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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These little cookies showcase a perfect pairing of peanut butter and chocolate.

  • Yield: Makes 36
Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Source: Everyday Food, March 2009


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
  • 4 tablespoons ( 1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, cut into chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda; set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat peanut butter, butter, and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, and beat until smooth. With mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture, beating just until combined. Stir in chocolate chunks.

  2. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons, 1 inch apart, onto two large baking sheets. Bake until golden, 13 to 15 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool.

Reviews (39)

  • breadmaker 18 Oct, 2014

    yeah, i made the cookies in less time than it took for my small oven to pre-heat.. it's a pantry dish, so it has that going for it. as everyone here has said, the cookies are a tad dry, a tad undersalted, and they don't spread AT ALL, so you're going to want to smoosh them a bit with your wet fingertips and sprinkle some sea salt over the top. They're OK. My daughter says, " they'd be delish with tea."

  • phinandcarla2010 25 Nov, 2013

    I agree with other reviewers that this recipe was somewhat bland. I think it calls for a touch of salt to improve the flavor. When they were finished cooking, I bit into the cookie, and though it wasn't bad, it was just missing a little something!

  • Isabella Andersson 16 Jun, 2013

    This recipe was very oily and they tasted like nothing I give it a 0/10 very disapointe with the poor results

  • Bakedgoodskitten 21 Jan, 2013

    I made these cookies gluten free by replacing the wheat flour with stabilized white rice flour (basically cup for cup) and used dark chocolate chips. They turned out great and because they are gluten free the cookies don't harden up as much after they are cooked.

  • miko99 27 Jan, 2012

    I was initially quite worried about how oily the dough was when I was forming the cookies but after baking a batch for 13 minutes and then tasting them I was pleasantly surprised. The cookies came out very soft and not at all oily. I did the take advice of others and stamp the balls down a bit on the baking sheets as they did not spread much. Very yummy.

  • poulsbokid 13 Oct, 2011

    I made these they were okay i used natural Skippy peanut butter tossed in some dry roasted peanuts along with some bitter sweet chips and semi sweet chips I will add some salt next time if I use natural peanut butter I rolled these in freezer wrap and froze over night and cut them in 1/2 inch slices they did not spread and I thought they looked perfect and they were loved at work

  • scarletta15 9 Oct, 2011

    Amazing Treat!!! I followed the recipe exactly and they came out soft and delicious. The cooking time for me, however, was only 7-8 minutes. My boyfriend LOVED them so much that I now have to make them regularly. Fast, easy and AMAZING!!

  • rsmjcdorris 3 Aug, 2011

    These little cookies were odd...Maybe it was the peanut butter I was using but they seemed overly oily when I made them. And they were sort of crumbly and not like a typical cookie dough.
    They don't spread out so I smashed them down a bit. I baked them for 14 minutes and that may have been too much, As they were dry.
    I had such high hopes because peanut butter and chocolate is a FABULOUS pairing, but these were less than stellar.

  • FerPavei 3 Jul, 2011

    Fast and easy to make, and were a success. Only thing is they took about 25 min to bake, not 13 to 15 like it says in the recipe.
    Also, I added a touch more of vanilla.

  • sfoss 12 Feb, 2011

    Oh dear god these are amazing and easy.

  • Roxanne1000 8 Oct, 2010

    Made these cookies tonight and they turned out great, I followed the instructions to a tee and used all natural peanut butter. Don't go over 13 minuets cooking time, and put on awire rack right out of the oven to prevent over drying them.

  • LARutter 6 May, 2010

    These cookies are delicious, and they weren't dry at all. Just make sure you measure the flour by spooning it into the measuring cup instead of scooping it up; it makes a big difference. I used Skippy peanut butter and Callebaut chocolate. I will definitely make them again!

  • cheralee 25 Apr, 2010

    I used Kraft organic peanut butter and Cocoa Camino Organic Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips and they were fantastic. The peanut butter taste was on the mild side and the cookies were light and chewy. I have also made them with regular peanut butter and did not like their consistency then , wondering if the added icing sugar and salt in the regular peanut butter plays a part in that?

  • lynnguida 20 Apr, 2010

    Don't buy the baker's chocolate - get big chocolate chips instead. Mine was too dry because I used the food processor to chop the bakers chocolate.

  • mykele 16 Apr, 2010

    Please count in the salt in the peanut butter before just adding any
    salt to the recipe . They may have factored in the salt content
    in the peanut butter......mykele

  • babykates 16 Apr, 2010

    These cookies were amazing! I baked them to the minimum time suggested and they were super soft. I used salted butter instead of unsalted and choc. chips instead of the choc. chunks and the flavor was awesome!

