Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Quick and easy chocolate peanut butter cookies recipe, homemade with simple ingredients. Soft, thick, and full of brown sugar, cocoa powder, chocolate chips.
Chocolate and peanut butter are truly a match made in heaven. Two delicious flavors wrapped up in one simple cookie? You just can’t go wrong making this easy recipe. You can also check out some of my other favorite peanut butter treats, like these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Soft and Chewy), Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe, and Easy Peanut Butter Cookies.
How to make chocolate peanut butter cookies recipe from scratch?
- Mix together– Shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla extract.
- Add in– Flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda.
- Stir in– Chocolate chips.
- Scoop– Small balls of the dough and place them on a cookie tray.
- Flatten- Them with a “criss-cross” pattern using a fork.
- Bake– Until edges are firm and center is slightly soft.
- Remove– From oven, cool in the pan, and enjoy!
Add nuts– The perfect combination for this recipe would be adding chopped peanuts, but you can also add pecans, walnuts, or a mix of all three! It all depends on how nutty you feel.
Drizzle chocolate– Over the top of the cookies after they have cooled. Try After the cookies have cooled, you can try drizzling melted chocolate, Nutella Syrup (2 Ingredient) or Easy Chocolate Ganache (2 Ingredient) over the top.
Try various dried fruits– Such as dried cranberries, chopped banana chips, or raisins for a sweet, chewy texture.
Switch it up- By adding oatmeal into the batter. This is the perfect combination for the peanut butter lovers who love that classic oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.
Why is my cookie dough crumbly? How to fix it?
Your cookies may be dry because of too much flour, but it can be easily remedied by adding a little more milk until the right consistency is reached.
Why is my cookie dough wet? How to fix it?
If your cookie dough is too wet, you may have added a bit too much milk or maybe not enough flour. But don’t worry! You can add small amounts of flour until the dough firms up a little. You can also put the dough into the fridge for 30-40 minutes so that it is easier to handle and not so sticky.
Why did my cookies spread?
Using regular butter instead of shortening can cause a little bit of spreading during baking, so I don’t recommend it. Spreading can also happen if you try to make cookies with dough that is too wet. The right amount of flour helps the cookies stay together instead of spreading out thin.
Variations for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
Make Cookie Sandwiches– By stacking your favorite filling between two cookies:
- Ice Cream- Vanilla, chocolate, or even your favorite candy filled ice cream will do.
- Frosting– Make it extra peanut buttery with this Peanut Butter Frosting (4 Ingredients) or make it a dynamic duo with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting. There are so many possibilities to choose from. Try out these other yummy frosting options: Marshmallow Frosting Recipe, American Buttercream Frosting Recipe, Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe, Best Cream Cheese Frosting, Healthy Coconut Cream Chocolate Frosting.
- Jam– It’s like peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Use your favorite jam flavor and enjoy this new twist. My personal favorite is this Easy Homemade Strawberry Jam.
Brown sugar substitutes– Can be used, such as honey, agave, or my Homemade Brown Sugar Recipe.
Roll dough balls– In powdered sugar, sprinkles, cocoa, or granulated sugar.
Stuffed cookies– Scoop out cookie dough and stuff your favorite treat inside, like a Rolo, Reese’s cup, Kit Kat, or peanut butter M&Ms. Try these other stuffed cookies for more fun: Peppermint Stuffed Chocolate Sugar Cookies, Triple Chocolate Cookies (Fudgy and Chewy), or Chocolate Caramel Cookies.
Tips and techniques
Shortening vs. butter– I recommend following the recipe here and using butter flavored shortening, because butter causes some spreading during baking.
Must use- Mini chocolate chips and NOT the regular size, because otherwise they are too gooey and messy. The chocolate runs everywhere and the cookies look more like a blob.
Creamy vs. chunky– Either type of peanut butter can be used in the recipe, depending on your personal preference. I recommend creamy peanut butter for a better, more consistent texture.
Use buttered flavored shortening– To get the best of both worlds in this recipe. Using plain butter will cause the cookies to spread when baking, but if you use plain shortening you will lose out on that nice buttery flavor.
Can I use granulated sugar?– No, you must use brown sugar, because otherwise they won’t be as chewy and the overall texture isn’t as good.
Cool cookies on tray- Because the residual heat continues to cook them and firms them up. Otherwise they will fall apart and be too gooey.
Line tray with parchment paper– Because then the cookies won’t stick to the pan and you will have less mess to clean up.
Which type of cocoa- You must use natural cocoa powder as opposed to the Dutch processed cocoa powder, because the latter is too strong and bitter.
Room Temperature– Leftovers can be stored in a cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Fridge Prep– You can store cookie dough, well covered or wrapped, in the fridge for 3-5 days before making the cookies, but I recommend making them the same day.
More Peanut Butter Desserts
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie (No Bake)
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies (Thumbprints)
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Bark (4 Ingredients)
- Peanut Butter Eggs
- Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe (3 Ingredients)
- Easy Buckeye Recipe (Peanut Butter Balls)
- Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars (Eggless)
- No Bake Peanut Butter Bars
- Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bars
- Small Batch Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1/2 cup Shortening, Butter flavor
- 3/4 cup Peanut butter, Creamy
- 1 1/4 cups Brown sugar
- 1 Egg, Large
- 2 tbsp Milk, Whole or 2%
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups All-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup Cocoa powder, Can add up to 1/2 cup if you want a very strong chocolate flavor
- 1 tsp Baking soda
- 1/2 cup Mini chocolate chips, Semisweet
- In a large mixing bowl, add shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar, egg, milk, vanilla extract and mix until combined and smooth.
- Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and mix until just combined.
- Stir in chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
- Scoop out small portions of the dough and roll them into balls.
- Note: If dough is too sticky, chill in fridge for 30-40 minutes to make it easier to handle. If dough is to dry, mix in a little more milk.
- Place them on a cookie tray, lined with parchment paper.
- Flatten them with a "criss-cross" pattern, using a fork.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 8-9 minutes or until edges are firm and center is slightly soft.
- Remove from oven and allow them to cool completely in the pan and then, enjoy!
- Read all my tips above.
- Leftovers can be stored in a cookie jar at room temperature for up to 3 days.