Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies


Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

Now that it is September, football season is under way. You know what that means? Tailgating time! I’ve never actually tailgated before, but I have stuffed my face in front of the tv watching the Steelers play. That’s close enough, right? Of course you can’t have a party without dessert. When you’re tailgating, you’re eating and mingling at the same time. You need something portable, something you can eat with one hand. Something like a cookie. Of course I couldn’t do just a plain cookie. I did Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies. That’s right – I stuffed cookies.

Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

Growing up, I collected a lot of recipes. First, I started with my mom’s magazines. Then as I got older, I started printing from websites. Stuff that I want to make but never got around to it, especially with the 300+ cookbooks that I have (I haven’t counted in a long time. I’m assuming I’m still around there). These Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies have been in my binder forever. Every time I flip through, I stare at the picture of that peanut butter filling shoved into a chocolate cookie. Finally, I had enough. I wanted cookies. I wanted that chocolate goodness. I wanted that peanut butter surprise. I wanted a plate full of heaven.

Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

It’s no surprise that chocolate and peanut butter make the perfect couple. I made easy chocolate peanut butter fudge. I made peanut butter cup ice cream. I made chocolate peanut butter cake. Now it’s time for cookies. I’ve made stuffed cookies before but failed. The filling oozed out everywhere, so I was a bit hesitant. Will these cookies turn out as planned? Will I cover the filling completely? Or will there be peanut butter (and a mess) everywhere? As you can see, they were stuffed beautifully. The peanut butter filling is stiff enough that even if it wasn’t covered completely, it probably wouldn’t make too much of hot mess.

Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

These Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies are sturdy enough to mail, so add these to your holiday mailing list. I sent my friend a dozen of these as a very belated birthday gift. Pretty sure she didn’t mind since I sent cookies. Just make sure you pack the box well with padding (bubble wrap or plastic air bags) and wrap the cookies in plastic wrap. Also, mail them on a Monday or Tuesday so they aren’t sitting in the post office over the weekend. Depending on the location, it usually takes about 3 days to arrive.

Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

Yields 32

Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
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Chocolate Cookies
1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
Peanut Butter Filling
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 Tbsp sugar


  1. For the cookies: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, cinnamon and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter. Add egg, milk, and vanilla, beating well. Beat in half of the flour mixture. The batter will be really thick. Finish adding the rest of the flour by hand with a spoon. Form the dough into 32 balls, roughly 1 inch. Set aside.
  3. For the peanut butter filling: In a medium bowl, beat together the powdered sugar and peanut butter for 2-3 minutes. The filling will look like little beads. If it doesn't become a smooth mixture automatically, turn off the mixer and knead by hand until it all comes together. Form the filling into 32 balls.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350F°. Slightly flatten one chocolate dough ball and place a peanut butter filling ball in the middle. Shape the chocolate dough completely around the filling and roll into a ball, sealing in the filling. Repeat with remaining dough. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased baking pan. Lightly flatten cookies and sprinkle a little bit of sugar on top.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes until set and are slightly cracked on top. Cool on pan for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Source: Adapted from Bake or Break

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  1. Such a great combination of flavors in these cookies! They look like they could go anywhere, not just tailgating. I like it when I read others have a ridiculous amount of cookbooks, it doesn´t me feel like such a hoarder. Have a great sunday Carla!

  2. For sweet things, nothing beats the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. Nothing! These look fantastic!

  3. you can’t get much better than pb and chocolate! These look to die for!

  4. Oh I can imagine myself right now, having one of those with a nice cup of coffee…

  5. Have I mentioned how much I love peanut butter? I’ve been waiting on this recipe ever since you posted a teaser in the Sunday Supper facebook group. Love it and I will be making these for one of my Christmas cookies.

  6. Girl, I don’t even really like PB & Chocolate, and I just pinned these. Also, these are the BEST PB-STUFFED CHOCO COOKIES ON THE WEB!

