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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are super soft, fluffy, and full of chocolate and peanut butter! Topped with peanut butter chips and cups for an over the top delicious cookie!

Everyone knows that chocolate and peanut butter is classic food combination. And it just happens to be one of my favorite! These Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are full of peanut butter flavor, so thick and soft, and loaded with chocolate chips.

With these Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies we are giving the cookies a rich chocolate and peanut butter taste with both peanut butter chips and peanut butter cups mixed in. It is chocolate and peanut butter heaven!

chocolate cookies with peanut butter cups on top on a white plate

 

Why This Recipe Works!

If you love cookies, you are definitely going to want to make these! Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies are one thing to master, but being able to make different flavors that are just as perfect is a must!

  • Chocolate-y – These cookies use cocoa powder to give them a rich and chocolate flavor. They are almost fudgy in texture and perfect for chocolate fans.
  • Peanut Butter – we all know chocolate and peanut butter belong together! There is not only peanut butter chips and cups mixed into the cookies, but creamy peanut butter is part of the dough as well!
  • Make Ahead – you can bake and freeze these cookies or freeze the dough to have warm, gooey, chocolate and peanut butter perfection at any time!
chocolate peanut butter cookie ingredients

What You’ll Need

  • Butter
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Creamy Peanut Butter – I like to use creamy so my cookies are perfectly soft and chewy. But if you want the texture you could use crunchy for this recipe.
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Cocoa Powder – you want to use unsweetened cocoa powder or Dutch Processes. Ghirardelli is my favorite brand, their cocoa powder leads to the most rich, chocolate tasting desserts.
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Peanut Butter Chips – I use a full bag of Reese’s Brand chips for this recipe. You can use whatever brand you can find, and you could even use half peanut butter chips, half chocolate if you wanted.
  • Mini Peanut Butter Cups – these get chopped up and mixed into the dough as well as reserving some for putting on the top after they bake. That way they stay hole and don’t melt into the cookies.
cookie dough with peanut butter chips and cups ready to mix in

How To Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card to get the full recipe and instructions.

  1. Make the cookie dough by beating the butter and both sugars together until the mixture is light and fluffy. This can take about 2 minutes, just be sure to start with softened room temperature butter.
  2. Mix in the peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla until everything is really well incorporated. Scrape down the sides of your mixer if necessary.
  3. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until the flour streaks are just incorporated.
  4. Add the peanut butter chips and cups, reserving some for topping, and use a spatula to fold to combine.
  5. Scoop balls of dough onto a baking sheet. Press 3-4 peanut butter chips into the top of each ball of dough and bake for 10-11 minutes until the tops appear dry and set.
  6. Remove from the oven and press the remaining peanut butter cups into the top. Let the cookies cool for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies - super soft and chewy peanut butter and chocolate cookies

Cookie Recipe Tips

  • Chill the dough – this recipe does stand up well to baking right away, so if you are in a hurry, it is ok to skip this step. But if you want super thick cookies, it is best to chill for at least 20 minutes. I usually scoop the balls of dough and then place them in the fridge while the oven preheats.
  • You can mix up the peanut butter chips and make them half peanut butter half chocolate if you want. You can make them all chocolate if you think the peanut butter cups are enough. It is really up to you!
  • Make sure to start with softened butter. You can even take the butter out the night before, so it is soft and ready for you in the morning if you want. The sugar incorporates with the butter much better when it is soft, so you really get the soft and thick cookies this way!
  • Want to dress these cookies up for the holidays? Add a couple of festive mini M&M’s to the top instead of more peanut butter chips.
stacked chocolate and peanut butter cookies on a white plate

Storage

Once the cookies cool you can store them in an airtight container for about 4 days before they start to dry out.

Freezing – You can freeze the baked cookies for 3-4 months. Just place them in an airtight container and take out what you want at a time to thaw on the counter. Or you can freeze the dough! Scoop balls of dough onto a baking sheet, and place the baking sheet in the freezer for 2-3 hours, until the dough is solid. Remove and place in a freezer safe plastic bag. Remove the balls of dough you want to bake and let them thaw on the counter as the oven preheats. Bake as the recipe directs.

close up chocolate peanut butter cookies for pinterest

More Delicious Cookie Recipes

Yield: 36

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

chocolate peanut butter cookies on a white plate

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are super soft, fluffy, and full of chocolate and peanut butter! Topped with peanut butter chips and cups for an over the top delicious cookie!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 whole large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa power
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 (8 oz) bag mini Reese's peanut butter cups, chopped

Instructions

  1. In an electric stand mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy; about 2 minutes.
  2. Mix in the peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla until everything is really well incorporated. Scrape down the sides of your mixer if necessary.
  3. Add in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and mix until the flour streaks are just incorporated.
  4. Add about 1 1/3 cups peanut butter cups and 1/2 cup of the chopped peanut butter cups. Fold until combined.
  5. Scoop balls of dough onto a baking sheet. Press 3-4 peanut butter chips into the top of each ball of dough. Chill dough for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Preheat oven to 350º F
  7. Bake cookies for 10-11 minutes, until the tops appear dry and the edges are set.
  8. Remove from the oven and press the remaining peanut butter cups into the top. Let the cookies cool for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Information

Yield

36

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 170Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 24mgSodium 177mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 1gSugar 10gProtein 3g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Catalina

Wednesday 30th of November 2022

My favorite flavor combo! It's always a hit in our house!

Erik

Tuesday 29th of November 2022

Such a good flavor combo. Definitely gonna share these!

Juliane

Tuesday 29th of November 2022

I love this! Can't wait to make this again with mom!

Sandra

Monday 28th of November 2022

Making a big batch of these cookies next time! They were so good! Everyone loved them!

Dorothy Reinhold

Monday 28th of November 2022

This recipe is calling my name! Chocolate and peanut butter are the best combo! Adding these to the baking list!

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