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Chocolate peanut butter cookies

Chocolate peanut butter cookies

A while back last year, when Smitten Kitchen cookbook just came out, I won it at one of the giveaways, which made me very happy because I really wanted her book and because I usually don’t win anything. Since then, I have been using that cookbook mainly as my night time comfort reading, enjoying Deb’s stories and pictures right before I fall asleep. Then, I had a realization last week that I haven’t even cooked anything from that cookbook yet, and that was about to change when I started flipping through the pages and saw her chocolate peanut butter cookies, sandwiched together with a thick chocolate peanut butter frosting.

Chocolate peanut butter cookies

Chocolate peanut butter cookies

These cookies are so-o-o special! They will appeal equally to kids and adults, to those who like chocolate-based desserts and those who don’t. These cookies have a perfect ratio of sugar to peanut butter: they are perfectly sweet and the chocolate frosting does not overwhelm the peanut butter taste.

Chocolate peanut butter cookies

I also love that the cookies don’t have a large amount of butter in the frosting (only 2 tablespoons of butter in the frosting enough for 40 sandwiched cookies!) – just enough to fluff up and soften up the creamy peanut butter! As a result, I don’t have that feeling in my stomach that I am stuffed even after I eat a whole bunch of these cookies!

Chocolate peanut butter cookies

I also love the small size of each individual cookie! Sometimes peanut butter cookies could be too rich, but these are not! They are just perfect little dessert.

I am definitely adding these easy-to-make cookies to my collection of simple-to-make but good-looking cookies!

Chocolate peanut butter cookies

Chocolate peanut butter cookies

Total time: 50 minutes

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.

Ingredients for cookie dough:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature (let the butter from refrigerator sit on the counter for about an hour or so)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted or aerated (see important note below!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Ingredients for filling:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate

Makes 40 sandwiched cookies

Important note about properly measuring flour using measuring cups:

The proper way to measure flour using measuring cups is to aerate it first. This is done either by sifting flour, or aerating it by fluffing it up and whisking it well, then spooning it into the measuring cup, then carefully removing any excess flour with a knife. If you just stick that measuring cup in the bag of flour and scoop some out, you will get a lot more flour than what the recipe calls for. Do aerate the flour, or you will end up with dry dough! :)

To make the cookies:

1) Beat butter and peanut butter in a large bowl until well combined and fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until combined. Add egg and beat until smooth.

2) In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt).

3) Add dry ingredients from step 2 to the wet ingredients from step 1 and beat on low speed until just incorporated.

4) Divide dough into 4 parts: the dough will be crumbly. Form a rectangular shaped log out of each cookie dough part and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze for 30 minutes until cookie dough firms up.

5) Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly greased aluminum foil.

6) Slice each log of cookie dough (after it’s been in the freezer for 30 minutes) into 1/4 inch thick slices.

7) Carefully place sliced cookies onto the prepared baking sheet (remember the dough is very crumbly). You don’t have to space them too far apart because these cookies won’t flatten. Bake for 10 minutes until lightly puffed and just a little bit golden brown at the edges.

8) Transfer to the cooling rack and cool completely before filling.

To make the filling:

1) In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the butter and peanut butter until light and fluffy.

2) Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until well combined.

3) In a microwave melt the chocolate and add it to the peanut butter mixture, beating until well incorporated, fluffy and spreadable.

4) Place about 1 teaspoon of chocolate frosting on top of a cookie and place a second cookie on top of the chocolate frosting. Press 2 cookies together. Repeat with the rest of cookies.

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{ 44 comments… add one }

  • Monique May 16, 2013, 9:17 pm

    I love the shape..the look..everything Julia..I will be making these..
    Love cookbooks in bed:-)
    What a nice tribute:-) And great pics as always.

  • Ruta May 17, 2013, 6:18 am

    What adorable cookies! I love chocolate and peanut butter together and these look completely delicious. I love the pictures too!

    • Julia May 17, 2013, 6:36 pm

      Thank you, Ruta!

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You May 17, 2013, 8:58 am

    Wow!!! A beautiful stack of cookies made from 2 of my favorite flavors: Peanut butter and chocolate. They look VERY tempting!!!

  • Justine@cookingandbeer May 17, 2013, 11:52 am

    Yum! These look soooo delicious! Peanut butter and chocolate is always a great combo…I’m thinking Memorial Day picnic idea?? Thanks for sharing!

    • Julia May 17, 2013, 6:37 pm

      Oh yes, these are quite practical cookies – they will travel well to a picnic!

  • Amy May 17, 2013, 12:11 pm

    These cookies look PERFECT!! Wow… What a beautiful post :) I love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter!!
    xox Amy

    • Julia May 17, 2013, 6:37 pm

      Thank you, Amy!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) May 17, 2013, 12:30 pm

    omg hoooow goooooood are these!!!???

    SO GOOD. Decadent goodness!!

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef May 17, 2013, 12:34 pm

    mmm, these are beautiful! i don’t have that cookbook but have flipped through it at the bookstore. gotta try these!

  • patsyk May 17, 2013, 12:55 pm

    Those cookies look too good to pass up! No wonder you chose those as the first recipe from her cookbook!

    • Julia May 17, 2013, 6:38 pm

      Yes, they looked really good on the pictures in her cookbook!

