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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Tessa Arias
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February 5th, 2019
4.73 from 433 votes
4.73 from 433 votes

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are big, thick, chewy, and soft and loaded with peanut butter and chocolate flavor. They are outrageously good! No stand mixer required. Download my FREE Cookie Customization Guide here.

Yield: 24 large cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook: 12 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Chocolate and peanut butter has been my favorite sweet combination since before I can remember! I am obsessed!
Texture: Thick, chewy, soft, melty, and wonderful.
Ease: Very simple.
Pros: Perfect PB chocolate chip cookies.
Cons: None!
Would I make this again? Oh yeah. I’ve got a batch of these portioned into dough balls sitting in my freezer ready to be baked off whenever the craving strikes.

If you read Handle the Heat regularly, you likely know I adore the combination of chocolate and peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are big, thick, chewy, and soft and loaded with peanut butter and chocolate flavor. They are outrageously good! No stand mixer required.

Recently someone asked me why I loved the combination so much and I was taken aback slightly. My first thought was “well why wouldn’t I love this magic duo?” Then I realized that I’ve loved the flavors together since before I could remember. Since childhood two of my favorite foods have been chocolate and peanut butter, so it only makes sense that I absolutely adore them combined!

I’m actually surprised I’m not utterly sick of either of these flavors, let alone enjoying them together. I literally eat peanut butter everyday. I eat chocolate ALMOST everyday (like probably 360 days out of 365). And yet I’m still obsessed with the two, which is good for you because it leads me to share recipes like these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Easy chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

These cookies are ridiculously big, thick, and chewy yet soft and have just amazing flavor. They are 1000% perfect with a glass of cold milk. Best part? You don’t even need a stand mixer to make these, they’re so easy. Check out the notes below because I’ve tried to answer all your questions and give you a perfect understanding of how the recipe works.

Gooey and soft peanut butter chocolate chip cookies - no electric mixer needed!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Tips

How to Make CHEWY Cookies

The recipe is adapted from my Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies, a recipe I worked very hard to perfect. The high ratio of brown sugar and the extra egg yolk help contribute a rich, chewy, and thick texture with lots of flavor.

Be sure to measure your flour correctly (by weighing or with the spoon and level method) to avoid creating cakey, dense, or tough cookies that don’t spread.

If you don’t measure your flour correctly, YOU COULD END UP WITH CRUMBLY DOUGH!

Please follow the recipe as written, I craft my recipes carefully so you can have the best results possible!

Image of a perfect cookie with flour measured correctly vs. an image of a thick, hard, and dense cookie with too much flour

The Best Peanut Butter for Baking

For best results, use a standard commercial brand of creamy peanut butter. I used Skippy for this recipe. Avoid any “natural” peanut butters where the oil separates. The dough won’t come together nicely if you don’t use commercial peanut butter with an added oil.

Size and Shape

These are large cookies, just the way I like ’em! I used my beloved OXO large cookie scoop to make these babies which is a 3-tablespoon sized scoop. You can make smaller 2 tablespoon-sized balls of dough and shave off about 2 minutes from the baking time, if you’d like.

The peanut butter in cookie recipes does prevent normal spreading. After you shape the dough into balls, flatten the balls well with the palm of your hand. This will encourage them to spread more while they bake. Don’t forget this!

Baking Perfect Cookies

I ALWAYS use a heavy duty unlined aluminum half sheet pan for baking cookies. Never use dark colored pans to bake cookies, they tend to overly brown or even burn the bottoms of the cookies. Additionally, I always use parchment paper for baking cookies. I find silicone baking mats produce less of a crunchy exterior crust and are just one extra thing to clean.

Chilling the Dough and Making Ahead

For best results, chill the dough overnight in the fridge. Why on earth would I recommend you delay your cookie satisfaction?

Well chilling chocolate chip cookie dough is very similar to marinating meat – things just get so much better. The texture becomes chewier and thicker and the flavor intensifies. If you don’t have time, no worries. You can bake the dough off after it’s made.

To freeze: I like to scoop my dough balls out, freeze them until solid, then remove them to a ziptop bag to store in the freezer. You can defrost the dough overnight in the fridge, or for an hour or so at room temperature before baking. You can bake from frozen, but note that with this recipe the cookies won’t spread as much.

Get all of my tips for freezing cookie dough here.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are big, thick, chewy, and soft and loaded with peanut butter and chocolate flavor. They are outrageously good! No stand mixer required.

More Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

See ALL of my chocolate chip cookie recipes & cookie baking tips here!

