Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies


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After a month-long hiatus, I’m happy to report that the Secret Recipe Club is back up and running! I have to say, I missed it! If you have no idea what I’m talking about here’s the short version: the Secret Recipe Club is a wonderful group of bloggers organized by Amanda of Amanda’s Cookin’. Each month we are assigned another blog and get to choose any recipe, prepare it (with any adaptations we like), and blog about it on the big reveal day. In case you haven’t guessed, today is the reveal day.¬†This month I was excited to be assigned to Everyday Mom. Kim, the lovely lady behind the blog, is a mother of three who is always whipping up amazing concoctions in her kitchen. I love that she gets the kids involved, like in this recent post. (On a semi-related note did you see the article in the NY Times last week about the mom who has her teenage sons cook dinner for the family twice a week? Love it.)

chocolate peanut butter cookies recipe

As usual, I had a difficult time deciding which recipe to make. I was on the verge of making her Hungarian Coffee Cake, but realized I didn’t have enough butter. The biscotti and zucchini fries were up there as well. But as soon as I mentioned the chocolate peanut butter cookies to my husband it was all over. He’s been hinting that he’d like some peanut butter in his cookies.

I did make a few changes to the original recipe. The biggest difference is that Kim’s recipe uses peanut butter chips, while I use regular chocolate chips plus peanut butter (do they even have peanut butter chips in Israel?). Then, since I put peanut butter directly in the batter, I figured I could cut down on the amount of regular butter. I also used half dark brown sugar instead of all granulated sugar because I love the flavor that brown sugar brings to baked goods. The result? These were awesome cookies. Rich and chocolatey from the double chocolate, with a nice, smooth peanut butter undertone. The texture was fabulous as well: a little cakey and fudgy, which I really enjoyed. Take these out a little before you think they are done as they do firm up quite a bit when they cool.

chocolate peanut butter cookies recipe

Kim and I are on the same page when it comes to cookies. She and I both like to bake off just a few and freeze the rest of the cookie dough so we always have fresh-baked cookies at our fingertips. That’s exactly what I did with these beauties, and it makes me smile just to know that I can have one any time I like.

5.0 from 9 reviews

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
 
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These cookies have it all: a double dose of chocolate, a kick of peanut butter, and an amazing texture. Everyone in the family is sure to love them.
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Recipe Type: Dessert
Yield: Makes 30 cookies

Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8-9 ounces dark chocolate chips

Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a nonstick baking sheet.
  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Put the butter and sugars in a separate large bowl and beat until smooth and light in color (can be done by hand or with a stand mixer).
  4. Add the peanut butter and mix to combine.
  5. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix to combine. Stir in the vanilla.
  6. Slowly add the flour mixture in thirds until fully incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  7. Using a spoon, scoop cookie dough into small balls and put on the prepared sheet (formed cookie dough can be frozen at this point – line a baking sheet with parchment, line up the cookie dough balls, and freeze until set. Then transfer to freezer bags. To enjoy simply transfer directly to preheated oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes).
  8. Transfer cookies to the oven and bake for 8 to 12 minutes, or until set but still soft.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.

Notes
Kosher Dairy, Vegetarian



88 Comments

  1. I was just thinking about chocolate pb cookies this past week. Looks like one tasty recipe.

  2. What a fun SRC post!  The cookies look delicious. I love to read about the bloggers, so glad to ‘meet Kim’.

    If you haven’t been already, check out my post Parmesan
    Herb Bread Sticks.

    • Thanks Donna! I also love being introduced to new bloggers – it’s definitely one of my favorite parts about SRC! I will definitely check out your breadsticks.

  3. The recipe and your changes sound wonderful but of course with chocolate and peanut butter it difficult to go wrong.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry: Crunchy Fudgy Heart Bites

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

  4. Wow – these look great! I love the combo of chocolate and peanut butter. I mean, who doesn’t?

  5. Yum! Chocolate and peanut butter. :)

  6. You and I both had chocolate cookies on the brain this month :) Great pick!

  7. I love your spin on this recipe, I am definitely going to give it a try.

  8. I love peanut butter and chocolate together – so amazing! These cookies look fantastic!

  9. My husband would have voted for those cookies, too! They look so delicious. Can you ever go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate???

  10. A great choice you made and they are beauties. How did you get them to be so plump?

    • Thanks Chaya! I think they came out a little “plumper” than normal cookies because between the chocolate and peanut butter they were more fudgey and cakey than usual.

  11. Mmm.., peanut butter and chocolate lovely combination, they look so plump and lovely.., beautiful one for SRC.., BM’ed…

  12. The best darn combo of flavors — ever. Peanut butter and chocolate are my total downfall — in the best of ways. ;)

  13. our cookie looks fabulous and attractive, yummzz…

    cheers

  14. Yay, a chocolate peanut butter cookie that doesn’t call for peanut butter chips that we don’t have here.

    I LOVE chocolate and peanut butter – what American doesn’t?

    These are on my to make list right now! I should pin them so I don’t forget, right?

    • Yes! We don’t have peanut butter chips here either – peanut butter is the natural solution! I hope you enjoy them Maureen!! Let me know :-D

  15. Oh my, these look sooooo delicious! :) Makes me crave a bunch of cookies here at work!

  16. Katherine I think I’m going to faint with all these recipes..!
    Peanut butter with chocolate is a killer combination!!

  17. Peanut butter and chocolate. Perfect!

  18. Your hubby does have great taste. Glad he influenced you to make these tasty gems. The mix of pb and chocolate is definitely one that will always have people asking for more. Great one for the cookie jar!

    • Haha thanks Tina! I am definitely glad he influenced me in this direction as well – having made them I don’t know how I could have chosen anything else!

