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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Mix together the dry ingredients- flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt, and set aside
Cream butter and sugar with a mixer
Beat until light and fluffy
Beat in the sugar, eggs and vanilla
Gradually add your dry ingredients with mixer on low, then mix at medium speed until well-combined
Next up, milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips
Stir in the chips
Use a cookie dough scoop for the most uniform cookies
A tablespoon will also work; beware, the dough will be sticky when shaping into balls
Cookies will flatten while baking, that is expected
Let them cool on wire racks
While cookies are cooling, make your filling
Cream softened butter until light and smooth
Add peanut butter and cream some more
Beware of the incredible aroma
Mix in sugar
When mixture is smooth and creamy, it is done
Time to make your sandwiches
Slather a tablespoon or two onto the bottom of one cookie
Cover with another cookie and gently press down
Chewy Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Filling
Cookie recipe from Hershey’s
Makes ~2 dozen cookie sandwiches
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
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 3/4 cup salted natural creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
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
Beat butter until light and creamy
Beat in peanut butter
Mix in confectioners sugar on low speed and then beat until light and fluffy
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
Do you know anyone that can resist peanut butter and chocolate?
I love your “cross-outs”!!!!
Your cookies were DELICIOUS!!!!!
But why do I always have to share???????
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.
peanut butter filling with chocolate chunks would certainly work for me!
These look awesome! PB & choc is the best combo- well, so is mint and choc. They are tied for me, I guess! :)
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.
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. :)
make them anyway, they are worth it!
make them anyway, they are worth it!
Yum! What a wonderful idea. These look absolutely divine. I will definitely be saving this recipe.
Oh my, these look and sound divine! Yummm!
These look like absolute heaven. I adore chocolate and peanut butter!
Oh gosh…we love. Love love love. Chocolate and peanut butter make us happy. Like insanely happy. These cookies…happy!
Mmmm, I love the chocolate/peanut butter duo! Delish :)!
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!
I certainly am not in the group that can resist pb and chocolate. Wayyy too good.
These look delicious. I bet it’d be good with chocolate peanut butter too!
oh yes! yum
I’m obsessed with all things chocolate and peanut butter and these look great.
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! :)
you’ve stolen my heart with these! choc + PB are the perfect combination! Makes mouths happy!
These cookies would definitely go over VERY well in our house!
Those look amazing! Mmm! But, how in the world could your husband not like peanut butter!?!
i will never understand it!!
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!
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!
YUMMY! A great excuse to use my new kitchenaid mixer :)
YUM! These look sooo good. Chocolate+peanut butter is one of my favorite combinations!
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.
how have i never seen that candy?! i need to try them asap!
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!
lol i thought i could handle leftovers but i couldn’t- i had to give them away!
These look great! Perfect holiday gift.
oh my! Look at all those delicious cookies!
These look simply addicting! Pb and chocolate, one of my all time favorite combos. Nicely done!