4.73 from 433 votes

How to make
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 24 large cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are big, thick, chewy, and soft and loaded with peanut butter and chocolate flavor. They are outrageously good! No stand mixer required. Download my FREE Cookie Customization Guide here.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups (318 grams) all-purpose flour, measured correctly*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 stick (113 grams) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup (202 grams) creamy peanut butter (I used Skippy)*
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (200 grams) packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups (340 grams) semi sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

  3. In a large heat safe bowl, microwave the butter until melted. Vigorously stir in the peanut butter into the hot butter until well combined. Stir in the granulated sugar and brown sugar until well combined. Add the eggs and yolk, one at a time, stirring well after each addition. Add in the vanilla. Gradually stir in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips. Dough may be a little loose and slightly crumbly. If it's unbearably crumbly, that's likely due to the brand of peanut butter. Add 2 tablespoons milk if that's the case.

  4. OPTIONAL: If time permits, cover the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours but no more than 72 hours. Let the dough sit at room temperature just until it is soft enough to scoop. 

  5. Divide the dough into 3-tablespoon sized balls using a spring-loaded scoop and drop onto prepared baking sheets. Flatten dough slightly into disc shapes with your palms. Dot each disc with a few extra chocolate chips for picture-perfect cookies.

  6. Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

    Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

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Recipe Notes

*Be sure to measure your flour correctly or you may end up with super crumbly dough. Only use conventional peanut butter for this recipe with an added oil. Completely 'natural' peanut butter will result in a dry cookie.*
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : American
Keyword : easy

This recipe was originally published in 2014 and recently updated with recipe improvements and new photos. Photos by Ashley McLaughlin.

Tessa Arias
Author: Tessa Arias

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Monica Butler — August 4, 2022 at 8:37 am

    Ever since I found your recipe, I make these cookies nearly every other week. I have never been able to make a peanut butter cookie that has a deeply rich peanut butter flavor. These cookies have solved that problem. I mix them totally by hand! Absolutely, the best cookie I have ever eaten! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 8, 2022 at 12:43 pm

      So excited to hear that you love these cookies so much, Monica!!!

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    Jon B — August 3, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    Made dough exactly to specifications except I did not chill overnight. Dough was VERY greasy/wet-ish. 12 minutes at 350 the middle of each cookie was definitely raw. Either needs higher temp, more time, or less than 3tbs scoop size. I ended up cooking for about 21 mins.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 5, 2022 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Jon! Hmm, it definitely sounds like something went a little awry here! I have a couple thoughts as to what may have gone wrong:
      – How do you measure your ingredients? By volume (using cups), or by weight (using a digital kitchen scale)? It’s so easy to add extra flour/sugar/etc to a recipe and throw off the entire chemistry of a recipe if measuring by volume. Tessa talks about how to best measure ingredients to ensure accuracy every time, in this article here!
      – Your oven might be running a little hot. Do you have an oven thermometer to check that? Check out Tessa’s article here about ovens, full of tips!!
      – I also want to check what type of peanut butter you used? Natural peanut butters can mess with the dough’s structure, and can produce a strange texture. We recommend Jiffy peanut butter for this recipe.
      I hope something here helps! If not, please feel free to reach back out to us – we are always more than happy to help!! Happy baking

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    Tamsyn — August 2, 2022 at 12:40 am

    Oh my word!!! Best cookies ever!! I can truly say in all honesty that I think these are the best cookies I’ve ever made. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! I made them exactly as stipulated and it was quick and easy. I know these will become a firm favourite in my home.

    Blessings from South Africa!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 4, 2022 at 12:44 pm

      So excited to hear that you loved these cookies so much, Tamsyn!!

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    Fiona — July 31, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Hi Linda, just wondering how many calories are in each cookie thanks!
    Fiona

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — August 1, 2022 at 1:22 pm

      Hi Fiona! Here at Handle the Heat, we don’t count calories! We firmly believe that dessert should be an indulgence. You should be able to find a calorie counter online to assist with this, though! 🙂

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    Wendy Kelley — July 29, 2022 at 8:48 am

    This recipe did not work from the beginning. It was a very cumbersome cookie recipe. Heating butter, adding eggs to warm peanut butter/butter mix just didn’t seem right. I used skippy peanut butter and yet it was so crumbly it wouldn’t make a ball, added milk to make the ball. After baking they were dry and crumbly.

    Won’t make this again.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 29, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      Hi Wendy! I’m sorry to hear these cookies did not turn out as you’d hoped. As long as your butter/peanut butter mixture isn’t hot, and just warm, it won’t cook your eggs!

