Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies.

For when you can’t choose between a peanut butter cookie and a chocolate cookie. Now enjoy them together!

Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies. Now you don't have to choose between peanut butter or chocolate!

Confession: I made these cookies last weekend and have been waiting to share them with you!   March 1st is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day, so you better believe I’ve been celebrating a little early this year. :)

Another confession: I took the weekend off from baking!  Since I work full-time at an office job during the week, the weekends are the only chance I have to bake and shoot photos in natural light.  I had a fancy black tie dinner to attend last night (see instagram picture of us dressed all fancy!) and my family came to visit today. It’s been a crazy weekend for us, so I took a little baking break.

Ok, and a final confession: even though I baked these swirly twirly cookies over a week ago, I still can’t get them out of my mind.  I mean LOOK at them!  It’s the worlds most perfect blend of chocolate and peanut butter. And just wait until you taste one.

Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies. Now you don't have to choose between peanut butter or chocolate!

The cookies have that soft-baked quality that I just adore.  I used my favorite soft & thick peanut butter cookie recipe and a new, easy chocolate cookie recipe I developed.  These cookies were the brain child of an intense chocolate/peanut butter craving and a wild soft-baked cookie craving.  Needless to say, my cravings were satisfied.

Oh and did I mention how soft they were? ;) Seriously, these cookies stay soft for DAYS.

And don’t they look like little yin-yangs? You’re getting two cookies in one here!

Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies. Now you don't have to choose between peanut butter or chocolate!

Making them is a piece of cake.  Almost TOO easy. Which could be dangerous for me since I have daily chocolate/peanut butter cravings.  First, make both doughs.

Let’s begin with the peanut butter dough. The peanut butter cookie dough should be familiar to you if you’ve been following my blog for some time. It’s the same peanut butter cookie recipe I used to make my S’more Peanut Butter Cookies. (<– PS: make those.)

What makes the peanut butter cookie dough recipe so good? Well to start, my recipe calls for more peanut butter than your typical peanut butter cookie. Most run-of-the-mill recipes I’ve seen call for around 1/2 cup of peanut butter.  Speaking ratios, this amount is paired with 1.25 cups of flour and 1 stick of butter.  I simply add an extra 1/4 cup of peanut butter.

When I first developed this peanut butter cookie recipe last year, I tested the recipe with different amounts of flour.  1.25 cups was the magic number – any more flour caused the cookies to crumble easily and any less flour couldn’t hold everything together. I added dark chocolate chips to my perfected peanut butter cookie dough and then moved onto make the chocolate cookie dough.  You’re going to LOVE the chocolate.

Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies. Now you don't have to choose between peanut butter or chocolate!

I have a chocolate cookie recipe on my website that uses a combination of melted chocolate and unsweetened cocoa powder.  That chocolate cookie recipe was adapted from Cooks Illustrated.  They taste like brownie cookies, but are a little time consuming and messy to make.  You’ll dirty a lot of dishes, but trust me the taste is worth it.

I set out to create a new chocolate cookie recipe on my own. One that is quick and easy and would produce the right amount of dough to match up with the peanut butter cookie dough so I could swirl the two together. This chocolate cookie dough recipe is quite standard: cream 1 stick of softened butter with 1/2 each of brown and white sugar.  Add 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Then mix in your dry ingredients: 1 cup of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, salt, and 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder.  I first made this recipe with only 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, but they weren’t as chocolate-y as I’d hoped so I tested again with 2 more Tablespoons of cocoa powder. Perfection! Lastly, add 2 Tablespoons of milk (don’t forget that!) and dark chocolate chips.

Both the chocolate cookie dough and the peanut butter cookie dough require chilling.  The chocolate cookie dough should be chilled for at least 1 hour (2 hours is preferred).  It’s quite sticky, so chilling the dough is mandatory. The peanut butter cookie dough only needs about 30 minutes of chilling, but I chilled it for two hours with the chocolate cookie dough.

Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Now it’s time for some SWIRLS!  These cookies are extra large, about 1/4 cup of total dough per cookie!  You don’t hear me complaining, I love big cookies!

