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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies #Choctoberfest

These chocolate peanut butter cookies are chewy, intensely chocolate-flavored and loaded with peanut butter flavor.

Three chocolate peanut butter cookies on a white plate

It's the best time of year: #Choctoberfest! I think we can all agree on one thing this year... 2020 needs more chocolate.

#Choctoberfest is our annual celebration of chocolate recipes, now in its 6th year. I've teamed up with some talented food bloggers to share dozens of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and white chocolate recipes for this year's virtual event. Plus, we've pooled our resources to bring you an exciting giveaway you don't want to miss!

The Giveaway

One lucky winner will receive a KitchenAid mixer - or if you already have a mixer you can instead opt to receive a KitchenAid gift card to purchase your choice of attachments or other kitchen tools. To enter, simply follow the directions here:

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The fine print: Open worldwide to entrants who are 18+ (except where prohibited). Winner will receive a KitchenAid Classic Series 4.5 Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer or the equivalent in a gift card. Giveaway ends on October 16 at 11:59 PM Eastern. This giveaway is not sponsored by KitchenAid, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, or any other third party sites. Void where prohibited. No purchase necessary. See terms & conditions for more information.

Fifteen cookies on a wire cooling rack

Participating Bloggers

Check any of these blogs throughout the week for delicious chocolate recipes!

The Recipe

Cookies are one of the first things I learned to bake when I was allowed to use the oven by myself, using the recipe on the back of a bag of chocolate chips. After all, they are easy, and bake quickly.

Drop cookies (cookies that are formed by dropping spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet) are still one of my favorite things to bake, especially with my son.

A stack of four cookies in the foreground, with a single cookie and a bottle of milk in the background

These chocolate peanut butter cookies have the chewy texture of the best chocolate chip cookies, and are a loaded with peanut butter chips.

The intense chocolate flavor comes from the cocoa powder, which is intensified by the espresso powder. You don't actually taste any coffee in the baked cookie. If you don't have espresso powder, you can omit it without adjusting any other ingredients.

A stack of five cookies in front of a bottle of milk, and a cooling rack with more cookies

Need to make these nut-free? Instead of peanut butter chips, use white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, or dried cranberries.

If you're making these around Christmas time, you can use crushed candy canes or chocolate peppermint candies instead.

A stack of five chocolate peanut butter cookies with a bottle of milk

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 32 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These chocolate peanut butter cookies are chewy, intensely chocolate-flavored and loaded with peanut butter flavor.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 ½ cups (298 grams) sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (120 grams) all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (64 grams) cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp espresso powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 10 oz (283 grams) peanut butter chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (176 degrees C). Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating until incorporated and scraping down the sides of the bowl after the first addition. Beat in the vanilla.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking powder and salt.
  5. Add to the mixing bowl and stir just until incorporated.
  6. Stir in the peanut butter chips.
  7. Scoop the dough with a medium cookie scoop, and drop onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing at least two inches apart.
  8. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes. Cool the cookies on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  9. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Notes

If you don't have espresso powder, you can omit it without making any other changes. The cookies will have a slightly less intense chocolate flavor.

This recipe would also be delicious with white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or dried fruit instead of peanut butter chips.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 91mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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