Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies

These Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies are the perfect cookie for any and all peanut butter lovers!

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These Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies are the perfect cookie for any and all peanut butter lovers!Are you a creamy or crunchy sorta person?  I personally prefer crunchy peanut butter on a sandwich, but I prefer creamy when using peanut butter in desserts.  So that means we always have at least 2 jars of peanut butter in our house.  (Well, technically 3 as we use peanut butter to give our dogs their pills.)  But if I absolutely had to pick between crunchy and creamy, then I’d have to go crunchy.  And it turns out that I’m following the national statistic.  According to the National Peanut Board, most guys prefer crunchy peanut butter while most ladies and children opt for creamy.  I wonder why?  Crunchy is also more popular on the West Coast, while East Coasters prefer creamy.  Go figure!

These Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies are the perfect cookie for any and all peanut butter lovers!And the fun facts about peanut butter don’t end there!  According to a recent USA Today study, 28.8% of folks prefer to eat peanut butter with a spoon, followed closely by 27.6% who prefer peanut butter on crackers.  But what I don’t see on that list is people who prefer to eat their peanut butter in cookie form.  I mean peanut butter cookies are a classic!  (But 6.2% of us prefer peanut butter on pretzels.  I’ll have to try that one!)

These Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies are the perfect cookie for any and all peanut butter lovers!A good ole classic peanut butter cookie is hard to beat.  Oatmeal raisin cookies are probably my favorite cookie, but they only edge out peanut butter cookies by a hair…or maybe a raisin.  A couple of years ago, I made these Chocolate Snowball Cookies, and they’ve totally become one of our favorite holiday cookies.  We make several batches every December.  But the other day, I started wondering whether I could blend my classic peanut butter cookie recipe with that chocolate snowball cookie recipe.  These Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies were the result, and I’ve gotta say they might give the chocolate version a run for their money!

These Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies are the perfect cookie for any and all peanut butter lovers!If you’re a peanut butter lover (creamy or crunchy; East Coast or West Coast), then these Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies deserve a spot in your holiday cookie lineup!  Do give yourself a little extra planning time when making these, though.  The dough needs to be refrigerated a bit before baking, so just make up the cookie dough in the morning and then bake it off in the afternoon.  (Or you could even make the dough up the day before to help streamline your holiday cookie making marathon!)

These Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies are the perfect cookie for any and all peanut butter lovers!Now that I’ve seen how well these Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies turned out, my next adventure is to see if I can once again merge two cookie recipes together to create chocolate-peanut butter crinkle cookies.  But for now, I’m going to sit back, enjoy some Christmas music and happily munch on my Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies.  Enjoy the holiday cookie baking season, my friends!

These Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies are the perfect cookie for any and all peanut butter lovers!

Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies

These Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies are the perfect cookie for any and all peanut butter lovers!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings: 18 cookies
Calories: 209kcal



  • Using a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set bowl aside.
  • Using a countertop mixer, cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes on medium speed).
  • Add peanut butter, egg and vanilla; mix on medium-low speed until well combined.
  • Add flour mixture; mix on medium-low speed until well combined.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. (Note: This dough can be refrigerated overnight, too.)
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Roll dough into 1” balls.
  • Place ½ cup of powdered sugar in a small bowl. Roll each ball in powdered sugar until well coated. Place dough 2” apart on 2 parchment-lined cookie sheets.
  • Place cookie sheets in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Bake for 16-20 minutes at 350°F, or until cookies are golden brown. Let cookies cool before removing from pan.
  • Place remaining ¼ cup of powdered sugar in a shallow bowl. Carefully dip tops of each cookie in the powdered sugar.

These Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies are the perfect cookie for any and all peanut butter lovers!

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  1. That’s such a hard question! I love all sorts of pb and we always have lots in our home too. I made crinkle cookies a couple of years ago and have been lovin’ them since! I’ve never had a peanut butter variety before so now I know I’ve GOT to try these! P.S. Nothing wrong with eating pb straight up with a spoon…..we’ve all been there 😉 Have a great week, David!!

    1. You know, that’s a good point, Dawn. I do enjoy both creamy and crunchy pb myself…it just depends on how I’m planning on eating it. For sandwiches, though, it’s crunchy. I need that extra bit of texture! Do give the PB crinkle cookies a shot…they’re fun, and perfect for the holiday baking season! 🙂

    1. I do enjoy both creamy and crunchy pb, too, Dawn…but for me, it’s all crunchy when it comes to sandwiches! These cookies turned out super fun, but they required creamy. I’m not sure crunchy pb would work for cookies? Maybe it would? Maybe I just need to try it to know for sure? 🙂 Thanks so much, my friend!

