Soft-Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl Cookies.

How to make soft-baked peanut butter and chocolate cookies that are swirled together in one! Recipe on

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.

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.

How to make soft-baked peanut butter and chocolate cookies that are swirled together in one! Recipe on

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? ūüėČ Seriously, these cookies stay soft for DAYS.¬†And don’t they look like little yin-yangs? You’re getting two cookies in one here!

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‚Äôve 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 ‚Äď 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.

How to make soft-baked peanut butter and chocolate cookies that are swirled together in one! Recipe on

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.

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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 loooove 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.

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.

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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!


Chocolate Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick; 115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar (or dark brown)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons (53g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) milk (almond, cow's, soy, or half-and-half)
  • 1 cup (180g) dark chocolate chips (or semi-sweet or milk chocolate)

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick; 115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar (or dark brown)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (188g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (156g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (180g) dark chocolate chips (or semi-sweet or milk chocolate)


  1. Make the chocolate dough: Cream the butter and sugars together with a hand or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Chill both doughs for at least 2-3 hours. 3 hours is preferred.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Make ahead tip: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 10 days. You can make the cookie doughs and chill in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Allow to come to room temperature and continue with step 4. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Click here for my tips and tricks on freezing cookie dough.

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

How to make soft-baked peanut butter and chocolate cookies that are swirled together in one! Recipe on


  1. These look wonderful. I thought of putting peanut butter chips in the chocolate side and chocolate chips in the peanut butter side. How does that sound?

  2. Your Classic Peanut Butter Cookies ¬†have always been my go-to cookie because of my husband’s peanut butter obsession. I hadn’t even tried any of your other peanut butter desserts because he just loved those so much… Well, I was living life all wrong. These are flipping fantastic. Two batters of swirled goodness. Just when I think I’m catching up to baking through all of your cookies, you post a new one! I’m pretty sure your cookie recipes alone are why I go to the gym 3x a week. So worth it.

  3. These look amazing! Do you think the dough could be made one day and then refrigerated overnight and baked the next day? Would a longer chilling period effect it any?

  4. Hi there!! This looks so good! But I was wondering if you think this could be used with regular cookie dough versus a peanut butter dough? Just a thought. I’m excited to make this! Thank you!

  5. I made these and the chocolate side is cracking. Am I doing something wrong? Your look so perfect. Thank you.

  6. Oh my gosh…..I just had to comment and tell you that this was probably the best cookie I have ever made!!!!!!! I have tried so many of your other recipes (muffins, cookies, savory), and they have all been HITS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You really are an awesome baker and cook, and I’m so thankful that you share them with us. I also have your first cookbook, so that is a!!! Anyway…just want to say that my family and friends (and myself) have loved everything I made of yours!!!!!!!

  7. Can this dough be refrigerated overnight and baked in the morning?

  8. Hi Sally!  how many small eggs would be equivalent to one large egg?

  9. Hi Sally, I have made these cookies a few times and it’s always a hit. I wanted to make these, but I am wondering, can the dough be made and chilled a few days in advance? ¬†If so, how many days ahead of time can I keep the dough chilling before I bake them? Thank you so much and Merry Christmas!¬†

  10. I’m back again this week sally!!!!!!!! Should the dry ingredients be sifted together or will that effect the final dough?

  11. These are by far the best cookies I have ever made from an online recipe! My husband LOVES these cookies. They are soft, easy to make and oh, so, delicious! Definitely our family’s favorite!

  12. This is what a peanut butter cookie should be.  Thank you for taking the time to work out the proper mesurrments to a chewy cookie.   You have satisfied my pregnancy craving and I and looking forward to trying your other creation! 


  13. I made this recipe with my 3 years old boy yesterday¬†and we were flabbergasted!!! how could it possible to create so tasty cookie???? Since yesterday, my lil boy just talk about it!!! Thanks a lot ūüėČ

  14. I made these last night as written, but with the addition of a miniature peanut butter cup stuffed inside. Madness! They’re so big! I’m sending them across the country to my Dad for Father’s Day. Thanks for another great recipe!

  15. The chocolate dough came out beautiful but the peanut butter dough came out so crumbly that I could not roll it into balls and the dough stayed stiff in the oven with the chocolate dough melting around it… I followed the recipe exactly. I am thinking what could have been different is that I used natural peanut butter which tends to be thicker and have less oil. I ended up adding one egg, one tablespoon of oil, and one tablespoon of half and half to make the dough a similar texture to the chocolate dough. This worked perfectly and created a dough that behaved similarly to the chocolate dough in the oven which saved the day.¬†

    Moral of the story: make sure the texture of each dough is about the same as the other, and make any necessary adjustments before chilling. 


  16. I just made these, fantastic recipe, followed it to a tee and they came out perfect, nice trick with the chips, the cookies look so nice like that! seriously fantastic cookies, and fun to make with the kids! thank you for sharing!

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