The Best Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

Updated on March 17, 2015

Peanut Butter Cookies Made with Organic Ingredients and Ground Peanuts

Peanut butter cookies made with fresh ground peanuts.
Peanut butter cookies made with fresh ground peanuts. | Source

Freshly Ground Peanuts

A spoonful of ground peanuts.
A spoonful of ground peanuts. | Source
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Ground Peanuts and Butter

You may be surprised to see that this recipe doesn't use commercially jarred peanut butter or vegetable shortening, two of the most common ingredients in today's peanut butter cookie recipes. This recipe will instead take you back to before the invention of vegetable shortening and jarred peanut butter to a simpler time when food was actually good for you and cookies were a treat for special occasions instead of a snack food. You won't believe the difference in the texture and flavor of food when you step back in time and make it the way it was originally intended.

Ground peanuts are the original peanut butter. They can be ground chunky or somewhat smooth. There are a few benefits to using ground peanuts instead of peanut butter in this cookie recipe.

  • No Salt
  • No Sugar
  • Real Peanut Flavor
  • No Preservatives

I don't trust that the ground peanuts that I'm buying are exactly what I want so I make sure to get mine directly out of the machine. Unfortunately not all large grocery stores will have a machine that grinds fresh peanuts for you so if you can't find one that does and have to purchase your peanut butter in a container or jar, be sure to read the ingredient list on the jar of peanuts that you buy. The only ingredient should be peanuts and nothing else.

Using real peanuts instead of commercially processed peanut butter in this recipe makes a better cookie. The cookie remains soft, even a few days after baking, and maintains a peanut butter flavor that is authentic and quite pleasant. People will ask you for the recipe and the kids will LOVE these.

Butter is the other major change in this recipe. Do not try to use margarine either because it will not work. Butter adds a beautiful texture to these cookies that margarine, vegetable shortening and other synthetic, fake fats just can not duplicate.

People will ask you for this recipe when they try these cookies and the kids will LOVE these as long as you use the best, real ingredients that you have access to.

Use real vanilla extract for the best results!

Real, pure vanilla extract.
Real, pure vanilla extract. | Source

Homemade Ground Peanut Cookies

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 11 min
Ready in: 21 min
Yields: 24, 2" cookies

Ingredients for Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1/2 cup organic sweet cream butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup freshly ground peanuts, unsalted
  • 1/2 cup organic white sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose, unbleached flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

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How to Make Real Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium to large mixing bowl, combine the ground peanuts and the butter until they are well mixed. You can do this by hand or using a mixer.
  3. Add the packed brown sugar and the white sugar to the mixed ground peanuts and butter mixture. Stir until well mixed.
  4. Add the egg and the vanilla and stir until mixed.
  5. In another bowl, sift (or stir) the flour, baking soda and salt together.
  6. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing well as you go. The dough will become harder to stir when you get to the end of the dry ingredients.
  7. Roll teaspoon size balls of cookie dough and place the balls a couple of inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Using the tines of a fork, make a traditional cross cut pattern in the top of each cookie. This adds the design along with flattening the cookies for better baking.
  9. Place the cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. You will know that the cookies are done when the edges are a very light brown.
  10. Allow the cookies to cool on the sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
  11. Cookies will remain soft and delicious, stored in an air tight container, for up to a week.

How to Make Old Fashioned Ground Peanut Butter Cookies in Photos

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the ground peanuts and butter in the mixing bowl.Add the packed brown sugar and the white sugar, mix well.Add the egg and the vanilla extract.  Mix well.The wet ingredients in the dough should have a light and airy look to them.Sift or mix the flour, salt and baking soda in another bowl.  Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredient mixture until it is completely combined.Dough made with ground peanuts looks a little different than the newer version of peanut butter cookies!Roll teaspoon size dough balls and place a couple of inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.Using a fork's tines, you will want to put the signature cross hash marks into your cookies.  This also flattens them down a bit.Lightly press on the fork to create the first indention.Lightly press on the fork from the other angle to finish the design on the top of the cookie.A perfectly crossed peanut butter cookie will look like this.Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.  You know your cookies are done when they are light golden brown.A perfectly baked peanut butter cookie is the same color on the bottom that it is on the top.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the ground peanuts and butter in the mixing bowl.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the ground peanuts and butter in the mixing bowl. | Source
Add the packed brown sugar and the white sugar, mix well.
Add the packed brown sugar and the white sugar, mix well. | Source
Add the egg and the vanilla extract.  Mix well.
Add the egg and the vanilla extract. Mix well. | Source
The wet ingredients in the dough should have a light and airy look to them.
The wet ingredients in the dough should have a light and airy look to them. | Source
Sift or mix the flour, salt and baking soda in another bowl.  Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredient mixture until it is completely combined.
Sift or mix the flour, salt and baking soda in another bowl. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredient mixture until it is completely combined. | Source
Dough made with ground peanuts looks a little different than the newer version of peanut butter cookies!
Dough made with ground peanuts looks a little different than the newer version of peanut butter cookies! | Source
Roll teaspoon size dough balls and place a couple of inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Roll teaspoon size dough balls and place a couple of inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. | Source
Using a fork's tines, you will want to put the signature cross hash marks into your cookies.  This also flattens them down a bit.
Using a fork's tines, you will want to put the signature cross hash marks into your cookies. This also flattens them down a bit. | Source
Lightly press on the fork to create the first indention.
Lightly press on the fork to create the first indention. | Source
Lightly press on the fork from the other angle to finish the design on the top of the cookie.
Lightly press on the fork from the other angle to finish the design on the top of the cookie. | Source
A perfectly crossed peanut butter cookie will look like this.
A perfectly crossed peanut butter cookie will look like this. | Source
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.  You know your cookies are done when they are light golden brown.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. You know your cookies are done when they are light golden brown. | Source
A perfectly baked peanut butter cookie is the same color on the bottom that it is on the top.
A perfectly baked peanut butter cookie is the same color on the bottom that it is on the top. | Source

Peanut Grinding Machine at Whole Foods

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        Liam Leather 

        14 months ago from Europe

        I am always up for sweets. I truly have a sweet tooth and I cannot stay away from cookies.

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        Ashly Christen 

        2 years ago from Illinois

        I am very good at burning my cookies lol almost every time!

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        Randomovic 

        3 years ago from Egypt

        peanut is my addiction :D

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