Peanut Butter-Filled Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter-Filled Chocolate Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen

2020 Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest Winner

Submitted by Annemarie W.

Chocolate and peanut butter. What else do you need?! – Annemarie W.

Hiding inside this chocolate cookie is a creamy, peanut butter center — yum! See all five 2020 Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest Winners.


  • Filling:
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 pinches flaky sea salt
  • Cookie Dough:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 Tbsp to coat cookies
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup Dutch cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt or table salt
  • Optional garnishes:
  • 1/2 cup of melted chocolate and 1 small bag (snack pack) Metropolitan Market Virginia Peanuts, chopped


  1. Make filling: Line a small tray with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, mix peanut butter, powdered sugar, and salt until blended. Form heaping teaspoonful portions of filling into balls. Place on parchment-lined tray. Place tray in freezer while making the cookie dough.
  2. Adjust oven rack to middle position. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  3. Make cookie dough: Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter with peanut butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and brown sugar until creamy. On low speed, mix in egg and and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Gradually beat flour mixture into butter mixture until combined.
  4. Assemble cookies: Place 2 Tbsp granulated sugar in a small bowl. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove peanut butter balls from the freezer. Form scant 2 tablespoon portions (a #40 scoop) of chocolate dough into a ball. Flatten to a disk, about 2 1/4-inches in diameter. Place a peanut butter ball in the center and wrap the chocolate dough around it to seal. Roll into a ball. Roll ball in granulated sugar and place on parchment-lined baking sheet. Flatten cookie slightly. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  5. Bake one sheet of cookies at a time on the middle oven rack for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool cookies on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
  6. Optional garnishes: Melt chocolate (see Cook’s Tips), dip one side of each cookie in chocolate and immediately dip into chopped peanuts. Place on a rack until set.
  7. Cook's Tips:
  8. For the melted chocolate to garnish the cookies, you can prepare it on the stove or in the microwave.
  9. Stovetop: Break chocolate into pieces and place into a heat-proof stainless steel or glass bowl. Sit over a pan half full of gently simmering water (a bain marie) and allow the chocolate to melt, stirring occasionally.
  10. Microwave: Break chocolate into small pieces and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds, stir, and continue heating in 15-second increments, stirring in between, until completely melted.


Amount Per Serving (based on 24 servings)
Calories: 180
Fat: 10 g
Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
Cholesterol: 20 mg
Sodium: 125 mg
Carbohydrates: 22 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sugar: 13 g
Protein: 4 g
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