Take peanut butter cookies to the next level with my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookie with Candied Peanuts! Not only is there chocolate chips in the cookie, but the cookies are topped with extra chocolate chips and candied peanuts right when they come out of the oven!
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I love desserts! I know what your thinking, Bobbie I thought you were this super healthy girl that eats right and works out all the time. Yeah I am, but I still love sweets. And my all time favorite combo is peanut butter and chocolate! When I make a dessert I have to go all out and really do it right!
How do I make peanut butter cookies?
The method to making peanut butter cookies is similar to making most types of cookie recipes. You want to start with softened butter and your egg at room temperature. Start by creaming your butter with both types of sugar. Then add egg, vanilla extract and peanut butter, mixing well for a couple minutes until everything is combined.
In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly, add this flour combination to the butter mixture incorporating all ingredients. With a spatula gently mix in 2/3 cup of chocolate chips.
should I chill my cookie dough before baking?
At this point you will want to chill your dough for at least an hour. I know this is tough especially if you have impatient kids wanting cookies! The reason for chilling your cookie dough first is to help control the spread of the cookie. The longer you chill the dough the more the butter will solidify, giving your cookie a great chewy texture. So be patient and chill that dough!
How do I make candied peanuts?
It’s really easy to make candied peanuts and best to do this step while the dough is chilling. This will insure that the peanuts have time to cool before you bake the cookies.
Add sugar and water to a non-stick skillet, stirring until sugar dissolves. Then add the peanuts and continue to stir as the sugar begins to coat the peanuts. It will take a few minutes but the sugar will thicken up. Once you’re peanuts are coated pour onto parchment paper and spread out in a thin layer. Allow to cool, then chop into small pieces to sprinkle on cookies directly out of oven.
Can I freeze peanut butter cookie dough?
I love freezing cookie dough! This has been a life saver for me for years! Working a retail job makes it extremely difficult to feel festive during the holidays. Who has time to work 80 hours, go Christmas shopping and bake!
The best solution is to freeze that cookie dough ahead of time! I make my dough, scoop it with a cookie scoop and set on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (Make sure your cookie sheet will fit in your freezer! My side-by-side is really small so find a tray that fits!).
Once the dough is lined up on parchment paper, place in freezer for a few hours. The key is to harden the dough so our individual cookie dough balls don’t stick together in one giant clump.
After they are frozen, remove from the freezer and place them in a large zip lock bag. Label your bag with cookie type and date. Then squeeze out as much air as possible and place in freezer. The great thing is that the dough will stay fresh for a couple months! I promise you will not be able to tell a difference in texture or flavor.
How to put the cookies together
These cookies are HUGE! I really wanted giant cookies so I did a double scoop of cookie dough. You can do a single scoop if you want to not get a total sugar high! Just make sure you still flatten with a fork to give the nice criss-cross design and adjust your baking time to about 10 minutes.
To get those giant cookies it is really easy to just stack two cookie balls and press them together when you make the criss-cross design with your fork.
This helps flatten the cookie so that it bakes more evenly. Not all cookie doughs require this step but it’s definitely essential with peanut butter dough.
After you bake your cookies remove from oven and immediately sprinkle the extra chips and your candied peanuts. Press them gently and allow to cool for a couple minutes on a cooling rack.
These are going to be your new favorite cookies! I already have my coworkers begging me for a second batch!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Candied Peanuts
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie
- 1 stick soften butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips,divided
- 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- In a small skillet add water and brown sugar, cooking on med heat. stir with spatula until sugar dissolves.
- Add peanuts and stir continuously for about 5 minutes or until sugar begins to thicken and stick to the nuts.
- Pour peanuts on a piece of parchment paper, spreading out in a flat layer and allow to cool completely.
- In a mixing bowl add softened butter, brown sugar and white sugar and cream together for about 2 minutes.
- Add egg, vanilla, and peanut butter and beat until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
- In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Slowly add dry ingredients, mixing just until no clumps of flour remain.
- Add only 2/3 cup chocolate chips, reserving the remaining chips. Mix chocolate into dough.
- Place dough into refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour or up to over night.
- When ready to bake preheat oven to 350. Make sure rack is set at middle position.
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. With cookie scoop, make dough balls. To make large cookie put one on top of other, then gently smash together with fork making cris-cross pattern.
- Allow 2 inches between cookies to give room to spread as baking.
- Bake for 13-14 minutes, cookies will be lightly browned but seem a little doughy. They will harden as they cool on cookie tray.
- As soon as you remove cookies from oven have candied peanuts and reserved chocolate chips ready and sprinkle on top of warm cookies, gently pressing into top.
- Allow to cool if you can wait! Enjoy!