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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

By Tessa Arias
February 5th, 2019
4.77 from 387 votes
4.77 from 387 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!

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.

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

4.77 from 387 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.


  • 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


  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

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. #
    Jackie L. — May 21, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Whoa baby were these good! Very easy to make, especially if you want to take a break from using your mixer. They are very rich, gooey and chocolaty! Def. a keeper!

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    Aliyah Rab — May 21, 2019 at 9:52 am

    So easy and super delicious!

  3. #
    Emily Katz — May 20, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    YUM! These are so, so, so good! The first time I made them I used whatever peanut butter I had lying around, which was probably organic, and they didn’t end up having a very strong peanut butter flavor, but this time I followed directions and used Skippy (and a tad overdid it) and they were delicious!

  4. #
    Andreia De Freitas — May 20, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    A favourite flavour combination of mine and my family members has always been peanut butter and chocolate and these cookies did not disappoint!

    I like my cookies a little crispier so I made them smaller than the recipe calls for and kept them in the oven until the edges just started looking a little extra golden. So. Yum.

    Another great thing about the recipe is I didn’t even even have to use my stand mixer! Definitely follow the notes and chill the dough! Makes a world of difference!

  5. #
    Vickie — May 20, 2019 at 10:16 am

    These turned out perfectly and delicious.

  6. #
    Kayla Baker — May 19, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    These are SO good. I add a tiny bit of sea salt to the tops before baking. They are chewy and just enough peanut butter chocolate combination. Super easy since it’s melted butter, too!

  7. #
    Erica Albert — May 19, 2019 at 10:11 am

    Chewy, salty, and delicious

  8. #
    Robyn — May 19, 2019 at 8:24 am

    I made these cookies and the Best Ever Chewy Brownies for a baby shower that I am going to today. The cookies are delicious, though for my taste I would love more peanut butter in them. Crispy outside, soft inside.
    I am sure they will go quickly.

  9. #
    Sabine — May 19, 2019 at 7:08 am

    I love baking with Pb and i prefer chewy over the crisp ones, so this recipe is perfect for me. My not pb in baked goods loving husband was quite skeptical about my choice, but even he liked them! But I do must say, that I prefer the Reese’s pb cookies, cause you get Reeses pieces Andy pb Chips inside.

  10. #
    Neco Wieringa — May 18, 2019 at 10:55 pm

    Amazing recipe as always. I used buttons instead of chips but still amazing

  11. #
    Melissa — May 18, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    I was very curious how this would go with melted butter. It went well. I let the dough rest for 5 hours. I’ve recently been a peanut butter cookie quest, this recipe came in second.

  12. #
    Sandra Dent — May 18, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Love these cookies. They were easy to make and just as the recipe described, big, thick, soft and chewy with lots peanut butter and chocolate flavour. My only adjustment I would make next time is to reduce the amount of chocolate chips. I felt some times it overpowered what was supposed to be a peanut butter cookies. Will definitely make them again.

  13. #
    Heather Sellers — May 17, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    These are absolutely delicious! Peanut butter and chocolate are high on my llavor loves. My husband doesn’t share my obsession, but he LOVES these.

  14. #
    Katelyn Marino — May 17, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Turned out better than my wildest dreams!

  15. #
    Katie Marino — May 17, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Can’t believe how fantastic these turned out! Thank god I made a double batch!

  16. #
    Briana Tolksdorf — May 16, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Delicious cookies!! Always appreciate a great recipe with simple ingredients. Also simple to replace the flour with gluten free alternatives – still tastes great 🙂

  17. #
    Cheyenne — May 16, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    These are delicious! Everyone loved them!

  18. #
    Matt — May 16, 2019 at 11:48 am

    These cookies are SO delicious! Soft and chewy, the only problem is that they’re so good I want to eat them all!

  19. #
    Sarah — May 16, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Easy and delicious!! And hubby approved!

  20. #
    Caitlin — May 16, 2019 at 6:49 am

    These cookies are AMAZING!! Thick, chewy, and soft, my husband and I can’t stop eating them!