  • feedemwell 16 Apr, 2010

    I'd venture to guess the salt omission is an error. In MS Cookies book, 1/2 tsp. salt is pretty much protocal for cookies of this caliber. Try 12-13 minutes baking time for softer texture.

  • MidwestSplendor 16 Apr, 2010

    There's no salt in this recipe, of course it is going to be bland. Never bake a drop cookie without salt in the recipe.

  • ElektraLoaded 1 Apr, 2009

    They were not the best cookies but there was certainly nothing wrong with them, in my opinion. No the peanut butter was not overwhelming but you can definitely taste it and I think it is perfect because I would not want too much peanut butter taste when you have the chocolate chunks in there. I think it is the perfect combination just be careful not to overcook because you want them a bit chewy and not too dry.

    Mine turned out great and I will definitely make a batch again in the future.

  • skyeyes 24 Mar, 2009

    Disappointing bland flavor, doubtful I would waste expensive chocolate by using it in this recipe. If you like dry, crisp cookies like you would buy in a bag from the store, these are the ones for you.

  • Rowland4 19 Mar, 2009

    I also thought they were dry and there wasn't much flavor. The chocolate was good, but no much else.

  • Debstuff 17 Mar, 2009

    I made these cookies, they were very dry and no one could taste the peanut butter in them. Very dissapointing. Anyone else have this problem?

  • lisa22 14 Mar, 2009

    These cookies were the worst peanutbutter cookies I've ever tasted. They were so oily and I couldn' t roll them into little round balls, as they were so greasy and they were slipping out of my hand.

  • pattipoopidoo 10 Mar, 2009

    These are really good. I added 1/2 tsp of salt to the mix after reading the reviews here. Thanks!
    I used 6 oz bittersweet chunks and 2 oz semi sweet chips.
    Timing is crucial here, over baking them will make them dry. Mine took 14 minutes and they are perfect.

  • themelclub 10 Mar, 2009

    THESE WERE THE WORST COOKIES I HAVE EVER MADE!! It was a waste of the ingredients! You couldnt even tell that they had peanut butter in them! They were dry tasting...the closest I have ever come to eating store bought cookies from a bag!

  • skina 7 Mar, 2009

    i made these with reduced fat peanut butter and they were really crumbly!! i added about 1/8-1/6 cup vegetable oil (i eyeballed it) and the dough was still crumbly but really greasy. i had to form them into little balls but when it was all said and done they tasted really good, really gooey! i brought them for spring break and they stayed gooey and yummy.

  • coco5000 6 Mar, 2009

    Not bad, needed a little salt. The batter was a little greasy but they turned out fine in the end. With a little tweaking I think these could be great!

  • coco5000 6 Mar, 2009

    Not bad, needed a little salt. The batter was a little greasy but they turned out fine in the end. With a little tweaking I think these could be great!

  • coco5000 6 Mar, 2009

    Great cookies, the batter was pretty greasy but they turned out fine. The only thing I would add is some salt.

  • jylscislow 4 Mar, 2009

    Great cookies! My family loved 'em!

  • lisamaria 1 Mar, 2009

    Very good cookies! I doubled the recipe because I figured I'd just use the whole stick of butter, and I wantead more cookies. The peanut butter flavor is not too overpowering. They are really good, but I probably needed more chunks. I only used a bag of chocolate chunks, which did not equal 16 oz. (if doubling). But next time I will! They were still good. Oh, and I used a cup of whole wheat pastry flour which I usualy do in recipes. Yu can't even tell because it's good quality flour.

  • MarthaandMeBlogger 27 Feb, 2009

    We made them and loved them! You can see results at

  • teesa23 26 Feb, 2009

    Just baked these cookies and they turned out great - soft, cakey, and not too sweet. However, I think it could use a touch of salt.

  • Kellianna 25 Feb, 2009

    You know you can also add peanuts, chopped or even uncooked oats, or m

  • Jessica-Jo 25 Feb, 2009

    These cookies are great and so easy to make, don't over bake or they aren't as soft, I used callebaut semi sweet choc chunks and they are so delicious, this recipe's a keeper!

  • kimberly 25 Feb, 2009

    Just took last batch from the oven. I used 1 cup Guittard milk chocolate chips and 1 cup Reese's peanut butter chips. My daughter said they're in the top 10 of the best cookies she's ever eaten.

  • cbmidwife 24 Feb, 2009

    These are absolutely wonderful! They are soft and deliciously peanutbuttery.

  • Fionnghuala 24 Feb, 2009

    I had great fun with these. I make Choc Chip cookies for my husband every week and this week I tried these, he is not a fan of change in my cooking but LOVE these. He got a great surprise when he tasted them.

  • Junecutie 23 Feb, 2009

    I substituted almond butter for peanut (allergic) and added 1 tsp almond extract. YUM

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