Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

Y’know when you bite into a cookie and think “yeah, I know what this is gonna be like” but then you take that bite, and instead, you’re greeted with a delightful surprise?

No? Well that’s because you haven’t tried these cookies yet.

From the outside, they look like chocolate cookies. Good chocolate cookies, mind you, but that’s pretty much it. Then you taste them and… a surprise is waiting for you!

A chocolate cookie is definitely a nice thing. But even a very good chocolate cookie is “just” a chocolate cookie. We’ve all had those.

I originally saw this recipe on Recipe Girl, and just from the look of it, I knew it was going to be one of the best cookies I had ever made. Bite into this seemingly ordinary chocolate cookie, and inside is where you find the awesomeness, the source of that wondrous shock. Just look inside:

Peanut butter. Glorious, creamy, absolutely delightful peanut butter. Do yourself a favor. Make these cookies. Today.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies


1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine or butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 large egg


1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

granulated sugar, for rolling


Preheat oven to 375. Grease or line cookie sheets.

Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, cream the margarine/butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the peanut butter and beat until well incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and the egg. Beat until well blended.

Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the butter/ sugar mixture. Blend just until a dough is formed.

Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix together the peanut butter and confectioner’s sugar, (use your hands if necessary) stir until a dough forms.

Using a small cookie scoop, measure out a ball of dough. Make an indentation in the center, and insert a small ball of the peanut butter filling mixture. Pinch the chocolate dough around the filling to seal the cookie. Roll into a ball, then roll in the sugar to coat. Flatten the ball slightly between your palms, or with a glass, then place on cookie sheet.

Bake at 375 for 7-9 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on tray for a couple of minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Yields: 2-2 1/1 dozen large cookies

Note: the original recipe called for a ton more peanut butter dough, but I had lots leftover, so I reduced the amount. If you need more just mix peanut butter and confectioner’s sugar in equal proportions.


(Recipe from Recipe Girl, adapted from The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion, which I bought, solely because I was so amazed at these cookies. Believe me, I did not regret that.)


  1. says

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  2. Sarah Perl says

    This cookies are even better than they look!! I’m overcook’s sister- so I got to sample one of the cookies in the pic.Thanks!

  3. lauryn says

    Hi, I’ve been looking for these kind of cookies for a while now, so do I have to coat the dough in surgar? Or could I just leave it plain? The flavor should still be fine right?


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