These peanut butter chocolate chip cookies are rich and chewy and so delicious. One is never enough!
My daughter says these peanut butter choc chip cookies are her favorite cookies EVER so we make them a lot. The recipe is quick and easy and so the kids can get involved too.
I have tried a lot of cookie recipes that tell you to use melted butter, to mix the dry ingredients separately first, to mix up two types of sugar...
But I wanted to have a really easy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies recipe that the kids could make. So I have played around and simplified it as much as possible... without compromising on taste or chewiness.
And here is the result... I hope you love them as much as my daughter does!
How to make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
It is so easy to make these homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and the recipe is very forgiving. It's a great cookie recipe for kids to have some fun baking in the kitchen!
When we make these at home we use our electric hand mixer to do all the mixing, except adding the chocolate chip cookies.
Some recipes insist you fold in the flour, but we just use the hand mixer on a low setting and they turn out perfect.
Here are a few tips that will help when making this peanut butter chocolate chip recipe:
- Use softened butter
- Make sure the egg is fully incorporated before adding flour
- Add flour ½ cup at a time
- Use a wooden spoon to stir in the chocolate chips
- Slightly flatten the cookies as you add them to the baking sheet (more on this below)
- Don't overcook them! They should be soft and chewy. If your first batch is a bit dry, lower the cooking time (it will depend on your oven but mine are perfect after 10 minutes).
Slightly flatten the cookie dough
Once your peanut butter & chocolate chip cookie dough is ready, use either a cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop up the mixture, then roll it into a ball.
When you make a straight up chocolate chip cookie recipe, you would usually keep the dough in balls when you put it in the oven, to allow them to flatten out and expand as they cook.
However, the peanut butter makes this cookie dough a lot more dense and so it doesn't spread out like this. For this reason, I recommend flattening the dough slightly before you put it in the oven.
You can use a fork to create a pattern on top as you do this, or just use your fingers to flatten the dough. Whatever works for you!
Don't flatten them too much, they will still spread a little and you don't want them too thin or you will lose the chewy centre.
If you look at the picture below you will see the difference between the cookies that came out of the oven that had been flattened (bottom) vs not been flattened (top).
Honestly, they both taste delicious and both still have a soft chewy centre, just like the best peanut butter chocolate chip cookies should. But I think the flatter ones look more like a cookie should look.
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I hope you love how soft and chewy these cookies are as much as we do. Let me know if you try them out - especially if your kids get involved too!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Cookie Scoop
- Non-Stick Baking Pan
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C / 350F.
- Cream together the butter, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth.
- Add sugar and beat together until smooth.
- Beat in the egg until fully incorporated.
- Mix in the flour, ½ a cup at a time together with the baking soda and salt.
- Stir in the chocolate chip cookies with a wooden spoon.
- Measure out tablespoon amounts of cookie dough, roll into a ball and press down gently onto a lined baking sheet.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.