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Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Delectable, rich, and buttery chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are nothing short of perfection. Starring the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate, one taste of these cookies, and you’ll have a hard time looking at regular old chocolate chip cookies the same way again. 

Platter of chew peanut butter chocolate chip cookies with cookie scoop, peanut butter cups, jar of peanut butter and jug of milk in the background.

Easy, quick, and delicious, these cookies make the perfect after-school snack or simple sweet treat. Serve your peanut butter chocolate chip cookies with a tall glass of milk for the perfect cure to your sweet tooth acting up.

Or for a fun but filling snack top a warm cookie with ice cream, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream for the ultimate indulgent experience. The dough can even be frozen into individually-sized portions and popped in the oven to make warm, gooey, fresh cookies anytime!

Hand holding chewy peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips.

These cookies have a perfect mix of rich peanut butter flavor and bits of gooey chocolate chips. They are absolutely heavenly as written, but you can easily add a few extra mix-ins to quickly alter the finished product.

Mix things up by switching out the chocolate chips for chopped pieces of chocolate peanut butter cups or increase the salty flavor by adding nuts, pretzels, or even crushed potato chips (it sounds weird, but you’ll thank me later). The sky is truly the limit when it comes to how you choose to enjoy your cookies

ingredients for peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use other nut butters instead of peanut butter?

Absolutely! Any other nut butter can be substituted to make these cookies peanut-free.

If you’re feeling really daring, you can also try making these cookies with any thick dessert spread such as Nutella or cookie butter. 

Stack of chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

Can I use a natural sweetener in place of the sugars?

Although natural sweeteners, such as honey, could in theory be used as a replacement for the refined sugar in this recipe, it could severely alter the texture and cook-time of your cookies.

If you’re looking to sweeten your cookies in a more natural way, I recommend using coconut sugar. Its nutty flavor is similar to brown sugar, and it bakes up similarly to refined sugar.  

bowl of peanut butter cookie dough with chocolate chips ready to be mixed in.

Should I use crunchy or smooth peanut butter?

We prefer using smooth peanut butter in these cookies; however, you can also use crunchy. Just be aware that instead of chewy cookies, your peanut butter chocolate chip cookies will end up a little on the crispier, crunchier side. 

You may want to add an extra Tablespoon or two of peanut butter to keep the texture closer to the original recipe. You need enough creamy peanut butter to hold it all together, and the peanut chunks basically work as another mix-in.

Fork making hash marks on peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough balls, ready to bake.

Can I use mix-ins other than chocolate chips?

Yes! Feel free to get creative with your cookie mix-ins. For the ultimate sweety, yet salty experience, throw some crushed pretzels into your dough along with your chocolate chips.

For the peanut butter super-fans in your household, try using some chopped up Reese’s cups or Reese’s pieces in your dough instead of the chocolate chips! 

Potato chip crumbs, M&Ms, peanut butter baking chips, or even chopped candy bars would also be fun additions. You could likely get away with up to two cups of mix-ins if you want to go whole hog.

Storing and Freezing Cookies

Any leftover cookies can be easily stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Add a slice of sandwich bread to the container to keep them chewy for as long as possible.

For longer storage, you can freeze baked cookies for up to 3 months.

freshly baked peanut butter chocolate chip cookies fresh from oven.

However, if you really want to up your cookie game, try prepping a big batch of dough and freezing it in cookie-sized balls.

When you’re ready for a warm, fresh cookie, simply take a few of your frozen dough balls and pop them into a 375°F oven for twelve minutes or until the edges are golden brown. 

More Cookies You May Like

For soft cookies, try making a batch of soft sour cream cookies. They are an old-fashioned favorite.

If you like peanut butter and chocolate in chewy cookies, try making big batch monster cookies. It makes a ton, but we never have a problem getting them eaten!

Looking down on plate of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and milk.

Or make my great-grandma’s classic peanut butter cookies. Nothing beats the classic.

I have tips for keeping cookies from spreading and more too. Check out my collection of cookie recipes for more inspiration.

Plate of chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies ready to eat.

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings: 36 Cookies
Author: Carlee
These delectable, rich, and buttery Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies are nothing short of melt-in-your-mouth perfection. Starring the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate, one taste of these cookies and you’ll have a hard time looking at regular old chocolate chip cookies the same way again.
4.85 from 13 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup salted butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup chocolate chips


  • Preheat your oven to 375°F
  • Using a stand mixer or handheld electric mixer, cream together your softened butter and peanut butter until thoroughly combined
    1 cup creamy peanut butter, 1 cup salted butter
  • Add eggs and vanilla and continue beating until smooth.
    2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Add the white and brown sugar and mix until sugar crystals have mostly dissolved.
    1 cup granulated white sugar, 1 cup light brown sugar
  • Add your flour, baking powder, and baking soda and mix until a stiff dough forms. 
    2½ cups all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Add your chocolate chips and gently stir until just combined. 
    1 cup chocolate chips
  • Using a cookie scoop or some spoons, create tablespoon-sized balls of dough and place onto a lined baking sheet. 
  • Using a fork to make a crisscross pattern, flatten each dough ball into a cookie shape. 
  • Bake your cookies in your 375°F oven for 10 minutes or until the edges of each cookie becomes golden brown. 
  •  Let your cookies cool for a couple minutes and enjoy! 


For a deeper flavor, try using dark brown sugar in place of the light brown sugar. 


Serving: 1CookieCalories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 147mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Andrea Nine

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Another great recipe that is right in our family’s wheelhouse! These sound and look so good and I can’t wait to try them!


Wednesday 14th of April 2021

I hope you love them!

Sandy Rees

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Wow. Bet they’re especially good fresh out of the oven


Tuesday 13th of April 2021

For sure!