peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

by Amy on 13 September 2012

this was not the recipe i initially planned to share with you today. instead, i had yet another slow cooker recipe ready to go. but, after making these cookies yesterday afternoon, they were SO darn tasty that i couldn’t wait to share ’em. plus, i thought y’all might want a break from my insane crock-pot addiction. =) i hope you don’t mind me posting two sweets posts in one week!

anyway, we had workers at our house yesterday + of course, they parked their trucks such that i was blocked in. i took that as a sign that i should bake something using ONLY ingredients already in the house. a quick look through the pantry revealed that we had all the usual cookie-making staples, plus a whole lotta peanut butter + chocolate chips, so that settled it: peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

so, how’d they turn out? absolutely delicious. they are delightfully soft, melt-in-your-mouth peanut buttery, with a perfect burst of bright richness from the chocolate chips. i sampled one, then another, then another – they’re definitely addictive. i’ve tried many peanut butter cookie recipes before, + i do believe that this one takes the cake (or should i say, takes the cookie!) as my favorite. so, next time you’re needing a peanut butter + chocolate fix, give these delicious cookies a try!

(oh, + if you’re a huge chocolate + peanut butter fan like me, check out these dark chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter frosting – they are divine!)

soft peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

makes about 2 dozen cookies, adapted from sally’s baking addiction


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips


in a large bowl, using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter + sugars together on medium speed. mix in the peanut butter, egg, + vanilla (in that order). slowly mix in the baking soda, flour, + salt, taking care not to not overmix. fold in the chocolate chips. chill the dough for at least 30 minutes.

preheat oven to 350 degrees. drop chilled dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto a parchment or silpat-lined cookie sheet. bake for 8-10 minutes. cookies will be soft + may appear not completely done, but they will firm up as they cool.

allow to cool completely on a wire rack + enjoy!

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1 Erin @ Texanerin Baking September 13, 2012 at 6:35 am

Sally has the best cookie recipes, doesn’t she? They look perfect. So puffy! And we don’t mind more sweet stuff. :)

2 amy September 13, 2012 at 7:42 am

yes! i wasn’t surprised when i wound up on sally’s site – her sweets always look divine. and this would definitely did not disappoint!

3 claire @ the realistic nutritionist September 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

Those are the flipping cutest cookies I’ve ever seen.

4 Kelsey @ K&K Test Kitchen September 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

Ahh, I’ve been looking for a good PB cookie recipe and these look amazing! Plus, they have chocolate too, so clearly they win!

5 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel September 13, 2012 at 9:22 am

If I were Polly-Pocket-sized, I’d want to jump up and down on the extreme puffiness of these amazing cookies. Seriously! I love my cookies ultra fat and puffy and these look the part 100%. Mm!

6 sally @ sallys baking addiction September 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

Amy your cookies are GORGEOUS! So fat and puffy. My favorite way to eat a peanut butter cookie! I’m so glad you made these today. I was literally jumping for joy when I saw these on instagram! So so so glad you like the recipe. My mom and I developed it last year together :)

7 amy September 13, 2012 at 10:14 am

thank you SO SO much for the wonderful recipe, Sally. you + your mom are definitely cookie geniuses – these rock! =)

8 sarah k @ the pajama chef September 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

amy, these cookies look perfect…and they sound even better! :) yum.

9 The Squishy Monster September 13, 2012 at 11:51 am

Yummy! These look nothing short of amazing! =D

10 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie September 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Definitely look good with the chocolate chips in them!

11 Jackie @ The Beeroness September 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm

O, so now you need to figure out how to make cookies in the slow cooker. And I still need to buy a slow cooker.

12 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 13, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Dude, these cookies are just screaming my name. Too bad I’m at work until 5. Maybe I need to leave early to make these?

13 amy September 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I fully support you leaving work early to make cookies! Maybe your boss will, too? =)

14 Cassie September 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm

these look so fluffy! i love PB cookies!

15 Choc Chip Uru September 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm

These cookies look super thick and delicious my friend – addictive much? 😀

Choc Chip Uru

16 Angela @ AnotherBitePlease September 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I love how fat and soft these cookies look! How lucky for us that you got blocked in 😉

17 Renee September 13, 2012 at 7:06 pm

Have I mentioned how much I love peanut butter and chocolate? I could eat the whole batch of these cookies. Awesome.

