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Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Blossoms

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Chewy peanut butter cookies topped with a chocolate heart are a perfect Valentine’s Day twist on the classic peanut butter blossom. Though you don’t have to save them for the holiday, they are a perfect way to spread the love any time!

close up of soft chewy peanut butter blossoms with Dove chocolate heart candies for Valentine's Day.

Peanut butter blossom cookies are always a favorite.  It is hard to go wrong with the chocolate and peanut butter combination.  This particular recipe makes a soft and chewier peanut butter base.

Using heart chocolates makes them cute and festive with no extra work.  They are a perfect way to show your Valentines you love them, or just make life a little sweeter.

I never got around to baking peanut butter blossom cookies this Christmas.  That is a real shame, because I know they are a favorite of so many people.

Rather than get too sad about it, I decided to just change which holiday I would make them for.  Luckily I had this old post for a Valentine’s version that was in need of a little spiffing up!

scoops of peanut butter cookie dough getting rolled in sugar and placed on baking sheet to be made into blossom cookies.

So I pulled out the mixer and got the chocolate hearts ready.  I made a double batch and ended up with 63 cookies.

Unfortunately none of our Valentines will see them close to the holiday because they were all gone by the end of the day.  Between my siblings, some friends and the neighbor kid (with plenty of help from me, my husband and Little Dude) not a single cookie made it to see the light of a second day.

Hey, it happens! And I would say that is a sign that these puppies are really good!

I originally shared this recipe back in 2016 when Little Dude was just 2, going on 3 and he was quite the helper.  I couldn’t bear to change the part about him making these for his friends, so the original post is next. 

I’ll throw some tips for storing and making these cookies down closer to the recipe card.

Original post from February 2016

It’s all hearts and chocolates at Valentine’s Day!  So, Little Dude and I had a date in the kitchen last night.

We wanted to make treats for his friends at daycare.  We love to cook together and I want to take advantage of making treats before he gets to school and homemade treats are frowned upon.

Last year he wasn’t quite old enough to help much, so I made sour cream cutout cookies (and a chocolate sour cream cookies too!) for his Valentines.  So this year we played to his strengths and made a delicious treat to share with his friends.

collage of pics of 2 year old Little Dude helping to make peanut butter blossom cookies.

Little Dude loves to unwrap the butter and put it in the mixer bowl.  He also loves to dump the dry ingredients in the bowl.

Of course he knows that a good helper gets to lick the beater when we’re done.  That is a perk of helping mom in the kitchen.

He rolled the balls of dough in the sugar and placed them on the cookie sheet and into the oven they went.  As they baked, he unwrapped the chocolate hearts.

Little Dude unwrapping chocolate hearts to put on peanut butter blossom cookies.

He was a very dedicated unwrapper.  Luckily there was a broken heart in the bag, so he got to sample his hard work!

We can’t wait to bring these to Little Dudes’s friends this morning!  We just know they are going to love them!

For another cute treat if you can’t bring homemade cookies, try making Valentine’s juice box trains with candy. They are pretty easy to put together and really cute.

Tips and Tricks

The dough for these cookies is nice and soft.  There isn’t a ton of flour in it, which is what keeps them softer and chewier after you bake them.

However, that can make the dough feel a bit sticky.  If you chill the dough for a bit before you try to work with it, it will be less sticky.

Tray of puffy freshly baked peanut butter cookies waiting for chocolate candy to be pressed in the center.

I like using a small cookie scoop to measure the dough.  Otherwise my balls of dough tend to grow as I go and I don’t get the number of cookies I am anticipating.

It seems I am rough on cookie scoops and have broke a fair number of them.  My oxo cookie scoops are the only ones I have not broken, so I cannot recommend those highly enough.

I used a small cookie scoop to measure the dough for these. I scraped the excess off the scoop to make it a level scoop which is about 1 Tablespoon of dough.

Tray of fresh baked peanut butter blossoms with chocolate heart candies pressed into the center.

That may not seem like enough when you see the size of the Dove hearts chocolates, but it all works out.  The cookies and hearts end up being the perfect size together.

Solid chocolate candies are the go to for blossom cookies, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use filled. 

Just freeze the filled chocolates for several hours before you use them, otherwise the bottoms will melt and the filling may ooze out.

It is unnecessary to freeze solid chocolate candies for the center.  Just unwrap them and use them at room temperature.

peanut butter cookies with chocolate heart centers

Storing your cookies

The chocolate candy centers of the cookies will be soft for a little while after you put them in the hot cookies.  So be careful not to stack them too soon.  

Once the cookies are fully cooled and the chocolate is once again set, you can stack the cookies as you desire.  They will store in an airtight container at room temperature for several days or up to a week.

They will still be edible after that stage, but much less chewy.  The cookie bases will get dryer the longer they are out.  

So if you know you aren’t going to enjoy them right away, put them in a freezer bag or storage container and store them in the freezer until you are ready to consume them.  Once frozen they can be stored for several months.

Just let them come to room temperature when you are ready and enjoy!  A few seconds in the microwave will make them an extra decadent treat.

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close up of soft chewy peanut butter blossoms with Dove chocolate heart candies for Valentine's Day.

Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Blossoms

Chewy peanut butter cookies topped with a chocolate heart are a perfect Valentine's Day twist on the classic peanut butter blossom. Though you don't have to save them for the holiday, they are a perfect way to spread the love any time!
4.95 from 20 ratings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 30 Servings
Calories 82 kcal


  • ¼ cup butter softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • additional sugar for rolling cookies in about 1/4 cup
  • About 30 heart shaped chocolates


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cream together sugars and butter until light and fluffy.
    ¼ cup butter, ½ cup granulated sugar, ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • Bear in peanut butter, egg and vanilla.
    ½ cup creamy peanut butter, 1 large egg, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Add baking soda and flour and mix until just combined. If the dough is sticky, cover and chill for at least a half hour or up to a couple of days. 
    1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup all purpose flour
  • Roll dough about 1 Tablespoon at a time into balls, a small cookie scoop is perfect for this. Coat in additional sugar and place about 1" apart on cookie sheets. Bake for 6-8 minutes.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then press a chocolate into the center of each cookie. Remove cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely before serving.
    About 30 heart shaped chocolates


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 82kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 81mgSugar: 6g
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Saturday 25th of January 2020

We love peanut butter blossoms and these are perfect for Valentine's Day. They are so pretty, as well.

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Monday 20th of January 2020

Peanut butter blossoms are my favorite! I only make them at Christmas for some reason so I love that you've given me an excuse to make them this weekend :)


Sunday 21st of February 2016

Looks like you have a great helper there! I'm sure his friends really enjoyed those treats.


Sunday 21st of February 2016

We had such a good time making them! I did hear that his friends liked them too!


Wednesday 17th of February 2016

Drool! These cookies look so delicious! Pinning!


Wednesday 17th of February 2016

Thank you. We both had a lot of fun making them.

Sara Syrett

Wednesday 17th of February 2016

These look so tasty! Thanks for sharing at #merrymonday !


Wednesday 17th of February 2016

Thank you!