Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

After I devoured all of the leftover Halloween candy in record time, I was on a sugar high with no plan to come down. But I did, and the withdrawals were terrible. First I wanted more candy, then a few days ago I started craving cookies.

I held out as long as I could, but after a very vivid dream last night involving plates piled high with giant cookies, I caved. I let my craving take over and the result are these super-sized, soft and chewy peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips.

Oh, yeah.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I knew what I wanted and when I didn’t find a recipe that would deliver it exactly, I came up with my own. These cookies are huge, with a rounded 1/4 cup of dough making up each one. They’re rich, and a peanut butter-chocolate lover’s dream. You’ll definitely need a glass of milk to wash them down.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Still got some leftover candy around the house you’re wrestling with, and you can’t bear the thought of more treats? I’ve got a solution! Throw the rest of that candy out, and bake these cookies instead.

<<New feature!>> You’ll notice below I’ve included a little baking tip. I plan to include helpful tips with every recipe as a way to share things I’ve learned with my readers that don’t always make into my posts. I’d love your feedback!

How to Bake Soft Cookies

  • Use brown sugar or a brown sugar/sugar combo. Brown sugar creates a more chewy cookie, granulated sugar creates a crispier cookie.
  • Slightly reduce the oven temperature. This will allow the cookie to bake fully without browning too soon.
  • Don’t over bake! Remove the cookies when the middle is set but before they look done.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Note: I’ve had several comments from readers about dry and crumbly dough. I have tested this recipe several times with both Jif (standard, hydrogenated) and Adams (more natural) brands of peanut butter, and both have yielded great results. Be sure to properly cream the butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar, and also measure the flour correctly. (March 2013)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
These peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies are extra-large and super soft.
Yield: 12 extra-large cookies
  • ½ cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup (225 grams) crunchy or creamy peanut butter
  • 1¼ cup (225 grams) brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (200 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar on medium high speed until light and creamy, 3-5 minutes. Scrape down the bowl as necessary. Mix in the vanilla extract and egg.
  3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the stand mixer and mix on medium low speed until combined. Add the chocolate chips and mix on low until just combined. The mixture may be a little crumbly, but should form into rounds when pressed together with your hands.
  4. Scoop into ¼ cup rounds (1½ tablespoon rounds for regular sized cookies) and place on prepared sheet pan. Bake until cookies just begin to turn brown, 12-15 minutes (8-10 minutes for regular sized cookies). Do not over bake.
  5. Let cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then place on a wire rack to cool completely. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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44 Responses to Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. These look like my ideal cookies!

  2. Totally agree–my dream cookies!

  3. Priya says:

    Elegant, addictive cookies.

  4. These cookies look perfect, Annalise! I love the simplicity of peanut butter and chocolate – they combine to make for an amazing flavor in cookies!

  5. Lynna says:

    These sound delicious! I couldn`t get my hands on a lot of candy and didn`t get that sugar high…

  6. These cookies are so beautiful Annalise.
    I’m still sugar high after all the Halloween candy and great minds think alike, I made some peanut butter bars with chocolate candy.
    Can’t wait to try your cookies, mmm

  7. Becky (from the park) says:

    YUM! So question for you, what do you do with all this deliciousness? Do you give a lot of it away?!

  8. Jenn says:

    These look soft and delicious!

  9. Flavia says:

    I love your baking tips section, Annalise! It is always so helpful to read what fellow cooks and bakers are learning through trial, error and experience. These cookies look wonderful! Love how soft and chewy they look!

  10. Janine says:

    I love the cookie tips! Can’t wait to see more.

  11. Deborah says:

    I love the baking tip feature!! And these cookies are totally calling to me. I love how soft they look!

  12. Erin R. says:

    So beautiful. I detest flat, greasy cookies so these look absolutely ideal to me with their perfect domes. I also want to pick up that bowl of cookie dough with the spoon you thoughtfully provided and just mow through the rest. Cookie dough is my favorite food group.

    Good one with the over baking tip! I remember learning that one the hard way as a kid. They didn’t look very brown so we kept putting them back in the oven and ended up with little blocks of wood. I love when tips are included because I think everyone has a natural inclination to fiddle with recipes to fit their own preferences, so to find out that the author already tried this or that idea and it didn’t work or to have an explanation for why they did something is a huge help and time saver.

    • Annalise says:

      As delicious as these cookies are, the cookie dough is almost better! It was hard not eating it all. Thanks for the feedback!

  13. I love the tips! I’ll keep the brown sugar tip in mind, because I don’t like crunchy cookies. Chewy is where it’s at!

    I bet these cookies are incredible.

  14. Choclette says:

    These cookies sound wonderful, peanut butter and chocolate is a winning combination. I look your baking tip too – useful stuff.

  15. Chelsea says:

    Love the baking tips, I didn’t know that is what gave soft cookies their softness! If I had to choose one dessert to eat, it would be homemade chocolate chip cookies, by far.

  16. Chelsea says:

    P.S. I absolutely love your photos, food photography is so hard! Not my strongsuit but I want to work on it 🙂

  17. Could these be any more perfect? They look amazing and I can’t wait to try them. The PB& Chocoalte Chip cookies we usually make at our house are mini’s so I can’t wait to make extra large ones using your recipe.


  18. Jamie says:

    These look absolutely heavenly…I am not sure I can last until I get off of work to go home and bake them!

