When I decided to try my hand at this year’s million-dollar Pillsbury recipe, Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies, I tweaked the prize-winning recipe by using a homemade peanut butter cookie dough in place of the refrigerated dough that the winning recipe called for. The change was a great idea and, while I’m sure that the store-bought dough cookies were good, I doubt that they were quite as good as the homemade version – especially since I’m a big fan of the plain peanut butter base I used. After making another couple of batches of the original recipe, I started to wonder what other changes I could introduce for a little variety.
I opted to try a chocolate filling inside the peanut butter base because chocolate-filled peanut butter cookies just sounded like a good idea. I made the filling first, adding cocoa powder to the peanut butter filling. I used both confectioners’ sugar and regular, granulated sugar because I felt that granulated sugar would give the filling a bit more of a fudgy consistency when baked. I also added in a small amount of very finely chopped chocolate to round out the flavor. Chocolate chips – even mini chocolate chips – are not a good substitution because the filling needs to be smooth.
The result was very good. I’ll admit that peanut butter is still the strongest flavor in these cookies by far, but the chocolate adds a nice touch. The center is a bit fudgier than the very-creamy plain peanut butter center of the original cookies, too. The filling was not too sweet at all, which I really liked, and it seemed like the chopped chocolate had a big impact when I compared it to the cookies I left that element out of. I used a 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate and would recommend something similar.
Chocolate-Filled Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies
PB Cookie Dough
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, slightly softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth, national brand)
Filling and Topping
1/4 cup dry roasted peanuts, finely chopped
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup peanut butter (creamy, national brand)
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp confectionersâ€™/powdered sugar
3 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tbsp finely chopped chocolate (semisweet/bittersweet)
Make the cookie dough. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light. Beat in egg, followed by the vanilla and peanut butter.
Gradually add in dry ingredients and beat on low speed until just combined.
Spoon dough onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper, shape into a roll about 3-inches in diameter and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 375Â°F.
Prepare topping and filling. In small bowl, mix chopped peanuts, granulated sugar and cinnamon; set aside.
In another small bowl, stir peanut butter, cocoa powder, sugars and chopped chocolate until smooth. If mixture is very wet (this may be the case if it is very hot outside), add an additional tsp or two of confectioners’ sugar. Shape mixture 20 small (1/2 inch) balls and place each on a sheet of parchment paper. Set aside.
Remove cookie dough from fridge. Cut the log lengthwise in half, then make 10 horizontal cuts to slice the dough into a total of 20 even pieces. Each piece should be a semi-circle in shape.
Flatten each piece of dough and place a peanut butter ball into it. Shape each cookie dough piece around the filling, making sure to cover the ball completely. Repeat with remaining dough and balls.
Roll each ball in peanut-sugar mixture and place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving about 2-inches between balls. Use a flat-bottomed drinking glass to flatten the cookies down to 1/4-inch thickness.
Bake for 9 – 11 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
Cool for 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet, then remove cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes 20 large cookies
EvelinMay 21, 2008
You seem to be the peanut butter cookie queen of the blogosphere:) These are another ones I’d really like to try. Just to imagine…chocolate filled!
DessertObsessedMay 21, 2008
wow, these sound like my type of cookie! Must try this recipe!
StephanieMay 21, 2008
I firmly believe you are a genius! These look great!
Lisa T.May 21, 2008
These look fantastic! I love peanut butter, and peanut butter with chocolate…well it doesn’t get much better. TFS.
KatieMay 22, 2008
They look fantastic and you have the best of both worlds – chocolate and peanut butter!
KellyMay 22, 2008
These sound heavenly! I can’t wait to try them.
JennyMay 22, 2008
When I saw the first batch of cookies my first thought was ‘where’s the chocolate’? Thanks for the new recipe!
HeidiMay 23, 2008
OMG!! Those look amazing. I love peanut butter and chocolate together. YUMMY!!
KellyMay 25, 2008
I made these on Friday and they were delicious. Thanks for the recipe.
chloeMay 27, 2008
OMG these look absolutely amazing!
they remind me of elsylee’s cookies (www.elsylee.com) and those are unbelievable
BarbaraMay 30, 2008
Chloe- i have had those cookies. they look and taste awesome.
you guys should check out these cookies http://www.elsylee.com
SarikaJune 16, 2008
i was really dissapointed my batch didnt spread out,they were still small kinda flattened balls even though they wernt horrible or anything i bet they wouldve been better if they flattened!oh well!it was fun making it tho
MicheleJuly 9, 2008
My nephew’s all-time favorite is my peanut butter-filled double chocolate cookie — the exact inverse of your cookie. I am looking forward to making these mirror opposites for a peanut butter chocolate extravaganza!
donnaSeptember 21, 2008
I saw the show where the original recipe won a million dollars and I said to myself “Give Me A Break…it’s a cookie” However, I was motivated to try this version because ‘editing’ always makes stuff better and also because of the addition of chocolate. I just ate one and OMG — these really are worth a million dollars!!! I just called my sister who is our ‘family baker’ and she had the same initial reaction…can’t wait till she trys them!!! donnalou
DebOctober 2, 2008
OMG! They look dangerous! My grandmom used to make peanut butter cookies and press a hershey’s kiss into the center. I loved those, but these, oh my gosh, they look incredible.
BriannaApril 24, 2010
These are pretty good. I had a lot of extra topping so I put it on top of the flattened cookie, I wouldn’t recommend doing this. But, they are very yummy 🙂
NatalieJuly 8, 2010
These cookies were amazing ! I finished making them a couple minutes ago, and everyone had one and thought they were really good. Nice recipe, I’ll definitely be making these again. 😀
PatrickSeptember 27, 2011
Hi, comming from Germany. Found your recipe by typing “peanut butter cookies” into google. Same day I went to a supermarket, bought the ingredients and baked them. They are so adorable. I really love those cookies and itÂ´ll be one of my favourite cookie-recipes.
Greetings from Germany.
KayJuly 9, 2012
Oh my goodness, these look soooo delicious! Can’t wait to try them!
TyentMarch 10, 2013
These sound delicious… I baked these and the combination of chocolate and peanut works well together. Initially I wondered about mixing chocolate and peanuts but then I thought about all the commercial blocks of chocolate you buy which have nuts in them.
Anyway the cookies were delicious – thank you.
EmilyOctober 5, 2013
These look amazing! I can’t wait to make them! However, how do you measure the butter and peanut butter in a cup? also, what sized cups are you using? Thanks!