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Stuffed Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies from @loveandoliveoil

When is a cookie, not just a cookie? You wouldn’t know it from looking at them, but these cookies are stuffed with liquid gold.

Imagine the perfect chocolate chip cookie, laced with peanut butter and speckled with mini chocolate chips. Now imagine that perfect cookie stuffed with a dark chocolate peanut butter cup.

I know, right?

Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies from @loveandoliveoil

Slyly devoured fresh out of the oven, a smirk of sweet molten peanut butter in the corners of your mouth the only clue as to why there are is one less cookie on the platter than there was before. I am not deterred by the mess, as smudges of chocolate and peanut butter are, to me, a physical portrayal of pure bliss, a tell-tale sign of happiness lingering on my fingers.

Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies from @loveandoliveoil

Don’t get me wrong, these cookies are fabulous in their own right. The ‘plain’ ones (I ran out of peanut butter cups part way through) were gone just as quickly as the stuffed ones. Although, that may be because no one could tell the difference. Still, my feeling is, if you can stuff, why wouldn’t you stuff, if it it makes them that much more alluring?

Stuffed Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies from @loveandoliveoil

My original intention, to stuff these with Hershey’s caramel kisses, wasn’t as perfect in reality as it was in my mind. The caramel did it’s best to escape its doughy prison, oozing out onto the baking sheets in bubbling puddles. Luckily though, with the non-stick prowess of the Silpats, after cooling for about 10 minutes the cookies easily released, the excess caramel broken off, and the cookie could still be enjoyed (and believe me, they were enjoyed).

Be sure to let the cookies cool sufficiently on the cookie sheets before transferring them to the wire rack. Like the caramel, even the molten peanut butter will try to escape through the lacy brown bottom of the cookie if you’re not careful. Letting them cool for at least 10 minutes on the cookie sheet will seal in the filling to be fully enjoyed later, rather than left behind on the pan or dripping out the bottom of the rack. Patience, my dear, is a delicious virtue.

Stuffed Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • 36 dark chocolate peanut butter cups

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, heat butter and peanut butter until melted; stir until smooth and let cool.
  3. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, stir the melted butter and peanut butter together with sugars until it forms a thick paste. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir until incorporated. Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until it comes together, using your hands if necessary. The dough may seem crumbly at first but should come together eventually. Mix in chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop dough by the heaping tablespoon (a medium cookie scoop is the perfect portion size). Split and slightly flatten one half in your palm. Place peanut butter cup on top and then smoosh remaining dough around so it is completely encased in dough. Arrange on prepared baking sheets, leaving about two inches of space between cookies.
  6. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until centers are set and edges are light golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes (or longer) on baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Cookie base adapted from How Sweet It Is.

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  1. 1
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Ugh, all my favorite things in one cookie! I’m SUCH a sucker for all things chocolate + PB!

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  2. 2
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Kisses are hard. PB Cups hold their shape WAY better. For stuffing with caramel, the best I find is Rolos. That ‘shell’ is fairly leak-proof compared to a caramel kiss which just…well…disintegrates and melts. Great in your mouth, not for cookie stuffage.

    Looks like you rocked these. Seriously. Want.them.now!!! pinned

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    • Posted On March 17, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Ah, Rolos! I’ll remember for that for next time. :) But yes, peanut butter cups, especially those dark chocolate ones from TJ’s are AMAZING.

  3. 3
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 5:38 am

    These are amazing- I love stuffed cookies. 

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  4. 4
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 5:38 am

    you are my favorite every! As if you put a peanutbutter cup inside an already yummy cookie.. you rock

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  5. 5
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 6:40 am

    I mean, could these be more perfect?! I think not : )

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  6. 6
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 6:58 am

    You’re killing me with this cookie recipe. I’m dreaming of stuffed-cookie bliss. Yum. Pinning!

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  7. 7
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Oh my gosh, I want to eat the entire rack! Totally up my alley! 

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  8. 8
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 8:10 am

    OM NOM NOM!! These are deserving of any and all capslocks of doom. ;) They look amazing! Can’t wait to try!

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  9. 9
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Yum yum!! I can eat a whole dozen of these!!

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  10. 10
    gigi
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 8:16 am

    This recipe uses mini peanut butter cups…right?

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    • Posted On March 17, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Not the mini MINI ones, but the ones that are individually foil wrapped. I used the Trader Joe’s ones specifically: http://amzn.to/1hrQxZ6

  11. 11
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 9:28 am

    These look absolutely delicious :) I will definitely be trying this recipe!
    Bea x

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  12. 12
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Stuffed chocolate chip cookies are the best….and with peanut butter cups involved it’s an irresistible combo!  Amazing cookies!

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  13. 13
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 10:05 am

    GAME OVER. These look incredible!

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  14. 14
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 10:19 am

    These cookies look delicious! Oh, how I need a few of these babies right now!

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  15. 15
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Whoa. These are pure deliciousness in cookie form. So yummy!

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  16. 16
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Not only do these cookies sound and look abso-freaking-lutely amazing, but you described them so perfectly. I’d eat a whole plate of these!!

