Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

Surprise!  These Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies are stuffed with a layer of melted chocolate.  Yum!

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Surprise!  These Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies are stuffed with a layer of melty chocolate.  Yum!Did you know that 29% of us prefer to eat peanut butter with a spoon?  Say what?  I mean I love peanut butter, but if I ate a spoonful of peanut butter, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to talk for at least 5 minutes.  (Actually, I’m pretty sure my wife will read this and then try to shove a spoonful of peanut butter in my mouth later.)

I prefer my peanut butter on crackers.  More specifically, saltine crackers.  Peanut butter + saltines was one of my favorite childhood snacks, and I still make those on occasion.  Robbie loves this combo, too, and we’ve been known to each sit down together to share a plate of peanut butter + saltines.

Surprise!  These Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies are stuffed with a layer of melty chocolate.  Yum!It turns out nearly 28% of us prefer to eat peanut butter with crackers…so I’m not that far behind!  But I’m here to start a new trend.  Peanut butter in cookies.  Come to think of it, that’s not new at all.  I mean I love a good peanut butter cookie, and I’ve posted no fewer than 4 recipes for various types of peanut butter cookies.  (Either the classic peanut butter cookie or the giant version topped with chopped Reese’s cups are my favorites.)  But I suspect these Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies might surpass both of those!

I’ve always been a bit of a prankster.  It’s just ingrained in my DNA.  Over time, Laura has just come to expect it from me.  From surprise birthday parties to everyday shenanigans, you can always count on me to mix things up.  Take these Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies, for example.  They look like regular peanut butter cookies.  But no!  They’re filled with smooth, melty chocolate in the middle…and you don’t have a clue until you take a bite.  I mean chocolate + peanut butter go together like Scooby Doo and Shaggy, so it’s not like this is a bad surprise at all!

Surprise!  These Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies are stuffed with a layer of melty chocolate.  Yum!Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

There are a couple of baking notes for these Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies, though.  Mainly refrigeration.  This cookie dough is nice and soft which makes it easy to wrap around the chunks of chocolate.  However, because it’s nice and soft, you’ll actually want to refrigerate the dough both before you shape the cookies and then again before you bake them.  Trust me, though, it’s worth the process!  The last thing you want is the chocolate to ooze out of the cookies while they’re baking.  Talk about ruining a surprise!

Surprise!  These Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies are stuffed with a layer of melty chocolate.  Yum!Oh, and another baking tip here is to keep a bowl of sugar handy when you’re shaping the cookies.  I scooped out a ball of dough and then immediately rolled it lightly in granulated sugar.  That trick will keep your hands from sticking to the dough, and it’ll make it easier to wrap the dough around the chocolate.  Let the dough chill in the fridge for a bit and then bake these cookies up for a sweet surprise!  If you love chocolate + peanut butter as much as we do, then I can promise that these Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies will be a favorite in your house.  Enjoy!

Surprise!  These Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies are stuffed with a layer of melty chocolate.  Yum!Love peanuts and peanut butter in desserts?  Try some of these other fun recipes!

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Surprise!  These Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies are stuffed with a layer of melty chocolate.  Yum!

Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies

Surprise!  These Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies are stuffed with a layer of melted chocolate.  Yum!
5 from 9 votes
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Prep Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies
Calories: 218kcal



  • Using a countertop mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until light and fluffy (~3-4 minutes on medium speed).
  • Add peanut butter; mix until well combined.
  • Add eggs and vanilla extract; mix until well combined.
  • Using a small bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda. Add dry ingredients to mixer bowl; mix dough just comes together (~1-2 minutes).
  • Place dough in refrigerator for at least 1 hour. (This dough is soft, and refrigerating it makes it easier to scoop/shape.)
  • Form ~1½ Tbsp of dough around one piece of chocolate. Take care to make sure dough is completely sealed or the chocolate will melt out while baking.
  • Roll dough ball in sugar and place on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Repeat using remaining dough and chocolate pieces.
  • Refrigerate cookies for at least 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Bake for 13-16 minutes, or until edges of cookies just begin to turn brown.
  • Remove from oven. Let cookies cool slightly before transferring to a cooling rack.

Surprise!  These Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies are stuffed with a layer of melty chocolate.  Yum!

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  1. 5 stars
    You’ve just created my dream cookie (besides my BFF Cookie of course). PB has long been one of my favorite foods, and as a kid I took peanut butter on saltines in my lunchbox every day because I didn’t like how soggy my pb sandwiches got by lunchtime. Today, though, I’m happy to eat it with a spoon! Or on toast. Or in THESE AMAZING COOKIES! It’s impossible to go wrong when chocolate and peanut butter are involved. Have a great weekend, David!

    1. Hah! Well, we all know that no cookie can hold a candle to the Cookie. 🙂 Interesting move with the PB on saltines for lunch. That was always one of my favorite lunches to make at home when I was a kid. In fact, I still make that for lunch on occasion, and Robbie has taken a liking to them now, too. How about join me for lunch today with some saltine-PB crackers followed by some chocolate PB cookies for dessert?? Thanks, Kelsie!

    1. PB on Ritz is another favorite around our house, too, Kathy! It’s so quick and easy, but it tastes good, too. I’m thinking lunch today might be PB on crackers with one (or six) of these chocolate – PB cookies for dessert. Haha! Thanks so much, my friend!

