Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

My family loves my soft peanut butter cookies and my Nutella peanut butter cookies, so I decided to create a chocolate version of this fave. That was easy to do by just substituting some of the flour with cocoa powder. Nice and soft and full of chocolate peanut buttery flavor, yum!

I love this dough. It’s such an easy recipe and comes together nicely. I haven’t substituted butter for the shortening, so if you decide to do that I’m afraid I can’t offer up any experienced advice. I have used both regular shortening and butter flavored shortening, both with great results.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
printable version

1/2 cup shortening (or butter flavored shortening)
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
3 tbsp milk
1 tbsp vanilla
1 egg
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine shortening, peanut butter, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Add egg. Beat just until blended.

Combine flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture at low speed. Mix just until blended.

Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls (using a cookie scoop works great) 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet. Flatten slightly in crisscross pattern with tines of fork.

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Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, or until set and just beginning to brown. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to racks to cool completely.

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  1. Shelby says

    Oh how I wish I could eat and eat and not gain weight! LOL. These look so yummy I'd be afraid to have them around me! ;)

  2. Tami says

    No kidding, I'm heading to the kitchen to make these right now. How did you know that I've been craving chocolate and pnut butter?

  3. Nutmeg Nanny says

    These look amazing! I love anything that has chocolate and peanut butter in the ingredient list :)

  4. Miz Helen says

    Hi Amanda,
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies, these cookies look delicious. I sure wish I had a couple right now they would be so good. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

  5. Anonymous says

    I just found your site via All I have to say is, thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have died and gone to dessert heaven! All of your treats (not just this one) look AMAZING!

  6. Tonya says

    These look & sound delicious!! Two of my favorite things…chocolate & peanut butter…you can't go wrong with that combo! Stopping by from tatertots & jello!

  7. thehungryhomebody says

    YUM! My hubby's aways asking why peanut butter and chocolate cant be in the same cookie and now I finally have a recipe to make for him. thanks for sharing!

  8. Barb, sfo says

    These are delicious! I added 3/4 cup of peanut butter/chocolate chips. Otherwise I followed the recipe exactly. It made 5 dozen cookies.

  9. hayley says

    i just made these cookies and they are so easy to make!!! Can't wait for them to cool off :) thanks for the recipe!!!

  10. Amanda R says

    I’m so excited to try this recipe. I put chocolate peanut butter cookies into a Google search and when I saw your site pop up, I knew this was the recipe for me!

    From one Amanda to another, thanks in advance for this great recipe!

  11. says

    I made these the other day and they were a huge hit :) I added in chopped salted peanuts and used a large cookie scoop to portion the dough out. They tasted like a brownie almost :) I also used real butter without any problems! thank you for a wonderful recipe!

  12. says

    Thank You a Million Times!!! Finally a good chocolate cookie recipe that uses unsweetened cocoa! My daughter has food sensitivities (gluten, egg, cane sugar) so baking sweets is pretty much fruit and oat-based and I’ve been dying to give her something truly decadent. This is a hit! I was able to easily substitute the brown sugar for an amber agave nectar and my usual egg and gluten subs and the flavor and texture are just amazing! (They usually fall flat when I try to alter a recipe.) Now that we’ve got some rich chocolaty treats baking in the house, it finally smells like the holidays!

    • Amanda Formaro says

      That is an amazing comment, I am so glad to hear that Amanda, thanks so much for sharing that with me! I’m so glad you have a chocolate cookie that will work with your daughter’s health u=issues. Yay!

  13. Laura says

    Hubs asked for chocolate peanut butter cookies last evening, so I googled it and found your recipe. Hubs was concerned they’d be crunchy, but they are soft and scrumptious!! We added white chocolate chips as well as butterscotch chips. Hubby and boys LOVED them! ;)

  14. Kiersten says

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I’m going to make them with my kids later today! I’m 39 weeks pregnant with baby #3 and have been craving a cookie EXACTLY like this so I am soooo excited to try it! Must get in those last calorie splurges before baby comes :)
    (found you with a google search, btw!)

  15. Kevin says

    I stumbled onto this recipe a couple of days ago .. it looked great so I tried them the next day. Wow .. these made it to my top 5 list. Just the right balance of peanut butter and chocolate IMO.

    Also, I made the recipe with butter vs. shortening .. turned out terrific in my opinion.


  16. Twila says

    I just made your cookies exactly as you wrote the receipe. Really good. I needed more so I made a second batch and used margarine. I usually use margarine for cookies because it tends to melt better and does not give you such a hard cookie like butter does. Just my opinion but I think that the flavor is better than shortening. Also I added some chocolate chunks and some peanuts. They were amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.


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