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  17. 17
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 11:03 am

    A stuffed cookie is the best.  I’ll take a dozen please. :)

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  18. 18
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 11:43 am

    This is an inspired idea. I bet it would be delicious with a Rolo too…

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  19. 19
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 11:54 am

    These could seriously not look any mmore delicious or perfect!

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  20. 20
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Serious?! I cannot believe I have never done this, my hubby will love you for giving me this idea! 

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  21. 21
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Chocolate and PB cookies are absolutely the best! Thanks for the recipe! :)

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  22. 22
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Any cookie with “stuffed” in the tile, is my kind of cookie!

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  23. 23
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    Can I just reach into my screen and grab one of these?! I can’t wait till they create technology that does that because, um, these look ah-mazing.

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    • Posted On March 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm

      We’ll all be 800 pounds when that happens. Ha!

  24. 24
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Wow,  yummy! I will definitely make them:)

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  25. 25
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Ahhhhhh, five or six of these cookies sounds like absolute perfection right now. By the way, these are probably some of the prettiest cookies I’ve seen!

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  26. 26
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Oh my!

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  27. 27
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    UGH!!! I could eat twenty of these! 

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  28. 28
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    These look so delicious! These will totally be made in my kitchen sometime soon!

    Kisses have been hard for me in the past. I tried to use Truffle Kisses at Xmas one year, and they just melted into a gooey pool! 

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  29. 29
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Oh sweet goodness! I’ve made peanut butter cup stuffed cookies before, but never with peanut butter in the dough and dark chocolate pb cups! That’s so much better.

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  30. 30
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I’m 100% positive you just made the best cookie that has ever been made on planet earth! I need to make these for my hubby!

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  31. 31
    Posted On March 17, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Best combo ever!! These would never be safe around here. They would be gone in SECONDS!

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  32. 32
    Posted On March 18, 2014 at 4:56 am

    Next time I will have peanut butter cups I will definitely have to try these cookies! :)

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  33. 33
    Posted On March 18, 2014 at 7:18 am

    O. M. G.  Waaaaay too dangerous!!! Fantasmic!

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  34. 34
    Posted On March 18, 2014 at 8:54 am

    oh jeez. I highly doubt it gets any better than this. And I just love those tiny little chocolate chips- they make me happy :)

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  35. 35
    Posted On March 18, 2014 at 11:04 am

    It’s unclear as to how I’ve lived this long and put peanut butter cups into pretty much everything I’ve ever made… except a chocolate chip cookie. Which means, imo, I have yet to have really lived at all! These. Look. Amazing. Seriously. I need them like now. 

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  36. 36
    Posted On March 18, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I’d have more than a sly smirk of peanut butter, I think I’d devour the lot and someone would notice! They sound like the perfect cookie!

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  37. 37
    Posted On March 18, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Oh wow, how have I never stuffed a cookie before!? Yum!

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  38. 38
    Posted On March 18, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I never thought of stuffing a cookie before. This is totally over the top and delicious-looking! 

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  39. 39
    Posted On March 19, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Unfortunately, this cookie is perfect to feed my inner ‘cookie monster’.  Love it!

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  40. 40
    Meg
    Posted On March 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    I already fell in love with your cookies stuffed with nutella, so this is also happening soon! 

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  41. 41
    Posted On March 19, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Totally outrageous! These look like the stuff dreams are made of… seriously. I need to bake a batch, like, STAT.

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  42. 42
    Posted On March 21, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look amazing! Never would have thought to stuff a cookie! So clever! Of course I had to pin them! Can’t wait to try it!

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  43. 43
    Posted On March 24, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Stuffying a chocolate chip cookie with a peanut butter cup is fantastic way of improving simple cookie! I could look at the pictures with the melted chocolate and peanut butter all day :)

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  44. 44
    Wafa
    Posted On March 26, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I could only find mini Reese’s, will they do?

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  45. 45
    Posted On March 30, 2014 at 2:59 am

    I have no doubt these are every bit as good as you describe them. I’ve done caramel stuffed cookies before, and I flipped them upside down to cool. I don’t know if that would work for these.

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  46. 46
    Amanda
    Posted On March 31, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I have a question-
    will these turn out as good if I leave the peanut butter out of the cookie part, or will the cookie not bake right?

    These look DELISH and I am making them for Easter dinner!!

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    • Posted On March 31, 2014 at 11:44 am

      If you sub out a different nut butter (like almond) I think they’ll be fine. But if you are looking for just a regular chocolate chip cookie I might suggest finding a plain recipe to begin with. The PB gives a lot of fat and structure to the cookie, so not sure how it’d bake up without it.

  47. 47
    Posted On April 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I LOVE stuffed cookies! I used to make shortbread cookies stuffed with chocolate pudding. Thanks for sharing!

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  48. 48
    Amanda
    Posted On April 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Just made these for Palm Sunday dinner, they are the best cookies on earth!!! Didn’t change a thing and they are PERFECT!!! Thanks so much!!!

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    Josh
    Posted On May 22, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Ummm. I just made these for Memorial Day weekend and I have to step away from the finished product. Dang! These are AMAZING! I used the dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joe’s. 

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    KaitlynW
    Posted On May 27, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Can I use natural PB instead of regular PB here? This recipe sounds amazing… Can’t wait to try these! 

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    • Posted On May 28, 2014 at 8:07 am

      Yup, natural should work just fine!

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