Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

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A few Christmases ago, I baked nine types of cookies over 2 days in a baking marathon that lasted into the night. These are a favorite anytime of year.—Bob & Georgia Crabb, Scio, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 396 calories, 21g fat (10g saturated fat), 59mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 2g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, stir peanut butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Chill 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat sugars, butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg. Combine flour, cocoa and baking powder; add to the cream cheese mixture and mix well.
  2. Roll into 1-in. balls. Place half of the balls 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet. Make a depression in the center of each ball with your thumb; fill with 1 teaspoon of the chilled peanut butter mixture. Flatten remaining balls and place on top, pressing edges to seal. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool.
  3. Combine frosting ingredients in s small bowl; stir until smooth. Frost cooled cookies. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies in Taste of Home June/July 1995, p47

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Brenda 1980 User ID: 7018129 2395
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2013

"We have been making these cookies for years. They are a little extra work.....but well worth it! They taste like a chocolate cookie with a reese cup filling. Yummy!!"

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