Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

5 from 5 reviews

These peanut butter cookies are soft and chewy, deliciously addictive and best served with a dollop of raspberry jam! They keep really well and are a hit with kids and adults alike.



  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) (without fan).
  2. Place the granulated sugar and brown sugar into the bowl of an electric stand mixer.
  3. Using the flat-paddle attachment, lightly beat the sugars together to remove any lumps.
  4. Add the vegetable shortening and peanut butter.
  5. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is light and smooth.
  6. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and beat for about a minute until they are thoroughly combined.
  7. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into the bowl.
  8. Beat on low speed until everything is well incorporated.
  9. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper.
  10. Using a small ice-cream scoop with about 1 tablespoon capacity, dollop small balls of dough onto the lined baking tray, about 2-3 inches apart.
  11. Use the back of a fork to gently flatten the balls of dough.
  12. Bake the cookies for 18-20 minutes, or until they are lightly golden and the edges feel somewhat firm.
  13. Leave the cookies on the baking tray for about 5 minutes to firm up before carefully transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  14. Serve as they are, or with a dollop of raspberry jam.

Kitchen Notes

Vegetable shortening is a white, solid fat which is made from vegetable oils. It is commonly sold in small tubs or in large wrapped blocks. In Australia, a popular brand is Copha. In the United Kingdom, it is called vegetable fat and popular brands include Trex and Flora White.

The cookies are best eaten on the same day they are baked, but they keep well in an airtight container or on a cake stand with a glass cover.

This recipe is adapted from Neiman Marcus Cooks.

All recipes on this website state temperatures for a regular oven (i.e. a conventional oven without fan). If you have a convection oven with a fan, please consult the manufacturer’s handbook on how to adjust the temperature and baking time accordingly.

To convert from cups to grams, and vice-versa, please see this handy Conversion Chart for Basic Ingredients.