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Peanut Butter Cut Out Cookies

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Peanut butter cut out cookies are perfect for cutting into cute shapes and decorating. They can be used in the same way you enjoy sugar cookies, but they have the added goodness of peanut butter baked in. They are a perfect addition to your Christmas baking, but they are wonderful for any occasion that calls for cute cookies.

plate of peanut butter cookies cut into Christmas shapes and decorated with royal icing.

If you think sugar cookies are the only ones that can be rolled, cut and decorated, think again! These peanut butter cookies roll, cut and bake beautifully. 

You can taste and smell the peanut butter for a delicious twist on your cookie trays. For peanut butter lovers, these tasty cut out cookies are a dream come true.

We love decorating cookies. Of course we bake up batches of gingerbread cookies and sugar cookies at Christmastime every year.

But that isn’t the only time we cut out cookies and decorate them. I like to fill cellophane bags with decorated cookies for party favors as well.

peanut butter dough rolled out and cut into circles.

They are the perfect little take home treat after a baby shower, bridal shower, or even birthday party. They can match the theme of the party and are an economical and cute little take home token for guests.

With all of the cookie baking opportunities that present themselves in a year, it is nice to have some more flavor options in the arsenal. That way you can mix and match your favorites or alternate through different flavors for different events.

These peanut butter sugar cookies are a wonderful addition. They add that rich peanut flavor in a dough that is a dream to work with.

Tips and Tricks

Though it is not necessary, I like to spread out the work for making cut out cookies over three days. It allows me to enjoy each step of the process and not feel overwhelmed.

I start by making the dough on the first day. It needs to chill before it is rolled out and cut anyway. Chilling it overnight allows the dough to get fully chilled and gives the flavors a chance to develop.

You don’t have to chill the dough for that long, but you do want to give the dough at least an hour to chill.

freshly baked peanut butter cookies in Christmas shapes.

That gives the butter a chance to firm back up a bit so your dough will be less sticky. Then you can use less flour when you are rolling the cookie dough out, and your cookies will be more tender.

Once the dough is good and chilled, roll it out on a lightly floured surface. Cut out your shapes and bake them.

Let them cool on the tray for a few minutes, then move them to a wire rack to cool completely. Sometimes I freeze them at this point to decorate later.

peanut butter cookies in holly shapes.

With a busy life, sometimes it isn’t possible to get everything done at once. If you stack the cookies in airtight containers you can freeze them for several weeks without affecting the quality.

Then you can decorate them at a later date, spreading out the mess and the work. Sometimes it is about working smarter, not harder.

We usually decorate these cookies with royal icing. Little Dude loves the process and is quite good at it.

However, they are also delicious with crusting buttercream on top. Both frosting methods have their advantages, it all depends on the finish you are going for.

christmas peanut butter cookies decorated with royal icing.

How do you store peanut butter sugar cookies?

These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for a week or two. You can freeze them for up to 3 months. I prefer to freeze them undecorated because any condensation formed while defrosting them can affect the icing.

What kind of peanut butter should I use in these cookies?

Using a standard commercial creamy peanut butter is usually best for baking. The natural peanut butters that need stirred before you use them taste great, but they can affect the texture of baked goods. Most peanut butter recipes are developed using a standard jar of creamy peanut butter unless the recipe states otherwise.

More Favorite Peanut Butter Dessert Recipes:

Great-Grandma’s Peanut Butter Cookies are the classic chewy cookies that are made special with the crosshatch pattern embossed on top with a fork.

Emily’s No Bake Peanut Butter Bars are a tasty treat made with a delicious peanut butter layer topped with chocolate. They are one of my husband’s favorites.

Buckeyes have a creamy peanut butter center dipped in chocolate. They are a classic for Christmas in our family. 

plate of peanut butter cookies cut into Christmas shapes and decorated with royal icing.

Peanut Butter Cut Out Cookies

Delicious and peanut butter cookies that you can roll out and cut into shapes, these cookies will surprise you with how good they are! Change up your Christmas cookie game with delicious peanut butter cut out cookies.
4.68 from 53 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36 Cookies
Calories 92 kcal


  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • Cream together the butter and peanut butter until smooth.
  • Add sugars and beat until fluffy. Stir in egg and vanilla.
  • Mix together flour, salt and baking powder. Stir into peanut butter mixture.
  • Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for at least an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Roll your dough to about 1/4" thick on a lightly floured surface.
  • Cut desired shapes and place on cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8-12 minutes.
  • Cool on the cookies sheet for a couple of minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove to wire rack to cool completely.
  • Decorate and eat!


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 92kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 68mgSugar: 6g
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Delicious and peanut butter cookies that you can roll out and cut into shapes, these cookies will surprise you with how good they are! Change up your Christmas cookie game with delicious peanut butter cut out cookies.

Thanks for sharing!

Recipe Rating


Sunday 4th of December 2022

I followed recipe to a T, even kept the dough in the fridge for 1.5 hours, and it was too soft to handle. I would cut out shapes and it would fall apart when I tried transferring it. I tried adding more flour, didn’t help. Any suggestions?


Monday 5th of December 2022

oh no! I am not sure what could be happening other than I have had a few really loose jars of peanut butter lately. I make these every year and the dough is soft and pliable but not too soft to transfer shapes.


Saturday 19th of November 2022

Can the dough be frozen to use at a later time?


Saturday 19th of November 2022

Yes it can. Just defrost it in the refrigerator overnight.


Thursday 10th of December 2020

Since we love peanut butter here and cut out cookies are always so much fun, this recipe could become a real treasure. This is one that I'm going to have to try. Thank you for sharing.


Tuesday 15th of December 2020

I hope you love them as much as we do!

Andrea Nine

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Such a great idea to do roll out cookies with peanut butter. My family will be in heaven!


Friday 4th of December 2020

It adds so much extra flavor. I hope you enjoy them!


Wednesday 4th of December 2019

I am so happy to have found this recipe! I really do not like sugar cookies at all but we do end up making them almost every Christmas because my boys like cut out cookies; we'll be trying these for sure!! Pinned.


Wednesday 18th of December 2019

I hope you enjoy these, they have great peanut butter flavor and are fun to decorate!