Take 2 Tablespoons of chilled peanut butter dough.  Roll into a ball.  Take 2 Tablespoons of chilled chocolate cookie dough. Roll into a ball. Take both balls and gently smoosh them together and roll them in your hands into a perfect ball.  *It’s important that your chocolate cookie dough is chilled or else you’ll get chocolate all over your hands.

Once you have a perfectly swirled ball, bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes: much longer than a normal cookie since these cookies are so large and contain so much dough.  You’ll have to watch the cookies closely.  The cookies will appear undone when you remove them from the oven. In fact, they will look quite soft and you’ll question yourself: “Are these really done?! I can’t even pick one up!”  Yes, they are done.  As the cookies cool down, they will “set” and become firm enough to hold and move around without breaking.

Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Even though the cookie dough needs some chilling, the actual active work of this recipe is quite low. Maybe about 15 minutes of beating, mixing, and rolling the two doughs together. And then it will take you approximately 15 seconds to shove one into your mouth.

Biting into one is like reaching chocolate & peanut butter bliss.  The intense chocolate fudge cookie with dark chocolate chips mixed with a soft peanut-butter-overloaded cookie and MORE dark chocolate chips… could you really ask for anything more? It’s like a peanut butter cup on steroids.  Go big or go home.

Since I made these last weekend, I’m sad to say that they are LONG gone. However, nothing (and I mean NOTHING!) is stopping me from making another batch to celebrate National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day on Friday.

Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com

Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com

There is quite nothing that compares to the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I’m a complete freak for the two together and I’m pretty sure you are all with me. These are a peanut butter chocolate lovers DREAM!  You’re welcome.

 

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Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies

Now you don't have to choose between chocolate cookies or peanut butter cookies!

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (or dark brown)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour  (careful not to overmeasure)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons milk (almond, cow's, soy, or half-and-half)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (or semi-sweet or milk chocolate)

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar (or dark brown)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour  (careful not to overmeasure)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips (or semi-sweet or milk chocolate)

Directions:

*Make the chocolate dough:* Cream the butter and sugars together with a hand or stand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom as needed. Beat in the egg and vanilla until combined, scraping down the sides as needed. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly mix it into the wet ingredrients. The dough will be very thick. With a spoon or rubber spatula, mix in the milk and then fold in the chocolate chips.

*Make the peanut butter dough:* Cream the butter and sugars together with a hand or stand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom as needed. Mix in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla (in that order). Scrape down the sides as needed. Slowly mix in the baking soda, flour, and salt. Do not overmix. Fold in the chocolate chips.

Chill both doughs for at least 1-2 hours. 2 hours is preferred.

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line cookie sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Measure 2 Tablespoons of peanut butter cookie dough. Roll into a ball. Take 2 Tablespoons of chocolate cookie dough. Roll into a ball. Smoosh the two balls together and roll them into 1 large ball. Repeat for each cookie. The chocolate cookie dough will get onto your hands, so wash/wipe them after you roll each cookie. It is important the chocolate cookie dough is chilled or else it will be even more messy.

Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes, not exceeding 13 minutes. The cookies will look very soft, puffy, and almost undone. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet and they will continue to "bake" and set up. Sometimes I press a few more chocolate chips into the top of the cookies when they are still warm, for looks. As the cookies cool, they will firm up. Cookies remain fresh (and soft) for up to 10 days in an airtight container.

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I am obsessed with chocolate and peanut butter. (!!!)

See some of my Peanut Lovers’ Recipes.

 

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Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Cupcakes

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S’More Peanut Butter Cookies

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Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate Frosting

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Fudge Brownie Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Enjoy today’s recipe!

Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies. Now you don't have to choose between peanut butter or chocolate!

 

   

317 Responses to “Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies.”

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    denaliamposted July 31, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Sally,
    Though I can’t share your love of peanut butter (deathly allergic), I have just found “Barney Butter” which is made from blanched roasted almonds and is peanut-free, and my hubby tells me the flavor is as good as if not (I know, perish the thought) better than PB….SO, I now can look forward to making a lot of your PB stuff and I just wanted to say thanks for posting your recipes…I am looking forward to your cookbook I ordered coming in the mail—I have 2 birthdays coming up to bake for…God Bless you!

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    • Sallyreplied on July 31st, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks so much Denaliam! Let me know any recipes you try from my cookbook.

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