Peanut Butter Sweethearts

My favorite soft-baked and extra thick peanut butter cookie recipe with heart shaped chocolates. 

peanut butter cookies with chocolate heart candies in the center

It goes without saying that I love peanut butter. Peanut butter cookies are definitely one of my favorites, but I’m not a fan of how hard, crunchy, and crumbly they can taste. It’s taken me some time to perfect, but I have the softest, puffiest peanut butter cookie recipe for you today!

They are absolutely loaded with peanut butter flavor and are the softest peanut butter cookie you’ll ever eat.

Peanut butter blossoms are my favorite cookies during Christmas time. But I took the whole idea and added a little Valentine’s Day touch with some Dove chocolate hearts. I know you and your sweetheart will love them! (PS: I’ve done these with peanut butter cups too! See my peanut butter cup cookies.)

peanut butter cookie dough balls

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peanut butter cookies with chocolate heart candies on top

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Peanut Butter Sweethearts

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Soft peanut butter cookies with Valentine’s Day heart candies!


  • 1 and 1/4 cups (160gall-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick; 115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup (195g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 24 dove chocolate hearts
  • optional: additional 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar for rolling


  1. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Set aside.
  2. Using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on high speed until creamy. On medium-high speed, beat in brown sugar and granulated sugar until completely creamed and smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and beat on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the peanut butter and vanilla extract, then beat on high until combined.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. Cover and chill the dough for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator (and up to 1 day). If chilling for longer than a few hours, though, allow to sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before rolling and baking because the dough will be quite hard and the cookies may not spread much.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Set aside.
  5. Scoop and roll cookie dough, about 1 Tablespoon of dough each. Roll each ball in the additional granulated sugar (optional) and arrange on the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes or until the tops begin to slightly crack. Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Press a chocolate heart into each cookie and allow to cool completely.


  1. Make Ahead Instructions: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature for up to 1 week. You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 1 day. Allow to come to room temperature then 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.
  2. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.

Keywords: peanut butter sweetheart cookies, sweetheart cookies

peanut butter cookies with chocolate heart candies on top


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  1. Hi, Sally! I love all of your recipes that I’ve tried so far, and these look fantastic! Can I add some cornstarch to make these softer, or will that affect the texture badly? If so, how much? I’ve used cornstarch in cookies before and absolutely love the texture as they remain soft for days! 

    1. Oh gosh, these peanut butter cookies are the softest cookies I’ve ever made, no need AT ALL for cornstarch. Trust me on it! If anything, you can add 1 tsp of cornstarch if you’d like.

  2. Ahhh, Sally it’s me AGAIN.  I cannot stop with the questions, can I?  ;)Anyways, Is this a thick enough dough for add ins like reeses pieces? About a cup maybe? Because peanut butter upon peanut butter sounds fantastic! 🙂

    1. Yes, definitely! 1 cup is the perfect amount.

  3. This is probably a silly question, but can I make these without the chocolate and press the hashtag in them like traditional PB cookies?!

    1. Absolutely!

    2. These are delicious and so soft. Traditional peanut butter cookies crumble after a day but these are completely delicious. Thank you for adjusting the old standard and making these so amazing. They’re SO peanut buttery I would not add any Reese’s to them. Perfect with just a Hershey Kiss.

  4. Hello!
    i’ve seen this lovely cookies on Pinterest and i love them!
    I like very much your website too.
    kisses from Sicily!

  5. HI!
    My husband loves peanut butter and chocolate. I am planning on making this cookies for V-day. Do you have a recommendation on what type of peanut butter to use? Natural ok? Or should I use one with more sugar such as Jiff?
    Thank you!

    1. I do not suggest natural. Commercial brands like creamy Jif or Skippy are best for the texture!

  6. Is there a difference in the light brown and dark brown sugar?  In the original peanut butter cookie (which I love!) it calls for light and this for dark. Am I fine using light for these?

  7. Melanie Rosen says:

    Another winner Sally! The cookie part is irresistible! Everyone commented on how beautiful they were too! I’m going to try it with different candies for year-round. Heck I may leave the candy out and just eat the cookie! 

    1. The PB cookies– plain– are my favorite PB cookies ever 🙂

  8. Hi Sally! Thanks for sharing another great recipe 🙂 I am so excited to make these for my husband for Valentine’s Day! Quick question- do you think I could make the dough a day or two ahead of time and leave it in the refrigerator  until I’m ready to bake them?

    1. Sure can! You can leave this cookie dough in the fridge (covered tightly) for 2-4 days. Just let it sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes before rolling/shaping.

  9. I baked these today for an early Valentine’s Day dinner with my family.  Oh so delicious! I know everyone will love them tonight! Thank you for such wonderful recipes!

  10. Hi Sally! I love your site. Great recipes! I made these yesterday and the sugar cookie hearts, both for my husband. Each batch of cookies came out perfect. Thanks for the clear and easy to follow directions, made things easier for this novice baker!

