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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are the perfect blend of rich chocolate and peanut butter flavors. You will love this delicious twist on the classic peanut butter cookie!

Love peanut butter and chocolate recipes? Be sure to also check out this fantastic Buckeye Brownie Cookie recipe!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies on a light wood table and white towel with brown trim

Ingredients you will need

  • Shortening (regular or butter flavor)
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Egg
  • All-purpose flour
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Making Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

We all love a perfect, soft, sweet peanut butter cookie. It’s even better with chocolate!

To make the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, you’ll begin by beating together the shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Then add the egg and mix until combined.

Whipping peanut butter, shortening, and sugar to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add this to the wet mixture and stir well.

Mixing ingredients in a metal KitchenAid bowl to make Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

A cookie scoop is a very useful tool for creating perfectly sized cookies. You’ll want each dough ball to be about 1 1/2 inches across. If you don’t have a scoop, you can use a spoon.

Roll each cookie dough ball between your hands to create a smooth ball. Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet with at least 1 inch between them.

Shaping Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies on a rustic cookie sheet using a Pampered Chef cookie scoop

Flatten each cookie dough ball with a fork to create the unique peanut butter cookie crisscross pattern.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Bake your chocolate peanut butter cookies at 375ºF for 7-8 minutes until set. Cool them for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

We love these cookies with a tall glass of ice cold milk! Perfect after school snack or anytime a sweet tooth needs a treat.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies stacked next to a jar of milk

Can I use Butter Instead of Shortening?

You may notice the shortening called for in the recipe and be wondering if you could use butter instead. Well, yes, you can! But before you decide, here’s what we found when testing this recipe by making it with butter and then shortening.

Shortening Results – the chocolate peanut butter cookies made with shortening were thick and soft. They did not spread much while baking, but did rise up a bit. In our little blind taste test at home, the shortening cookie won!

Butter Results – the cookies made with butter did spread while baking and were much thinner than the cookies made with shortening. They tasted very good and had a chewier texture.

Here is a side by side of the cookies; one made with butter and one with shortening:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Now, here they are again, but showing the inside of the cookies:

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies made with butter or shortening

Do you know which is which? In the first picture, the cookie on the right was made with butter and the cookie on the left with shortening. In the second picture, the cookie on the bottom was made with butter and the cookie on the top is the shortening version. Both tasted great, but there was a distinct difference in texture and overall appearance.

In short, we do think the shortening works best with this recipe and is really worth a try. If you decide you would rather use butter, be sure to reduce the salt added to the cookie dough to 1/4 teaspoon (or use unsalted butter) and decrease the milk by 1 tablespoon.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies on a white and brown towel

Other Cookie Recipes You Will Love

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy No-Bake Cookies

Buckeye Brownie Cookies

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter S’mores Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Published By Jill
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies are the perfect blend of rich chocolate and peanut butter flavors. You will love this delicious twist on the classic peanut butter cookie!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 17 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 36

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup shortening regular or butter flavor
  • 3/4 cup cream peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar, milk, and vanilla with an electric mixer until well blended. Add the egg and mix just until combined.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir until combined.
  • Scoop the cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet to form 1 to 1 ½ inch dough balls. Use a fork to press the dough down and create the traditional crisscross pattern on each cookie.
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes at 375F just until set around the edges. Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a wire cooling rack to cool.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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The chocolate peanut butter receipe does NOT tell you how much of each ingredient you are to use…

Hi Donna, the ingredient amounts are listed in the recipe box.

Thankyou for this recipe,I love peanut butter cookies and can’t wait to make with cocoa.

Can you use butter instead of shortening?

Yes! We included an image above that shows the results using Butter vs Shortening.

Could these be made with both butter and shortening (1/2 each)?

Absolutely! Let me know how it turns out.

Great cookies! I have baked something almost every day since the quarantine started a little over a month ago. I have to say these are the most popular item I have made.5 stars

Saw this recipe today and needed some cookies. Made it exactly as stated with shortening. Got the 3 dozen and they are wonderful.
Definately a keeper recipe.

Do you think Gluten Free flour can be substituted & still turn out fine?

I have never used gluten free flour, but let me know how it turns out if you try it.

I used GF flour and my family devoured them.5 stars

These chocolate peanut butter cookies are fantastic. They are now my hubby’s favorite! Very easy recipe and the yield is good!5 stars

Made these today and they are very good. Lots of chocolate flavour. So glad a friend had posted the link to Facebook.5 stars

Just made these this afternoon and very good! My only difference was I threw in some chocolate chips i had because why not! Even my child who claims to not like peanut butter liked them! Will make these again for sure!5 stars

I made these after I saw them on your fb. I used dark brown sugar and 1/2 a crisco butter flavored stick.  My cookies came out a black color not brown for some reason. I also dusted a pinch of sugar as they came out of oven as it needed that tiny sweetness.  All in all, really very delicious!5 stars

Thank you so much for the shortening vs. butter explanation and photos!!  That’s a huge win for shortening…I am always a Butter first girl…but will definitely use shortening.

My Cookie Monster approved as did I5 stars

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