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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

You can't go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. These cookies are easy to make and sure to please a crowd. Recipe can be easily doubled and tripled and is a great way to use up leftover candies!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 12 mins
Total Time: 27 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate peanut butter cookies, peanut butter candy cookies, chocolate sugar cookies
Servings: 12 cookies
Author: Maryanne Cabrera

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup chocolate peanut butter*, such as Peanut Butter & Co's Dark Chocolatey Dreams
  • 2 Tablespoon unsalted butter, room temp
  • cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar, for rolling
  • 12 mini chocolate peanut butter cups
  • Maldon sea salt, to garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place unwrapped mini peanut butter cups in the freezer.
  • In a medium bowl, cream together chocolate peanut butter and unsalted butter. Add sugar and beat until combined. Add egg and stir until incorporated. Scrape down bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture. Fold until incorporated and there are no longer and dry streaks of flour.
  • Portion dough into tablespoons and roll into balls. Coat dough balls in granulated sugar and place on prepared baking sheet, placing balls about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 6 minutes. Remove from oven and press one chilled mini peanut butter cup in the center of each cookie. Return to oven and bake for another 6 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle each cookie with Maldon sea salt. Let cool on sheet tray for 5-8 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

  • If you can't find chocolate peanut butter: add one tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder to the flour mixture in Step 3.
  • Use a homogenized, no-stir peanut butter. Natural peanut butters that require stirring before use do not work well for this recipe.