  2. I’m west coast all the way–crunchy peanut butter is my favorite, but I only like it a little more than creamy. Really, I’ll eat it any way I can get it. Especially in the form of cookies! These look soooo freaking delicious, David! (PS, DEFINITELY try pb on pretzels, maybe with a side of chocolate chips. I’ve made a dinner out of that more than once.)

    1. See, I’m not surprised one bit at this, Kelsie. We were clearly separated at birth, and we all know that the creamy vs. crunchy preference is genetic. So deep down I already knew that you’d be on the crunchy train! Also, I’m now craving pretzels dipped in PB like you wouldn’t believe. And if I add chocolate chips to some of ’em, then I’ve got dessert covered, too! 🙂

  3. These look wonderful! I love the salty/sweet combo and this looks like it’ll nail that perfectly. These go on my list for the weekend baking – thank you! I don’t do any PB cookies, so this might be one-and-done for my search 🙂

    1. Hey there, Bonnie! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. I do love these crinkle cookies…they’re so festive! (Although, to be fair, the classic PB cookie that I linked in the post is up there pretty high on my list, too.) Either way, I do hope this becomes a one-and-done recipe hunt…they’re darned good! 🙂 Let me know what you think? And happy baking, my friend!

  4. I just love peanut butter there is no question about it, but guess what? My daughter doesn’t like peanut butter at all. In fact, she doesn’t like the tastes of peanut itself. So whenever I have to buy peanut butter for myself, I buy choco spread for her. 🙂 By the way great recipe David!!!

    1. Hey there, Puja! So your daughter doesn’t like pb at all? I can totally see that since she doesn’t like peanuts. I guess that just means more pb cookies for you, right? 🙂 And I bet these cookies would work well with choco spread (Nutella?) instead of peanut butter! I’ll have to try that out sometime. Thanks so much for the comment, my friend!

    1. Hey there, Irma! Thank you so much for the kind comment. 🙂 Oh gosh, I can’t believe I didn’t include how many cookies this batch made. I’m normally pretty good about that for cookie recipes! Unfortunately, my notes are long gone, and I’m thinking I just forgot to transfer the quantity over to the online version here. If my memory serves, then I seem to recall this making 2 dozen cookies. Don’t quote me on that, but I think that’s a pretty good guess! If you do make this recipe, come back and let me know how many cookies it made? I’ll add it to the recipe! Or maybe I just need to make another batch myself…haha!

  5. I’m a total peanut butter lover – Like you, I like the crunchy in a sandwich, but prefer the smooth for cooking. And I do agree, peanut butter and pretzels is also delicious, especially covered with chocolate 😉. These PB crinkles look simply amazing and so festive! thanks for the recipe!

    1. Peanut butter + pretzels sounds like my idea of the perfect snack! I love the salty & sweet combination, and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to stop dipping the pretzels straight into the jar of peanut butter. Oops! 🙂 Kinda like how I couldn’t stop eating these cookies. Oops! Thanks, Laura!!

  6. I’ve never had peanut butter crinkle cookies, so I’m thinking that needs to change ASAP! I prefer crunchy on sandwiches, but since I don’t often make those, I typically just have a jar of creamy (plus a separate jar for the dog, of course). That’s really interesting that there’s a geographic trend in preference!

    1. Hey there, Mara!! So pb crinkle cookies is where the party is at this year! I also laughed at your comment about the separate jar for the dog…we totally have the same thing here. In fact, our dog jar is labeled “dog” on the top in black marker. Haha! I hope all is going well for you…your semester should be wrapping up soon?? Then I hope it’s all holiday baking, all the time for a few weeks!! 🙂

  7. David, I’m with you here. I love crunchy peanut butter on my toasts, and when it comes to desserts (especially no bake ones), I’ll likely choose smooth one. And if I needed to pick the only one kind, that would be the crunchy one. Surprisingly, how many similar food likes and preferences we have, David. Well, except lavender. But you know, no one is perfect 🙂 Also, there should be another category – people who don’t mind snacking on peanut butter just straight out of the jar. When I don’t want to consume more carbs, I can eat a spoon of butter, and I’ll be happy. And these cookies are legit. I will take a few (few dozens) if you don’t mind.

    1. Yup, we share the same opinion on peanut butter then, Ben! Desserts require creamy, but I want crunchy if I’m just eating it on a sandwich…or on saltine crackers…or with a spoon. 🙂 I know, I know. I’m just lacking the lavender taste bud. But that’s ok because it just means more lavender for you! I hope you are getting the chance to do some holiday baking up there. It’s getting cold (and snowy), and cookies in the oven (esp peanut butter ones) is a requirement on cold, snowy days!

