1 cup of light brown sugar for the cookies, and additional granulated sugar for rolling the dough.
- 2 cold eggs, which help create a thicker and chewier texture.
- 1 cup of creamy peanut butter (or crunchy for added texture).
- Optional: flaky sea salt or kosher salt for sprinkling on top.
Can I Make Smaller Cookies?
Absolutely! The original recipe makes 17 large cookies, but you can adjust the size according to your preference. Instead of using a 1/4 cup of dough, you can use a 1 or 2-tablespoon scoop. Just keep an eye on the baking time as it may vary for smaller cookies.
Can I Make the Dough Ahead of Time?
Yes, you can prepare the dough in advance for convenience. Simply scoop out the dough onto a lined baking sheet and cover it with plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for 1-2 days or freeze it for longer storage. When ready to bake, roll the dough balls in sugar and proceed with baking.
How to Store Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies:
To keep these cookies fresh, store them in an airtight container at room temperature. They will last for 3-5 days. For longer storage, you can freeze the cookies by placing them in a single layer on a baking sheet until solid. Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or bag, separating the layers with parchment paper. Cookies can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. When you're ready to enjoy them, thaw them at room temperature or warm them briefly in the oven.