Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies

If you love the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter, these Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies are right up your alley! Chewy chocolate  gems filled with a sweet peanut butter surprise!


Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies

Every holiday season, I bake up the same cookies: gingersnaps, butterscotch cookies, cherry chocolate chunk cookies, coconut macadamia nut bars, Noel nut balls along with a melange of homemade candies. So it was fun to dig deep into my stack of cookie recipes for some old favorites that haven’t been baked for years. I first made these peanut butter filled chocolate cookies when Katie was a wee Girl Scout…and she was in heaven with her first nibble.  We had a meeting at our house and cookies had to be on the menu…these were cookie pushers extraordinaire, after all.  This is my last cookie for Cookie Week.  Susan of The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen and Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic have joined together this week with 23 of their blog friends to present to you a week of cookie treats! We have every type of cookie you can think of listed this week, including something for our furry friends! Now is the time to bookmark these recipes for the upcoming holidays and cookie swaps or simply visit our Pinterest board!  Make sure you enter the giveaway (on Monday’s post) with some fabulous prizes from KitchenAidKing Arthur FlourOXOSilpat and Zulka Pure Cane Sugar to help with your cookie making needs!

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies | A classic flavor combo in a chewy, irresistible cookie!

A Winner!

I found this recipe on the Martha Stewart website many years ago. With two out of my 3 children being Reese’s fanatics, the chocolate-peanut butter combo is always a winner around here. I sent most of these home with my oldest…and his roommates and their significant others asked him to bring back more cookies when he stopped by later in the week. And Katie had a big grin on her face after the first bite, telling her big brother that they taste just like peanut butter cups. And she’s the one who usually snubs any chocolate cookie, so I consider this a victory!

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies | A classic flavor combo in a chewy, irresistible cookie!

Here are the other terrific cookies baked up by my blogger friends today:

Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies

Serves 16 cookies     adjust servings

Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 14 mins
Total Time 54 mins

A delicious cookie with the classic chocolate-peanut butter combo adapted from Martha Stewart Living, February 2000


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter


  1. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. In your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, shortening, sugar, and 1 cup of the brown sugar for a couple minutes until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing till incorporated. Add vanilla, then gradually add dry ingredients, and mix on low speed until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips by hand. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and chill until firm, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. In a small bowl, stir together peanut butter and remaining ¼ cup brown sugar.
  5. Drop dough by heaping tablespoons about 2 inches apart. Make a thumbprint in the center of each cookie. Fill thumbprint with 1 teaspoon peanut butter mixture. Top with a second scoop of dough (flatten slightly between your palms), and carefully seal edges of dough to cover filling. Roll between palms to gently shape back into a ball.
  6. Bake until firm, about 12-14 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to wire racks to finish cooling.


Recipe Notes

Total time does not include chilling and cooling times.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 368kcal Calories from fat 185
% Daily Value
Total Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 68mg3%
Carbohydrate 45g15%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 30g
Protein 5g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g
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  1. I always try one or two new cookies a year at Christmas time although the standards always have to be made too. We do sugar and gingerbread for sure each year.

  2. I love the peanut butter mixture each cookie is filled with. Sounds delicious!

  3. Yummy! Noel Nut Bars sound good, gonna nose around and see if you posted them already:@)

  4. Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven indeed, Liz. I love that you hosted Girl Scout meetings when your daughter was younger. I was a troop leader for both of mine for many years and also brought treats as well because we met at school. I will pin this in all the necessary places but it’s also going on my Recipes to Try board! I know we will LOVE it!

  5. These look amazing Liz! You can never go wrong with PB & Chocolate! 🙂

  6. My favorite is shortbread, of course!

  7. Yay for cookie season! I’m tired of my usual cookies so I’ll definitely have to give some of these a try!

  8. Oh I’m all for a cookie version of a peanut butter cup – my favorite! 🙂

  9. My favorite candy in cookie form! These look amazing!

  10. mmmm mmm mmmm! so delicious! love pb & chocolate foreverrrrr

  11. Oh m gosh Liz! Your kids are so lucky!! I would LOVE a batch of these cookies! You know how I feel about peanut butter and chocolate. I am so booking marking them! They look and sound amazing!!

  12. my favorite is snickerdoodles.

  13. Those would be like crack for me I could never stop at one!!

  14. Lizzy,
    I make 17 or 18 types of cookies for Christmas and each year I add more. There’s one that takes the most work that I can never stop making – it’s the pizzelle. My family has a fit if they don’t get their fair share of them. I take at least 5 days before Christmas off from work to make them all.

  15. Liz, these sound awesome! Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

  16. Blake Kaplan says:

    I like to make sugar cookies

  17. Your oven has been on overtime… delicious week of cookies and I love these little beauties too. 🙂

  18. Gingerbread cookies are a MUST! Spritz are next though… it’s hard to imagine Christmas without my mom’s Spritz cookies. These chocolate and peanut butter numbers look really yummy- I’m pretty sure they’ll make an appearance! 🙂

  19. Love the peanut butter cup surprise!

  20. These look fantastic! I adore pb cups too so these would be very dangerous in my house!

  21. These cookies sound soooooooo yummy! I am a huge fan of peanut butter cups!

  22. Peanut butter and chocolate…what’s not to love these delicious cookies!

  23. Your dark, inviting, happy cookies look way better, fresher, prettier than store-bought ones 🙂 Awesome job with food styling and photography.

    Can I have couple of those cookies, please? 🙂

  24. Thanks you for the sweet comment about Lis, Liz. I remember meeting you through The Daring Bakers..and I was completely blown away by your entremet, not to mention all of your challenge creations! That said, you know me and peanut butter. I think I’d be able to eat the whole batch! xo

  25. Hotly Spiced says:

    I love the look of these cookies and I’d love to see your Noel Bars. That’s a lot of cookie baking you do for Christmas xx

  26. What a fantabulous recipe, Liz. Guaranteed grin grabbers, indeed! Your cookies are perfect for a meeting of Girl Scouts – past and present!

  27. I’m so glad you dug deep in your bag of recipes and brought this one back to life. I am a huge chocolate and peanut butter fan – can’t wait to try it!

  28. Love these cookies, you can never go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate 🙂 These look fantastic and I think I would eat the whole batch too 🙂

  29. These babies are huge!!! Gabbi would not be able to indulge but I would happily take her share.

  30. they look yummy!


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