      In case you’re interested in troubleshooting at all, I have a couple of ideas as to what may have gone wrong here. Are you weighing your ingredients, or measuring by volume? Weighing vs. measuring by volume can have a huge impact on your baked goods. It’s so easy to over or under-measure ingredients, especially flour, when measuring by volume – which can take cookies from delicious, to bland and crumbly before they even hit the oven! Tessa talks about how to measure ingredients for best results in this article here.

      Another issue could be your leavening agents may not be fresh. If your baking powder and/or soda are not fresh, this can impact the cookie’s ability to rise, and result in cookie puddles or cookie bricks! Tessa shows you how to test for leavener freshness in this article here!

      Lastly, I wonder if you possibly used smaller eggs than we recommend? Large eggs should weigh approximately 56 grams in shell, or 50 grams out of the shell. The eggs plus egg yolk in this recipe, combined with the butter and peanut butter, should be sufficient to make this dough moist and not crumbly. If your eggs were medium or smaller, it’s more likely that this dough would have seemed crumbly, and therefore seemed like it needed more liquid. The addition of the milk may have also contributed to the strange crumbly consistency!

      I hope something here helps! If not, please feel free to reach back out to us – we are always more than happy to help!! I hope you give this recipe another try sometime – these really are delicious cookies! Happy baking

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    Jill — July 25, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    They were horrible !

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 27, 2022 at 9:28 am

      Hi Jill! I’m sorry to hear these cookies did not turn out as you’d hoped. In case you’re interested in troubleshooting at all, I have a couple of ideas as to what may have gone wrong here. Are you weighing your ingredients, or measuring by volume? Weighing vs. measuring by volume can have a huge impact on your baked goods. It’s so easy to over or under-measure ingredients, especially flour, when measuring by volume – which can take cookies from delicious to bland before they even hit the oven! Tessa talks about how to measure ingredients for best results in this article here.

      Another issue could be your leavening agents may not be fresh. If your baking powder or soda are not fresh, this can impact the cookie’s ability to rise, and result in cookie puddles or cookie bricks! Tessa shows you how to test for leavener freshness in this article here!

      How long did you cream your butter and sugars together for, and how warm your butter was at this time? Both have a huge impact on a cookie’s outcome. Have a look at this article, where Tessa discusses both and the repercussions on the resulting baked goods!

      I also want to check what type of peanut butter you used? Natural peanut butters can mess with the dough’s structure, and can produce a crumbly or strange texture. We recommend Jiffy peanut butter for this recipe.

      I hope something here helps! If not, please feel free to reach back out to us – we are always more than happy to help!! Happy baking

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    Rebekah — July 22, 2022 at 9:34 am

    They turned out beautiful and tasty !

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 22, 2022 at 9:58 am

      Yay!! So happy to hear that, Rebekah!!

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    Kathy P — July 21, 2022 at 4:08 pm

    My favorite cookies EVER!!!!!!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 22, 2022 at 9:46 am

      Yay!! That makes us sooo happy to hear!!!

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    hanabananabread — July 20, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    The recipe was very clear and easy to follow. I adjusted the recipe a little bit because I didn’t have brown sugar and I wanted to use less sugar, since I have family members with type 2 diabetes. So I used just one cup of white sugar. I also left the dough in the fridge for 1.5 hours.

    The result was a good cookie, I liked that it didn’t really spread on the baking tray, but my cookies were more cake-y than chewy. I assume this is due to not using brown sugar, but otherwise I will probably try this recipe again, but with chunky peanut butter because I’d like an added crunch.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 21, 2022 at 1:50 pm

      Hi there! I’m glad to hear you found this recipe clear and easy to follow, even if it didn’t turn out as it should by eliminating some of the sugar! While I completely understand your need to reduce the sugar content in such recipes, we really recommend sticking with the quantity of sugar in any recipe, as-written, for many reasons. Sugar doesn’t just sweeten baked goods; it moistens, provides tender structure, assists with gluten formation, extends the shelf-life (meaning it will be fresh and moist longer), and assists in creating a taller and lighter finished product – just to name a few things! Dark brown sugar brings even more moistness, due to its extra molasses content, and that molasses also brings acid, which helps activate the leaveners! Reducing the sugar content in a recipe doesn’t just lower sweetness; it messes with the recipe’s chemistry and creates a totally different baked good. I hope you will try this recipe again as-written, and hopefully you will find these cookies are as delicious as you originally hoped! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions – we are always happy to help 🙂

