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Chocolate-Filled Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate-Filled Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies, sliced

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

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 confectioners’/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 375°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

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  • Evelin
    May 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!

  • DessertObsessed
    May 21, 2008

    wow, these sound like my type of cookie! Must try this recipe!

  • Stephanie
    May 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.

  • Katie
    May 22, 2008

    They look fantastic and you have the best of both worlds – chocolate and peanut butter!

  • Kelly
    May 22, 2008

    These sound heavenly! I can’t wait to try them.

  • Jenny
    May 22, 2008

    When I saw the first batch of cookies my first thought was ‘where’s the chocolate’? Thanks for the new recipe!

  • Heidi
    May 23, 2008

    OMG!! Those look amazing. I love peanut butter and chocolate together. YUMMY!!

  • Kelly
    May 25, 2008

    I made these on Friday and they were delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  • chloe
    May 27, 2008

    OMG these look absolutely amazing!

    they remind me of elsylee’s cookies (www.elsylee.com) and those are unbelievable

  • Barbara
    May 30, 2008


    Chloe- i have had those cookies. they look and taste awesome.

    you guys should check out these cookies http://www.elsylee.com

  • Sarika
    June 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

  • Michele
    July 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!

  • donna
    September 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

  • Deb
    October 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.

  • Brianna
    April 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 🙂

  • Natalie
    July 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. 😀

  • Patrick
    September 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 it´ll be one of my favourite cookie-recipes.

    Greetings from Germany.

  • Kay
    July 9, 2012

    Oh my goodness, these look soooo delicious! Can’t wait to try them!

  • Tyent
    March 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.

  • Emily
    October 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!

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