  19. I think my kids will love these cookies. They love PB cookies, but addition of chocolate/cocoa makes it even better! Your closeup shot is amazing!

    • Thank you Nami! I definitely think these are perfect for kids – if they like peanut butter and chocolate then they will absolutely love these.

  20. I need to make some — love pb and chocolate combo. It’s match made in heaven ;)

  21. They sound just wonderful-for me, chocolate and pb are a match made in heaven. Plus, cookies are my favorite food group. Win-win! :)

  22. These sound wonderful, anything with pb and chocolate is a win! LOVE freezing dough, so I can make a fresh cookie whenever I want!

    • I so agree!! And freezing cookie dough is the best thing I’ve ever done. I actually got the tip from Trader Joes – I used to buy their frozen cookie dough balls then realized I could just as easily do it myself!

  23. I actually prefer it your way: PB inside with chocolate chips. They look awesome. Yay for SRC being back.

  24. It is so hard deciding on a recipe for the SRC….I’m still trying to narrow it down for our reveal on the 20th. Your hubby helped you pick a winner…these look amazing!!!

    • I know! There are always so many great choices, but that’s one of the reasons I love SRC! Can’t wait to see what you pick :-) Thanks Liz!

  25. I was just thinking about making chocolate peanut butter cookies the other day, now I’m regretting I didn’t make them! These look awesome! I Such a yummy combo, my last meal would definitely have to have peanut butter and chocolate :)

    • Haha you should make some soon! I just baked up a few more of these and they were sooo good. They would make a fine last meal!

  26. Yum yum yum! These look pretty nice and crispy too, just how my boyfriend likes them.

    • Thanks Anita! I’ve made these a few times now and at their best they are crispy on the outside and a bit gooey in the middle. I’ve also overcooked them a tad so they are crispy all the way through, which are also good!

  27. Love peanut butter, love chocolate – think I’ll love these cookies? I’ll bet I will. And the photos make me want one right now! Anyway, thanks for this.

  28. The cookies look and sound delicious. I too love the flavor brown sugar imparts to baked cookies. Her Hungarian Coffee Cake, biscotti and zucchini fries sound great as well, but I too would have probably gone with the peanut butter cookies. Lovely SRC pick!

    • Thanks Shumaila! I’ve totally bookmarked those other recipes for another time, but this one is going on my favorites list!

  29. These look WONDERFUL! I have a chocolate PB cookie recipe I love too, such a great combination!

    • Thank you Amanda!! And thanks for all your hard work with SRC! Chocolate and peanut butter make for the best cookies!

  30. These look scrumptious! Thanks for introducing me to all these great new blogs to read.

  31. Just one question – CAN YOU SHIP TO CAESAREA???

  32. I would love a few now with some tea! They look wonderful.

  33. Love these cookies, you can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate. Yummy. Congrats on Top 9.

  34. yum. congrats on top 9.

  35. Congrats on top 9! This is a great combination of my two favorites,I adore chocolate and love peanut butter.They are awesome.

  36. Yum! I did see that article and thought what a great relationship that family will have throughout their lives.

    these fabulous sounding cookies.

    • Thanks Susie! Yeah I thought that sounded like such a great idea. It teaches your kids about building healthy meals and being confident in the kitchen, while also building a relationship.

  37. Hmmm. That last line is supposed to read:
    Pinned these fabulous sounding cookies.

  38. The Wimpy Vegetarian

    Hi! I saw this on food buzz just now and recognized your name from FOOD52!! Many congrats on getting top nine!! I love choc&pnut butter combos – I will definitely make your version soon!! (I’m Chez Suzanne on FOOD52)

    • Hellooo!!! That is so great :-) I love the Food52 connections. I haven’t been on there in ages… Anyway, so glad to connect with you via Foodbuzz. Thanks so much for stopping by – I always loved your recipes! I also love chocolate and peanut butter, it’s hard to go wrong with such a great combo.

  39. Katherine these look so tasty. I just want to reach in the screen and snag a few. I am going to try freezing mine next time I make it. Good idea.

    • Thanks Kim! I wish I could send some to you :-D Definitely try freezing cookie dough (the important thing is to form it into cookies or balls first) – it will change your life!! You only think I’m being dramatic… ;-)

  40. I can get peanut butter chips at certain times of the year here in NJ. I will look for them but your version looks really good. I love a good use of peanut butter and I adore a good cookie. I bake several kinds during the year. These look really tasty. Congrats on the Top 9.

    • Thanks Risa! It’s funny that they are only available at certain times of the year. The peanut butter in the cookie along with regular chocolate chips really did work well, and turned them into a double chocolate peanut butter cookie!

  41. You had me at Peanut Butter lol. These look delish :D

  42. These look like they were a hit! Great choice!

    • Thanks Noelle! They were indeed. I still have two cookies that I’m hoarding in my freezer but I’ve given away quite a few and everyone has loved them. I’ll definitely be making these awesome.

  43. Caroline

    Made these today – they were so delicious – one of the best biscuits I’ve ever baked. Thank you for sharing it! Just need to find an equally great recipe for double chocolate cookies now……

    • Caroline I’m so happy to hear that!! Thanks so much for reporting back :-) I’ll need to get cracking on that perfect double chocolate cookie recipe!

  44. I tried this recipe for the first time today, and they are absolutely divine! Never made chocolate/peanut butter cookies before but this is going to be my go-to recipe from now on. Absolutely delicious – I can’t stop eating them! Great recipe!!!

  45. Seriously so good. Rich, decadent, and joyful. Not your standard chocolate peanut butter cookie recipe. Thank you! <3

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