The Joy of Cooking cookbook is, in my opinion, one of the best cookbooks ever. Written by Irma S. Rombauer, it contains every American recipe made today. The recipe isn’t groundbreaking in its ingredients or technique, it’s because every home cook has tried to make the Joy of Cooking peanut butter cookie recipe at one point in their lives. The cookbook was the blueprint for all other cookbooks to come.

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Joy of Cooking Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Bake Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 150 kcal


  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  • Line 3 baking trays with parchment paper or butter paper
  • Add butter, sugar, and brown sugar into a bowl and beat them together with an electric mixer or a whisk
  • Crack in the egg and continue to mix till it’s well incorporated
  • Add the peanut butter while continuously mixing
  • Now add the vanilla, this will mask the smell of the egg
  • Add half of the flour and mix well, making sure there are no lumps in the cookie dough
  • Now add the rest of the flour along with baking soda
  • Scrape down the edges as well as the base of the bowl with a wooden spatula to dislodge any unmixed ingredient
  • Beat the cookie dough at high speed for 2 minutes
  • With an ice cream scoop, scoop out cookie dough balls and spread them at equal distances on the baking tray
  • Lightly press with the tins of a fork to give them the characteristic pattern
  • Place the trays into the oven and let the cookies bake
  • After 15 to 20 minutes or when the edges start to brown, remove the cookies from the oven
  • Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes

Tips for this recipe

  • We recommend using homemade peanut butter, its creamier
  • You can store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 5 days
  • Keep them away from moisture and air as they get soft and stale
  • You can use almond flour instead of all-purpose flour
  • We caution any individual with nut allergies to consult with your health professional before consuming these cookies
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Congrats! You’ve made the original Joy of Cooking peanut butter cookie recipe. They smell and taste like the American dream, crispy on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.

The peanut butter adds additional taste and aroma to regular sugar cookies. Cookies are the perfect snacks. Especially when sitting down for a cup of coffee or tea with friends and family.

The Joy Of Cooking And Irma Rombauer

The Joy of Cooking was first published by Irma Rombauer in 1931. Today it has sold over 14 million copies and has consistently landed in the best sling lists of all time. A revised version was released in 1977 with updated cooking techniques. This book also managed to become a bestselling cookbook.

Every grandmother has had a crumbly, worn-out copy of the cookbook somewhere in their homes. The Joy of Cooking was considered the Bible of American home cooking and many home cooks swear by it to this day. The success of the book is entirely on the fact that food is considered art and the preparation is kept simple.

Irma S. Rombauer was a widowed socialite of German descent. She was married to Edgar Rombauer, a lawyer, in 1899, his death left Rombauer widowed at 52 with two grown children and comfortable life savings. As of 2019, the Joy of Cooking is in its 9th edition.

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So, if you love sitting down for a cup of tea or coffee in the evening, you have got to try this recipe. There’s nothing more serene then enjoying a warm sip of hot beverage with delicious cookies!