  21. #
    Ryoko Ernst-Hites — May 16, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Mhhhh live this recipe. It’s very different than previous PB cookies I’ve made. This one is way chewier and taste like a chocolate chip cookie but with peanut butter. My favorite part? The. Portion size! Finally a recipe that make real size cookies! They are actual bakery style cookies not “11 bite size cookies!”.

  22. #
    Lauren Yelles — May 15, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Absolutely delicious!!! I was not expecting these cookies to be as thick and chewy but they are everything Tessa explained! By far the best cookies I have ever made! Thank you, Tessa, for all your amazing recipes!

  23. #
    Bianca — May 15, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Hi! WHAt happens if I use natural peanut butter? It is the only one i have.

    • #
      Tessa — May 18, 2019 at 11:04 am

      The cookies will likely turn out dry or crumbly so I wouldn’t advise it!

  24. #
    Suchita — May 15, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Hi ! I would like to try this recipe. Please let me know how to make it without using eggs.

    • #
      Tessa — May 18, 2019 at 11:05 am

      This recipe was developed to use eggs, I haven’t had any luck substituting them.

  25. #
    Carolyn Mayer — May 15, 2019 at 5:20 am

    These were such a big hit with my family! They are incredibly easy to make, and the resulting cookies are wonderful! I loved how soft they were, with just the right amount of peanut butter flavor without being overwhelming. An excellent balance of flavors in each bite! I kept some dough back in my freezer so I can have fresh cookies again soon. Thanks for the great recipe!

  26. #
    Taylor Flowers — May 15, 2019 at 5:01 am

    These are so easy to make and they’re delicious. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing a perfect peanut butter cookie recipe!

  27. #
    Heidi — May 14, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Delicious, chewy and bakery-style! Thanks for fabulous recipe!

  28. #
    Carla — May 14, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    I made these with small chocolate chips and found the recipe super easy and I baked half he batch and froze the other otherwise they would all disappear too fast!

  29. #
    Julia Herdegen — May 14, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Love love love these cookies! I made a double batch, one for home and one for work!

  30. #
    Kathryn Smith — May 13, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    These cookies with my middle sized scoop made 3 1/2 dozen. Personally, I didn’t love them. I not going to blame the recipe, I’m going to blame the fact the I stopped eating sugar two years ago and now everything tastes different. My family loved them & they were easy to make.

  31. #
    Amy — May 13, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    I ran into your blog from pinterest and found this cookie recipe. I knew I had to try it! The recipe was amazing, the combination of chocolate and peanut butter was the best. My family devoured them and The Ultimate Cheesecake is next on my list!

  32. #
    Ab Lane — May 13, 2019 at 1:46 pm

    I really enjoyed this recipe. Easy to follow instructions and they taste amazing, not an over done peanut butter taste. Everyone seemed to like them.

  33. #
    Jena Saffery — May 13, 2019 at 3:19 am

    These cookies are incredible. Chewy, thick, and full of flavour. My friends can’t get enough!

  34. #
    Lucy Bartick — May 12, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    These cookies are so good! I baked the first pan for 12 minutes and they were a little overdone for my taste, so I did the rest for 10 and they’re perfect. Nice and soft and gooey!

  35. #
    Sophia Crisalli — May 12, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    This recipe was delicious! The cookies were so peanut buttery and the chunks of chocolate made them even better! These are now my go-to cookie recipe, thanks for the recipe!

  36. #
    Judy Hackert — May 12, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    This recipe was easy to make and they baked up so perfectly! My husband looked at me like I was crazy when I pulled them out of the oven and cheered at their awesomeness!! Perfect Mother’s Day treat!

  37. #
    Amy Lane — May 12, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Super easy cookie recipe! Definitely would recommend the suggestion to refrigerate the cookies before baking them. It helped the dough firm up and then result in soft, fluffy cookies. Thank you so much for developing a great cookie that isn’t overly peanut buttery 🙂

  38. #
    Megan — May 12, 2019 at 7:49 am

    I made these for the May baking challenge and boy am I glad I did! They are chewy yet firm with a perfect balance of peanut butter and chocolate chips. I will definitely make them again. I didn’t flatten mine into disks, I like them thick and puffy

  39. #
    Susan Hoyer — May 11, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Fantastic! Easy to make and great flavor. I added some smoked sea salt on top, and it took it to the next level.

