Chocolate and Peanut Butter Love

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I love peanut butter.  If a day goes by where I don’t have it, I experience withdrawal symptoms.  A few days without it? Don’t mess with me.

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As much as I loved being in Italy for my honeymoon this summer, going without peanut butter for almost two weeks may have been enough to convince me that getting back to real life still kind of sucks isn’t so bad after all.

Oatmeal with peanut butter? Good.  Banana and peanut butter? Yum.  Ants on a log? Underrated children’s snack.  Chocolate and peanut butter? The pair should have its own show.

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You may remember that my Thanksgiving with Friends featured eight desserts.  I enjoyed coming up with a fun and delicious variety of pick-up baked goods, but was stuck when it came to THE peanut butter and chocolate item.  You have seen my fan favorite cookie bar and the peanut butter brownies with chocolate ganache.  So have my friends.  Both items were a hit, so I knew when it came to my peanut butter loving friends, I was going to have to outdo myself.

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Well, I did.  If you are human like peanut butter and chocolate, you are going to LOVE these.  The one upside to marrying a crazy wonderful man who DISLIKES peanut butter? More for me!

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These Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Filling start with a rich chewy cookie dough, used here, and are slathered with a creamy peanut butter filling that is irresistible.  Salty and sweet, chewy and creamy.  Oh, and these cookies are even good eaten right out of the freezer, not that I would know.  Have I mentioned my pants don’t fit?

Begin by making the cookies

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Mix together the dry ingredients- flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, and set aside

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Cream butter and sugar with a mixer

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Beat until light and fluffy

butter and sugar for cookie 2

Beat in the sugar, eggs and vanilla

adding eggs and vanilla

Mix well

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Gradually add your dry ingredients with mixer on low, then mix at medium speed until well-combined

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Next up, milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips

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Stir in the chips

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Use a cookie dough scoop for the most uniform cookiesscooping dough

A tablespoon will also work; beware, the dough will be sticky when shaping into balls

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Cookies will flatten while baking, that is expected

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Let them cool on wire racks

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While cookies are cooling, make your filling

butter for icing

Cream softened butter until light and smooth

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Add peanut butter and cream some more

add peanut butter

Beware of the incredible aromaPB mixed in

Mix in sugar

adding sugar

When mixture is smooth and creamy, it is done

filling done

Time to make your sandwiches

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Slather a tablespoon or two onto the bottom of one cookie

filling on cookie

Cover with another cookie and gently press down

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Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Filling

Cookie recipe from Hershey’s

Makes ~2 dozen cookie sandwiches

Cookie Ingredients:

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

Dash of salt

1 ¼ cup (2 ½ stick) unsalted butter at room temperature

2 cups granulated Sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup milk chocolate chips

Filling Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature

1 3/4 cup salted natural creamy peanut butter

1 cup powdered sugar

Cookie Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375

Mix together the dry ingredients, except for sugar, and set aside

Cream butter and sugar

Beat in the, eggs and vanilla

Gradually add dry ingredients with mixer on low;  then mix at medium speed until well-combined

Stir in chocolate chips

Drop dough in heaping tablespoons on baking sheets lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart

Bake at 375 for 8 minutes or until cookies are slightly puffy

Let cool on cooling rack

Filling Directions:

Beat butter until light and creamy

Beat in peanut butter

Mix in confectioners sugar on low speed and then beat until light and fluffy

Sandwich Directions:

When cookies are cool, spread one to two tablespoons of filling on the bottom of a cookie

Top with a second cookie and lightly press down



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Do you know anyone that can resist peanut butter and chocolate?

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39 Responses to “Chocolate and Peanut Butter Love”

  1. debbie c. December 19, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    I love your “cross-outs”!!!!
    Your cookies were DELICIOUS!!!!!
    But why do I always have to share???????

  2. Victoria (District Chocoholic) December 19, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    It’s totally cool to make the peanut butter filling, mix in chocolate chunks, and eat it with a spoon, right? Good grief, butter, powdered sugar, and peanut butter. There’s no way I’d have any leftover to fill cookies.

    • KeepItSweet December 20, 2010 at 6:27 am #

      peanut butter filling with chocolate chunks would certainly work for me!