  8. I’m a creamy PB fan all the way… Guess that’s because while I’m currently a Cali girl, I was born & bred an east coaster! 😉 I just had a holiday baking day with my cousins yesterday, and we made the classic PB chocolate kiss cookies… I think I ate a few too many of them, they were so good!

    1. See…this poll doesn’t work for you, Nicole! I mean you’re East Coast in your roots, so creamy is naturally the right choice. But then you’re West Coast now, so I’d expect crunchy. Maybe it’s the female side of things that casts the deciding vote for creamy? 🙂 Oh my gosh, I absolutely love PB chocolate kiss cookies. Laura’s uncle used to make those every Christmas, and I’d seriously find ways to walk by the kitchen just so I could pick one up on each pass. Haha! Thanks so much for the comment, my friend!

  9. Ah, the creamy peanut butter v crunchy peanut butter debate!

    Well I prefer crunchy peanut butter, but I use creamy when adding peanut butter in desserts. Lynne prefers the creamy kind. For us, we only have one jar in the house at a time and it’s either creamy or crunchy depending on whether I got to the store first or Lynne did! Ha ha!

    Either way, we certainly wouldn’t be arguing over which kind to use in these peanut butter crinkle cookies it wouldn’t matter we’d love these whatever kind of peanut butter is used!

    1. Hmmm…that poll covered East Coast vs West Coast, but it didn’t cover Scotland. And based on your comments, I’m not sure we have a large enough sample size to determine the official Scottish preference for peanut butter. Haha! I love that you guys buy different kinds, and the prevailing kind is whoever went shopping. I guess that’s the bonus for doing the shopping, huh? 🙂 Thanks so much, Neil, and I hope you and Lynne are having a great week so far!!

  10. So I have a little confession….I don’t like peanut butter! Never have and at my age I’d have to say I probably never will. But that doesn’t mean I don’t make peanut butter sandwiches for my kids – and I’d even be tempted to make them these cookies! They’d love them!!! Oh, and we have crunchy and creamy peanut butter in our house!

    1. Whhaaaaat! You don’t like peanut butter? Kathy! I’ve known you for so long, and I had no idea. Haha! So I’m thinking these cookies would totally work with Nutella instead. I’ve been thinking about trying them out, but I just haven’t gotten there yet. Are you a Nutella fan? Either way, I hear ya on having both crunchy and creamy jars in the house…and then another creamy jar for the dogs. Hah! 🙂

  11. Everyone I know loves Peanut butter..Why do they need to turn detective for such a popular thing :D. I love Peanut butter everywhere, on my crepes,in my granola and specially in desserts! And I have no bias for the crunchy or creamy version :P. So obviously, I love these crinkle cookies! And I can’t wait to try them!!

    1. Haha! I totally agree, Deepika. 🙂 I like both crunchy and creamy versions myself, but I do prefer crunchy when eating it plain. Like with a spoon. Haha! But creamy is best for baking in my opinion…either way, these peanut butter crinkle cookies are a fun one. The only problem is they disappeared way too fast!

  12. That’s a lot of peanut butter research, David! I’m a fan of the smooth stuff myself. We are also a household of 3 jars. We buy the dog jar in a different brand and clearly label it so there are no mishaps! 🙂 You are a genius to make crinkles in peanut butter form, my friend!

    1. Hey, research is fun when it comes to something you love, right? And what’s not to love about peanut butter!? 🙂 We totally have the jar of dog peanut butter, but we label it with black marker “DOG” on top. haha! Thanks so much, Rachelle! I hope you are doing well, and I hope you’re getting ready for the big man in the red suit to come down your chimney. (You might want to leave him a cold beer…just sayin’. He probably will need it.)

  13. Crunchy peanut butter for this girl. 🙂 Cracking up about pb for dog pills –
    the universal con…haha Loving the crinkle top on these, David. I could eat about a dozen!

    1. I’m crunchy all the way, too! Well, at least if I’m eating it plain. When it comes to baking, I turn to the creamy version. And PB for dog pills is absolutely the universal con…but they don’t seem to mind too much! In fact, they come around begging if we don’t get their pills out soon enough in the morning. 🙂 Thanks so much, Marissa!!

  14. Why don’t you just put chocolate chunks in these? I’m going to. Btw, oatmeal raisin is MY favorite cookie! I hate crunchy pb. But I’m a misfit in most other ways, so no real surprise there.

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