Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here is my second dessert that’s peanut butter to the extreme to round out my self-proclaimed Peanut Butter Week (check out the peanut butter & Nutella cupcakes if you missed them!). The original recipe actually called for peanut butter chips, which would be even more peanut butter-y, but I didn’t have them on hand. Either way, these are fantastic with just chocolate chips.

They’re soft cookies with strong peanut butter flavor and a crunchy sprinkle of sugar baked on top. I even dare say they might be the perfect peanut butter cookie. Does anyone want to challenge with their favorite peanut butter cookie recipe?


Peanut Butter Cookies
Adapted from the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter, room temperature (I used creamy but chunky is supposed to be good too)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (or try 1/2 cup of peanut butter chips and 1/2 cup chocolate chips)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar for sprinkling on top

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, cream butter and peanut butter until fluffy. Add both kinds of sugar and beat until smooth. Mix in egg and then add milk and vanilla.

In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to bowl of wet ingredients, mixing until thoroughly combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Place remaining tablespoon of sugar into a bowl. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into sugar, then onto cookie sheet. Gently flatten with a fork, indenting with a criss-cross pattern. Bake for 10-12 minutes (be careful not to over bake – they may not look done when they are). Remove and let cool.

14 Comments on Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Erica W
    August 24, 2011 at 12:30 pm (11 years ago)

    These sound yummy, but we are gluten free… this is our FAVE GF PB Cookie recipe… so easy &, oh so yummy!!


    A flourless cookie…with a decadent truffle-like texture!

    1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
    1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar (or 1 c sugar)
    1 large egg
    1 tsp. baking soda
    1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


    1. Preheat oven to 350°. In small bowl, with
    wooden spoon, combine all ingredients
    except chips until blended. Stir in
    chocolate just until combined.

    2. On ungreased baking sheets, using slightly
    rounded teaspoonfuls, drop dough 2 in.
    apart (Do not flatten).

    3. Bake 9 minutes or until cookies are puffed
    and golden (Cookies will be VERY soft).

    4. On wire rack, place baking sheets and let
    stand 5 minutes. Remove cookies from
    sheets and cool completely.

    Makes: 4-1/2 dozen cookies
    Preparation Time: 15 Minute(s)
    Cook Time: 9 Minute(s)


    • Heat oven to 350°F.
    • Spray bottom only of 13×9-inch pan with cooking spray.
    • Spread mixture into pan.
    • Bake for 7-9 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
    • Cool for 15 minutes.

    ======== You can double the recipe for thicker bars (they taste better that way) =======

    • Bake @ 350 for 1-16 minutes or until a light golden brown.
    • Cool for 20 minutes, or as needed.

    I have also left out the chocolate chips when making bars & used fudge frosting on the top instead :).

    August 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm (11 years ago)


  3. Dalila G.
    August 24, 2011 at 3:25 pm (11 years ago)

    This recipe sounds pretty yummy with the sprinkled sugar on top.
    I have never done that before, thanks for the ‘sweet’ tip!

  4. Ann
    August 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm (11 years ago)

    One of my favorite recipes…my daughter-in-law introduced me to putting chocolate chips in peanut butter cookies…I’ve been hooked ever since! These are beautiful and you’re pictures are stunning…
    Ann recently posted Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    • Stephanie
      September 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm (11 years ago)

      @kita – oooh have fun!

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