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    alex — July 17, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    for a thick and soft cookie, they’re pretty good, although a little bit TOO sweet, and a very mild peanut flavor (hence 4 stars instead of 5)

    just don’t think that they’re chewy (bc that’s what i was expecting and i was surprised lol)

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 19, 2022 at 9:25 am

      Hi Alex! I’m glad you enjoyed these cookies, even if they did not turn out as you’d hoped. In case you’re interested in troubleshooting at all, I have a couple of ideas as to what may have gone wrong here. Are you weighing your ingredients, or measuring by volume? Weighing vs. measuring by volume can have a huge impact on your baked goods, and this may be the cause of these seeming a little too sweet for your preferences. Tessa talks about how to measure ingredients for best results in this article here. I also want to check what type of peanut butter you used? Natural peanut butters can mess with the dough’s structure, and can produce a crumbly or strange texture.

      If you just wish to try a different peanut butter cookie recipe, I highly recommend trying out Tessa’s Giant Reese’s Pieces Chocolate Chip Cookies! There is a more pronounced peanut butter flavor in those cookies, and they also contain Reese’s Pieces, so there’s an even bigger peanut butter punch from those, too! I hope this helps! Happy baking

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    Betsy — July 13, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    Just wondering if the cookie dough or baked cookies freeze well?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 15, 2022 at 9:55 am

      Hi Betsy! Yes, you can absolutely freeze the cookie dough! We like to scoop the dough balls out, freeze them until solid, then remove them to a ziptop bag to store in the freezer. You can defrost the dough overnight in the fridge, or for an hour or so at room temperature before baking. You can bake from frozen, but note that with this recipe the cookies won’t spread as much. Check out this article for all of Tessa’s tips on freezing cookie dough here! As for freezing baked cookies, it may work to wrap them in plastic wrap and store in an airtight container in the freezer – but we haven’t tried that ourselves, so I can’t say for sure! I would definitely recommend freezing the dough and baking some off whenever you fancy, rather than freezing the baked ones, for best results 🙂 I hope that helps! Happy baking!!

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    Scotty — July 12, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    Made this. Directions were very good.
    However, not much flavor, didn’t care for texture.
    Wi)l definitely not make these again.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 15, 2022 at 7:31 am

      Hi Scotty! I’m sorry to hear these cookies did not turn out as you’d hoped. In case you’re interested in troubleshooting at all, I have a couple of ideas as to what may have gone wrong here. Are you weighing your ingredients, or measuring by volume? Weighing vs. measuring by volume can have a huge impact on your baked goods. Tessa talks about how to measure ingredients for best results in this article here. I also want to check what type of peanut butter you used? Natural peanut butters can mess with the dough’s structure, and can produce a crumbly or strange texture. Alternatively, if you just wish to try a different recipe, I highly recommend trying out Tessa’s Giant Reese’s Pieces Chocolate Chip Cookies! There is a more pronounced peanut butter flavor in those cookies, and they also contain Reese’s Pieces, so there’s an even bigger peanut butter punch from those, too! I hope this helps! Happy baking

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    Sue — July 11, 2022 at 10:02 am

    I made these gluten free and they came out spectacular! Followed the directions to a T (except of course the flour) and my family and I were not disappointed. I also used chunky Skippy and two types of chips. Definitely making these again.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 14, 2022 at 9:40 am

      Yay! I’m so glad these were delicious, Sue – and even with your gluten-free substitution!

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    Linda Butler — July 3, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    I made the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies this weekend and they were the best Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies I’ve ever made. They were so thick and chewy, just like the picture in Tessa’s Book and on line. I do however have a question. Before I purchased the book, I printed the recipe above. When looking at the recipe in the book vs the one on your website I noticed two discrepancies. The book recipe does not say anything about chilling the dough nor does it say to slightly flatten your scooped out dough before baking. However the recipe above says to chill the dough and flatten the scooped balls before baking. I followed the book and as I said they were delicious (I ate way too many, LOL!) Just out of curiosity, is there a reason why they are different recipes and which would you recommend?

