These Cocoa Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are some of the easiest peanut butter cookies that you’ll ever make. They’re based on my Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies and use no flour or butter in them, unlike regular peanut butter cookies, and are primarily made with peanut butter, eggs and sugar. The first time you try them, you might be a bit skeptical about how they’ll work, but I can assure you that this is an easy recipe that you’ll find yourself returning to again and again.
This variation on the basic flourless peanut butter cookies adds a little bit of chocolate into the mix. I used unsweetened cocoa powder to lend some chocolate flavor to the peanut butter, giving them a peanut butter cup-like flavor – and the addition of a generous amount of chocolate chips doesn’t hurt either! The cookies are more tender than a regular peanut butter cookie but still have a nice chewiness to them. Under baking them slightly will give you a chewier finished product, and letting them go an extra minute or two will produce a crisper cookie.
I like to use smooth peanut butter in these cookies, but crunchy peanut butter can be used instead if that is what you have on hand. The little pieces of peanut add nice crispy elements to the cookies, and work well with the chocolate chips. The cookies keep very well and can be stored in an airtight container for several days after baking.
Flourless Cocoa Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup peanut butter (pref. smooth)
3 tbsp cocoa powder
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, beat together all ingredients until smooth, adding chocolate chips at the end of mixing.
Shape the dough into 1-inch round balls and drop onto prepared baking sheet. Flatten slightly.
Bake for about 10-13 minutes at 350 F, until golden brown at the edges.
Cool on pan for 3-4 minutes before removing to a wire rack with a spatula to cool completely (cookies may be very tender when warm).
Makes about 2 dozen.
AlliApril 4, 2012
Sounds good! Always love having those easy simple recipes on hand! Thank you for posting!
Sunny12April 4, 2012
Yum! do you think unsweetened pb will work? Would i just add extra sugar?
jmlumacadApril 4, 2012
YateeApril 4, 2012
I’m making a few things for one of my friends who has Celiac’s, and she loves chocolate. These will be perfect for her.
Tracy @ Pale YellowApril 9, 2012
Great recipe! Simple and easy to make for my gluten free friends!
JuliaApril 16, 2012
This sounds and looks so yummy! I’m wondering, would it be possible to beat the ingredients (pb, sugar, etc) together by hand? Sadly I don’t have a mixer 🙁
NicoleApril 16, 2012
Julia – You can definitely mix this up by hand using a big wooden spoon or a spatula. The mixer is easy if you have one, but you will have no problems without one.
KaseyApril 28, 2012
I have tried to pin several of your recipes, but can never get pictures of the item I would like to pin to come up. Have you chosen not to have recipes from your blog pinned or is it just my computer? Pinterest is the best way for me to mark certain recipes I am wanting to try! These look really yummy!
MelissaMay 22, 2012
Fabulous! I baked these for my children’s bake sale just last week and they are just great!! Chocolate chip cookies are my favourite, and my kids and I just tried the healthy version… we ordered online from the Protein Bakery after another mother at the bake sale recommended that I try out their coupon on http://www.justschoolit.com. They were awesome!! Happy Baking!
Santa BernacchiJune 2, 2012
What are the nutritional value of these cookies?
LongtimecomingOctober 24, 2012
I have made these cookies a few times as well and the 2nd time i made a triple batch substituting one cup of peanut butter for one cup of nutella. let’s just say that my friends when CRAZY for them.
thanks again for such great recipes!
Sunny12January 16, 2013
these cookies are genius, have made them several times and will do so again tonight : )
JoniFebruary 14, 2013
These are really good! I was skeptical at first, but hubby convinced me to make them. We were pleasantly surprised. Not too sweet, not too crumbly, and loaded with PB flavor. thanks!