December 6, 2012

Great Grandma's Peanut Butter Cookies

I have so many great memories of baking Christmas cookies with my mom, sister, and grandma in the winter.  These peanut butter cookies are just one of the many different types we make every year, and they are my favorite Christmas cookies!  This recipe comes from my great grandma, who made these cookies while working in a school cafeteria in New York.  Sometimes old family recipes that have been passed down are the best ones to make.  These are hands down the best peanut butter cookies I have ever eaten.  I have tried so many different kinds, and I might be a little biased because it's a family recipe, but I really think great grandma perfected the art of the peanut butter cookie.  I don't like cookies that are too crunchy or too chewy, so I think these have the perfect, melt in your mouth texture.  


  • 1 ½ cups softened butter 
  • 1 ½ cups peanut butter (They come out best with Peter Pan!) 
  • 1 1/8 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups of brown sugar 
  • 1 small egg 
  • 3 cups of flour 
  • ½ tablespoon baking powder (rounded) 
  • ½ tablespoon baking soda (rounded) 
  • ¼ tablespoon of salt 
  • Hershey’s kisses or M&Ms for the top 

1.  Pre-heat oven to 350.
2. Beat together the butter and peanut butter.
3. Add the egg.
4. Beat in the sugar and brown sugar.
5. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in another bowl. Gradually add it to the mix.
6. Roll into small balls (smaller than you'd usually do for a cookie) and put them on a cookie tray.
7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

8. Press the Hershey's kiss into the middle as soon as you take them oven.  Let them sit on the tray for about 2 minutes, and then put them on a tray to cool.  They will have to sit overnight before you can put them in a container to make sure the kisses harden. 


  1. Good morning, Caitlin! These look delicious...and I agree family recipes are the best. We make these every year. I will have to check mine to see if it is any different. And we are Peter Pan fans here as well! :)

  2. I will definitely make those for Christmas...thanks for sharing the recipe :-)