Chocolate Chunk–Peanut Butter Cookies

Recipe for Chocolate Chunk–Peanut Butter Cookies
Becky Luigart-Stayner


6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, divided
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup smooth 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


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. Cover and refrigerate the dough for 15 to 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly butter two large baking sheets or line them with parchment paper. Using floured hands, roll the dough into 1½-inch-diameter balls and place on the baking sheets, leaving about 2½ inches in between. 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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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.

Not a good recipe. After

Not a good recipe. After meticulously following the instructions, I was left with a crumbly, dry dough that did not soften or spread in the oven. I compared this recipe to others and came to the conclusion that there was an improper ratio of wet:dry ingredients. Was this recipe tested? Quite disappointed.

Hello, Kathleen. Thank you

Hello, Kathleen. Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you were disappointed with these cookies. Yes, they were tested. In the recent past we collaborated with a professional baker on many recipes and this is one of his favorite cookies. Perhaps you would enjoy these cookies, an Almanac favorite: Chocolate Peppermint Creams.