Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Fudgy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep time

15 min

Cook time

10 min plus 1 hour for chilling


24 cookies




United States


  • 2 ¼ cup AP flour
  • ⅔ cup cocoa powder, do not pack
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ cup sugar (divided)
  • 2 sticks butter, softened to room temp
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 ¼ cup brown sugar, packed 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp cook's vanilla powder (or vanilla extract)


Step 1

Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda in a bowl and set it aside.  Also set aside ½ cup of sugar in a shallow dish.

Step 2

Using an electric hand held or stand mixer, cream butter and peanut butter until well combined.  Then add gthe brown sugar and 1 cup of white sugar.  Cream until fluffy.

Step 3

Add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture, one at a time, and mix until eggs are just combined.  Add vanilla.  Mix until combined.

Step 4

Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and blend until it is just combined.  Cover the dough and chill in the fridge for one hour.

Step 5

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Use a small cookie scoop or spoon and shape dough in to 1-1 ½ inch dough balls.  Roll the dough balls in the sugar until coated.  Then place on lined cookie sheet and lightly press a criss cross pattern in to each cookie using a fork.

Step 6

Bake the cookies for 8-12 minutes and then allow to rest on the cookie sheet another 5 minutes.  Ovens vary so bake time will vary.  My oven consistently makes these best at 11 minutes of baking.  You don't want them to be dried out so don't overbake.  

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