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These easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies from scratch are as rich and fudgy as the best chocolate truffles you’ll ever eat. Dusted in powdered sugar and positively packed with creamy peanut butter, I bet you can’t eat just one.

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies on a blue plate with a scoop of creamy peanut butter

Chocolate crinkle cookies take over the internet every year around the holidays and while I’ll never turn down a cookie, I have to admit they’ve never been my favorite.

Given the choice between them and Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies or Brown Butter Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies, I will always choose the latter options.

That is until I met these chocolate peanut butter cookies.

Say goodbye to the bland, dry, lackluster chocolate cookies of yesteryear and say “hi,” “hello,” and “will you marry me?!” to the new and improved, best chocolate peanut butter cookies ever.

The best chocolate peanut butter cookies with chopped chocolate and rolled in powdered sugar

5 Star Review

“Made these this weekend. Delicious! Definitely making these again.”

— Katie —

The concept for this chocolate peanut butter cookies recipe is simple and superb:

  • Soft-baked cookies reminiscent of One Bowl Brownies cloaked in powdered sugar.
  • Made with high-quality bittersweet chocolate, these cookies are neither bland or dry. They’re fudgy, decadent, and LOADED with rich chocolate flavor.
  • Imbued with the power of peanut butter which keeps the cookies moist and molten in the center—like a lava cake or this Flourless Chocolate Torte.

After sampling dozens of duds, this twist on the classic crinkle is juuuuuuust right.

chocolate peanut butter cookies from scratch without cocoa powder on a blue plate

How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

If you love brownies, peanut butter, or chocolate in any combination, these chocolate peanut butter cookies are sure to be your new bestie (along with this Healthy Peanut Butter Skillet Cookie).

The Ingredients

  • Peanut Butter. My addition to this classic chocolate cookie recipe that gives them moisture, added richness, and a YUM factor of 10/10.

Ingredient Note

In general, I’m a BIG fan of natural peanut butter (see these Peanut Butter Protein Balls). When baking, however, you typically want to stick to shelf stabilized varieties for best results. I use JIF or Skippy.

  • Bittersweet Chocolate. For the most supreme fudge texture possible, I used melted dark chocolate in place of cocoa powder.


Looking for a peanut butter cookie recipe with chocolate chips? Check out these Healthy Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies.

  • Espresso Powder. An added pinch of espresso powder amps up the intensity of the chocolate flavor.
  • Flour. These cookies use my signature blend of all purpose and white whole wheat flour (as seen in these Healthy Pumpkin Cookies). I love any attempt to make cookies healthy-ish to validate eating more than 50, er, 5.

Substitution Tip

If you don’t keep white whole wheat flour on hand in your kitchen. You may swap it for an equal amount of all purpose flour. Regular whole wheat flour may also be used however the cookies will turn out a bit denser and less soft.

  • Eggs. For tenderness, softness, and moisture.
  • Sugar. Sweetens the cookies and adds to their fudginess.
  • Powdered Sugar. Clings to every nook and cranny of these crackled chocolate peanut butter cookies and makes them taste just like a peanut butter cup in cookie form (try these Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls for the ball form).
chocolate chip peanut butter cookies ingredients on a marble counter

The Directions

  1. Melt the chocolate, butter, and peanut butter together.
  2. Beat together the sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and espresso powder.
  3. Stir in the chocolate mixture, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Mix in the flour, cover the dough, and chill until firm.


This dough is very soft once it is mixed. For best results, chill for at least 3 hours or overnight. This crucial step makes the dough easier to shape and ensures your cookies don’t spread too much while baking.

  1. Scoop the dough and shape into balls.
how to make chocolate peanut butter cookies rolled in powdered sugar
  1. Roll each ball in powdered sugar to coat.


Only roll 4-6 balls of dough at a time in powdered sugar. Otherwise, the balls tend to stick to one another.

  1. Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet until the tops are dry and just set.


All ovens have hot and cold spots which can cause cookies to bake unevenly. Here are a few tips for evenly-baked cookies every time.

  • Rotate your cookie sheet 180 degrees halfway through baking.
  • If baking more than one pan of cookies at a time, switch the top and bottom cookie sheets halfway through baking.
  1. Remove, let cool slightly, then transfer to a wire rack. ENJOY!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Leftover cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days.
  • To Freeze. Store cookies in the freezer for up to 1 month in a covered container. Let thaw before serving (or not—I won’t judge).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can Natural Peanut Butter Be Used Cookies?

