Mama’s Peanut Butter Cookies

Mama's Peanut Butter Cookies

Cooking with Grandkids . . . Bethany’s Day!

Today, Bethany, my 15-year old granddaughter, came over for a “Cook Day”. We had planned this before school was out in the spring, but just today were able to get together. Her daddy, Trey, said he wanted Peanut Butter Cookies, and Bethany wanted to learn how to frost cupcakes like we do in Candace’s shop:) Her mom, Jennifer, wanted me to teach her how to make an entrée, so we made my Italian Spaghetti in the slow cooker. I had made it recently for John and Carrie Lynn, Lynn’s daughter and son-in-law, and thought it was easy and convenient for a summer dinner.

Bethany’s Cookbook . . .

I made Bethany a little cookbook, “Bethany’s Cookbook”, in a 3-ring binder with plastic sheet protectors for her “recipes”. I told her we would get together from time to time and make more recipes to add to her cookbook:)


The cookbook is divided into sections with plastic sheet protectors for the recipes and divider pages:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Desserts

The sheet protectors serve two purposes:

  • Make it easy to add recipes
  • Protect the recipes from accidental spills, which happened today!

I added several easy recipes to her “cookbook” to get her started which included Mama’s Peanut Butter Cookies, which I made for my children when they were small. Mama’s recipe is an “oldie”, but it is still as good today as it was years ago. In fact, Mama made these same cookies for us when we were little.

Mama’s Peanut Butter Cookies . . .

Mama’s Peanut Butter Cookies is a typical cookie recipe. You cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugars, add the egg, then the dry ingredients. Roll in balls, then crimp with a fork. Simple . . . The recipe doesn’t specify whether to use creamy or crunchy peanut butter. I opted for creamy because that’s what I like best and because Bethany said she didn’t like crunchy. I say, that’s reason enough!Bethany with Peanut Butter cookies

Bethany did a great job making Mama’s Peanut Butter Cookies:). She did all the preliminary steps as well as used a small scoop for the balls, and fork crimped the cookies. I’m really proud of her!


The first batch were cooked for 10 minutes, the rest for 9 minutes. The first batch seemed to get a little brown on the bottom. You have to watch when you make cookies as ovens are different, so the cooking times may be different. You can see the two batches in the picture.

In any event, the peanut butter cookies were really good, just like I remembered them from the past:)

What is your favorite peanut butter recipe?


 Mama’s Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Everyone recognizes the “criss-cross” on the peanut butter cookies.  These will melt in your mouth.


  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together shortening, peanut butter and sugars.
  3. Add egg and mix well.
  4. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda and salt and mix into shortening mixture.
  5. Roll balls into the size of walnuts.
  6. Place 3 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and flatten crosswise with a fork dipped in flour.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. 

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