Thick & Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I have discovered a couple of tricks to bakery-style cookies and the result was these crazily decadent, thick & chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!

Thick & Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Thick & Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thick & Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

We all know that I love a good chocolate chip cookie recipe and there is nothing like a crispy peanut butter cookie. But hey, I also love chocolate chip and peanut butter so these cookies were next on this list!

I am pretty sure that I have discovered a couple of tricks to bakery-style cookies. Or maybe not. This may not be the way that bakeries get those huge yet flat cookies that are all the same shape and thickness, all the way around. However this is the way that *I*  will now get those perfect cookies at home without using shortening ( the usual trick for commercial bakeries) or huge ovens that bake perfectly.

  • Butter – softened for the best results
  • Brown sugar – always make sure it’s packed for proper measurements
  • Egg– large
  • Vanilla extract – using a little more vanilla amplifies the taste of the chocolate in baked goods
  • Peanut butter– creamy or chunky up to you
  • All purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips – you can do dark chocolate as well but milk chocolate would be very sweet!

 

smooth peanut butter on a spoon

How to Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Cream the butter and sugar together.
  • Mix in the egg until combined, then add in the peanut butter and vanilla
    extract. Mix well.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together then add to the butter mixture, mixing
    together thoroughly.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips by hand until evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • Place by rounded cookie scoop onto parchment lined baking sheets.
  • Bake in the oven for 14-15 minutes, or until golden brown all over.

peanut butter chocolate chip cookies in cooling rack

Don’t flatten them AT ALL before baking.

Even if they stay a dome shape – which they will on non-humid days – don’t worry. The trick to not having the edges brown too much like the ones on the left is to start them out in the ice cream scoop size. If they are still a dome shape you simply take a spatula or a flat flipper/turner and slowly press down on the freshly baked cookie, right when they come out of the oven. That’s how you get those beautiful crinkled little edges that the cookie on the right has. If you are baking on a humid day, odds are that your dough will be stickier than usual. Try adding another 2- 3 tablespoons of flour to make it less sticky but odds are they are still going to bake up thick and chewy if you still adhere to the DO NOT FLATTEN BEFORE BAKING RULE.

cookies showing the difference between the two flattening methods

Oh, did I say ice cream scoop a few seconds ago?

Yes, I did. And ice cream scoop is the perfect size to make these large and in charge cookies. Yes, you only end up with 12-16 cookies from this recipe, but they are huge cookies.

rounded cookie scoops in parchment lined baking sheet

Also: If all else fails, cut the butter.

Less butter has always meant thicker, chewier cookies and is the secret to my popular Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.

If these aren’t as thick as you want, cut the butter down to 1/3 cup of a cup. Cookies are a persnickety lot. If you live somewhere humid, they’ll spread out and flatten like a pancake.

Yesterday, these turned out perfectly and I had to use a flipper to flatten them into the thick, chewy, delicious delights below. They were PERFECT DOMES that didn’t even shift from their original shape.

Today I used the same recipe to make sure that they are still great and they flattened out all on their own because it’s snowing here in Edmonton. I could have added that 2-3 tablespoons of flour, but to be honest they turned out just as great as the ones below.

close up peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Tips & Tricks

  • Now, I know that YOU know this, but the secret to the best cookies is to under bake them slightly. These just need to be browned all lovely on the outside and under baked on the inside. Fifteen minutes were perfect for mine, but watch yours and see. If you over bake them, they will still be delicious, but not chewy!
  • So in order to get these cookies that thick, you are going to have to work a little. Try one out on your cookie sheet and if it flattens, add some more flour to the dough. Odds are that we are going to have more humid days than not, now that winter is here.
  • If flour doesn’t work, cut that butter down to 1/3 of a cup in your next batch. You might have to eat a few batches before you get the feel for what your dough should be like ( it’s not a super-sticky dough, by the way) and I know that taste testing thick and chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies is going to be a hard job.

More great cookie recipes:

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe: Thick N’ Chewy
  2. The Perfect Cookie Dough for “Stuffed Cookies”
  3. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies
  4. Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookies

You got this.