  7. Oh my – you know I’m game for anything stuffed! :)

  8. Stuffing your face while watching the game is definitely close enough :) These cookies look delicious! Thanks for sharing them during tailgating #SundaySupper

  9. Thanks Carla for another great Peanut Butter and Chocolate combo!!!

  10. Chocolate and peanut butter are one of the best flavor combinations ever. These cookies look so indulgent and wonderful – I love the “surprise” inside when you bite in!

  11. Carla, these cookies look Ah-MAZE-ing. Yay for chocolate and peanut butter!!

  12. Um, Carla, these look like magic for the mouth! I had to restrain myself from licking my computer screen. I LOVE chocolate and peanut butter together and these stuffed cookies are perfect!

  13. Oh my, these look so decadent and good :)

  14. Well…I think you need to mail a dozen of these to me pronto!! Seriously, this Reese’s loving girl must try these and soon…

  15. YUM!!!! Must try this like right now! Thank you for sharing!

  16. Those look SOOOO good!! I love peanut butter in sweet treats.

  17. These look amazing! Will have to try after my Bloody Mary Gazpacho come Game time! Definitely a holiday recipe keeper! See you at #SundaySupper @fromagechick!

  18. Oh these look very good. I am making cashew butter next week, I bet this recipe would be amazing with it.

  19. These are Ab-So-Luteley INCREDIBLE! Christmas needs to come here soon so I can make and give these!

  20. OMG!!! These cookies will be like crack to me!! Can’t wait to try ’em

  21. So delicious looking— I know that my family would love these. Must try them!

  22. How can you go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate? You can’t!! These looks great!

  23. My boys will love these! Beautiful photos!

  24. Holy smokes those look good!!

  25. Who has two thumbs and is TOTALLY making these sooner rather than later? You guessed it. This girl! Nom.

  26. These were the cookies you mailed to your friend a couple of weeks ago I can’t wait to try them now the recipe is posted.

  27. Ooooh I love chocolate and peanut butter–AND stuffed cookies! I want to shove a million of these into mah face!

  28. Oh, yeah….these will be added to my baking list! Happy #SundaySupper!

  29. My husband would love these!

  30. WOW is all I have to say about these. I need to make these, they don’t seem too hard either, I’m not much of a baker, but I’m getting there! Thanks for sharing!

  31. These look incredible! You’ve definitely mastered the art of cookie-stuffing. I think I could easily down a dozen of these.

  32. Yes!! I will take these any day of the week. Chocolate and peanut butter is definitely a favorite!

  33. OMG I want these right now, they look so amazing!!! YUMYUMYUMY

  34. Carla, you are making my mouth full with water again! Love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I must add in my trial list! Thank you for sharing such a great recipe!

  35. Given my affection for peanut butter I’d have to say that all of these would disappear into my mouth long before anyone else in the house would even know they’d been made!

  36. I have posted this on my brother’s Facebook wall and ordered him to perfect the recipe for when I return to the UK in approximately five and a half month’s time. I can’t bake here in Korea – no oven :(

  37. My brother got all of the peanut butter genes in my family. Sending him this recipe!

  38. Oh hi, PB-stuffed chocolate cookies, can you come over here and get in my tummy now? Please? :-)

  39. Sturdy enough to mail? Does that mean you’re mailing me some? You’re such a sweetie.

    Last year, I stuffed peanut butter cookies with peanut butter cups. I’m crazy like that. They were amazing! I need to try it with a chocolate cookie. Happy #SS!

  40. These look soooo good ! I want some now, but sadly am just eating a granola bar instead :)

  41. you are a baking mad scientist! peanut butter stuffed cookies. shut the front door and get out of here. I would like to place an order please.

  42. These look amazing! Just give me a plate full and some cold milk!

  43. These look so super cute!My kids are surely going to love this and I cannot wait to make it for them :)

  44. Those look delicious. I’m going to try to make them…or maybe I will leave the recipe laying around to see how my luck is. This is perfect for halloween. I see cocoa powder is part of the recipe. Try getting your next jar at

  45. These look AMAZING! It’s getting to be that time of the year when I want to start baking cookies–these are going to the top of the list!

  46. These look great! Chocolate and peanut butter were meant for each other :)

    Jamie @

  47. Chocolate peanut butter is the flavor combination of the gods! These look picture perfect.


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