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Crinkly Crackly Peanut Butter Cookies

These super-easy peanut butter cookies are deliciously buttery and chewy inside and crisp on the outside with lots of crinkles and crackles. You can make them quickly with a few simple ingredients - just one bowl and no mixer needed!
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword peanut butter cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 124 kcal
Author Chris Scheuer


  • ½ cup cold butter 4-ounces 1 stick
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⅓ cups flour
  • coarse sugar see types of raw sugar in Café Tips above in the post


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F degrees. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper for easy cleanup. Put about ½ cup coarse sugar in a shallow bowl, Set aside.
  2. Place butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 30-45 seconds until butter is partially melted (see pic above).
  3. Add sugars and egg and stir well. Add peanut butter and vanilla, stir until smooth.
  4. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt evenly over the butter mixture and stir until well incorporated. Lastly, add the flour and stir just until smooth. The dough should be fairly stiff and easy to scoop and roll in balls. If it seems too soft, place the bowl in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Scoop dough in mounds then roll into balls and finally, roll in the prepared coarse sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on prepared pans. Bake for 13-18 minutes or until light golden. If baking both pans at the same time, rotate pans halfway through baking time. Remove from oven and transfer cookies to a metal rack to cool completely. Enjoy!!

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips.

Nutrition Facts
Crinkly Crackly Peanut Butter Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 124 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 172mg7%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 179IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.