Some peanut butter cookies can be made with natural peanut butter. However, this chocolate peanut butter cookies recipe is best made with processed peanut butter. The stabilizing ingredients (such as palm oil) help the dough form and prevent the cookies from separating during baking.

Can Almond Butter Be Used Instead of Peanut Butter?

I have not tried making this recipe with anything other than classic peanut butter so it would be an experiment if you try this swap. I’d love to hear your results if you attempt. Note that almond butter does tend to be more drippy/runny, so I am more hesitant to recommend this exchange in baked goods.

Can I Make Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies?

Yes! Swap a 1-to-1 gluten free baking mix for the flours. If you’re looking for a less risky gluten free cookie baking adventure, try these Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies or Peanut Butter Protein Cookies.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

4 from 4 votes
The best chocolate peanut butter cookies ever! Made with chopped chocolate and no cocoa powder, these easy cookies taste like fudgy truffles.

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 3 hours 30 minutes

Servings: 36 small cookies, approx.



  • Melt the chocolate, butter, and peanut butter in a small saucepan over medium heat or in a microwave-safe bowl. (If microwaving, heat in 15-second bursts and stir between each.) Once the butter has melted, remove the bowl from the heat and stir until the chocolate melts completely and the mixture is smooth.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and espresso powder until well combined.
  • Pour in the chocolate mixture, baking powder, and salt, then stir to combine. Stir in the flour just until it disappears. The dough will seem very, very soft.
  • Cover the bowl and chill the dough for at least 3 hours or overnight (it will firm up considerably).
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place 1 cup powdered sugar in a wide, shallow bowl.
  • With a small cookie scoop or spoon, scoop out heaping teaspoon-sized portions of dough and roll into balls that are 1 1/4 inches in diameter. 
  • Place 4-6 balls of dough in the powdered sugar, then gently roll and toss the balls to coat completely (if you do too many balls at once, they will stick together). Shake off the excess sugar, then place them on the prepared baking sheet, leaving 1 1/2 inches between each (the cookies will spread as they bake). Repeat with remaining cookies.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time by turning it 180 degrees, and if baking multiple cookie sheets at once, switching the top and bottom pan positions. When the tops are dry and just set, remove the cookies from the oven. Let cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • TO STORE: Leftover chocolate peanut butter cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days.
  • TO FREEZE: Store cookies in the freezer for up to 1 month in a covered container. Let thaw before serving (or not—I won’t judge).


Serving: 1(of 36)Calories: 112kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 17mgPotassium: 66mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 62IUCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg

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Erin Clarke

Hi, I'm Erin Clarke, and I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food that's affordable, easy-to-make, and best of all DELISH. I'm the author and recipe developer here at and of The Well Plated Cookbook. I adore both sweets and veggies, and I am on a mission to save you time and dishes. WELCOME!

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    1. I’m so, so happy to hear that Katie! Thanks for trying the recipe and for taking time to leave your review. Enjoy every bite!

  1. Just finishing baking my first batch of these. Can’t wait til they cool off enough to taste one! But I’m curious about the cookie sheet rotation. What is the reason behind that?

    1. Hi Terrie! Most ovens bake a little unevenly, so that helps keep all the cookies brown perfectly and no one part of them to get overcooked. I hope you loved them!

  2. Hi Erin! This recipe looks great, but I was wondering why it wouldn’t work with natural peanut butter? We usually only buy natural peanut butter and I would really love to make this recipe, is there a way I could possibly use natural peanut butter???

    1. Hi CC! I recommend not using the natural peanut butter that must be refrigerated or the cookies will not bake properly. Hope this helps!

  3. Hi Erin,
    Since I don’t want to have to purchase white whole wheat flour for one recipe, can you please let me know the increased amount of all purpose flour I would need. Your note only says” or additional all purpose flour”. Thank you.

    1. Hi Tracy! Yes that note means that you can definitely use only all-purpose flour for these cookies. Hope you enjoy them!

  4. I am a personal chef for families. I have made many recipes and baked goods throughout my years including crackle cookies. Sadly these did not spread despite that I followed the recipe and chilled the mixture for 1-2 hours.They were heavy and dense after being baked for 8 minutes. I used a small ice cream scoop to measure the dough. My peanut butter was brand new and had never been opened or refrigerated. I used all white unbleached flour. I wanted to love these and gift them to someone who loves peanut butter and chocolate. What went wrong?2 stars

    1. I’m so sorry you had trouble with this recipe, Tracy. I know it’s frustrating to try a new recipe and not have it turn out. I (and many other readers) have enjoyed them, so I really wish they would’ve been a hit for you too! It’s hard to say what went wrong without being in the kitchen with you.