Peanut butter filled chocolate cookies

There were a lot of things I could have done that would have made these at least slightly healthier. Peanut butter filled chocolate cookies will never be healthy. And no one wants a healthy birthday present. So here they are, delicious peanut butter filled chocolate cookies.

You hand someone a cookie that looks like this:

And they find that its actually this:


These took me a little bit of time to figure out how to make them correctly. I got the original recipe from Better Homes and Gardens. I followed their recipe for the most part, but made some slight changes. The way they constructed their cookies wasn’t working so well. I mean, it was. They tasted fine. And they looked cool.

Believe it or not, those are already baked. But they look like swirls. I didn’t want swirls, I wanted it filled. So I changed the way I made them.

Side note: This recipe calls for powdered sugar. When I was a kid, my friend and I decided to make a cake for her mom’s birthday. We made a marble cake but melded it together it too much so it looked like an a light colored chocolate cake. And then we made the frosting from scratch. It called for “confectioners sugar.” We had granulated sugar. This was pre-google days. We didn’t know what the difference was… we were 8. So we made the frosting with granulated sugar. It tasted fine… but it was crunchy. hahaha. What a great birthday present… crunchy frosting over a not marbled marble cake… In the shape of a heart.

Anyway, the cookies:

Makes 32 cookies.



  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
Peanut butter filling:
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare cookie dough:
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix dry cookie ingredients.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, both sugars and peanut butter with an electric mixer until combined. (I rarely use electric mixers, but it seemed worth it for this.)
  • Add egg, milk and vanilla to the wet ingredients and continue mixing.
  • Stir in dry ingredients by hand.
  • When combined, roll into 32 balls (about 1.25 inches in diameter) and lay out on a piece of wax paper.
Prepare peanut butter filling:
  • Mix peanut butter and sugar.
  • You can separate out into different segments for each cookie. I did, but its probably not necessary. I had extra peanut butter anyway.
Construct your cookies:
  • Divide the dough balls into two sections and flatten each section.
  • Place the peanut butter in the middle of one circle of cookie dough.
  • Place the other piece of dough on top of it and push the edges to blend them together.
In other words, go from this:
To this:
  • Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 8 minutes.
  • Bake until they are just set. They don’t always look like they are really cooked, but they are.
  • Let stand 1 minute before removing from the cookie sheet.
There you go. Peanut butter filled chocolate cookies.

One response

  1. These were AMAZING! I ate two whole containers and have been sad every day since that they are gone:(((( I wish it was my birthday everyday!

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