peanut butter crisscrosses

I have a bad habit of losing touch with friends before I get their best recipes from them. I never asked my Spanish/Puerto Rican friend for the basics of his paella, and when I asked him how he makes his rice and beans, he beat around the bush about how I’d never be able to find the right ingredients in the US.

My college roommate made the most amazing peanut butter cookies. I didn’t know I was a fan of peanut butter cookies until hers, and I haven’t been a fan of peanut butter cookies since. But I could never get enough of those.

I’ve been simultaneously keeping an eye out for another perfect peanut butter cookie recipe and afraid to try any because they might not live up to my memory. But I’ve heard nothing but good reviews of Dorie’s recipe.  My friend’s cookies didn’t have mix-ins in them, so I left out the peanuts Dorie suggests, and I underbaked the cookies to get the soft texture I love.

Pretty darn close. Nothing tastes as good as a memory, but soft, sweet peanut butter cookies can come pretty darn close. Jasmine has the recipe posted since she chose these for Tuesdays with Dorie. I left out the salted peanuts and increased the salt to 1 teaspoon.

One year ago: Chocolate Soufflé
Two years ago: Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops


  1. Mmmm. I love PB, but I’ve never actually make PB cookies. I think they look so delicate and buttery and soft and lovely. That was a lot of adjectives, but a lot more can be used 😉

  2. They were excellent! I also made the chocolate variation, so mgood.

  3. Peanut butter cookies are my favorite! Its hard to find the perfect chewy peanut butter cookies recipe. I will have to give this one a try!

  4. treewhisperer says:

    “nothing tastes as good as a memory.” I love that line! I’ll share my favorite p.b. cookie recipe with you (there’s a couple of secret ingredients). 🙂

  5. Yours are so perfectly round and just the right size. Mine were a little crunchy but I used them for dipping tonight and they were delicious. Love yours.

  6. We thought these were good cookies too.

  7. I would love to make these, but bad things happen when I open a jar of peanut butter. It is best that I just keep that jar sealed. A good friend of mine claims PB cookies are his favorite, so maybe, just maybe, if I can summon enough will power, I’ll make these cookies for him.

  8. Yours look pretty tasty, but I would use a better pb than jif.
    This is the recipe I’ll try:
    1 c. peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
    1 egg
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 c. sugar

  9. Those cookies look perfect!

  10. I always love soft chewy peanut butter cookies…I must be in a peanut butter mood! I just posted two pb recipes, now this may make 3 🙂

  11. I love your first line “I have a bad habit of losing touch with friends before I get their best recipes from them.” I have read that over and over and laughed every time. I love that your regret is not losing touch with people, but not getting their recipes!

    Thanks for sharing, I always love reading your blog!

  12. how did your cookies get so perfectly fat, round and ADORABLE!? 🙂

  13. yummmmm…. classic cookie that never fails!! These look delicious!!

  14. “Nothing tastes as good as a memory.”
    I SO agree with this. Why is it that our memories always are better than what we have in front of us? Anyway, these cookies look fab. 🙂 I love PB cookies!

  15. Oh, these are definitely a family favorite. Thank you for reminding me of them – I’m sure they’ll be a staple of my fall and winter baking! Yours look wonderful!

  16. I make a recipe very similar to this. Love them!

  17. Love a good simple memory evoking recipe 🙂

  18. I LOVE peanut butter cookies! Yours look perfect!

  19. so true that nothing tastes as good as a memory….but glad these came close! i love your perfect little criss crosses!

  20. Karylann73 says:

    When my boys were young, they loved to make peanut butter crisscrosses! Thanks for the memory, and providing a recipe I no longer have on hand. The boys made the crisscrosses themselves, turned the oven on, set the timer
    …..all good learning experiences, yet fun and rewarding for them when they had the warm cookies to eat!