Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

Chewy chocolate cookies with a creamy peanut butter center. The best cookie I have ever made! They remind me a piece of  buckeye candy inside of a cookie…and you can’t go wrong there. 😉 I have started thinking about what kinds of cookies I want to include in my Holiday cookie boxes and this one is a keeper. I found this recipe about a month ago and knew I had to try it out! If you love anything  with the chocolate and peanut butter combination-this ones for you!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar (plus more for rolling)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
3/4 cup powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 375º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together sugars, butter and 1/4 cup of peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg, beating to combine. Stir in the flour mixture and stir to combine, blending well. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix together powdered sugar and remaining 3/4 cup of peanut butter until smooth.
Pull off a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough and flatten with your hands. Take about 1 teaspoon of peanut butter mixture and place it in the center of the chocolate dough. Wrap the chocolate dough around the peanut butter center, pressing to seal. Roll the cookie into a ball and roll the cookie in the sugar. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. Using the bottom of a glass, flatten each cookie to about a 1/2 inch thickness.
Bake in preheated oven for 7 to 9 minutes. Let stand on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack.

Source: Liv Life Too

30 Responses to “Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies”

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    happywhennothungry — November 9, 2010 @ 10:02 am

    These cookies look amazing!! I love how you rolled them in sugar too, gives them an extra bit of sweetness and prettiness. This one is definitely being added to my arsenal of Christmas cookies!

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    beth — November 10, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    oh my, i just thought about this… you know i love my pb & chocolate combination, but how yummy would this cookie also be if you stuffed a caramel inside the cookie instead of peanut butter. you know, just as an option.

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    Annie's Dish — November 10, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

    I love marshmallows in anything, even peeps. In case you haven’t seen yet I gave you an award.

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    Gerri Matteson — November 11, 2010 @ 9:23 am

    I printed these out. They are going on my christmas cookie list. Looks really Yummy.

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    Nuts about Food — November 11, 2010 @ 9:32 am

    I absolutely adore the chocolate and PB combo, especially because it is impossible to find here in Italy. Will have to try these…

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    Miss — November 11, 2010 @ 10:07 am

    These look fantastic. Peanut butter and chocolate are made for each other. Thanks for sharing.

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    Kim - Liv Life — November 11, 2010 @ 10:31 am

    Your cookies are so pretty!!! And your photos so much better than mine! Really nice job… I think I need a photo consult!!!

    • Christina replied: — November 14th, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

      Your pictures are the whole reason I HAD to make these cookies! They looked so good!! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing this recipe….it is one of my favorites! 🙂

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    A Bowl Of Mush — November 11, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    This is such a lovely cookie idea! They look amazingly delicious!

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    Lil — November 12, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

    I made a small batch of these, was very annoyed by the process of wrapping the super-sticky filling with the less stick dough…thought about it and came up with the following solution:

    Make the peanut butter inside FIRST. Shape little balls and place them on a wax or parchment paper lined sheet, and freeze. While they’re freezing, make the cookie dough, shape balls of that and pinch them into little pinch-pot shapes.

    Remove the frozen insides (just a few at a time) and wrap the soft cookie dough around the hard middles. They thaw quickly for shaping, rolling and squishing.

    Using that technique, I was able to make them in about half the time!

    • Christina replied: — November 12th, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

      Thanks so much for the awesome tip! I will have to try that next time I make these! Thanks for commenting and letting me know your trick! 🙂

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    Pat Lamneck — November 12, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

    The peanut butter in the middle of a chocolate cookie sounds like the perfect combination. Rolling them in sugar before baking gives them an extra touch. Perfect cookie! 🙂

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    Adrian — December 5, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

    Delicious! This is my first of 4 Christmas baking recipes this year and I am certain they will be a hit. I was skeptical once I started, because I realized there are NO spices and the dough and filling each tasted a bit bland. But, once baked, the texture and the two combined flavours are so good, all questions out the window 🙂

    Thank you for sharing, and Merry Christmas!
    -Adrian (in Ontario)

    • Christina replied: — December 6th, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

      I thought the same thing when I took a bite of the dough and filling before I baked them. But like you said, once they baked, these cookies were amazing. They are now one of favorite cookie recipes. 🙂 Thank you so much for letting me know that you enjoyed them!

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    Ashley — December 18, 2010 @ 5:46 pm

    I saw this post and HAD to make these…they ROCKED! Thanks for the recipe! My only complaint is that it didn’t make enough 😉 I posted my results with a link to your blog over on mine.

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    Garlic Girl — December 19, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

    Hi Christina,
    I came across your post on these amazing cookies and made them today. Sooo good! I mentioned your blog in my post so others could find your awesome blog. Now I’m going to look for the next cookie off your blog!

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    Jess — January 31, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    Oh, these look amazing! -And definately a lot cleaner than Liz and mine haha!!

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    Sue — March 7, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    wow – just tried your recipe and it is terrific! REally nice that the filling was just the right amount for the chocolate covering. My husband and I loved them. thank you.

    • Christina replied: — March 7th, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

      Sue, I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed the cookies! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you! 🙂

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    Natalie Kaye — March 19, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

    I’m always looking for new ways to challenge myself baking these cookies are my next step. Peanut butter filling? Sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing this recipe 🙂

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    betty — August 16, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

    Do you have to use unsalted butter?? and do i have to add powdered sugar?? i was thinking cream cheese added with the pb because its really creamy and when u cook it, it doesnt get dry… i have made the cream cheese pb filling for a chocolate coffee cake. thanks.

    • Christina replied: — August 17th, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

      You do not have to use unsalted butter, just make sure you reduce the amount of salt in the recipe. As far as using the powdered sugar, I have never made them without it. If you end up giving the cream cheese and PB filling a try I would love to hear how it turns out for you! 🙂

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