Thursday, October 23, 2014

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

You know those days when you need something sweet and you won't stop looking until you fulfill your craving? Well, I had one of those days. I found peanut butter and a Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Giant Bar in my pantry, so I decided to make cookies. They turned out to not be just any regular cookies. Instead, they are the best cookies I have ever made! Every time you bite into one, you get a combination of chocolaty goodness, rich, smooth peanut butter, and sugar coating that creates a delicious experience you will want to replicate again and again. Go ahead and test this recipe out. I assure you that it will not disappoint!


1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons granulated sugar for coating
1 Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Giant Bar (6.8 oz), cut into small chunks


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Using an electric mixer, cream peanut butter and butter in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add brown sugar; beat until combined. Add eggs and vanilla, and continue beating until creamy.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt. Gradually add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, beating on low speed.

Stir in dark chocolate chunks (I usually use ¾ of the Hershey’s bar; however, you can use more or less depending on how much chocolate you want in your cookies).

Cover dough and chill for at least 2 hours.

Place granulated sugar on a plate. Roll cookie dough into balls, rolling each ball between your hands. Roll balls in sugar to coat them completely. Place cookie balls 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Press fork down into balls- once horizontally and once vertically. Sprinkle more sugar on top of each.

Bake until cookies are just brown around the edges, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool at least 10 minutes on baking sheet before transferring cookies to rack to cool completely.

Adapted from Julia's Album