  11. Hi there!
    I wish I had time to look through all the comments on your peanut butter cookies to find the answer to my question — but I can’t while I’m at school. I have moved from sea level Miami to higher altitude Colorado…do you happen to know what I should adjust, ingredient-wise? I so want them to turn out like they usually do! Please and thanks, and have a great day!

  12. These are delish! They turn out great with either light or dark brown sugar. They’re also great with chunky peanut butter as well. Thank you for all that you do! 

  13. I know a couple of people who are diabetic and I was wondering if I could swap the sugar out for another sweetener? Maybe splenda or something? Would that still be good?

    1. Hi Victoria! I recommend sticking with the recipe as written or finding another source for diabetic-friendly cookie recipes. Sorry I don’t have any!

      1. It’s okay! I actually ended up trying it anyway. The conversion chart for sugar and splenda are the same. They turned out really great and are already all eaten up. My coworkers and family ate them in a day. Haha. 🙂

  14. Hi these looks amazing! I would like to make these for my boyfriend who is a peanut butter lover! Is there another recipe that has the measurements in grams?

    1. Hi Anna, This recipe is from 2012 so I don’t have the measurement conversions written for it. Just about all of my newer recipes have measurements written both ways!

  15. How big do you make these? 1.5 tbsp? Thanks

    1. Hi Mary! Anywhere between 1 Tbsp and 1.5 Tbsp each.

  16. Samantha Kment says:

    I made these this afternoon. I didn’t change a thing with the recipe and they turned out AMAZING!! I love all your recipes and these didn’t disappoint!

  17. Angie Ellefson says:

    Is this peanut butter cookie recipes the same as your peanut butter blossoms recipe? and what brand of peanut butter do you use? Peanut butter brand I think really can change the flavor of a cookie thank you

    1. Yes, this is the same base as my Peanut Butter Blossoms cookies. My favorite soft peanut butter cookie dough to use many different ways. I usually use Jif or Skippy in my baking.

  18. Hi there! I’ve tried 7 different peanut butter recipes and they all came out hard and crumbly! I even tried your other one with 2 cups of peanut butter and it was so hard within minutes so I gave them to the raccoons…im scared to try this recipe….i just don’t get it I make amazing cookies and cakes my cookies always turn out soft and chewy I’ve been baking since I was 12 I’m 30 now so it’s definitely not my baking abilities lol….but it’s the peanut butter cookies that suck hmmm I’ll give this one a try I just want regular peanut butter soft and chewy like bakeries! I have tried both Jiff and kraft….the only ones that were remotely acceptable was a recipe with cornstarch but it tasted like peanut butter shortbread lol

    1. Hi Amber, That is so frustrating! I recommend using this updated recipe for the softest cookies:

  19. Great recipe but wish the ingredient measurements were provided in grams!

    1. If you have Alexa or a phone with Siri or the google assistant just ask them. For example say “Alexa how many grams in a cup of flour”. I use this all the time.

  20. Hi Sally! In your other recipes similar to this one, it says to stick the baking sheet in the freezer after placing the chocolate in the cookie so the chocolate doesn’t melt. Should I do that for these too?

    1. Hi Ali, you definitely can if you find the chocolate heart is melting too quickly. I find they don’t melt quite as quickly as peanut butter cups and Hershey’s Kisses.

  21. Hi Sally, I’m so excited to try these cookies for Valentine’s Day! I also was wondering if it would be okay to mail them to someone, since they’re so soft? (I’ve used your cookie sandwich wrapping method before with great results- would that work here?) Thanks!

    1. Yes, the same method should work here. Enjoy!

  22. Do you think you could dip them in sprinkles before you bake? Kinda like your Sparkle Cookies.

    1. Yes, you certainly can!

  23. Hi Sally! Longtime fan here. I’m curious if you have tried rolling these in pink or red sanding sugar for a more festive look? I don’t know if that would jive well with the brown base or not. It might also change the texture a bit. Thanks for your thoughts! Amy

    1. Hi Amy, I haven’t rolled these particular cookies like I do with my Sparkle Sweethearts, but you certainly can!

  24. This is the BEST PB cookie recipe ever!!! Thanks Sally!

  25. Jackie Iseman says:

    Hi Sally!

    Made these today for my husband and I followed the directions and for some reason they crumble and fall apart once you bite into them. What did I do WRONG? The taste is amazing and my husband loved them regardless but I just get so frustrated when i screw up. lol.

    1. I’m glad he still enjoyed them, Jackie! What type of peanut butter did you use? Commercial brands like creamy Jif or Skippy are best for the texture, not natural style peanut butters which contain too much oil.

      1. We all loved them! Skipped dinner due to eating cookies all day ! Lol.

        I used the Costco Kirkland brand. I will definitely make them again and I’ll try jif. Thank you !

  26. These are so delicious. Brought them to work and they were a huge hit. Great chocolate to cookie ratio.

  27. Do these cookies freeze well?

    1. Yes, baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. You can also freeze the unbaked cookie dough – see recipe notes for details!

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