    Sweet Regards, Linda Butler

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 7, 2022 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Linda! I’m so happy to hear that you love this peanut butter cookie recipe so much! Regarding your question about the differences between the blog version and printed version of the recipe, it’s simply that we can update the online version easily, and we cannot so easily update the printed cookbook version! After further testing, we determined that pressing the cookies down slightly made for a better texture once baked, and we did include this in the second edition of the cookbook! Your copy must be from our first printing run, and therefore it was prior to this decision! As for the chilling question, it is not entirely necessary with this particular recipe (although Tessa does recommend it for most cookie recipes – read why here!) so it was missed in the cookbook as it was determined to be an optional step. We do prefer them after a chilling period, though! I hope that helps and answers your questions! 🙂

  15. #
    Wei — July 2, 2022 at 5:00 am

    These cookies are amazing!!! Everyone loved them.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — July 6, 2022 at 1:31 pm

      Yay! We love hearing that, Wei!! 🙂

  16. #
    Chris David — June 13, 2022 at 2:58 am

    I loved this recipe so much . It’s really awesome

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    Louise — June 12, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Thank you so much for the recipe. Cookies are delicious. I love how they have dark brown sugar in as this gave them such a rich toffee flavour. I used crunchy peanut butter which gave them little pieces of peanut throughout. I also used dark, milk and white chocolate chunks (chopped some chocolate bars). I rolled the dough into balls then froze them for 30 minutes which worked a charm. I then cooked 9 and ziplock bagged the rest in the freezer for another time (just as well or we would have eaten them all!) My family all loved them especially my little ones! Highly recommend and will make these again!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 13, 2022 at 9:09 am

      Yay!! So happy these were a hit with your whole family, Louise!!

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    Ahlam — June 7, 2022 at 8:04 am

    Hello! My dough is currently in the fridge and I plan to mail these cookies to friends nationwide this week- do you think they’ll be okay? I always wrap my cookies tight with seran wrap to keep them safe! ◡̈

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 7, 2022 at 9:34 am

      Hi Ahlam! These cookies will stay fresh and delicious for about three days. If you bake them the morning you plan to mail them, then (once cooled completely) wrap them very thoroughly in plastic wrap (and maybe even a zip-top bag or an airtight container around that, too, for extra protection from the elements!), you will hopefully still have delicious cookies at the other end of their journey! I can’t guarantee they will still be perfect, of course, as we have not tried this, but hopefully they will still taste great! I hope that helps! Happy baking 🙂

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    Sarah — June 5, 2022 at 9:05 am

    These are ridiculous cookies. My new favorite peanut butter recipe. Many thanks for weighted measurements! Can you do this for the eggs too? I keep bantam chickens, and they lay eggs that are 30 grams to 45 grams in size. I can roughly estimate 2 to 3 eggs to every 1 “large” supermarket egg but weights would help. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — June 6, 2022 at 2:08 pm

      Hi Sarah! I’m so excited you loved these cookies! Large eggs in the USA are typically around 50 grams. I hope that helps! 🙂

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    Julie Ann — May 27, 2022 at 4:52 am

    amazing!!!! I used MaraNatha natural organic peanut butter and baked right after mixing.. OH MY… so so good.. AND i used a scale to measure… didnt realize how much measuring make a difference. i measured it like i always did then put that amount on the scale and was WAY OVER… from now on i am using grams… i recently am making sour dough bread using bakers measurements and will follow suit with recipes from now on… big difference. THANKS great recipe to take to my father in law.. he loves PB cookies.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — May 27, 2022 at 7:30 am

      Hi Julie Ann! I’m so happy you and your father-in-law loved these peanut butter cookies – and SO thrilled you love weighing to measure!! Isn’t it crazy the difference it makes!?

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    Katie — May 22, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Literally some of the best cookies I’ve ever made. They look and taste like they’re straight out of a bakery and the dough was so easy to work with!

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — May 23, 2022 at 7:34 am

      SO thrilled to hear that, Katie!! Glad you loved this recipe 🙂 Happy baking!!

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    Melody — May 20, 2022 at 11:38 am

    Tried this recipe today and they turned out great. I love the texture of the cookie and that it didn’t melt down to a crispy circle. I didn’t have time to refrigerate so I put my mixing bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill and it worked.
    Thanks for the recipe.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — May 20, 2022 at 1:49 pm

      Hi Melody! That’s so wonderful to hear, and I’m so glad you found a trick that works for you 🙂 Happy baking 🙂

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    Deb Kienow — May 18, 2022 at 3:46 pm

    Does it make any difference if you use light brown sugar instead of the dark brown sugar in the recipe? What is the differnce?

