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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie Recipe

Hand lifting a freshly baked chocolate peanut butter cookie.

These delicious chocolate peanut butter chip cookies are the perfect combination of crispy and gooey- and just the right amount of sweet. A great recipe for Valentine’s Day- but you’ll find yourself baking these soft and gooey chocolate cookies every day of the year!

Hand lifting a freshly baked chocolate peanut butter cookie.

About This Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Chips Recipe

Growing up, my mom baked so many types of cookies. Not only did she pass on her love of baking to me (her orange glazed poppyseed bread is to die for), she also passed on her recipes- like our super popular Raisin Bran Muffins.

These chocolate peanut butter chip cookies have always been some of my favorites, mostly because I love anything with peanut butter in it, but also because they aren’t that sweet.

(I also love anything with caramel- so definitely check out these salted caramel bars if you haven’t already!).

I love to make these at the holidays, especially Valentine’s Day. They are something a bit different from the traditional chocolate chip cookies seen at a lot of parties, and with a yield of 54 cookies per batch, they definitely feed a crowd!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

Yield- 54 cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (I use dark chocolate)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened (2.5 sticks)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 10 oz package peanut butter chips, or about 1-2/3 cups

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir together the first 4 dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt) and set aside.

In a large bowl or electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugar. The butter and sugar should be nice and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, one at a time, and beat until completely combined. While mixer is running, gradually add the flour mixture and beat well. The dough will be quite stiff.

Add the peanut butter chips and stir well. I generally mix them in with a spatula at the end because the dough makes a pretty big ball in the middle of the mixing bowl.

Using a spoon or small ice cream scooper, drop dough balls by rounded teaspoon onto a a baking sheet- you don’t need to grease it. Bake for 8-9 minutes. If you prefer, you can use baking sheets with parchment paper and then just slide the paper off to cool the cookies.

The cookies will be a bit gooey and pretty fluffy. Do not over bake them or they get hard when they cool. They’ll flatten out during cooling- I prefer to transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely (about 30 minutes). Store in an airtight container when completely cool.

Pile of chewy peanut butter chip chocolate cookies in front of Valentine's day paper hearts.

Substitutions

If you prefer, it’s possible to use the same amount of margarine in place of butter.

You can substitute up to 1 cup of the granulated sugar with brown sugar.

To make a gluten-free version fo this recipe, you can swap in almond flour for the all-purpose flour.

Variations

These cookies aren’t just a winter specialty! You can easily turn them into a summer delight by placing a scoop of vanilla ice cream in between two cookies and pressing them together for a stunning chocolate- peanut butter ice cream sandwich.

Serving Suggestions

These delightful treats are best served warm with a tall glass of milk! They’re great for holiday parties, gifts, potluck contributions, or simply because!

FAQ

How do I prevent my peanut butter chip cookies from crumbling apart?

Peanut butter chip cookies will not look entirely done when they come out of the oven but will set up as they cool. It’s important not to cook them for too long, otherwise, they go dry and brittle.

What ingredients can make peanut butter chip cookies chewier?

Since it has a high moisture content, brown sugar lends cookies a softer texture. You can try using half brown sugar and half cane sugar to achieve a chewier cookie.

Printable Recipe

Yield: 54 cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Hand lifting a freshly baked chocolate peanut butter cookie.

These chocolate peanut butter chip cookies are the perfect combination of crispy and gooey- and just the right amount of sweet. You'll find yourself baking these chocolate peanut butter chip cookies over and over!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened (2.5 sticks)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 10 oz package peanut butter chips, or about 1-2/3 cups

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Whisk together the first 4 ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt) and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, one at a time, and beat until completely combined.
  4. While the mixer is running, gradually add the flour mixture and beat well. The dough will be quite stiff.
  5. Add the peanut butter chips and stir until incorporated. I generally mix them in with a spatula at the end because the dough makes a pretty big ball in the middle of the mixing bowl.
  6. Using a spoon or small ice cream scooper, drop teaspoon-sized amounts of dough onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 8-9 minutes. The cookies will be a bit gooey and pretty fluffy. Do not overbake them or they get hard and brittle when they cool. They'll flatten out during cooling- I prefer to transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store in an airtight container when completely cool.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

54

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 403Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 334mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 4g

Please double-check this information with your favorite nutrition calculator.

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