Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is always a match made in heaven, so, as part of our month of desserts, we asked Abbey Rodriguez of The Butter Half to share her special recipe. With oats, creamy peanut butter and a dollop of melted chocolate on top, these crumbly cookies are a slam-dunk paired with a tall glass of milk. Here’s how to bake them…

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies
By Abbey Rodriguez

These cookies are a staple in our home — a family recipe that’s been passed down through generations. (The hard copy is splattered with butter grease and bits of dough from years of making them.) They take under 25 minutes to whip up and fit any skill level in the kitchen.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

You’ll need:

1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cups butter
1/3 cup water
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup white sugar (for dipping)
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 teaspoons shortening

Preheat oven to 350F. Beat sugar, peanut butter and butter until fluffy. Blend in water, egg and vanilla. Next, add oats, flour and baking soda. Mix well. Shape the cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Place them on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

While cookies are baking, boil a small saucepan of water. Sit a heat-safe glass bowl on top of the saucepan and melt the chocolate and shortening together. Stir constantly until smooth.

Remove cookies from oven and top each with 1/2 teaspoon of chocolate. Allow them to cool and set for 10-15 minutes.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

Thank you so much, Abbey!

P.S. More yummy recipes, including peanut butter brownies and the best chocolate chip cookies.

(Recipe and photos by Abbey Rodriguez. Thanks to Stella Blackmon for helping with this series.)

  1. I just made these and they were delicious!! I thought they could be a bit saltier though (the peanut butter I used was a natural one though, so that may have been why). I added a sprinkle of sea salt before baking and icing.
    I took some photos for anyone who’d like to see the result! Both adults and babies are loving these cookies!!

  2. Planning of making these in advance for my sons birthday party. Wish me luck.. hope they come out as good as they look in here!

    • So fun! I’m sure they will turn out great! :) xo, Abbey

  3. Classic flavors here. The chocolate melting technique used in this recipe is an awesome way to avoid the chocolate burning or sticking to the pot.
    Flakes of coconut would be a delicious topper and add some more texture to the cookies!

  4. Hi Joanna ! You share very easy recipes on your blog I am a very frequent user. This peanut butter choclate cookies recipe looks so yummy. I am gonna make it this weekend. Thank you :-)

  5. Peanut butter and chocolate are two flavors that always go well together. When making the chocolate topping, you can also substitute butter for the shortening, if desired. You can also substitute the chocolate used here for white chocolate to change the flavors.

  6. Abbey’s Butter Half is the best. So glad to see it here!!

  7. Adrienne says...

    I totally made these this afternoon. I was very tempted to “heslthify” them but I resisted!! And oh my they are good!!! I love the rolled oats addition.

  8. Sounds yummy! Peanut butter cookies are my fave. If you want a super-quick recipe – only 5 ingredients – check my recent blog post at Bonus: they are also gluten-free!

  9. Suz says...

    While this recipe looks fantastic, we have a nut allergy in the house and I couldn’t make those. Any chance you could do a series of nut free baked items? We are even struggling with trying to do more gluten free because of all the almond flour use. Otherwise love your posts!

  10. Yummy! I can’t wait to try. Thank you for sharing, I hope mine turn out as yummy as yours look.

    You’re blog is so beautiful. I love all your pictures, and recipes.

    Meghan Louise

  11. Yummy indeed. Chocolate and peanut butter are the most perfect pairing.

  12. vb says...

    Also – any way to leave out the sugar and use honey? And also, to make these GF, perhaps almond meal (or chickpea flour) instead of flour?

    • If you are looking for a yummy gluten-free peanut butter cookie recipe, check out my recent blog post at Only five ingredients, and no flour of any kind!

  13. Is it possible to substitute the shortening in the chocolate? Thanks!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      we’ll ask!

    • MS says...

      I’ve used coconut oil in place of shortening. Seems to work fine. :)

    • As MS mentioned below, coconut oil is a great healthy substitute for shortening. Hope you love them! :)

    • Thank you so much! I’ll give it a try.

  14. Okay I’m all about anything peanut butter and chocolate! Making these this weekend!

  15. Cynthia says...

    Yummy! I love peanut butter and chocolate!