Yummy Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies are easy to make. Recipe makes 4 dozen cookies filled with peanuts and puffed rice for a crispy texture!
Yummy Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies are easy to make. Recipe makes 4 dozen cookies filled with peanuts and puffed rice for a crispy texture!

“Who wants a cookie? I do… I do!”. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve asked my family that question I’d be a wealthy woman-ha ha! Today I want to share with you a recipe for delicious peanut butter crunch cookies.

I found the recipe many years ago in a magazine I subscribed to called “Real Simple”. These cookies are not overly sweet, but have lots of CRUNCH to them, thanks in part to crispy rice cereal and chopped peanuts in the batter. Did I forget to mention they are also quite YUMMY and can be made in a flash? That’s right!

The recipe will yield about 4 dozen delicious cookies that you, your family and friends will enjoy. They also freeze well, if wrapped in an airtight container, so you can put some in the freezer for another day! Here’s how to make these treats.

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Make The Cookie Batter

Before mixing the batter, preheat your oven to 375°F. Using an electric mixer (on HIGH speed), cream butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together in a large mixing bowl. Beat until they are well combined. Turn the speed down to MEDIUM, then add a large egg, creamy peanut butter and vanilla extract. Beat until light and fluffy (about a minute).

In a bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Turn the electric mixer to LOW speed, then add the flour mixture, a little at a time, to the cookie dough batter. Continue to add in the flour and keep mixing until all the flour mixture has been incorporated. Remove mixer, then FOLD in the chopped peanuts and the crispy rice cereal until well combined.

Flour, baking powder and salt are sifted then added to the cookie batter in mixing bowl.Puffed rice cereal and chopped peanuts are added to the cookie dough.After combining ingredients, the cookie dough is ready to shape into balls and bake.

Bake The Cookies

Shape the cookie dough into 1½” balls by using your hands (it will be sticky). Place the dough balls about 2″ apart on parchment paper-lined or foil-lined baking sheets (or silpat sheets if you have them). Lightly press down the dough with your hands to slightly flatten.

Bake the peanut butter crunch cookies at 375°F. for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and set on top. Remove the cookies from the oven, and let them rest about 5 minutes before transferring them to wire racks to finish cooling.

Cookie dough is shaped into balls 2" apart, then flattened and baked.Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies rest on baking sheet after removing them from oven.

Let the peanut butter crunch cookies cool completely before serving. They will “crisp up” a bit as they cool. NOTE: If you will be freezing part of the batch, wait until they have completely cooled before wrapping them for the freezer.

The peanut butter crunch cookies finish cooling on a wire rack.

Who Wants Some Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies?

Once the cookies have cooled to room temperature, they are ready to enjoy. They have a traditional peanut butter cookie flavor, but with extra crispiness thanks to the rice cereal and chopped nuts! They’re really quite good, and I am confident you will enjoy them, too!

A white plate, full of peanut butter crunch cookies, ready to eat.Crispy Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies on a plate, ready to be enjoyed.

I really hope you like making and eating these peanut butter crunch cookies… we sure do! Thanks for visiting here today, and I invite you to come back soon for more family-friendly recipes. Take care, and have a GREAT day!

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Original recipe source: “Real Simple” Magazine, May 2005 issue, page 247

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Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
32 mins
 

Yummy Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies are easy to make. Recipe makes 4 dozen cookies filled with peanuts and puffed rice for a crispy texture!

Category: Desserts, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanut butter crunch cookies
Servings: 48 (approx. 4 dzn.)
Calories Per Serving: 74 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal (like Rice Krispies)
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, aluminum foil or silpat sheets.

  2. Using an electric mixer (on HIGH speed), cream butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar together in large mixing bowl. Beat until well combined. Turn speed to MEDIUM, then add egg, peanut butter and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy (about a minute).

  3. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together into a separate bowl. Turn mixer to LOW speed, then add flour mixture (a little at a time) to batter until all flour has been incorporated. FOLD peanuts and crispy rice cereal into dough until incorporated.

  4. Shape dough into 1½" balls, rolling dough between using hands (it will be sticky). Place dough balls 2" apart on prepared baking sheets. Lightly press down dough with your hands, to flatten slightly.

  5. Bake cookies at 375°F. for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and set. Remove from oven; let cookies rest 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.

  6. Cool cookies completely before serving. They will "crisp up" as they cool. NOTE: If you are freezing any cookies, wait until completely cooled before freezing. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Crunch Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 81mg4%
Potassium 46mg1%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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