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Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

This recipe was featured in our Sunday paper and I just had to try it. Kids really love the peanut butter surprise inside the cookie.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar


  • In a large bowl, cream butter, sugars and 1/4 cup peanut butter. Added egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, cocoa and baking soda; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Blend confectioners' sugar with remaining peanut butter until smooth. Roll into 24 balls, 1 in. each. Divide dough into 24 pieces; flatten each into a 3-in. circle.
  • Place one peanut butter ball on each circle; bring edges over to completely cover it. (Dough may crack; reshape cookies as needed.) Place cookies with seam side down on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten each cookie slightly with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until set.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 363 calories, 19g fat (7g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 238mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.
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  • Tedri
    Sep 3, 2020

    These were absolutely decadent and delicious, but the filling was so rich I would probably use half next time. Getting 24 cookies is easier if you divide the dough before assembling (I divided half onto each cookie sheet, then broke each half into four pieces, and each of those into three pieces). Wash your hands after handling the peanut butter filling, otherwise folding the cookie dough around it will be totally impossible! This produces soft, non-crumbly cookies with a filling that is deliciously gooey when hot out of the oven and more like Reese's in consistency when cool. The chocolate smells wonderful but the flavor of it is really overpowered by peanut butter.

  • pajamaangel
    Dec 6, 2014

    These cookies taste great, but they are a pain to put together. Because I have to make these gluten free, the dough was much stickier due to the xanthan gum and made it near impossible to work with. If I were to make these again, I would turn them into thumbprint cookies just for the ease of the preparation. Great taste though!

  • dorisnelson
    Dec 5, 2012

    yes, really good cookies. Definitely will make again

  • 1275
    Nov 27, 2011

    SO good! The only problem I had with them is the difficulty it takes to "assemble" the cookies. The peanut butter mixture is supposed to be completely enclosed in the chocolate dough. It is simply said........ impossible, (at least with my experience).They are very sweet, so don't be afraid to eliminate some of the sugar. The peanut butter dough is sticky and hard to deal with so you can refrigerate it or freeze it some to make it easier. Overall, they were delicious! Just be aware of the effort and frustration it might require of you!

  • debleblanc
    Aug 30, 2011

    The first time I made these my sister asked how I got the peanut butter inside the cookie. I've never had anyone turn them down!!

  • NatureLass
    Dec 26, 2010

    Rich decadent good - but they are HUGE - Next time I will definitely make this into 48 cookies insteas of 24 - given the calorie count this will be a major improvement

  • tnhoneypot21
    Oct 27, 2010

    Made these for a weekly Wednesday night cookout and they went fast. My brother loved them and asked for the recipe. Even said he could eat them weekly (on Wednesdays, lol). Very good and will make again. Thanks for the recipe.

  • SharonVoth
    Sep 14, 2010

    No comment left

  • weather_girl
    Jan 6, 2010

    These cookies are great! They're simple to make but they take a lot of time to prepare. I've never been able to get 24 cookies but only about 20. Despite all this they are definitely worth it!

  • schmorg
    Aug 29, 2009

    THESE COOKIES ARE AWESOME!!!!!! They had a very nice consistency. The instructions were a little confusing but, i got the hang of it!