  2. 5 stars
    David, I’m pretty sure your Chocolate Stuffed Peanut Butter Cookies would not be approved by my current doctor. No worries, I’ll find one who does approve. Now on the subject of saltine crackers, none over this way. Nope not even a close cousin, so I’ve taken to making my own on occasion. But it just not the same as grabbing a handful of Nabisco saltines and crushing them in my piping hot soup. Not complaining though as we have some mighty fine crispbread you don’t see in the US. But, next time you have a bowl of soup, crush a few saltines for me would you.

    1. Haha! I like your outlook there, Ron. If the first doctor doesn’t approve, just keep looking! 🙂 I think you mentioned in a recent post that saltine crackers don’t exist over there. I find that so strange! They’re a requirement for soup…and they happen to be so tasty with a schmear of peanut butter, too. I’ll definitely just have to eat a couple extra for you next time I pull ’em out of the cabinet. Hope you’re getting ready for Christmas over there, my friend!

  3. Hi David! Who doesn’t like chocolate and peanut butter? I think I’ve mentioned I don’t like peanut butter on its own (it’s a textural thing), but give me cookies or candy and I’ll chow down. Unfortunately there will be no cookie baking this year due my accident. 🙁 I’m going to be pumped to make all kinds of things when I heal!

    1. Hey, I get it, Dorothy! I’m all about texture in my food. In fact, that’s one of the reasons it took me so long to get behind mushrooms. (And, to be honest, I’m still a little iffy on them.) I understand that no baking will be happening this holiday season, but perhaps you can keep these in mind for say Valentine’s Day? 🙂 I hope you’re slowly getting better, my friend!

  4. 5 stars
    28% prefer to eat peanut butter with a spoon? That’s my category. I don’t do that often, but sometimes I grab a spoon, and I’m happy (The same happens with spreads like Nutella but it’s normally not limited to one spoon). But I was recently surprised to learn that many people don’t like (understand?) the combo of peanut butter and chocolate, and they even call it weird (I won’t be surprised if some of those people adore the combo of peanut butter and banana (jam). Sometimes I like to enjoy a toast with peanut butter sprinkled with dark chocolate on a weekend, and Andrey always sceptically says that I spoil a very good thing (butter) with another good thing (chocolate). At the same time, he doesn’t mind eating chocolate peanut butter cookies and other desserts like ice cream. I mean go figure! I know (I hope) you must have already sent a Christmas gift to me (At least I’ve sent you mine), so you can send another batch of these cookies, for Andrey now 🙂

    1. I definitely have been known to eat PB with a spoon, but I prefer a nice big schmear on a cracker. Preferably a saltine. Wait. There are people who don’t like chocolate + peanut butter!? Hold your horses! That’s a lie! Clearly these people need to eat one (or six) of these chocolate peanut butter cookies. I bet that’ll change their opinion! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Chocolate stuffed peanut butter cookies sound amazing to me!

    And peanut butter on saltines? You’re speaking my language… Peanut butter on anything really, including a spoon. I’m voting for Laura to talk you into trying it. 😉

    1. I hear ya on the ‘peanut butter on anything’ train, Marissa! Yum! But pull out a sleeve of saltine crackers and a jar of crunchy PB? I’m pretty much in childhood comfort food heaven! 🙂 And if there happen to be any of these cookies left for dessert? Even better!

  6. I’m not sure which percentage I’m in, but I don’t like to eat peanut better on a spoon or a cracker. However, I’ll do either if jelly is present. I actually love PBJ sandwichlesses. That’s what I call it when I dunk a spoon in peanut butter, and double-dunk it in jelly.

    1. Hmmm…it appears that you don’t fit in a nice, neat box, Jeff. I think you might start a new trend with your PBJ sandwichlesses. You should market that one ASAP! (Actually, I think someone already did. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen jars of PB swirled with jam. Too late.)

  7. 5 stars
    I don’t think I’d trust a person who didn’t love chocolate + peanut butter cookies. These look perfect! Fun learning those peanut butter eating statistics. My husband does the spoonfuls. Honestly, I’m a little relieved to learn that a thing. Ha!

    1. Haha! I like the way you think, Valentina! Anyone who can turn down a warm PB cookie stuffed with melted chocolate needs to be seen by a doctor. And, yes, your husband isn’t certifiably insane…well, at least not due to the PB on a spoon. 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    I’ve definitely been known to eat peanut butter straight up with a spoon…and with saltine cracker? Pure heaven right there! These cookies look delicious, David, and just what I, I mean Santa, needs, lol. Hope you have an awesome week ahead! It’ll be a busy one getting ready for the big day and these cookies would surely help 🙂

    1. I couldn’t agree more about the PB on a saltine! In fact, just talking about it right now is making me want that one for lunch today. Yum! And I might still have a couple of these cookies left in the kitchen. “Might” is the key word there. Haha! I agree that the coming week will be busy, but I hope it’s also a fun one for you! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    What’s not to like about cookes stuffed with a layer of melted chocolate? These are perfect for this time of year too David. Thanks! Also, I’m one of those who likes to eat his peanut butter with a spoon. A large spoon at that! 😀

    1. Haha! I totally understand the spoon and peanut butter, Neil. It’s so tasty! I still prefer my saltine crackers, but I understand that saltines are a US thing. You’ll have to try out saltines + PB next time you come to the States! In the meantime, let’s eat cookies and enjoy the holidays!

  10. 5 stars
    My kids like more peanut butter and less chocolate so these would be perfect for them. I’ll take it either way so I’ll have one or three of these cookies and one or three of ones with more chocolate than peanut butter. Thank you for great recipe David!

    1. Hah! That’s the wonderful thing about these cookies, Mason. You can get your chocolate + peanut butter fix at the same time. And that melty chocolate…yum! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, my friend!

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