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Peanut Butter Roll-Out Cookies

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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.

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.

When the idea for a cousins’ cookie day turned into cookie weekend, I knew I had better take advantage.  With MiMi and Emily on board, the possibilities were endless.   

When they left Saturday night, we made plans for them to come back and help me decorate the gingerbread cookies we had made that afternoon.  Little did they know that Sunday morning I would wake up and bake a small batch of sugar cookies and these peanut butter beauties as well.

peanut butter dough rolled out and cut into circles.

You know how the old saying goes, if you have help coming to decorate, make more cookies!”

Oh, that’s not a thing?

It should be!

Anyway, these cookies come together pretty easily.  I woke up with nothing started and had both the sugar cookies and these baked and cooled before MiMi and Emily arrived at 1:00.

We had a great time decorating everything and catching up on life’s happenings.  I could see this becoming an annual event.

freshly baked peanut butter cookies in Christmas shapes.

2018 update: In fact, it basically has become an annual event.  It’s not always the same crew of decorators, but whoever is available comes.

Little Dude looks forward to it for months.  He started asking when we could decorate cookies again in October.  We finally got around to it just before Christmas and he couldn’t be more excited.

peanut butter cookies in holly shapes.

Now that he has so much experience in the kitchen, I barely get to roll or cut the dough.  I basically just keep the ovens fed.  It works out really well and keeps things moving fast.

Then when it is time to decorate, we make a batch of royal icing.  We keep things simple and only make one in-between consistency of frosting.

christmas peanut butter cookies decorated with royal icing.

We make it a handful of colors and load it all into condiment bottles. They we decorate away. It is thick enough that it doesn’t run off the cookies, but thin enough to spread. It makes it so easy!

Now you have to make a batch for your holiday cookie trays. What other cookies are must makes for you?

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. 

Yield: 36 Cookies

Peanut Butter Roll-Out Cookies

decorated peanut butter cookies on plate

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.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes


  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


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

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 68mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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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!


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!

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