18 Megan @ girl by the lake September 13, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Oh! I am looking for some crowd-pleasing cookies for this weekend, and these may just be it! They seem pretty simple and REALLY packed full of flavor!

(and don’t ever apologize for posting too many sweets. take this from a friend who is watching the bears vs. the packers while i eat cookie dough…)

19 Megan @ girl by the lake September 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm

one more thing. how do you guys stay so thin?!? (seeing as you are a sweets making machine)

I might need to find new friends who like to eat my cooking!

20 amy September 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm

ha, good question! i give away the majority of my cooking/baking creations to friends, family, neighbors + co-workers, just keeping enough in the house so we can get our fix, too. =) i hope these cookies turn out fab for you this weekend if you try them. we (+ our friends) have been loving them!

21 julie @ Table for Two September 13, 2012 at 8:50 pm

i love coming up with recipes that compel you to share the very next day! i’m so glad you did with this one cause they look so fluffy and chewy! i’m sure your workers were drooling over the smell!

22 Baking Serendipity September 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Peanut butter and chocolate is definitely my favorite flavor combination…and must share recipes are always the best! Trying these for sure :)

23 Kiran @ September 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I usually create my recipes on the go! This looks absolutely yum. Love PB cookies :)

24 Jen @ Savory Simple September 14, 2012 at 6:57 am

I can tell just by the photo that these are incredible! They’re so fluffy and I wish I had a giant stack of them to enjoy right now.

25 Anna @ hiddenponies September 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

The more sweets the better :) These look perfect!

26 Kristen @ notsodomesticated September 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Another gorgeous cookie recipe!!! Yum!

27 Kathryn September 15, 2012 at 5:57 pm

oh love these amy! peanut butter and chocolate is such a perfect combination.

28 baker street September 16, 2012 at 5:26 am

pb and chocolate were just meant to be! your picture is totally making me crave one now!

29 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings September 16, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I cannot choose which I like more. This or the cookie dough cheesecake bars from your previous post! Both are awesome. Two sweets in a week? No problem!

30 Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious September 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Oh my goodness. PB and Chocolate are my fave! :)

31 Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations September 17, 2012 at 2:31 am

Peanut butter and chocolate chips…what could possibly go wrong? Awesomest combo!

32 Tracey September 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

Thick and chewy cookies are my weakness, and these look like they would absolutely be right up my alley. They’re so puffy and gorgeous!! And who doesn’t love pb and chocolate? :)

33 Ashley@BakerbyNature September 17, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Funny enough I’m elbow deep in chocolate and peanut butter as I type this! Is there any better combination…?! These look fantastic, Amy!

34 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee September 17, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I love a good peanut butter cookie. They are second favorite to the chocolate chip. This would definitely be my idea of the perfect cookie. Your pic is beautiful, as always:)

35 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts September 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Thick and perfect – I love cookies, and anything pb and chocolate is always a hit!

36 Beth September 23, 2012 at 2:24 pm

These sound great. I’d love them too!

37 Jay April 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Just made this.. wasn’t impressed.. :-( A few things.. the dough was very crumbly so I had to press to form the ball. When it was baked, the ball kept it’s shape. I ended up pressing it down.. Baked it a bit longer, and the middle is still some what doughy. I used butter flavored shorting instead… wonder if that has something do with it?

38 amy April 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Hi Jay, yes, using shortening instead of butter typically does give you different results in cookie recipes. Question, did you add any water to the recipe? If I’m substituting shortening for butter, I typically add water (as the crisco website suggests). In this recipe, if you use shortening, I’d use 1/2 cup shortening PLUS 3 teaspoons of water to get the same consistency as you would with butter. With shortening, cookies don’t spread as much, which explains why you had the problems you did. Hope this helps!

39 Jay April 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Amy, thanks! I will keep that in mind next time!

40 amy April 15, 2014 at 8:31 pm

No problem! Glad you saw my reply. =)

41 Lucy June 26, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Delicious! They came out perfect. Thanks Amy!

42 amy June 26, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Wonderful, I’m so thrilled to hear it, Lucy!

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