  19. Melanie says:

    I made these tonight and they were so amazing! I followed the recipe exactly and they’re perfect. Seriously the best cookie I’ve made that I found on pinterest(:

  20. Char says:

    My batter turned out dry, can or should I add water or something?

  21. Alyssa says:

    i just pulled these out of the oven and ate one while still warm and they are sooooo delish! my boyfriend loves peanut butter cookies and I like both chocolate and peanut butter so these are perfect! yum!

  22. COrtnie says:

    Hey! Batter tastes soo good but it was so crumbly making it hard for my cookies to stay together. Any advice for next time??

    • Annalise says:

      Cortnie, thanks for the comments and I’m sorry you’re having trouble with this recipe. I’ve made it several times without issue, and without being in your kitchen and knowing exactly how you made the cookies I’m afraid I’m of little help. Perhaps try again? Sorry!

  23. Marcella says:

    Cortnie, mine did the same exact thing, everything was going perfectly until it came to adding the flour at the end, while mixing it balled up and became crumbly. Adding the chocolate chips just made the situation worse. When it came to getting the mixture on the cookie sheet I squeezed the handfuls of crumbs together with some chocolate chips into balls , they didn’t flatten out in the oven so I squished them with a spatula half way through. Turned put somewhat decent but I, still curious in what went wrong…

    • Annalise says:

      I’ve been trying to figure out what could go wrong. I have made this recipe many times with great success. I’m wondering if it has to do with the kind of peanut butter you are using? By chance, are you using a more natural kind of peanut butter? While I prefer to eat natural peanut butter, I usually try to bake with brands like Jiff or Skippy. They produce more consistent results. Sorry I’m not of more help!

  24. Marcella says:

    The peanut butter theory sounds like it could be the answer. I used trader joes organic peanut butter, I will try again with jiff. Thanks for the feedback!

  25. Molly says:

    My batter got way too crumbly after adding the flour, too. They definitely didn’t turn out beautiful like your picture! I think I might try it with less flour to see if that helps.

    • Molly says:

      Also, I wasn’t using a mixer. I’d be curious to know if the other ladies who have had trouble were also mixing by hand.

  26. Jen Carter says:

    I used regular creamy peanut butter and doubled this recipe. It came out very crumbly- almost like sand. I followed the recipe exactly and used a regular sized Kitchen Aid mixer. With doubling the recipe, my mixer could not hold the dough sufficiently. I was able to press together the cookies using a 1/4 cup scoop but used a smaller scoop for the 2nd two batches. The cookies are nice and chewy if a *tiny* bit dry…I like the taste and will try again with a single batch and a bit less flour…

  27. KK says:

    Another vote here for the Natural Peanut Butter crumble mess.. Still waiting to see what comes out of the oven. 🙁
    They smell delicious though!

  28. Aimee says:

    Awesome cookies! I did not use a mixer and used Jif Natural Creamy. Mine turned out perfect! Only thing weird was my chocolate chips wouldn’t combine with the dough very well. My dough was greasy almost? I could stir and stir but the chips would basically just slide around on the bottom of the bowl. No big deal at all, the chipsthat didn’t combine I just stuck on top of the dough before I cooked them! Thank you for a great recipe! Boyfriend loved them! 🙂

    • Annalise says:

      The Adams natural peanut butter did a similar thing for me. Since it’s a little oilier than traditional peanut butter I think it may prevent the chocolate chips from incorporating as well. Maybe next time try adding the chocolate chips before the flour is 100% mixed in and the mixture becomes homogeneous? Just a thought. Glad you liked them though!

  29. Lori says:

    I’ve made these several times and they’re soooo good. Last time I decided not to make individual cookies and pressed the dough into a parchment paper lined pan and baked them about 18 min (+-) and they were delicious.

  30. Amanda G says:

    I just made these and they are amazing!! I added an extra egg and about a tablespoon of milk and they were very fluffy, chewy and delicious.

  31. ashlee says:

    Just made these cookies tonight and they were absolutely delicious! I am definitely using this as my go to peanut butter cookie…thanks for the recipe!

  32. Amanda says:

    Honestly, I’ve tried making these, painstakingly following measurements, and each time (3 x’s now) I end up with a crumbly mess. For the record: I’m a fairly solid baker. I have a stand-mixer. The last time I made them, attempt #4 because I’m stubborn like that, I added a second egg, decreased the flour by 1/4 a cup, and added a teaspoon of almond milk and this finally did the trick! I think given how many people have this same problem, it might be the recipe and not simply user-error?

    • Annalise says:

      Hi Amanda, thank you so much for your comment and for diligence in trying this recipe so many times. I’m sorry you’ve had such trouble with it! You are definitely not in the minority, and I wish I knew what was wrong with my recipe. I have made it many, many times and always with success. I think now I’m going to turn it over to a few friends and even my non-baker husband for testing to see if I can figure it out. I’ll keep this post updated with any findings. Thanks again! 🙂

  33. Sandra says:

    Hi Annalise, I just baked the cookies. Fyi: instead of 200 gr of chocolate chips I used 200 gr of cocoa powder. That wasn’t a good idea because I think it made the dough dry. I couldn’t flatten the crumbling dough so I squeezed it into small balls and put them in the oven for 9 minutes. (Before the cocoa the mixture was creamy.)

  34. Sandra says:

    Ok I baked them again. This time I used 168 gr of honey instead of brown sugar, and no cocoa or chocolate in it. 10 Min. in the oven. It reminded me of sand cookies.

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