Saturday, January 7, 2012

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Over the many years that Ramon and I have been together, we have formed little traditions, which I treasure, no matter how simple, because they are our own. 

One of these traditions is that, every year at Christmas time, and only at Christmas time, we make these cookies. Their ingredients are so simple, and the result so delicious, especially with a tall glass of cold milk. 

When we have finished eating the entire batch (which doesn't take long), I always want to make a second, but never do. Because part of the tradition is that we only have these once a year, which makes them very special.

Here is the recipe, based on one from the ever wonderful Betty Crocker. I hope you will enjoy them as much as we do!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Pre-heat oven to 375°F or 190°C


1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup softened butter
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
granulated sugar for rolling
chocolate candies, chunks, or pieces for the middle

Stir the sugars, the peanut butter, the softened butter, and the egg in a standing mixer.

Stir in the flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Add the vanilla and mix.

Form small balls of dough; roll in the granulated sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookies sheets. No need to press them; they will spread on their own.

Bake for about 8 minutes, being careful not to let them get brown, so that they stay chewy.

Immediately after removing then from the oven, press one chocolate firmly into the center of each cookie. 

Cool on a wire rack.



  1. Hey Dawn!
    If you know anyone who needs to be on a gluten free diet you can leave out the flour!
    Just mix : 1 cup peanut butter
    1 egg
    1 tsp. vanilla
    1 cup sugar (could use 1/2 cup
    brown and 1/2 cup white)
    Mix together and mix in some chocolate chips. Roll into balls and press down twice with a fork. Bake at 350 for about 10-12 minutes. MUST LET THEM SIT FOR 15 minutes or so, or they will fall apart! They are good. :-)

  2. Oh Dawn...first I love your new header!! (so pretty!!) Second...I love your tradition of baking those yummy...delicious You have some great resolve to not bake more than one

    xoxo Gert

  3. These have been a favorite of mine since childhood. A local farm stand always had fresh, homemade ones. I have always had them with a Hershey's kiss, I'll try them with a chunk of better chocolate, upgrade them a bit! LOL


  4. These look delicious! Peanut butter and chocolate is such a great combination. I'll have to make a batch of these cookies. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  5. Love this tradition, something sweet to look forward to each year!

  6. My husband loves peanut butter cookies, I will make this for him this weekend, thanks for sharing. I also love traditions like yours, and do it often with my kids. It makes them look forward to holidays even more.

  7. Dear Dawn,
    They look absolutely delicious! I love food traditions.

  8. Yum...peanuts & chocolate are my favourite combination & I never get sick of trying new cookie recipes! And I can recommend Kay's too...I've made them a few times now (I put a spoonful of raspberry jam in the middle before baking) & they work quite flour at all! Happy happy Saturday to you all xoxo Rachel

  9. Hi !! Dawn those cookies look delicious . I will make a batch of this cookies.:) thanks for sharing your recipe >


    Chicago Il :)

  10. Wow thats so cool...funny too that I just sent a care package your way full of peanutbutter treats...:). Actually, it's the late christmas package...I know, way late, but fun to get now, Right?

  11. Love these cookies. Peanut butter and chocolate goes perfect together. I recognized the chocolate you put on top of those cookies were from Austria. I have a friend who was a missionary in Vienna, Austria and she would always bring me back those candy bars when she would come home to the states. The chocolate was delicious and not as sweet as the American chocolate we have here. Blessings.

  12. I love chocolate and PB together. Yum, yum, yummy! I saw Kay's and Mozart's comment on the gluten free, but that scares me that there is no flour. I'll try my hand with my gluten free flours. I can't wait. Thank you so much Dawn for posting this. Me do love Betty C. too!

  13. My favorite cookies in life. I use Hershey kisses. I didn't make them this year...losing weight. Down -65.6 pounds. No way can I have these......:(

    Glad you can!


  14. oh yum! now I need to go make these. xox

  15. I love traditions like this ♥
    The cookies look delicious ~ thank you for sharing the recipe ... I want to make a batch now :-D

  16. Oh my, these look heavenly! I'm tucking this recipe away for a non-dieting day :) Hope you are doing well Dawn!



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