Love you more than chocolate,

Karlynn

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Thick & Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

How to make decadent Thick & Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with my method that makes perfect cookies every time! 
4.92 from 293 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Total Time
20 minutes
Course
Dessert
Cuisine
American
Servings
16
Calories
321
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients
 

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter creamy or chunky up to you
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Using the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl attached to a stand mixer.
  • Mix in the egg until combined, then add in the peanut butter and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients together then add to the butter mixture, mixing together thoroughly.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips by hand until evenly distributed throughout the dough.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, fill the scoop until it's full, flattening the bottom until it's level with the straight edge of the scoop.
  • Place by rounded cookie scoop onto parchment lined baking sheets.
  • Bake in the oven for 14-15 minutes, or until golden brown all over.
  • Remove from the oven.
  • The cookies should still be in a dome shape.
  • Using a flat spatula or egg flipper etc, press each cookie down until evenly flat. They should be about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch thick.
  • Leave the cookies on the trays to cool completely after flattening.
  • Enjoy your super thick and chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies!
  • Store in a container for 3-5 days, but I doubt they will last that long.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 321kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 26mg, Sodium: 209mg, Potassium: 212mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 205IU, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 2.2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Cheryl says

    This recipe is excellent! I halved the chocolate chips and lowered the sugar by about 1/4 cup, they were absolutely delicious for our tastes (great with coffee!); nice peanut butter flavour, great peanut butter chocolate chip ratio, so.damn.good! I also only baked for 10-12 minutes based on the oven temperature.4 stars

  2. DaftCanuck says

    375 is too hot for the cookies as it caused many of them to start burning on the bottom after 10 minutes. they began to flatten in the oven but that wasn’t the end of the world.2 stars

  3. Eva says

    I confess I made a few adjustments to the recipe but the cookies turned out fantastic and maybe my comment will help someone out in the same situation as me. my mixer recently broke, so I had to mix this recipe up by hand. Since I couldn’t cream the butter, I melted it before mixing in the peanut butter, then the sugar, then the egg, and I whisked it well by hand. Then I added in my dry ingredients and chocolate chips. I increased the peanut butter a bit since some of the comments said the flavor wasn’t very strong (I just eyeballed it, but estimate it was around 1/4 cup). The dough was a little too wet/sticky from the extra PB since I added a touch more flour until the dough seemed the right, it was probably around 3 or 4 tablespoons. Because I had started with melted butter, I needed it to solidify again, so I chilled the dough for 1 hour before baking. When The cookies came out of the oven, I pressed them down with a fork and immediately sprinkled with flaked Malden sea salt. They were soft and chewy and delicate textured, the flavor was rich and wonderful! I will definitely make these cookies again, and considering how well they turned out with my modifications, I might melt the butter and mix by hand like I did this time.5 stars

  4. Linda says

    Pretty difficult to read your recipes with all the ads. I get it. This is your job. But it’s annoying

  5. Alexis says

    This recipe is amazing! My husband loves the cookies (he’s eaten half of them in one day lol)! They are easy to make, few ingredients, and this is not a time consuming recipe! Will definitely make again! Thank you thank you thank you!

  6. Donna says

    I made this recipe exactly as directed. I found the cookies to be a little on the sweet side – I know cookies are a treat and should be sweet LOL. I found that the chocolate chips (I used pure semi-sweet chocolate chips and crunchy peanut butter) over powered the peanut butter flavour? Well I mean I could hardly taste peanut butter and that is what I was looking for. That being said, obviously they were still very good and my husband certainly enjoyed them. Thank You.

  7. Steph says

    So easy and delicious! I didn’t need to press them down they came out perfect for me5 stars

  8. Heather Jeal says

    Made with almond butter instead of peanut butter. Now they are my grandson’s favourite cookie. Yes, they are sweet. Isn’t that what cookies are supposed to be? And served with black coffee or tea to cut the sweetness?5 stars

  9. Danielle Calvert says

    I don’t know if I did something wrong or these people are lying but these cookies were awful. They were way to sweet.1 star

  10. Julie says

    Yummy!! They are soft, thick and delicious. I will definitely make them again. My family has already requested more andI just made them yesterday.5 stars

  11. Landon says

    Great recipe. But i don’t have a ice cream scoop so I used a hands and rolled it it would be a great help if you said a amount to scoop like a 1/4 cup or something. And I cooked it for 12 mins and it was a bit burnt under it.but over all great recipe I’m gonna make it again for sure.4 stars

    • Melinda says

      well I made it exactly as per recipe.
      Dough was too runny but put faith in the recipe.
      I had to bake mine for 17 mins. Not sure if it’s an altitude issue.
      Taste wise, I agree. too sweet. I can’t taste the peanut butter at all.
      Glad I only made one batch.2 stars

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