Chocolate Chunk–Peanut Butter Cookies

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6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, divided
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter (we do not recommend natural peanut butter)
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped roasted and salted peanuts (optional)


Coarsely chop 2 ounces of the chocolate and then melt it in the top of a double boiler over not-quite-simmering water. Remove the pan from the heat. Whisk the chocolate, to smooth. Set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Add the egg, beating until smooth, then blend in the vanilla. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt into a medium bowl. Set aside. Blend the melted chocolate into the creamed mixture until evenly combined. Stir in the dry ingredients, a third at a time, until evenly mixed. Coarsely chop the remaining 4 ounces of chocolate and stir it into the dough along with the peanuts, if using.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter two large baking sheets or line them with parchment paper. Roll pieces of dough into 1½-inch-diameter balls and place on the baking sheets, leaving about 2½ inches in between. Using a glass, slightly flatten each ball of dough. Bake one sheet at a time on the center oven rack for about 15 minutes. When done, the tops of the cookies will be cracked, and they’ll still feel soft when pressed gently. Do not overbake. Cool the cookies for 2 to 3 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.


About 24 cookies.

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yummy peanut butter chocolate cookies

These cookies were devoured by my kids! The dough is comparable to other peanut butter cookies I have made. Not sticky, a little on the dry side. Thank you for the note about not using natural peanut butter. I always have both on hand!

Choc chunk pb cookies

Very disappointed,are you sure you didn't leave out an ingredient? They were dry and crumbly, even dough was crumbling.

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Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you were disappointed with these cookies. In the recent past we collaborated with a professional baker on many recipes and this is one of his favorite cookies. Perhaps you would instead enjoy this combination of chocolate and peanut butter, we sure do: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.

Dry Cookies

I am wondering if the person who says the cookies came out dry and crumbly used a "just peanuts" peanut butter ? Most peanut butters have Fluffo or hydrogenated oil that would lend to a more moist cookie.

Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies

Can cocoa powder be used instead of melting the dark chocolate? If so, how much? Thank you.

substituting cocoa powder for chocolate

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We would not recommend that for this recipe, JCNana.