  40. #
    Lisa Whitten — May 11, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    I loved this recipe. Will be making more,,

  41. #
    Marnie — May 11, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    I really enjoyed these cookies…more so than I should have. lol…The only thing I can say is I tried this recipe because it said they were soft & I knew my husband prefers them soft where I like some crunch but they came out crunchy! The only thing I can think of is that I left them in too long but they are not burnt. Hasn’t stopped anyone from eating them but would like to have them a little softer. I am planning on trying some of your other recipes. They all look soooo good!

  42. #
    melissa bentley — May 11, 2019 at 10:12 am

    What a great treat, so very good! Took them outside for a family picnic.

  43. #
    Kayile Klitzing — May 11, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate is my favorite flavor combo! So good! And this recipe is absolutely amazing! It was also so simple! Will definitely be making again!!!

  44. #
    Adriana Mainas — May 10, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Just finished baking these & submitted for the May baking challenge. I was able to get 20 BIG cookies out of the recipe. I found the taste of PB was subtle but noticeable. Thanks for the recipe!

  45. #
    Lindsay Halling — May 10, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    These were great! I love chocolate with peanut butter!

  46. #
    Cortnie — May 10, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    Love the texture of these! I baked half today and have the other half of the dough in the fridge to bake off later this weekend. I can’t wait to compare the two. Next time I will try with white chocolate chips.

  47. #
    Samantha Strong — May 10, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Delicious!!! I’ve made 3 batches of these cookies already. Thank you for this recipe it’s going to forever be a staple cookie recipe for me.

  48. #
    Jenny Heung — May 10, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Just freshly baked these luxurious peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Totally love it and can’t stop munching them. Thanks for the recipe :)))))

  49. #
    Cathy K — May 10, 2019 at 6:06 am

    These are incredible! Perfect flavor and texture! And I really enjoy not using my mixer! Less dishes 😉 I will for sure make again!! 🙂

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    Jennifer — May 9, 2019 at 1:14 pm


  51. #
    Meredith Rodriguez — May 9, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Next time I will have to double the recipe!! These cookies are a new favorite in our house!

  52. #
    Jenna Zaback — May 8, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    These are great! I made them 3 tablespoons and they turn into these big cookies like you’d buy at a bakery or cafe. My dad took them to work to share at his meeting and everyone loved them! I personally had to bake them a little longer, 15 minutes but that could just be my oven, also the peanut butter flavor really comes through after they cool completely, I’d say they taste better cold than warm which was a surprise! Overall, a very fun cookie and easy to make too!

  53. #
    Robyn Halford — May 8, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Wonderfully delicious and didn’t last long!

  54. #
    Alex @Bitesofindulgence — May 8, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    These cookies are amazing! deliciously thick and soft, everything a peanut butter cookie should be!

  55. #
    Connie — May 8, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate are one of my favorite flavor combinations. Why I have never made anything with them before is beyond me! These cookies are absolutely fantastic! Slightly crispy on the outside but thick & chewy and full of peanut buttery flavor! This will a new staple in my house!

  56. #
    Abigail — May 8, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    These cookies are amazing! I made them several days ago, and they are still as soft as the first day. Love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate!

  57. #
    Alana — May 8, 2019 at 1:18 pm

    SOOOO GOOD! I made these to bring to a girls night and they all went! I chilled the dough for an hour and they came out thick and chewy, just how I like them! Yum!

  58. #
    Tiffanie — May 8, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    I just made these and they are my new favorite! Perfection!!!

  59. #
    Sara Johnson — May 8, 2019 at 10:42 am

    Chewy inside, crispy outside just as promise! Great recipe and tips. We were able to chill the dough for about 5 hours before we couldn’t wait any longer 🙂

  60. #
    Sarah — May 8, 2019 at 7:18 am

    My husband and kids ate a ton of them. Good thing I doubled the recipe!!!

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