Peanut Butter Cutout Cookies for #ChristmasCookiesWeek

Iced peanut butter cutout cookies in the shapes of reindeer and Christmas trees

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I’m back, just in time to help you with all of those holiday parties! This week you get TWO posts from me! Keep reading after today’s recipe for dozens of other fabulous cookie recipes, and to enter to win one of the FOUR giveaway prizes! Thank you to Ellen at Family Around the Table and Christie at A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting #ChristmasCookiesWeek.

Peanut Butter Cutout Cookies

Robby has been wistfully mentioning peanut butter cookies, so I decided to give the people my husband what he wants, even though I’m not usually that into peanut butter. I always think of those classic round cookies with the fork marks on the top–I don’t hate them, but to be honest they don’t have chocolate so I’ve never seen the point.

As it turns out, these cookies clearly use peanut butter, but in a gentle way. Instead of shouting PEANUT BUTTER! they more sidle up to you like Hey, didja know I’m made with peanut butter?

I did this in a stand mixer, but you can absolutely do it in a bowl with a wooden spoon. You can see that my decorating skills are…adequate. Mostly. I used vanilla icing and chocolate ganache; you could also gently press in some sprinkles prior to baking or use royal icing to do a proper iced cookie.

Peanut butter cookies in the shapes of reindeer, Christmas trees, and houses

The adorable tiny reindeer and house cookie cutters are from YumGoggle! The reindeer were a little finicky to get out of the cutter, but they look adorable. I missed an opportunity to put a red nose on the lead one.

Peanut Butter Cutout Cookie Notes


  • We have a very nice, new side-by-side fridge-and-freezer. Problem: you can’t fit a cookie sheet in either side, by turning it either way. I got around this by cutting my rolled dough into pieces small enough to fit 9×13″ baking pans, and put those in the freezer.
  • Instead of freezing, you can put the dough in the fridge for 1 hour.
  • You could get away with not chilling the dough, but the edges will be much less sharp.
  • …on the other hand, you can chill the cut out shapes 5 minutes before baking to firm up the edges. However, I found that they had to be baked longer and consequently were not as soft as I like them.

Peanut Butter

  • In my test batch, I used the only peanut butter we had, which was crunchy. Surprisingly, it worked pretty well! The shapes were a bit harder to cut out and they looked a little mottled, but the bits of peanut didn’t really make a difference to the final texture or taste.
  • I didn’t test this with other nut butters, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

I might have overthought this:

  • I like these soft. For reference, my smaller shapes are less than 2″ across and cooked perfectly in 8 minutes. The trees and the gingerbread men that I am not showing you because of the terrible frosting job cooked in 12. Similarly, I rolled my dough about 1/4″ thick, but you could go thicker for a softer cookie or thinner for a crisper one.
  • I halved the inspiration recipe here. As is, this makes a decent batch of cookies. You can double it to make enough cookies for all of your holiday events in one go.

Made these? Tag Bear & Bug Eats in your photo on Instagram or Facebook! I’d love to see your cookies!

Peanut Butter Cutout Cookies

Recipe very sightly adapted from Sweetopia; very useful cutout cookie tips from Smitten Kitchen.

Iced peanut butter cutout cookies in the shapes of reindeer and Christmas trees




2 cups (240 g) flour
1/4 teaspoon (2 g) salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, preferably softened
1/2 cup (200 g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (212 g) light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a small bowl, whisk or sift flour and salt together. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together butter, both sugars, and peanut butter until just combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.

Mix in egg and vanilla until just combined. Stir in flour and salt. Mix until the dough collects around the paddle or spoon.

Place dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness. Chill in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Remove chilled dough from the freezer. Gently loosen the bottom parchment paper layer (this helps the cookies release cleanly). Remove any top layer of parchment paper and used to line your cookie sheet.

Cut out your shapes! Place on cookie sheet at least half an inch apart. Bake 8-12 minutes, or until edges start to brown.

Cool completely on a wire rack. Decorate!

Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

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The Burroughs

Katie and Robby Burroughs, writers, photographers, and curators of Bear and Bug Eats.

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  9. Peanut butter cookies are a favorite in my house! That’s a great tip about chilling the cookies after cutting them out but before baking! Thank you for supporting Yumgoggle!

    1. I love that tip! I don’t think I would ever do cutout cookies the other way–I’m not that great with a rolling pin! Thank you so much for the cookie cutters!

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