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Thick & Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

These wonderfully Thick and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies are loaded with chocolate chips and chunky honey roasted peanuts. Grab a glass of cold milk and enjoy a hearty snack.

Are you a cookie monster? Me too! Are you a peanut butter monster? (hand raised) Well, your gonna love this recipe.

My starting point was the cookie dough recipe I created for Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies. I LOVE those sandwich cookies. They’re light and crisp and perfect filled with fluffy peanut butter frosting and sweet jelly.

With this recipe I was going for something else. I wanted a substantial cookie with a hearty texture and plenty of chew. Something a cookie monster could really sink their teeth into.

How to make thick and chewy peanut butter cookies:

a cutting board with a knife and chopped peanut
Use a knife to roughly chop the honey roasted peanuts.
peanut butter cookies on a sheet pan before and after baking
1. Scoop the dough onto a parchment lined sheet pan. The dough won’t spread much. Bake just until the edges begin to brown and the center is still soft.

Tips for making thick and chewy peanut butter cookies:

  • Since I wanted substantial, thick cookies I reduced the amount of butter so the cookies spread less. Butter is almost 20% water. The drier the dough the less the cookies will spread.
  • Even though I removed some fat from the dough when I reduced the butter, peanut butter has plenty of fat.
  • Peanut butter also has protein which adds structure to the cookie and absorbs moisture. This added protein keeps the cookie from spreading.
  • I use proportionally more brown sugar to white sugar than in the original peanut butter cookie recipe. The molasses in the brown sugar is hygroscopic (attracts moisture) keeping the cookies from hardening as they cool. A softer cookie will be nice and chewy.
  • A little honey compliments the peanut flavor and honey is also hygroscopic.
  • Since this is a low-moisture dough, you don’t need to chill the dough before baking. Preheat the oven while you mix the dough and they can go right into the oven.
  • Chopped honey roasted peanuts add another layer of peanut flavor plus a hint of sweetness
  • I prefer to use mini chips for even distribution of chocolate.

If you love this recipe as much as I do, I’d really appreciate a 5-star review.

Thick & Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thick & Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Perfectly thick and chewy peanut butter cookies loaded with chocolate chips and honey roasted peanuts.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (10 oz, 280g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 stick (4 oz, 112g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (8 oz, 224g) dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 112g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1.5 oz, 42g) honey
  • 1 cup (9 oz, 255g) peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cup (10oz, 280g) chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (4 oz, 125g) honey-roasted peanuts, chopped

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F . Line 2 half sheet pans with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
    2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt, set aside.
    3. In a mixer bowl, beat the butter with both sugars until light and creamy. Add honey and the peanut butter and mix to combine. Add the eggs and vanilla. Turn off the mixer and scrape the bowl. Add the dry ingredients and turn the mixer to low speed until the flour is partially incorporated. Add the chocolate chips and chopped peanuts. Increase speed to medium and mix just until combined.
    4. Use a #40 scoop (3/4 oz) or tablespoon to scoop the dough into 1.5" balls. Place the cookie balls onto the sheet pan, spacing them 2" apart. At this point some or all of the cookie balls can be frozen to be baked later.
    5. Bake until the edges of the cookies are beginning to brown and the tops are lightly puffed and still soft, about 10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Notes

To work ahead, line the cookie balls onto a sheet pan and freeze until firm. Transfer the cookies balls to a freezer bags and store in the freezer for up to 2 months. To bake, place the frozen cookie balls onto a sheet pan and leave at room temperature while the oven preheats. Bake as directed.

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Irene McMullin

Thursday 5th of August 2021

HI Eileen, could you recommend an adjustment or substitution for those who can't use honey? Thanks!

Irene McMullin

Saturday 7th of August 2021

Super - thanks for the recommendations!

Eileen Gray

Thursday 5th of August 2021

You could use more brown sugar in place of the honey. The texture and flavor won't be quite the same, but they should still be tasty. Otherwise you can use another syrup like Corn syrup, Rice syrup or Agave. Any substitution will change the flavor and probably the texture.

Beverly

Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Hi Eileen, trying this recipe now. At what point does the honey become incorporated into the recipe? There's no mention of it in the actual recipe except in the ingredient list...

I'm putting it in after mixing in the egg and vanilla, because that's the point I'm at in the recipe and noticed it missing in the instructions. Should be OK I suppose.

Eileen Gray

Wednesday 14th of July 2021

Oops, it always amazes me that no matter how many times I proof read I still miss things. The honey goes in with the peanut butter. But whenever you added it should be ok. Thanks for pointing out my mistake. It's been fixed.

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