Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Yasmin Fahr


  • 1  cup  unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup  sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup  cocoa powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • 2 cups  peanut butter chips

I have to admit that baking is not my forte. I used to love baking in high school and would always be popping this or that in the oven, but I fell of that bandwagon once college hit and have stayed off ever since. 

So, when I decided to tackle these cookies, I knew that I had to study up on what I was getting myself into because I was a little rusty.

It might surprise many people to know that I was actually pre-med in college and worked in a hospital lab for a year (I know — big career switch). But that's to say that I am no stranger to exacting measurements and understanding the necessity for precision. You see, baking is much like science, much more than cooking is, and it's all about creating a balance when it comes to cookies.

What is that exactly? Well, I followed Michael Ruhlman's advice of having a 1:2:3 ratio for sugar to fat to flour, and, as he advises, then you can play around with whatever else you want from there. It's also a good idea to have a leavener like whipped egg whites, baking soda, or baking powder. 

So that's what I did for these chocolate peanut butter cookies. Plus follow these tips for making the perfect cookie. Enjoy!

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

In a mixing bowl, combine the butter and sugar, but don't overmix (it doesn't hurt to have a few, small butter chunks in there). In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and vanilla together. Then add to the butter mixture and combine. Mix in the peanut chips. 

Using a large spoon or 1 tablespoon, scoop up the dough, 1 spoonful at a time and lay about 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven for about 15-17 minutes, depending on your oven and how crispy you like them. 


Calories per serving:

491 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Vegetarian, Egg Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free

Daily value:



  • Fat 457g 703%
  • Carbs 384g 128%
  • Saturated 174g 868%
  • Fiber 47g 187%
  • Trans 8g
  • Sugars 156g
  • Monounsaturated 184g
  • Polyunsaturated 73g
  • Protein 144g 289%
  • Cholesterol 488mg 163%
  • Sodium 1,084mg 45%
  • Calcium 562mg 56%
  • Magnesium 1,129mg 282%
  • Potassium 3,798mg 109%
  • Iron 24mg 133%
  • Zinc 17mg 116%
  • Phosphorus 2,530mg 361%
  • Vitamin A 1,553µg 173%
  • Thiamin (B1) 2mg 153%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 2mg 125%
  • Niacin (B3) 80mg 399%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 121%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 813µg 203%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 6%
  • Vitamin D 3µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 53mg 263%
  • Vitamin K 19µg 24%
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