My favorite Peanut Butter Cookie recipe made using natural peanut butter.
Natural Peanut Butter is the kind of peanut butter that only has 1 ingredient: peanuts. I’m sharing this recipe because I have found that I have to alter the recipe a little when using natural peanut butter vs. regular. Regular peanut butter found at the grocery store is not made with just 1 ingredient it actually has multiple ingredients like: oil, sugar, salt, etc. It still may be called natural peanut butter but it is not pure peanut butter made with 100% peanuts only so check the label.
I have been buying Whole Foods brand of natural peanut butter(amazon affiliate link), the 365 brand with the green lid, it only has 1 ingredient which is of course peanuts.
I have found that you either have to add oil to the peanut butter yourself, cut back on the amount of flour you are using or increase the amount of peanut butter. Below is a recipe that has worked for me when using natural peanut butter. If I use my normal peanut butter cookie recipe the dough turns out way too dry. Be sure to stir the peanut butter up really good before using it in the recipe. Also if you are not using salted butter add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to recipe.
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, melted (microwave for 25-30 seconds)
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- (**if not using salted butter add ¼ teaspoon salt)
- Preheat oven to 350 F. degrees.
- Hand Mix the dough for this recipe and stir peanut butter well before using.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl add sugar, brown sugar, & butter together & stir until creamy. Add peanut butter, egg, & vanilla & stir until smooth & creamy.
- Add flour & baking soda & stir until well combined.
- Scoop or roll dough into 1 inch balls & place on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten each ball using a fork making a criss-cross pattern on top.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges start to slightly brown. (Don't over bake or your cookies will turn out hard).