  • Gina May 17, 2013, 12:57 pm

    I just read her book not too long ago, I haven’t tried these yet but want to soon. Yours looks great.
    -Gina-

    • Julia May 17, 2013, 6:39 pm

      Thank you, Gina! You’re like me! You also like to read cookbooks like they are novels!

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes May 17, 2013, 1:00 pm

    What stunning cookie sandwiches!

  • Deb May 17, 2013, 3:11 pm

    I haven’t tried this recipe from Smitten Kitchen yet but will surely do so after reading your compelling review! What scrumptious cookies!

  • Noel Lizotte May 17, 2013, 5:54 pm

    Love it!
    Pinning, sharing and going to add these cookies to the “must make” list!
    How can we go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter? We can’t!

    • Julia May 17, 2013, 6:40 pm

      Thank you, Noel! Yes, I will be making these again and again! My husband loved them!

      • Noel Lizotte May 18, 2013, 11:16 am

        I’m also quite glad to know that I have company in the “reading cookbooks like novels” club. My family doesn’t understand how I can go to the library and come home w/ nothing but cookbooks and read them sitting in bed. (especially that I read them and don’t just turn the pages looking at pictures!)

        • Julia May 20, 2013, 8:24 pm

          Exactly! :) Another cookbook that I read in bed right now is French Laundry: it’s full of amazing stories (not just photos)!

  • Ilan May 17, 2013, 6:30 pm

    A perfect combination of two of my favourite things: chocolate and peanut butter. These look great!

  • Patty May 17, 2013, 7:01 pm

    How beautiful are these cookies!! Very beautiful and so scrumptious looking-thanks for sharing this recipe-pinned for future use!!!

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate May 17, 2013, 7:39 pm

    These look delicious!

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu May 17, 2013, 9:03 pm

    I’m pretty much in love with that photo where the front is out of focus and the back is in focus! So pretty. These look amaaaaazing!

  • Suzanne Perazzini May 18, 2013, 6:44 pm

    Those chocolate ones look so moist. I love that they are square and not round.

  • L Kawasaki May 19, 2013, 12:08 am

    We are making the cookies now! How do you store them?

    • Julia May 19, 2013, 10:35 pm

      You definitely need to store them in airtight container: they are very similar to shortbread cookies.

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker May 20, 2013, 2:29 am

    These are adorable! I can probably eat a whole batch. Yum!!!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook May 20, 2013, 3:49 am

    Julia, I never get tired of looking at your gorgeous food photography. :) These cookies look so cute and delicious. I know I won’t be able to stop eating after a few cookies.

  • Ashley May 20, 2013, 2:06 pm

    I’ve had these bookmarked as must make from Deb’s cookbook but have never gotten around to it! They came out perfect – although pretty much anything with peanut butter and chocolate is a win in my eyes : ) I like that they aren’t huge cookies either!

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen May 20, 2013, 5:21 pm

    Love how you stacked them in all those piles. The shape is fantastic! Makes me want to bake some cookies :)

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies May 21, 2013, 9:33 pm

    Oh, these are so so cute! But dangerous–I think I could eat a dozen. :)

  • Juliana Walters May 26, 2013, 3:49 pm

    Quick question…. Do these cookies turn out crunchy (like a shortbread cookie)? I’m just curious. I love soft, chewy, and crunchy. Nice photos!

    • Julia May 28, 2013, 6:59 pm

      Juliana, yes they are like a shortbread cookie. They are very crunchy if they are kept uncovered :). If the cookies are kept in an air-tight container, they become less crunchy the next day but still have that nice shortbread cookie quality.

  • Faye October 27, 2013, 9:43 pm

    Those photos are gorgeous! I want to run out and get the ingredients right now. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Can’t wait to try it!!

  • Mary @ Its All About The Yummy October 30, 2013, 3:30 pm

    These cookies look amazing, my mouth is watering! i can’t wait to give these a try.

  • Allison R November 10, 2013, 3:48 pm

    These cookies look delicious! I don’t see anything about the chocolate ones though. Can you tell me what kind & how much chocolate is needed to make them?
    Thanks!

    • Julia November 12, 2013, 2:07 am

      Allison, if you look under “ingredients for filling” there is chocolate listed there: 4 ounces semisweet chocolate. For the filling you just beat the butter and peanut butter, then add powdered sugar, and then add 4 ounces of melted semisweet chocolate. That’s how you make the peanut butter – chocolate filling, which holds the sandwich cookies together!

      • Allison December 7, 2013, 8:41 pm

        I’m sorry, I wasn’t clear! There are chocolate cookies in the picture too. Are they a completely different recipe or are they the same cookie with chocolate added?

        • Julia December 19, 2013, 3:00 pm

          I see! :) Yes, I made chocolate cookies too – I should post the recipe soon :) I’ve been saving it for the holiday season! :)

  • Denise May 10, 2014, 9:42 pm

    These are absolutely amazing! I made these just for the cookie and they are so light and crispy, yet not overly sweet. The peanutbutter is not too overwhelming either. Simply wonderful.

  • Kevin | keviniscooking August 16, 2014, 4:44 pm

    These looks so delicious! Buttery and crunchy with a soft, fluffy peanut butter chocolate filling – right up my alley… and those other cute chocolate ones in the background look fantastic as well. Pinned and on my list to try :)

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