Big, Chewy, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies

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These peanut butter cookies are thick and chewy (like most cookies should be), sweet and salty, and absolutely delicious. 

Big, Chewy, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies

Last week was…. well, it sure was a week.  Emotionally my head was somewhere else.  As soon as I heard about the marathon bombing my heart just ached for everyone there.  Then there was the explosion in West, Texas.  It was too much for one country in just a few short days.

Big, Chewy, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies

But then something amazing happened.  Early Friday morning, my beautiful niece was born!  Hannah is the most amazing baby girl and just like that, I was reminded of the wonderful miracles happening every day!  I’ve been excited to be an aunt for months, but this brand new addition to the family is even beyond what I could have expected.

Big, Chewy, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies

And in the middle of all that, for every minute that I wasn’t glued to the news or hanging around the hospital maternity ward, I was prepping to film videos for eHow.  10 videos.  In one day.  AKA craziness.  When I originally agreed to do this, I didn’t grasp quite how much work it would entail prepping to film, baking on camera, and rushing to clean up during the taping.  In case you are wondering, it is a lot of work.  Initially I was also really nervous.  I’ve never done something like this before.  Well, in all of the excitement of everything else.  Okay, mostly because of the fact that I could NOT wait to finish taping so that I could get to the hospital and meet Hannah, I actually wasn’t nervous at all.  There is another miracle for you!  I think I’m actually more nervous to see how cheesy and awkward I ended up looking.  If I’m not completely embarrassed by the final products, I promise to share them with you once they are done! [UPDATE: You can see the eHow video for the Big, Chewy, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies here!]

Big, Chewy, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies

So the good news for you?  I made a few things that I really want to share the recipes for.  These cookies for instance, make them.  You know how much I love chocolate and peanut butter and this cookie is no exception.  Thick and chewy (like most cookies should be), with a little crunch from those salty pretzels.  Seriously, just make them.

Big, Chewy, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies

Big, Chewy, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies

Makes 24 large cookies


1 cup (4 5/8 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 cups creamy peanut butter
5 5/8 ounces (¾ cup) granulated sugar
4 1/8 ounces (1/2 cup) packed light brown sugar
2 x-large eggs, room temp
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup pretzel pieces (1 ½ ounces)
Sea salt for sprinkling


In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda, set aside
Using a mixer, in a large bowl beat peanut butter, butter and sugars on high until light and fluffy
Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined
Reduce speed to low and stir in flour mixture just until combined
Stir in chocolate chips and pretzels
Chill dough for 2 hours
After, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper
Use a large cookie dough scoop to place cookie dough balls (about 1/4 cup each) on top of parchment paper, 1-2 inches apart
Lightly sprinkle cookie dough with sea salt
Bake ~14 minutes until cookies are brown around the edges

And a few behind-the-scenes pictures for good measure

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36 Responses to “Big, Chewy, Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie April 22, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    Congrats on your new niece! And how exciting about the eHow videos!

  2. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) April 22, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Deal. I’m making these.

    And I’m so excited about your videos and even more that you’re an auntie!!! yayyyy! I bet she’s just a cutie patootie!

  3. Kathryn April 22, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    Welcome to your new niece! Definitely a good excuse to make a batch of cookies. And I can’t wait to see your pretty face in the eHow videos!

  4. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray April 22, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Congratulations, auntie! :) And I’m definitely loving those behind-the-scenes shots…I’m sure you were great!

  5. thelittleloaf April 22, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    HOW exciting about your niece! She is one lucky little baby to have a baking auntie like you :-) These cookies look so yum – salty, sweet and totally delicious.

    • Keep It Sweet April 30, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

      Thank you! I can’t wait until she is old enough to bake with me:-)

  6. Kris April 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Great minds think alike with our PB cookie recipes today! xx

  7. Jeanette April 22, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

    Congratulations on the birth of your niece! You look great on screen – can’t wait to see your videos.

  8. Nutmeg Nanny April 22, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    Oh my! These are perfection :) all of the best flavors wrapped up into this cookie!

  9. Joanne April 23, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    You look like such a natural!! I can’t wait to see the videos. ANd congrats again on your new niece!!! I seriously couldn’t be happier. :)

    Well…I could be happier if I had a batch of these cookies sitting in front of me. But that’s neither here nor there.

  10. DessertForTwo April 23, 2013 at 7:20 am #

    I can’t wait to see your pretty face on these videos!

  11. Liz April 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    It’s been eons since I’ve made pb cookies…and your sweet and salty version looks incredible! I can’t wait to see your eHow videos. I’m certain you were amazing :)

  12. Lynn @ The Actor's Diet April 24, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Yes, the world is crazy. Bonkers. Balance. So happy for the birth of Hannah! Also – welcome to my world of being in front of camera – I can’t wait to see the shoot. AND I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY THOSE COOKIES – just booked a trip to NJ in July and you better believe I am swinging by!

  13. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen April 24, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Ahhh all around awesome!!!

  14. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) April 25, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    Last week really messed with me as well. I lived in Boston for four years, it was where my alma mater is and where I love to take day trips… hurt, a lot. And Texas made my heart ache… and with all that I think we missed some earthquake in Asia that killed hundreds or something. Sigh.

    Glad you had a happier moment, congrats on your niece!

  15. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet April 26, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    Oh my! These sound amazing! Love the sweet and salty combo!

  16. alex April 27, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    you know how much I love babies. and chocolate. and peanut butter. and cookies.

  17. Laura Dembowski April 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    I love pb and pb cookies. These look great being so big and soft. I’m not into those little tiny pb cookies with the fork marks. I want these!

  18. Rachel April 29, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    These look uh-mazing!! I haven’t baked anything in ages and am really itching to get back to it…you’ve inspired me with these delicious looking cookies!! So happy for you and all of your success!

    • Keep It Sweet April 30, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

      Thanks, Rachel! These are worth getting back into the kitchen!

  19. BambiLeigh April 29, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    These look absolutely incredible! I’ve got a real thing about peanut butter at the moment so I’ll definitely be making these on my next day off! xo

  20. Sues April 30, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    These look heavenly!! Congrats on your niece… and the eHow videos! Can’t wait to watch :)

  21. steph@stephsbitebybite April 30, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    BIG CHEWY cookies!! How can you even go wrong with these?!

  22. Valerie May 4, 2013 at 12:37 am #

    A bit late but Congratulations on your adorable niece (I just saw her on Instagram!). And congrats on landing eHow – wow!! I’m sure you were brilliant. :)

    Also, these cookies – Yes, please!!

  23. Connor May 8, 2013 at 1:30 am #

    The recipe is great, in the directions you leave out where to add the butter though.

  24. Tahnycooks May 8, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Congrats on your new adventure! Your baked goods look incredible. I seriously could eat a dozen of the strawberry and cream cookies! Hello! Yum!

  25. Nicole @InfiniteLittlePleasures May 16, 2013 at 5:19 am #

    Looks delicious! I featured it in my blogpost


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