Peanut Butter Cookies with Milk Chocolate Chunks

The recipe for these amazing cookies comes to us from the equally amazing guys at Baked and their cookbook, Baked: New Frontiers in Baking. I’ve only made it over to Red Hook once to sample their creations, but their two cookbooks are certainly well-used in my kitchen.

I’ve had these cookies bookmarked for a while. Recently, I had a couple of baking… Well, I hate to say disasters. Let’s just say I’ve had some challenges of late. Because of that, I found myself wanting to bake something straightforward. Not surprisingly, I turned to an old and trusted favorite pair of mine – peanut butter and chocolate.

Peanut Butter Cookies with Milk Chocolate Chunks are crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and full of delicious chocolate and peanut butter flavor! - Bake or Break

As I had hoped, these cookies were just what I needed. They’re simple and delicious. They are that crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside cookie that we all strive to attain. The chocolate really makes these special. My chocolate of choice for these was Guittard’s milk chocolate. The Baked guys are pretty adamant about using milk chocolate instead of semisweet. I’ve yet to be disappointed by them, so I complied. Honestly, if they suggested folding in broken glass, I probably wouldn’t have given it a second thought.

Peanut Butter Cookies with Milk Chocolate Chunks are so soft, chewy, and delicious. One of my long-standing cookie favorites! - Bake or Break

The Baked cookbook describes these cookies as “the only peanut butter cookie.” I haven’t baked nearly enough peanut butter cookies to make that kind of declaration. But, I will say that they are the very best peanut butter cookies I’ve had in a very long time.

Peanut Butter Cookies with Milk Chocolate Chunks

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: about 24 cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies with Milk Chocolate Chunks


  • 1 & 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 6 ounces good milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • granulated sugar or sanding sugar, for sprinkling


Sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and peanut butter. Beat until combined.

Add half of flour mixture. Mix for 15 seconds. Add remaining flour mixture and mix just until combined. Fold in chocolate. Cover bowl and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Preheat oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.

Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies. Using the palm of your hand, gently press each cookie down so that it forms a tall disk shape. Be sure not to press too hard or press cookies too flat.

Sprinkle tops of cookies with granulated sugar or sanding sugar. Bake 10-12 minutes, until tops of cookies just begin to brown.

Cool cookies on pan on wire rack for 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Note that cook time is per baking pan.

Recipe adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking.

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  1. Ryan January 9, 2012 Reply

    Ahhhh peanut butter and chocolate will forever be the most amazing combination… these look awesome! :)
    Baking disasters are never fun :(

  2. I LOVE this cookbook! These cookies look fabulous, I’ll have to try them!

  3. Goodness ! It looks like my favorite cookies from Subway. I just made 50 failed macadamia cookies and seeing this delicious cookies is not helping very much.

  4. Tracy January 10, 2012 Reply

    This was the first recipe I tried from the cookbook- they were a big disappointment for me. I double checked the recipe?. Glad you made them work!

  5. SarinhaT January 10, 2012 Reply

    Nhumy! :)

  6. Candy January 10, 2012 Reply

    I’ve never eaten peanut butter cookies but they look really yummy! I have to try this recipe at home.

  7. These sound and look heavenly!

  8. giovanni john maione January 10, 2012 Reply

    Just a great combination that never gets boring. Peanut butter and chocolate together is always a special treat. great recipe and pics, the crispyness of the cookies jumps right out of the picture. Ill make it a point to pickup the book !

  9. Bake Up, Little Suzy January 10, 2012 Reply

    I’ve always just grabbed semi-sweet chips as my default for cookies. Think I’ll try milk chocolate next time. These look delicious!

  10. Gayle Price January 10, 2012 Reply

    I have both of the Baked cookbooks and they are wonderful! The chocolate cake with espresso icing is enough to bring tears to your eyes!

  11. Choc Chip Uru January 10, 2012 Reply

    You cannot go wrong with this combination of absolute deliciousness :)

  12. DeAnna January 12, 2012 Reply

    Yum! I’m baking these right now and they come out big, chewy, and delicious. I used crunchy peanut butter (since that’s all I had) and I like the extra crunch. Thanks!

  13. Tv Food and Drink January 14, 2012 Reply

    PB + C = ignore your friends and family for the evening, curl up under a blanket, watch movies and make a glutton of yourself. PB + C is my new vodka.

  14. Mich January 16, 2012 Reply

    I just made some PB cookies and was thinking to myself “how could I add chocolate?” – gotcha- just throw it in! 😉

  15. ellen patton January 17, 2012 Reply

    I made these over the weekend. Whoa; they are GOOD!!!

  16. Stephanie January 18, 2012 Reply

    This looks amazing! I just made a similar recipe and added trail mix:

  17. Gabriele January 11, 2014 Reply

    Just made these cookies today. They turned out just like the picture. Love the taste of them. My new favorite peanut butter-chocolate recipe. I did add a 1/2 cup of unsalted chopped peanuts.

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