Peanut Butter Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cookies with crushed Butterfinger Candy Bars
Peanut Butter Cookies with crushed Butterfinger Candy Bars

Just look at that cookie.



and so wonderful.

These are one of my very favorite cookies. I think part of why I love them so much is because of where the recipe came from.

My Mother-in-law.

Mary Lou. She was one of the sweetest, kindest women I have ever known. From the very first time I met her, she greeted me with a great big hug. That was the start of a wonderful friendship. And she was my friend. I feel so blessed that I can say that. She taught me so much about being a mom, without even knowing she did it. But she taught me by example. When you walked into her home, hugs and kisses were lavished on you along with the best smile. You knew you were welcome there, not because she was expecting you but because she was genuinely glad to see you. And we talked almost every day. About everything, about nothing. We were closer than most friends ever get to be. We lost her way to soon.

Now this recipe was not originally hers. It came from her sister-n-law, Aunt Barbara.

Aunt Barbara was just like Mary Lou, full of love and life.

Southern women are born nurturers. It doesn’t matter who’s baby it is, they will grab that baby and love on him/her. Giving and getting “sugar” Stopping what ever they are doing and giving full attention to the child. And most southern women can cook. Boy can they cook. Nothing will ever compare to Aunt Barbara’s biscuits. She tried to teach me once. But since she made her biscuits in a giant tin of flour, adding ingredients until the dough “felt right” I was never able to grasp her recipe.

So when ever we make these cookies, I think of these two women.

These cookies are different from most peanut butter cookies, to me they are more of a cross between a peanut butter cookie and a sugar cookie. And adding the butterfingers to them was not in the original recipe. I totally got this idea from The Farm Girl. She posted her recipe for peanut butter cookies with Butterfinger bars chopped up in them and I thought, I have to give this a try. But I did want to use my own recipe.

Peanut Butter Cookies with crushed Butterfinger Candy Bars

So make these cookies with or without the candy, you’ll love them either way, I promise.

Peanut Butter Cookies with crushed Butterfinger Candy Bars

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 8 snack size Butterfinger bars, chopped (optional but really good in the cookies)
  • extra granulated sugar for rolling


  1. Stir together flour, soda and salt and set aside. In a mixing bowl, Beat butter for about 30 seconds, just to cream it a bit. Add sugars and peanut butter. Beat until fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla, beat well. Add flour mixture and mix until all combined.
  2. Now fold in your chopped Butterfinger bars. Shape dough into 1-inch balls then roll balls in granulated sugar.Place on ungreased cookie sheet and crisscross with a fork. You know what I'm talking about, the marks you make for peanut butter cookies. Don't place cookies too close together, these spread....alot.
  3. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 9-10 minutes, I cook mine for 9 1/2 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 2 minutes. Remove to racks to cool completely.


Peanut Butter Cookies with crushed Butterfinger Candy Bars

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Oh. My. Gosh.!!!

    You’ve given me a blogging award and my favorite peanut butter cookies with Butterfingers! All. At. The. Same. Time.!!

    I’m thrilled with the award and I can’t wait to make the cookies! Thank you so very much!

  2. Thank you so much! I’m putting these cookies in my “bake asap” file! I am 5’9″ and hated being tall when I was younger too. I have the hardest time finding shoes and pants that fit! If I was accepting this award in person I think the orchestra would’ve played me off the stage by now!

  3. Thanks so much for the blog award, Joan!! It’s funny that you wanted to be shorter…I am 5’2″ and used to hate being short! I got teased for being a munchkin. Now I am happy to be a shortie, and my 13 year old daughter is taller than me. :0)

  4. Awe thanks Joan, you’re too sweet! about those cookies!! My kids are going to LOVE these!!! xo

  5. Oh my how sweet! Thank you so much for the award; I loved reading your answers 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend…the cookies look delicious too!

  6. ilovecooking says:

    Thanks for sharing this cookie recipe. I’ve been looking for something delicious to bake since I got a whole big container of peanut butter and need to use it. I kind of just thought everyone in the house would eat it, but that isn’t the case.

    I love the story behind these cookies. The recipes that have meaning are the best, especially the ones passed down through many generations. It’s a really cool token that reminds you where you come from. Congrats on the blogger awards

  7. So fun to get to learn more about you! Congrats on your awards. I think it is funny you hated being tall. I am with Robin – 5’2″ and I always wanted to be taller. Now I am ok with it except when I need something out of the top kitchen cabinet 🙂

  8. Now I’m hungry thankyouverymuch. These look amazing! I may have to borrow your idea. 🙂

  9. Awww, “sister”, thank you so much for the award! I am very flattered!
    A Slanket, what the heck s that?! Is it like Pajama Jeans? I guess I’ll have to look it up, too.
    LOVE me some Butterfingers in cookies. I made them, too, but they weren’t peanut butter. I’ll definitely have to do that now!!
    Thank you again! Hugs!!

  10. Congrats on your award and I love the Butterfinger pieces in the cookies! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week and see you again next Sunday ~EMM

  11. I made a butterfinger cookie awhile ago? and I liked, nice post. Andi

  12. What a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing your family. The cookies look just fantastic! Come visit us. We would love to have you.

  13. That sounds really good, I love butterfingers! I’m definitely going to be trying these soon! Thanks for sharing your two awards and a little about yourself.

  14. Hi Joan,
    Great family photos! Those cookies would sure be good with my coffee right now, they look awesome. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous week.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. Thanks so much for linking up at Dwell on Fridays! Your cookies turned out so perfectly round – a big flub of baking for me! Love these!

  16. Thanks for linking up to Serenity Saturday Link Party

    Natasha xx

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