This easy recipe for Jif peanut butter cookies is so irresistible, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
When it comes to cookies, chocolate chip is always a safe bet.
But I defy anyone to say “no” to one of these Jif peanut butter cookies.
They’re perfectly chewy and brimming with an incredible peanut butter flavor that’s second to none.
I love that they’re not overly sweet, so I can have more than one (or three) at a time.
And there’s no chill time! Just make and bake!
Jif Peanut Butter Cookies
Jif is a brand we all know and love, and chances are, it’s your go-to when buying peanut butter.
And this recipe comes right from Jif itself, so you know it’s incredibly good.
In fact, this is probably the same recipe you had growing up!
To keep it simple, use smooth peanut butter for maximum flavor. But I do love a little crunch, so I will often use crunchy peanut butter instead.
Rather than a combination of sugars, as you would see in chocolate chip cookies, this recipe only uses brown sugar.
This adds to the chewiness of the cookies and provides a deeper caramel flavor.
If you’ve never used Crisco in your cookies before, you’ll be surprised to see just how well they hold up during the bake.
This is due to the shortening’s higher melt-point, which keeps the cookies from spreading too much and also adds to the more tender crumb.
To make these beautiful cookies, you will need:
- Light brown sugar – Brown sugar will give you that chewy texture you’re looking for. If you only have white sugar, your cookies will spread more during the bake and will be delicious, but crisper.
- Jif Peanut Butter – Since this recipe comes from Jif, it’s only right to use the brand. But truthfully, any good peanut butter will do the trick.
- Butter-flavored Crisco – Using the butter-flavored shortening will give the cookies that buttery flavor and help them hold their shape better.
- Milk – This is needed to help the dough come together and can be any percentage you have on hand.
- Vanilla – It’s always a must in cookies!
- Egg – This is also used to bind everything together.
- Sifted all-purpose flour – I’m pretty sure that other kinds of flour, such as self-raising, aren’t as commonly used in the States. Since this is the traditional recipe, it calls for all-purpose. If you only have self-raising flour at home, you will need to adjust the amount of baking soda you use.
- Baking Soda – This is used so your cookies will puff up and rise just a little.
- Salt – Another necessity; salt goes in everything you bake to help enhance all those wonderful flavors.
Tips for the Best Peanut Butter Cookies
These will be the best peanut butter cookies you’ve ever tried. I’m serious!
To make sure you aren’t disappointed, I have a few tips and tricks to make sure your cookies are perfect.
- Smooth peanut butter will leave you with fantastic, chewy cookies that are so hard to resist.
- Unfortunately, natural peanut butter, even the smooth kind, won’t give you the same texture, and your cookies will probably come out crumbly.
- If crispy cookies are ok with you, be sure to add a little extra salt when using natural peanut butter.
- If you want your Jif cookies to have some crunch, you will need to use more crunchy peanut butter since the peanuts will take up space in your measuring cup, and you’ll need to account for that.
- There is no need to chill this dough before you scoop and bake since the shortening will hold up well in the oven.
- If you used butter instead of the Crisco, I would suggest chilling the dough until firm so that the cookies don’t spread too much in the oven.
- These will be pretty pale when you take them out, but trust that they’re cooked! You’ll want them a little under-done so that they finish setting up on the counter.
- If you make this dough in advance and keep it in the fridge, you will need to let it come to room temperature before you can scoop it.
- Be sure to follow the recipe and don’t add any extra flour, even if it looks wet. This will make your cookies crumbly rather than soft.
- For the softest crumb, transfer your cookies to a cooling rack once out of the oven, so the tray’s residual heat doesn’t over-bake them.
- Feel free to add some fun extras, like Reese’s Pieces, mini-chocolate chips, or chopped nuts.
Other Desserts to Make Using These Cookies
Once you’ve tasted this recipe, you won’t be able to get enough of it.
The good news is, there are plenty of other ways to incorporate these peanut butter cookies into your life!
- Bake up a batch and let them cook for a couple of extra minutes. When cooled, crush the cookies and use them as the base to a peanut butter cheesecake.
- Scoop the dough into larger cookies and use them for ice cream sandwiches.
- Press the dough into a baking dish and top with pretzels, peanut butter morsels, and chocolate chips for a salty-sweet cookie bar.
- Omit the egg and add a little extra milk to make the cookie dough. Use this in homemade ice cream or dip it in chocolate for delicious cookie dough pops.
- Instead of chocolate chip, why not try using this as the base for some incredible indulgent slutty brownies?
How To Store Jif Peanut Butter Cookies
These can be frozen both before and after baking.
For the cookie dough, I would recommend scooping and then freezing so that you can grab as many individual cookies as you need, rather than having to let a whole block of dough thaw out.
To store baked cookies in the freezer, layer with parchment and keep them in an air-tight container.
You can keep these at room temperature in an air-tight container for 4 to 6 days once baked and cooled.
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