Peanut butter cookies

Santa's Peanut Butter Cookies

Perfect holiday cookies for Santa!  Peanut butter cookies with white chocolate and peanut butter M&M's candy!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 cookies
Calories 223 kcal
Author Julia


  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter , room temperature (not melted - just let the butter from refrigerator sit on the counter for about an hour or so)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour , sifted or aerated
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup red and green peanut butter M&Ms


  1. 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!

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  3. Using an electric mixer, cream peanut butter and butter in a mixing bowl until smooth, about 1 minute. Add brown sugar; beat until combined. Add an egg and vanilla, and continue beating until creamy.

  4. In a separate bowl, combine together flour and baking powder and mix.

  5. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, using an electric mixer on low speed.

  6. Prepare baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Roll about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough into a ball, rolling each ball between your hands.

  7. Place cookie balls 2 inches apart on a prepared baking sheet. Press white chocolate chips and the M&Ms into the cookie dough balls, about 4 white chocolate chips and 3-4 peanut butter M&Ms per cookie, somewhat flattening the cookies.

  8. Bake for about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool at least 10 minutes on baking sheet before transferring the cookies to rack or plate to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts
Santa's Peanut Butter Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 22mg7%
Sodium 49mg2%
Potassium 134mg4%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.