Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies are the Reese’s peanut butter cup lover’s dream. They’re delicious, soft, chewy, and perfect for sharing.
Peanut butter and jelly step aside. It’s time for peanut butter and chocolate. The perfect pairing of sweet, salty, creamy, delicious goodness.
I love peanut butter chocolate chip cookies because they’re easy to make. Toss it all in your stand mixer and you’re good to go!
I also love this peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe because it makes such big soft cookies!
You also only need pantry ingredients for these peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips! So they can be whipped up any time!
What Ingredients are in Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies?
The combination of chocolate and rich peanut butter flavor make these the best peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!
- Butter: Room temperature butter will combine well with the sugar.
- Sugar: You’ll need both brown sugar and white sugar for this cookie recipe.
- Eggs: Eggs are your binder that hold the cookies together.
- Peanut Butter: Use creamy peanut butter for best results.
- Flour: All-purpose flour will give the cookies the structure they need.
- Baking Soda: This will help the cookies to rise in the oven.
- Vanilla: A little extra flavor never hurt anyone!
- Salt: Almost all sweets are much better with the addition of a little salt.
- Chocolate Chips: Semi-sweet, white chocolate chip, or milk chocolate chips are all good options.
- It may seem like a lot of sugar but you need both to really get soft and chewy cookies.
- Crunchy peanut butter leaves little bits of nuts in your soft cookies. You can choose that if you prefer that.
- I love chocolate chips so you shouldn’t need any extra chocolate chips for these cookies.
How to Make Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
Chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are the perfect cookies for bake sales or your own private stash!
For the full recipe, see the recipe card below. Here’s the basics for your new favorite cookies.
- Cream: Always cream butter and sugar together first. This is easiest with an electric mixer.
- Add: As you add the rest of the wet ingredients, you may need to scrape the sides of the bowl.
- Blend: Slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing between each addition.
- Roll: Each cookie dough ball should be rolled in sugar before adding to the cookie sheet.
- Bake: The edges of the cookies should have just a hint of golden. Don’t overcook them!
- Use parchment paper, non-stick foil, a baking mat, or spray the baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Leave enough space between the cookie dough balls so they can expand.
- Wait to eat them! Let them cool on a wire rack first.
- Use medium speed or low speed when you add flour mixture so it doesn’t fly everywhere.
- For bigger cookies scoop balls of dough that are bigger.
Can You Add Chocolate Chips to Peanut Butter Cookies?
Absolutely! Most cookies can benefit from the addition of chocolate chips! Maybe that’s a personal preference.
But really don’t the best cookies always have a bit of chocolate in them?
You can choose to keep the chocolate chips in this recipe or leave them out.
You can also use dark chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or anything in between.
Can I Use Natural Peanut Butter in Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies?
There are pros and cons to using natural peanut butter in peanut butter cookies.
Natural peanut butter spreads more easily so your cookies will be thinner and crispier.
They also tend to need less baking time to keep them from burning.
If you prefer the thinner, crispier cookie, then you can definitely use natural peanut butter.
If you prefer thick, gooey cookies, then opt for name brand peanut butter brands and regular peanut butter.
Can You Make Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies Ahead of Time?
Definitely! Holiday trays, a big party coming up, or neighbor gifts, these cookies can be made before you need them.
After the cookies have finished baking, let them cool completely on a cooling rack. This way they won’t stick to one another when you package them.
Then transfer the cookies to an airtight container.
They can be stored on the counter to keep them soft or in the fridge to help them last longer.
Do Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies Freeze Well?
Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies freeze really well.
I always prefer to flash freeze cookies first to keep them from freezing on top of one another in the freezer.
Simply place a cookie tray lined with a single layer of cookies in the freezer. Freeze for 1 hour.
Then remove the cookie sheet, move the cookies to a freezer bag, label, and save for later.
How Long Do Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies Last?
You can store cookies on the counter, in the fridge, or in the freezer.
- Counter: Cookies will stay good on the counter for up to 4 days.
- Fridge: Keep cookies fresh in the fridge for up to one week.
- Freezer: Store cookies in the freezer for up to three months.
What Other Ingredients Can You Put in Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies?
Peanut butter cookies are very customizable. The way I’ve written the recipe is to add chocolate chips and roll them in sugar. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Here are some options:
- Chocolate Chips: Any flavor of chocolate chips or leave them out altogether. You could even use chocolate chunks.
- Sugar: Roll the cookies in sugar or just bake them without it.
- M&Ms: Add M&Ms to mix it up. You can make some with chocolate chips, some with M&Ms or any other combination.
- Kisses: These aren’t really the texture of blossom cookies but you can choose to add a Hershey kiss on top once baked.
- Caramel Bits: I love adding caramel bits to add texture and flavor. Everything is better with Caramel!
- Pretzels: Talk about texture. Salty and Sweet make a happy cookie!
Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter Cookies?
Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are really bad for dogs. Even if you left out the chocolate, which is toxic for dogs, there are other concerns.
Sugar, butter, and flour can all be really hard on a dog’s immune system and stomach. They can lead to short term stomach upset and long term health problems.
It’s best to only allow your dog to eat dog food treats that are made specifically for them and in moderation.
More Cookie Recipes You’ll Love…
- Peanut Butter Caramel Cookies
- Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies
- Starbucks Toffee Doodle Cookie
- Best Peanut Butter Cookies
- Bandaid Cookies
- No Bake Monster Cookies
- Hershey Crinkle Cookies
- Rice Krispie Cookies
- Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookie
- Andes Mints Cookies
- Florentine Cookies
- Soft Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chewy Banana Cookies
- Chocolate Kiss Cookies
Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies are delicious, soft, and the perfect combination! Share them with your friends or keep them all to yourself! Enjoy!
- Preheat oven to 350*F
- Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper, non-stick foil, baking mat or spray with cooking spray.
- Cream butter, brown sugar and 1 cup white sugar together.
- Add eggs and vanilla extract and blend well, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
- Add peanut butter and blend again. Scrape sides.
- Add flour 1 cup at a time, mixing between each addition.
- Add baking soda, salt and chocolate chips - blend.
- Scoop out 1 Tablespoon portions of dough and roll into a ball.
- Place cookie balls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
- Fill the entire sheet, leaving enough space between so cookies can expand.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, remove when edges have a hint of golden.
- Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 216Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 166mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g