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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ Easy and Delicious

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ Easy and Delicious

 Chocolate chip cookies are good, but peanut butter chocolate chip cookies really take it up a notch. This is the ultimate comfort food! Every bite is chewy, peanut buttery, and chocolatey. So good! They just melt in your mouth.

This recipe is a little different because it uses maple syrup – or honey – instead of corn syrup. This makes them a bit healthier and give them a better flavor. Then there’s the issue of the peanut butter. Peanut butter cookie recipes often call for creamy peanut butter, but why not give chunky peanut butter a try? It adds another level or texture and flavor that your family will love.

Use this recipe for the best chocolate chip peanut butter cookies.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

When making cookies with peanut butter, be sure to read labels. Choose palm oil free peanut butter. This means choosing a peanut butter with just peanuts or peanuts and salt. If you have a high performance food processor, it’s easy to make peanut butter at home as well.

The downside for some people with using a peanut butter that contains just peanuts and salt is that it’s more difficult to stir. You’ll need a hand mixer when making this recipe.

If you want a peanut butter with oil, you can use Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter or Skippy Crunchy Peanut Butter. It doesn’t contain palm oil. It contains hydrogenated vegetable oil (cottonseed, soybean and rapeseed). Note, this is not their Naturals line which contains palm oil.

These easy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies takes just 15 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to bake. It uses 12 ingredients. Soon you’ll be on your way to enjoying delectable cookies.

What You Need to Make This Recipe 

  • ½ cup real butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter – Choose peanut butter with peanuts and salt only so it’s palm oil free. Or learn how to make peanut butter. It takes just 5 minutes.
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup or raw, unfiltered honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2-½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate, chopped or chocolate chips – Be sure they are palm oil free.

You will need a large bowl and a medium and small bowl to mix the ingredients. This recipe makes 24 cookies. A stand mixer or hand mixer will make it easier to combine ingredients but it’s not necessary.

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Use more or less chocolate chips as you wish

How to Make Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Be sure the oven rack is in the center. 
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, natural peanut butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until it is smooth. 

  3. In a small bowl, beat the eggs, one at a time. Add each one separately into the large bowl and mix together. 

  4. Add the maple syrup or honey, water, and vanilla extract into the peanut butter mixture.

  5. Set out a medium bowl to mix the dry ingredients together. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Add it into the peanut butter mixture to form a cookie batter. Mix together well.

  6. Fold the chocolate chips or chocolate chunks into the batter. Gently stir together by hand.

  7. Now you have two choices. You can scoop out the cookie batter and place on an ungreased baking sheet. You can use a ¼ cup measuring cup but it doesn’t have to be exact. The important thing is the cookie dough is about the same size so they all bake evenly. Or you can roll the dough out flat and use a circle cutter to remove the cookie dough and place on the baking tray. 

  8. Continue scooping out the dough. Be sure to space the cookies about 3 inches apart.

  9. But baking sheet in oven, and bake at 375 degrees for 12 – 14 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown. (Oven times vary.)

  10. Remove from oven. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute, then transfer them to wire racks to finish cooling.

Different Varieties

In addition to adding chocolate chips, you can add oats to make peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. It’s so easy to add in the oats when you add in the chocolate. Sometimes I sneak in a quarter cup of oats so it’s not so obvious to my kids. It’s a way to make the cookies a bit healthier! Other times, I’ll add one cup of oats for more oatmeal flavor and texture.

If I make them with oats and use peanut butter with no added oils, I’ll add another tablespoon of maple syrup and another teaspoon of vanilla extract to increase the moisture content.

I mentioned this uses 12 ingredients. If you want something even faster, you can make peanut butter cookies 3 ingredients. Adding chocolate chips would make it four ingredients.

I also have a recipe for sugar free peanut butter cookies

Homemade Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Since learning my son has a palm oil allergy and palm oil intolerance, I’ve learned to bake everything from scratch. It’s very difficult to find premade and store-bought desserts without palm oil. The same is true of cookies and ready-to-bake cookie dough. There are very few palm oil free cookies available. 

The great news is it’s easy to make any type of cookie at home. You can even make edible cookie dough for one if that’s what you’re craving.

Baking gets easier the more you do it and have pantry staples on hand. I also find it easy to have them all in a dishpan in the cabinet. I can just pull it out and get whatever I need without hunting around for ingredients.

My kids love when I make these cookies. They are naturally gluten free as well. Serving peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips is a great after school snack as well as dessert. 

If you love all things peanut butter, see how easy it is to make peanut butter sauce which is great to put on ice cream. I also love using peanut butter to make peanut butter milkshakes and of course, a palm oil free peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

If you make this cookie recipe please let me know how it went in the Comments. I love hearing about recipes and the trials and successes of baking from scratch. It’s awesome to be able to bake homemade and not rely on store-bought cookies. Yum!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ The Ultimate Comfort Food

Chocolate chip cookies are good, but peanut butter chocolate chip cookies really take it up a notch. This is the ultimate comfort food! Every bite is chewy, peanut buttery, and chocolatey. So good! They just melt in your mouth. This recipe is a little different because it uses maple syrup – or honey – instead of corn syrup. This makes them a bit healthier and give them a better flavor. Then there’s the issue of the peanut butter. Peanut butter cookie recipes often call for creamy peanut butter, but why not give chunky peanut butter a try? It adds another level or texture and flavor that your family will love.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip peanut butter cookies, homemade peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter chocolate chip cookies recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 cookies

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or raw unfiltered honey
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate or chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place rack in the center of oven.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth.
  • In a small bowl, beat the eggs, one at a time and add to the peanut butter mixture.
  • Stir in the maple syrup (or honey), water, and vanilla into the peanut butter mixture.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir it into the peanut butter mixture to form a cookie batter.
  • Fold the chocolate chips or chunks in the batter.
  • Use a ¼ cup measuring cup to scoop up some batter and place it on an ungreased baking sheet. Continue, spacing the cookies about 3 inches apart.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown.
  • Remove from oven. Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute, then transfer them to wire racks to finish cooling.

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