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — May 19, 2022 at 8:17 am

      Hi Deb! It actually does make a difference if you use light vs. dark brown sugar! The difference between light and dark brown sugar is the amount of molasses in the sugar. Dark brown sugar contains almost twice as as much molasses as light brown sugar, which means that dark brown sugar gives baked goods a richer, deeper, more caramel-y, butterscotch-y flavor. The amount of molasses contained in the sugars also means they will contribute a different level of moisture to a recipe. My recommendation is to stick with the recipe as written the first time, and if you wish to experiment from there the next time, go for it, and adjust accordingly moving forward! I hope that answers your question! Happy baking 🙂

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        Deb Kienow — May 20, 2022 at 9:01 pm

        My grand-daughter and I mixed up 2 batches of this recipe yesterday and after chilling overnight, I baked them this afternoon. We made the first batch just as your recipe is supposed to be made. The second batch we substituted 1 cup of Mini-Chocolate chips and 1 cup of baking Mini-M & M’s. Both batches turned out great. The only other thing I changed was I used Jif Creamy Peanut butter and I used a smaller cookie scoop and baked for 10 minutes instead of 12 minutes. They are a big hit and my daughter wanted the recipe as soon as she ate one. My husband had one and then sneaked a second one even though he is diabetic. I had to hide the rest from him. I will be making these more often.

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          Deb Kienow — May 20, 2022 at 9:05 pm

          I did get some dark brown sugar before baking the two batches I mentioned above. I am wondering if you use light brown sugar can you add some molasses and how much would you add?

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            Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — May 23, 2022 at 9:22 am

            Hi Deb! Great question – yes, you actually can add molasses to light brown or even white sugar, to make DIY dark brown sugar! Tessa recommends adding 2-3 Tablespoons of molasses per cup of white sugar. I’d probably start with 1 Tablespoon of molasses if you’re adding it to a cup of light brown sugar, and you can always add a little more to taste. Adding molasses is essentially adding extra liquid to the recipe, so it can alter the texture slightly, but it shouldn’t make much of a difference for these cookies. Happy baking! 🙂

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          Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — May 23, 2022 at 9:17 am

          Hi Deb! Yay!! I’m so happy your granddaughter, daughter and husband loved these cookies so much! 🙂

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    Kathy A. — May 17, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    Absolutely love the way these cookies turned out! I find that PB cookies can be chalky, dry and overbearing with the PB flavor – not these. These cookies turned out perfect. Just a beautiful balance of PB and chocolate. Thank you so much for this recipe. I had to leave a rating.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — May 18, 2022 at 6:38 am

      Hi Kathy! I’m so happy to hear you loved these cookies! Thank you for letting us know! Happy baking 🙂

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    Margaret Burnett — May 17, 2022 at 2:40 am

    The cookies turned out good, but they don’t have enough peanut butter flavor for my taste. I’m still looking for a good peanut butter cookie recipe, but I might have to just develop my own, using what I learned from the Ultimate Cookie Handbook.

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      Kiersten @ Handle the Heat — May 17, 2022 at 10:32 am

      Hi Margaret! I’m sorry these cookies didn’t pack enough peanut butter punch for your liking! If you have not previously tried Tessa’s Giant Reese’s Pieces Chocolate Chip Cookies, I highly recommend trying those! There is a more pronounced peanut butter flavour in those cookies, and they also contain Reese’s Pieces, so there’s an even bigger peanut butter flavour from those, too 🙂 I hope that helps your quest! Happy baking 🙂

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      Bard — May 28, 2022 at 9:49 am

      Followed the recipe exactly, used Jiff creamy peanut butter. They are good, but like a previous comment they didn’t have enough peanut butter flavor. Thanks!

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    Girlie — May 7, 2022 at 7:58 am

    This recipe is pretty good.

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    Mark harvey — April 21, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    I am new to the baking scene I started out with some easier cookies I am a 54 yr old male who could cook but never tried baking until about 3 months ago last night I stepped out these cookies were so good I used Skippy peanut butter my favorite and they were great even got the thumbs up from mom the 12 min cook time is perfect just a really good recipe that produces very good cookies thank you I will be making more

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      Emily — April 26, 2022 at 7:09 am

      So happy to hear how much you loved this recipe, Mark! Thanks for taking the time to let us know, we appreciate hearing from you! 🙂

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    Caroline — April 17, 2022 at 10:30 am

    I followed the recipe exactly and used the same exact peanut butter, but my cookies came out very crumbly and weird-looking. My dough was also very crumbly even after using 2 tablespoons of milk. What should I do next time?

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      Emily — April 26, 2022 at 7:01 am

      Sorry to hear that, Caroline! What kind of peanut butter did you use? Also, do you use a digital scale to measure your ingredients? Typically when dough is crumbly, it’s due to too much flour being added. Check out our tips in the pink box above the recipe, and please let us know how it goes if you try this recipe again!

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    Chef John — April 6, 2022 at 5:16 am

    It’s the second time I’ve made this now. Simply the best. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Emily — April 6, 2022 at 2:36 pm

      So happy you love this recipe, thanks for the comment!