  3. Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 19, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    These look awesome! PB & choc is the best combo- well, so is mint and choc. They are tied for me, I guess! :)

  4. actorsdiet December 19, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    that does look amazing. today i had banana pudding with pb cookies and was in heaven. though maybe with those cookies instead, i might have died.

  5. Veronica December 19, 2010 at 10:06 pm #

    This is the most appealing cookie I’ve seen in a while! Wow, girlie, you really outdid yourself. I hope I have a chance to try these. It might be a while b/c since cookies are my favorite dessert, I rarely make them b/c I seriously eat like two dozen (in five minutes) whenever I break down and make them. But these are definitely going on my “to make” list. Perhaps I’ll make them for someone’s birthday and sneak a few for myself. :)

    • KeepItSweet December 20, 2010 at 6:28 am #

      make them anyway, they are worth it!

    • KeepItSweet December 20, 2010 at 6:28 am #

      make them anyway, they are worth it!

  6. erica @ fashionmeetsfood December 20, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    Yum! What a wonderful idea. These look absolutely divine. I will definitely be saving this recipe.


  7. crustabakes December 20, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    Oh my, these look and sound divine! Yummm!

  8. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite December 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    These look like absolute heaven. I adore chocolate and peanut butter!

  9. The Blue-Eyed Bakers December 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    Oh gosh…we love. Love love love. Chocolate and peanut butter make us happy. Like insanely happy. These cookies…happy!

  10. Pretty. Good. Food. December 20, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    Mmmm, I love the chocolate/peanut butter duo! Delish :)!

  11. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking December 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    Ha! Loved that little bit about missing peanut butter in Italy. I, too, am a peanut butter addict and absolutely love the idea of these delicious cookies! I could go for one or two, or maybe twenty-two? Yes. Definitely. Thanks for sharing, and happy holidays to you Lauren!

  12. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum December 21, 2010 at 7:07 am #

    I certainly am not in the group that can resist pb and chocolate. Wayyy too good.

  13. MelissaNibbles December 21, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    These look delicious. I bet it’d be good with chocolate peanut butter too!

  14. valerie December 21, 2010 at 8:41 am #

    I’m obsessed with all things chocolate and peanut butter and these look great.

  15. Kita December 21, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    I have an uncle who can’t live with out peanut butter. Its a mandatory staple in his diet so I am always looking for new treats for him. This one I know he will love! :)

  16. TheHealthyApron December 21, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    you’ve stolen my heart with these! choc + PB are the perfect combination! Makes mouths happy!

  17. Peggy December 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    These cookies would definitely go over VERY well in our house!

  18. Caroline December 22, 2010 at 7:16 am #

    Those look amazing! Mmm! But, how in the world could your husband not like peanut butter!?!

  19. gingerbreadbagels December 22, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    Oh my goodness do those look delicious! You’re so making me wish I could eat peanuts (developed allergy! :( ) I seriously would love to eat a million of those!

    • KeepItSweet December 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

      Oh no! I bet this would be just about as delicious with cashew butter or almond butter. even soynot butter if you can’t eat nuts at all!

  20. Natalie O December 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    YUMMY! A great excuse to use my new kitchenaid mixer :)

  21. Broma Bakery December 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    YUM! These look sooo good. Chocolate+peanut butter is one of my favorite combinations!

  22. Marian December 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    These were amazingly delicious!!!! Btw–a coworker today gave me a mini snickers peanutbutter–have you tried them? they’re intense–they taste kind of like a peanutbutter patty (girlscout cookies). anyway, they’d be interesting in some kind of baked good, i reckon.

    • KeepItSweet December 22, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

      how have i never seen that candy?! i need to try them asap!

  23. Joanne December 23, 2010 at 8:43 am #

    Chocolate and PB is basically what keeps me going. I would marry it if I could. These cookie sandwiches are amazing! I’m pretty sure I would have to hide them from myself if I made them, though!

    • KeepItSweet December 23, 2010 at 8:56 am #

      lol i thought i could handle leftovers but i couldn’t- i had to give them away!

  24. Maris (In Good Taste) December 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    These look great! Perfect holiday gift.

  25. Simply Life December 23, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    oh my! Look at all those delicious cookies!

  26. Kim-Liv Life December 28, 2010 at 12:06 am #

    These look simply addicting! Pb and chocolate, one of my all time favorite combos. Nicely done!


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