Death by Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Luxuriously decadent fudge chocolate cookies filled with peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.  So full of chocolate, I call them “death by chocolate!”

Decadent fudge chocolate cookies filled with peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.

I obviously do not want to harm anyone by sharing this killer recipe, but I am almost 100% positive these cookies will make you weak at the knees.

“Falling to the ground in a chocolate trance” sums these up quite nicely.

Decadent fudge chocolate cookies filled with peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.

My sisters and parents visited me in Baltimore recently and I wanted to bake a treat to “wow” them.

Coming from a family who tears through a box of Godiva chocolates, fights over the last gourmet chocolate pretzel, and grew up with chocolate chip waffles* on Sundays… I knew something with chocolate would make my family smile.

Chocolate to the rescue yet again. I’m stealing hearts one chocolate chip at a time.

*I am the boring little sister who prefered waffles plain, sans chocolate chips. I’m such a snoozefest.

Today, you’re getting 3 forms of chocolate in each bite of this fudgy cookie.  A chocoholic’s pure dream. It’s the exact same cookie dough recipe I used for my York Peppermint Patty Fudge Cookies.  Oh my heavens were THOSE something to faint over.

Into this dough went melted pure chocolate, unsweetened cocoa powder, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.  I added the peanut butter chips for fun because it’s rare I can have chocolate without my peanut butter. Along with the chocolate, this cookie dough has your standard cookie suspects: eggs, flour, and sugar.  The cookie dough recipe is pretty basic and comparable to a brownie recipe.  There’s also a sprinkle of baking powder to give the cookies some lift and brown sugar to keep the cookies soft.

So what do they taste like? Well, as the name suggests… chocolatey.  But a deep, intense chocolate. There’s no other way I’d have it.

Biting into one, think of a dense fudge truffle with a little chew.  The centers are super-thick and moist, but not greasy or underbaked tasting – a texture battle you can sometimes face with brownies or cookies.

Decadent fudge chocolate cookies filled with peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.

I overloaded the cookies with peanut butter chips in addition to the chocolate chips for obvious reasons.  The peanut butter bombs dotted through the soft fudgy interior and exterior not only provided a flavor break from the chocolate, but they totally look cute too.

If the quintessential pairing of peanut butter and chocolate isn’t your thing, you are crazy then by all means, leave out the peanut butter chips.

You could sub some toffee, pecans, chunks of Snickers, or more chocolate instead.

It’s ok, I’d forgive you.

Decadent fudge chocolate cookies filled with peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.

These cookies are like gold.  A surefire way to please a crowd.  My family absolutely loved them and the few we had leftover didn’t even make it more than 30 seconds in my kitchen.

You should never trust a gal around her peanut butter and chocolate.

Decadent fudge chocolate cookies filled with peanut butter chips and chocolate chips.

 *I must warn you that you may witness the truly hypnotizing effect of chocolate after baking these cookies.  You won’t be able to speak or think about anything other than these cookies.

Death by Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies

Luxuriously decadent fudge chocolate cookies filled with peanut butter chips and chocolate chips. So full of chocolate, I call them "death by chocolate!"


  • 1 cup + 1 Tablespoon (133g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (21g) natural unsweetened or dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I used 2 Ghirardelli chocolate bars)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 Tablespoons (75g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (180g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (180g) peanut butter chips


  1. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for about 1 minute. Stir. Continue to melt in 30 second increments until fully melted and smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla. Set aside. With an electric or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth and creamy – about 1 minute. Beat in the sugars, scraping down the sides every 10 seconds or so. The mixture will be granular.
  4. Mix in the beaten egg/vanilla until incorporated. Add the chocolate in a steady stream and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients on slow speed. Fold in the chocolate chips and peanut butter chips. Do not overmix at any point in this process.
  5. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  6. Scoop about 2 Tbsp of dough and roll into a ball. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies have just begun to set with the centers still appearing very soft. They will firm up as they cool.
  7. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies stay fresh and soft at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 7 days. Cookies freeze well, up to 3 months.

Recipe Notes:

Adapted from Cooks Illustrated

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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks on October 9, 2012 at 4:19 am

    I knew you’d tweak that York dough base and I could see PB coming a mile away…and I love you for doing it! They look wonderful, Sally! Choc + PB is probably the best flavor combo on earth and I love how utterly dark, fudgy, rich, dense, and perfect this cookie dough base is. I can tell even more so in this round of pics than the last. Oh gosh, I want to make these now!

    And to think I have that cookbook and probably would have never made these cookies…that’s the thing about pics…I wish cookbooks would always use pics so I don’t miss a recipe! They need to use your pics for their book!

    • Sally on October 10, 2012 at 4:12 pm

      thank you so much Averie! Yes, I’d highly suggest THIS cookie recipe as a go-to chocolate cookie recipe. Just like my CI recipe for regular cookies, this is now my go-to for chocolate cookies. SO fudgy and rich and THICK. Love it all. I wish the cookbookhad colored pictures as well. It’s the pictures that grab our eyes (as you know, obviously! and it’s possible to overlook SO MANY winning recipes in our giant cookbook!

  2. Good Food Good Friends on October 9, 2012 at 7:17 am

    You are right, that’s not fair. Chocolate and peanut butter are my all time favorite combinations. I WILL be making these cookies!

  3. Laura Dembowski on October 9, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Those certainly look killer, Sally! I used to love Godiva chocolate before my allergy ( I was a sophisticated little girl!). Now I still love all their cute stuffed animals.