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    debbie — April 2, 2022 at 5:38 pm

    So soft, chewy, and amazing flavor!

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    Rebecca — April 2, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Made these humongous cookies now they’re cooling off I only made one batch yet instead of two out of it but I saved the other batch for later.

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    Mikery2 — March 29, 2022 at 3:51 pm

    Good, not great.
    Made just as the recipe suggested, incl refrigerator overnight, except I used chunky peanut butter (who wouldn’t, if chunky is your preference?) and I used a mix of milk and dark chocolate chunks.

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    Julie — March 23, 2022 at 8:33 am

    Would chunky peanut butter work as well?

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      Emily — March 25, 2022 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Julie! We haven’t tried that, but other readers have with success 🙂

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        Suzette Delcamp — April 9, 2022 at 10:41 am

        These were delicious!! I am wondering if anyone has made these using a dairy free butter substitute- in the stick form? A friend has a dairy allergy and I am always looking for a fun treat.

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          Emily — April 12, 2022 at 8:13 am

          I’m not sure on that, but let us know how it goes if you experiment! For a tested dairy-free cookie recipe, you might be interested in our Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies 🙂

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    Dan Knowles — March 21, 2022 at 2:59 am

    Dang. I got my wife to make this recipe, and I helped where I could… but wow. Seriously awesome cookies! They disappeared overnight lol. Thanks for this easy to follow recipe, no problems here!

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      Emily — March 21, 2022 at 3:39 pm

      So happy you loved them!

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    Annie — March 16, 2022 at 11:55 am

    My husband has been asking for peanut butter cookies. Google led me to this recipe. My husband proclaimed that these aren’t just the best peanut butter cookies he has ever had, they are now his favorite cookies ever. I guess I’ll be making them again =)

    The only changes I made, based on the other reviews, are that I used approximately 1 cup of peanut butter (instead of 3/4 cup) and 1 cup of chocolate chips (instead of 2 cups). I think my cookies are slightly smaller than the recipe’s and I baked them for 10 minutes. I live at around 6,000 feet and did not make any adjustments for elevation.

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      Emily — March 18, 2022 at 9:19 am

      Wow, the ultimate compliment! So happy your adjustments worked perfectly, and we appreciate hearing how it went at high altitude! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment 🙂

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    Nancy Harrison — March 16, 2022 at 10:46 am

    Anyone need half a jar of Skippy PB? These cookies taste good, but overall, meh. Weighed the flour, weighed the sugar. Refrigerated the dough overnight. Per instructions, used Skippy PB, which is not a product I would normally buy. Despite all that, when I tried to scoop ithe dough, it was too dry, so I had to add some milk (used 2 T as suggested). Still on the crumbly side, yet the dough is so greasy that it won’t hold the chocolate chips, and they fall out if they’re not completely surrounded by dough, so if they’re at the edge of the cookie, the edges end up very ragged looking. Oh, and use the stand mixer, it’s a lot easier. Not likely to make these again – I think I’ll stick with Madeleines.

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    Sarah — March 9, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    Super yummy! I made them exactly as the recipe states (except for chilling them overnight because I couldn’t wait that long for cookies), and they turned out great. I used Jif Creamy PB, and Ghiradelli 60% cocoa chocolate chips. Thank you for the great recipe!

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    Jaci Pribish — March 7, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    Amazing. I have never made better cookies. 10/10.

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      Emily — March 7, 2022 at 5:19 pm

      So happy to hear that!

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    Kira Stuart — March 2, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    It has been a LONG time since I have mixed cookie dough by hand, quieter than the mixer, and refreshing.
    These are EXCELLENT and this recipe will be added to my regular rotation.
    LOVE the measurement by weight.
    I used Adam’s Crunchy Peanutbutter because that’s what we have.

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      Emily — March 3, 2022 at 9:20 am

      There’s something special about mixing dough by hand for sure! So happy you loved this recipe, thanks for the comment!

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    Kate — March 2, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    I made these last night, I scooped the balls and stuck them in the freezer for 10 minutes and they were awesome!!!

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      Emily — March 3, 2022 at 9:19 am

      Happy you enjoyed your cookies, Kate!

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    Sarah G — February 20, 2022 at 5:05 pm

    These are the BEST peanut butter cookies I have ever made! Somehow I’ve spent 49 years without a clue about how to properly measure flour. Thanks for the pro-tip!

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      Emily — February 22, 2022 at 4:20 pm

      So happy to hear that, Sarah!

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    Henrietta — February 19, 2022 at 10:55 am

    I’ve never been a fan of peanut butter cookies but this recipe changed my mind. They’re amazing!!!

