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Extreme Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

These chocolate peanut butter cookies are fudgy, chewy, extra rich chocolate cookies, stuffed with creamy peanut butter chips and chocolate chips. This cookie recipe is for extreme chocolate lovers!

These cookies are sometimes known as “Death by Chocolate” cookies. Personally, I think that’s a bit overly dramatic, don’t you? After all, I’ve never heard of anyone actually dying from overindulging in chocolate, OR from eating cookies. I lead a rather sheltered life and don’t get out much, though, so what do I know? Maybe that title is appropriate.

Enough with the name formalities, anyway. I mean we’re talking about delicious cookies here, not rocket science. 

titled photo (and shown): Extreme chocolate peanut butter cookies

Now, because I love to feed your spirit as well as your stomach, I thought you might enjoy a few fun food facts about chocolate.

Fascinating FOOD FACTS About Chocolate

  • It takes almost a full year for a cocoa tree to produce enough pods to make 10 standard-sized candy bars.
  • For 90% of its history, chocolate was served as a liquid and not a solid.
  • Hershey’s Kisses got their name from the kissing sound that the machine makes as it dispenses chocolate onto the conveyor belt.

stack of 4 chewy chocolate peanut butter cookies

  • In addition to dark, milk, and white chocolate, there’s also a uncommon variety of chocolate called blond. It’s primarily sold in Belgium. (I must visit soon!)
  • An average bar of chocolate contains about 10 milligrams of caffeine, but dark chocolate can have as much caffeine in it as a can of soda pop!
  • More than two-thirds of the world’s cocoa is grown in Africa, and Côte d’Ivoire alone produces 33% of the world’s supply.

soft chocolate cookie being dunked into glass of milk


Can I freeze these chocolate cookies?

Yes, absolutely! Not only do the baked cookies freeze well, but you can also freeze the unbaked cookie dough. It’s a great way to get a jump start on holiday baking. Whether you are freezing baked cookies or just the dough, be sure that everything is stored in an airtight container of some sort.

The BEST Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Do you know what I think would be a tragic situation? Death without chocolate.

Of course, if you would prefer a classic peanut butter cookie recipe, check out my blogging friend Mary’s three ingredient peanut butter cookies. They look SO good!


chewy chocolate peanut butter cookies on cooling rack

Extreme Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

These are the chewiest, most chocolate loaded cookies I've ever eaten. They're extreme chocolate peanut butter cookies!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 8 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 18 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 cookies
Calories 144 kcal


  • Cookie Sheets or Baking Pans
  • Silicone Baking Mats
  • Sifter
  • Stand Mixer or Hand-Held Electric Mixer
  • Cookie Scoop



  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line rimmed baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper; set aside.
  • Using a sifter, add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside temporarily.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or use an electric hand mixer), beat the butter and both sugars on high speed until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes), stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the egg and vanilla; mix on medium speed until well combined.
  • With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients you set aside earlier in with the wet ingredients, mixing just until flour is barely visible.
  • Fold in peanut butter and chocolate chips with a wooden spoon, being careful not to over mix the dough.
  • Scoop 1-2 ounce portions (2-4 tablespoons) of dough into balls and place onto prepared baking sheets, at least 1 inch apart.
  • Bake for 9-12 minutes, or until cookies are set on edges but are still slightly soft in the center (they'll puff up during baking, but flatten and firm up as they cool). The larger cookies are in size, the more time they'll need to bake.
  • Remove pans from oven and allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • These cookies freeze very well, as does the unbaked dough. If stored in a tightly covered container, they should keep well for about a week.
  • Nutritional information shown below is an estimate only. Actual calculation varies according to ingredients used.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 144kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 65mgPotassium: 22mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 180IUCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.6mg
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  1. Help!! Am i missing something, where are the dry ingredients for this recipe?? I want to make them today!!!

    1. Oh my goodness! The dry ingredients required for this recipe have seemingly disappeared! I’m so very sorry for your inconvenience!
      I am going to dig through my computer files to see if I can find my recipe notes.
      I’ll be editing the recipe, but I’m afraid that I won’t have time to get to it today.

    2. Hi Ellie,
      Thank you for your patience. I’ve edited the recipe to add the missing dry ingredients. Happy baking! 🙂

  2. These cookies sound and look fabulous! I love anything with chocolate and peanut butter combined together. I had to laugh at the running out of milk comment. I have done this on more occasions than I care to think about. My kids hate it when this happens too. Thanks for the post!

  3. Dude, these cookies look delicious! You can’t ever go wrong with the chocolate + PB combo. And the chocolate facts are fun. They made my brain work hard…which means I deserve another cookie now. 🙂

    1. You are SO right, Dave. There’s a not a darned thing that will ever be wrong about chocolate and peanut butter together. Ohhh, you poor thing… your brain hurts? Here…take a dozen of these cookies. I want to make sure that your brain pain stays away for a long time! 😉

    1. You know what, Jessie? When you’re right, you’re right! Besides, a life worth living involves a little risk. Let’s dig in to these extreme chocolate peanut butter cookies and see where life takes us! 🙂

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