  4. Elaine on October 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

    The name is perfect! And the cookies look aaamazing. So rich and chewy. Of course you threw in some peanut butter chips…I’d think there was something wrong if you didn’t!!

    • Sally on October 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Hahaha so true, Elaine. I do love adding peanut butter to practically everything chocolatey! PS: I got your email, I’ve been swamped at my real job but will respond ASAP!

  5. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel on October 9, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Oh my heavens. These are easily the most fudgiest cookies I’ve ever seen. And despite the disclaimer about the impending chocolate trance, I want in on these bad boys. LOVE THEM!!

    (Also, I’m a plain waffle eater too, so don’t feel too left out!)

  6. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie on October 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Obviously you know I would fall head over hells for these

  7. amy @ fearless homemaker on October 9, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Oh wow, these look just amazing! YUM!

  8. Mimi @ Culinary Couture on October 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

    These cookies are calling out to me!

  9. Karly on October 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Um, can you adopt me? I’d like to be fed these for breakfast every morning.

  10. Back For Seconds on October 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Fudgy, chewy, chocolate peanut butter overloaded cookies? So not my thing. *ahem*
    Obviously I would eat the whole batch in one sitting! And since I lost a bunch of weight from being sick, I think that is EXACTLY what I am going to do today. So, thanks 😉

    • Sally on October 10, 2012 at 3:32 pm

      I’m sick now Stephanie! I’ve had a tummy virus for a few days. I can’t even visit my own blog b/c I get sad I can’t eat any goodies! I hope you enjoy these chocolate bombs if you make them. Glad you’re feeling better!

  11. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on October 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I am gonna gain so much weight thanks to your blog LOL

  12. Loretta E on October 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Woah, Nelly! These look so incredible! I can hardly resist chocolate and peanut butter…

  13. Nicole @ Lapetitebaker on October 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Oh my! These look positively fudgy and delicious.

  14. Ari @ Ari's Menu on October 9, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Hold on, let me just wipe the drool off my face….

  15. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life on October 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I am willing to take the risk of these dangerous killer cookies!!! I love love love how fudgey and chocolately these look…and studded with peanut butter chips is definitely the way to go!!!

  16. gemgemgoesglobal on October 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    are you trying to kill me by just knocking me flat at how delicious these seem?? you have literally created one of the most delicious looking things I have ever seen baked!

    i love peanut though i don’t use it as often as i probably should in my baking – i mainly just eat lots of nuts coz i’m a vegetarian – but you have made me so inexplicably extatic to look at these. I can’t explain it right, but I feel like a child again, discovering my original love of frsh, hot doughy cookies. i can feel the stickyness on my child sized fingers and taste the sweetness and richness on my tongue.

    i am still trying to perfect the length of time in the oven to keep cookies chewy and soft, any tips??

    and thank you so much, you just resurrected a little remnant of my past there… x

    • Sally on October 10, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      You are so sweet Gemma, thank you so much! I didn’t use peanut butter or peanuts in these, just those peanut butter chips! fresh, hot doughy cookies… sounds incredible!

  17. Julie @ Table for Two on October 9, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    omg, i’d gladly die of a chocolate overdose with these cookies!! they look so soft and delicious!! wow, you’re really going to kill me 😉

  18. Jolene ( on October 9, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    You make the best looking treats!

  19. Spencer on October 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Well it would be a good way to go. They look delicious!

  20. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl on October 9, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    As usual–gorgeous cookies! They look so thick and soft! And you can’t go wrong with the chocolate/peanut butter combination.

  21. luv what you do on October 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I can’t figure out which of these reicpes I like the best. These cookies look fantastic but those brownie cups have my mouth watering too. Gotta love chocolate and PB!

  22. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust on October 9, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Okay. So I might not be able to read you again until Thursday when I can stuff my face with sugar, lol! These are sinfully good. Pinned!

  23. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious on October 10, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Oh my goodness – I haven’t even made these yet and I’m already weak in the knees!

  24. [email protected] on October 10, 2012 at 7:25 am

    YUM! Fab pics 🙂

  25. Jen @ Savory Simple on October 10, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I need these in my life immediately!

  26. baker street on October 10, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I’m totally prepared to be dazzled! The cookies look irresistible. I love baking with pb chips. 🙂

    • Sally on October 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      pb chips.. my favorite kind to bake with! such a nice switch up from chocolate chips 🙂

  27. what katie's baking on October 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    oh my.. yes! those close up photos have me drooling.
    chocolate and peanut butter are meant to be together!

    • Sally on October 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Katie, my dear.. I don’t think you could’ve said it any better. chocolate and pb are MEANT to be 🙂

  28. Erin @ Texanerin Baking on October 10, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    I’m happy those aren’t butterscotch chips. I don’t even know why. I’m just happy they aren’t. 🙂 (butterscotch is one of my favorite things ever!)

    They look incredible! May the cookie queen continue to publish crazy good cookie recipes. 🙂

  29. Nichole on October 17, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Just made these for work for a special week. I asked them if they wanted ‘Death by chocolate cookies’ or if they wanted brownies. The cookies won the vote 😉 Wow, I can’t believe how soft and fudgy (sp?) these guys are! Very yummy. Clocked them in at 155 cal each for anyone wondering (I also got 32 cookies). Also this was my first baking with light butter and it worked (that’s all I had in the fridge)! Thanks for an awesome recipe! I think you’re right in the ‘go-to chocolate cookie recipe’!

  30. [email protected] Press on October 23, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    that melty chocolate chip picture is insane – killing me over here



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