Basic Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

Basic Soft Peanut Butter Cookies
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Serves: 30 to 32 cookies
 
These are soft and chewy (rather than crunchy and sandy-textured) peanut butter cookies. You can bake this dough to make plain peanut butter cookies, or use it in Peanut Butter Cookies With a Kiss.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter, at room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease or spray cookie sheets.
  2. Cream butter and sugars on medium speed until light, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add peanut butter. Mix well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in vanilla. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir into batter to make a soft dough. Form into 1½-inch balls. Place on cookie sheets about 2 inches apart.
  3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden on the bottom. Leave on the cookie sheets for 2 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool.