Peanut butter cookies are a classic for good reason and they are one of my favourites so they almost always make an appearance on my holiday cookie platter! Although the basic peanut butter cookie is great I can’t help but think about adding chocolate and so I often make them with the addition of chocolate chips or chocolate chunks (I prefer chocolate chunks because you get larger hits of chocolate in each bite). In addition to adding chocolate chunks I also like to add honey roasted peanuts to get that crunchy peanut texture. Normally you press peanut cookies down with a fork to get that classic cross hatch top but I like to just plop the dough down on the baking pan with an ice cream scoop! Yes, I’m lazy! No, not really, these cookies do not spread a lot so when you don’t press them down you get nice and thick cookies that get crispy on the edges with a thick layer of chewy, almost cookie dough like, centre! I know that I like eating cookie dough by the spoonful so it’s really nice biting into that crispy edged cookie with the soft chewy centre! Mmmmm… Cookie monster want more!
Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies
Thick and chewy, peanut butter-y cookies that are nice and crispy on the edges but soft in the centre and packed full of chocolate chunks and honey roasted peanuts!
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup chocolate chunks
- 3/4 cup honey roasted peanuts
- Cream the butter, sugar, brown sugar and peanut butter.
- Mix in the egg followed the vanilla.
- Mix in the mixture of the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
- Mix in the chocolate and peanuts.
- Scoop 1-2 tablespoons of dough (optionally rolling it into a ball) and place it on a silicon mat or parchment paper baking sheet (optionally pressing it down with a fork).
- Bake in a preheated 350F/180C oven on the middle shelf until the bottoms are just lightly golden brown (the tops may look a little uncooked), about 8-12 minutes, before removing them from the oven and letting them sit on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and transferring them to a wire rack to cool.
Note: When you do not press the peanut butter cookies down with a fork they remain nice and thick and the centres come out nice and chewy, almost like cookie dough!
Note: The cook time represents baking in two batches.
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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
This is just how I like a cookie! These look so yummy!
Kevin, these cookies look perfect! I love thick cookies like these. Great job! 🙂
Where do you add the peanuts?
Laddibugg: Great question! Right after you mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. I have added the missing step to the recipe. Thanks for pointing that out!
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Mardie Feikens says
These look great! I wonder if they can also be made with cashew butter, white chocolate and cranberry for the ultimate Christmas cookie?
Bella B says
These look mouth watering I have to try making theses!!
Joanna Banks says
I have tried to make these biscuits on multiple occasions but I never managed to do them right. I tried your recipe and it perfectly works! Delicious!
Marie Beers says
?????????Biscuits?????????? They are cookies !
Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says
Made these tonight and they were perfect!! They looked exactly like the pictures. All I did differently was crush up the peanuts. Thanks for another great recipe 🙂
Michelle Witt says
Kevin, what kind of peanut butter did you use? I've got peanut butter freshly ground at my local natural foods store. Just wondering if what type you use makes a difference. Thanks!
Kraft or no name peanut butter works fine and freshly ground is amazing!
OMG, and I rarely say that! Made these, and the honey roasted peanuts and chocolate chunks really set this cookie apart from other peanut butter cookies. Mine look pretty and appealing, but not as dramatic as yours either the huge close ups of melty chocolate. I used my medium cookie scoop and got 30 cookies. I also rolled mine in granulated sugar prior to baking.,we absolutely can't stop eating these. Thank you!!!!! Love your blog and think you are the most prolific in what you offer in one email. Thanks again and going to make these over and over! Have a great holiday season!
Xia Ngiateng says
These taste amazing! Thank you for the recipe Kevin.
Regina M. Zeyzus says
Thank you very much for your Best of Closet Cooking 2019! Happy holidays to you.