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    Leah — February 12, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    I deliberately was looking for a PEANUT BUTTER cookie. We followed the recipe exactly and none of us can taste the peanut butter at all. It’s a good cookie, but I’m very disappointed that all the extra work resulted in “peanut butter” cookies that have no taste of peanut butter.

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    Kory — February 11, 2022 at 6:52 pm

    I have made these cookies more times than I can count. LOVE this recipe, thank you for changing my life.

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      Emily — February 14, 2022 at 10:39 am

      Yay! So happy to hear how much you love this recipe!

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    Lauren — February 11, 2022 at 7:32 am

    Yowza, these are so good! One of the rare cookies that is actually better cold than fresh out of the oven – the peanut butter flavor comes out more as the cookie chills. I chilled my dough for a few hours rather than overnight and they still turned out great.

    I agree with a few of the other comments about the amount of chocolate chips – I think when I make these again, I’ll only add ~1-1.5 cups to the dough, then I’ll just stick extra on top of the cookie as needed. I still had a lot of chips in the bottom of the bowl as I was mixing that didn’t get incorporated. I’ll also consider adding some peanut butter chips. 🙂

    I was concerned that the dough was too thick and that I was overmixing (I wasn’t using an electric mixer), but luckily I didn’t. I had to mix with my hands for a bit to get all the wet and dry ingredients combined, but it got the job done!

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      Emily — February 11, 2022 at 10:01 am

      Thanks so much for your feedback, Lauren!

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    James F Zemboy — February 10, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    Hello. I’m a very old man (age 79) and I love baking for my grandchildren, so I made this recipe exactly as directed–I even used parchment paper on the baking sheets! Exact size, too–I have a #24 scoop which is exactly 3 tablespoons, I put 3 extra chocolate chips on each cookie–and it made 27 cookies. My daughter and her three kids (ages about 10 and 11) came to my house for their regular bi-weekly “after school cookies at Grandpa’s house” event yesterday. The kids liked the cookies very much and the cookies were just as you said they would be. Our only negative comment: the chocolate flavor dominated and rather obscured the peanut butter flavor. I think next time I’ll use just one cup (6 ounces) of chocolate chips in order for more of the peanut butter taste to be enjoyed more fully.

    I have a lot more comments on this recipe, in addition to some suggestions for you, but I won’t bother your readers with all of that. If you are interested in my “other comments,” please send me a separate email to use for that purpose. I think you will enjoy hearing from me, as all of it is affirmative and perhaps helpful.

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      Emily — February 11, 2022 at 9:41 am

      I’m so glad to hear everyone enjoyed the cookies! After-school cookies at Grandpa’s sounds like so much fun, and such a great way to make wonderful memories 🙂 Feel free to swap out some (or all) of the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips instead if you’d like to really amp up the peanut butter flavor! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment, we appreciate the feedback!

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        James F Zemboy — February 12, 2022 at 1:28 pm

        Thanks for your answer! I’ve been thinking, and I think the next time i make these, I will use only 1 cup of chocolate chips..AND..omit the vanilla entirely. I think the vanilla contributes to “muting” the flavor of the peanut butter. Standard peanut butter cookies don’t normally call for vanilla at all.

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    Jaz — February 9, 2022 at 12:19 am

    I made these, absolutely love them. I upped the peanut butter amount to about 300g based on reviews plus I only had half the amount of choc chips on hand. I actually used a natural peanut butter against your recommendation (mayvers dark roast crunchy) again because it was all I had, and it turned out fine, mixture wasn’t all crumbly. Thought to let you know. Thanks for a great recipe!

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      Emily — February 9, 2022 at 12:12 pm

      So happy your cookies turned out perfectly! Thanks so much for your feedback 🙂

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    Lauryl — January 28, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Hi again Tessa!
    Yes, I have set you up as a bookmarked site because I have learned to trust that you know what you are talking about! Raving reviews from me about you and your site!

    My question is about cookie sizes and their actual weights. How many grams on average, because cookies have different ingredients I’m sure) would be in a 1, 2 or 3 tablespoon cookie? I’m finding that I am weighing everything these days!

    Lauryl

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      Emily — February 2, 2022 at 2:47 pm

      Hi Lauryl! Great question! We haven’t experimented with weighing each cookie made in our scoops, but you are correct in that each type of cookie would weigh differently depending on the ingredients used. I did some quick research and found an article you might be interested in: http://www.bakersbrigade.com/cookie-scoop-sizes-explained/. It’s an older article, but it might help with your question!

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