Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies, Oh My

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | March 29th, 2021 | Desserts, Recipes
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It’s been different over the past year when I bake. Between staying at home due to Covid and living at new to us places, I have had very few recipe testers. It’s changed the way I do my testing, so that I can try more samples of my recipes without needing to eat more food than I want in a single serving. Of course, I also have my husband as a readily available tester, but normally I would share with a much bigger crowd.

Trying to keep my eating from going too far off the rails, I usually make a batch and sample one or two. I make any needed tweaks, cook/bake again, and sample one or two. This process is repeated as many times as needed until the recipe is a success.

peanut butter chocolate cookies

I followed that process when making these peanut butter and chocolate cookies. There was one small snag. These cookies called to me. Within half a cookie, I knew that I had created a really good recipe. I offered the other half to my husband, who gladly ate it.

I then went about baking the rest of the batch. Thankfully I only made a half batch. Keep in mind- that was round one. I needed to make these cookies again to assure myself that the recipe was correct and exact.

peanut butter chocolate cookies

Again, I made a half batch, as two adults definitely do NOT need 42 cookies in their kitchen. After baking and photographing these cookies, I put them in storage containers. Every day for three days, I ate at least two cookies. This is not like me at all. I usually only eat dessert on the weekends, but these cookies called me. Their siren song was loud and clear. I needed to eat more of them.

The short version of this story is such: If you enjoy peanut butter and milk chocolate, you need to make a batch. These are some of the most addictive cookies I’ve ever made.

peanut butter chocolate cookies

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies, Oh My

Michele Pesula Kuegler

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 27 mins

Course Dessert

Servings 42

Ingredients

  

  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups chopped mini peanut butter cups about 32 whole

Instructions

 

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine butter and both sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on speed 2 for 4 minutes.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on speed 2 until incorporated and scraping sides to ensure that the batter is thoroughly mixed.
  • Add vanilla and peanut butter, mix on speed 2 until fully combined.
  • Add flour, salt, and baking soda, mixing until batter is cohesive.
  • Add chopped peanut butter cups to dough, stirring until distributed.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Scoop heaping teaspoons of dough onto the prepared sheet.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookie bottoms are golden.
  • Transfer cookies to a baking rack and cool fully.

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