Dark Chocolate Chunk and Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies

If you think the world’s most perfect food pairing is chocolate and peanut butter, you’re in for a real treat.

These cookies combine chocolate and peanut butter, twice. You can never have too much.

Dark Chocolate Chunk and Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies - Soft and chewy cookies packed with peanut butter and oozing with dark chocolate!

There’s dark chocolate chunks and cocoa powder, with peanut butter chips and peanut butter.

They’re soft, chewy, gooey, and oh yes, full of chocolate and peanut butter.

Dark Chocolate Chunk and Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies - Soft and chewy cookies packed with peanut butter and oozing with dark chocolate!

They’re easy to make by creaming together peanut butter, butter, sugars, an egg, and vanilla.

Fold in flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and baking soda, before folding in the add-ins.

Dark Chocolate Chunk and Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies - Soft and chewy cookies packed with peanut butter and oozing with dark chocolate!

I’ve used cornstarch in these cookies, and in about 20 other cookie recipes, including Chocolate Chip and Chunk CookiesPeanut Butter Coconut Oil CookiesM&Ms CookiesSnickers CookiesTwix Bar CookiesCaramel Corn Chocolate Chip CookiesSmores CookiesLofthouse CookiesCandy Corn and White Chocolate Chip CookiesVanilla Melting Moments Sandwich CookiesOrange Creamsicle White Chocolate Cookies, and more.

It helps create softbatch-style cookies that are soft, moist, and supple, without turning cakey.

Dark Chocolate Chunk and Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies - Soft and chewy cookies packed with peanut butter and oozing with dark chocolate!

I chopped and used a Trader Joe’s 72% Pound Plus Bar. A tip before you start chopping is to put a piece of parchment on your cutting board and chop on that. You can easily slide the chopped chocolate right into the mixing bowl, and there’s no ground-in chocolate on your cutting board, making cleanup a breeze. I recycle the parchment and tuck it in with the remainder of the chocolate bar, and I’m already set up for next time.

If you you want to use semi-sweet chocolate chips you can, but they don’t melt and ooze as much as chopped chocolate does.

Dark Chocolate Chunk and Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies - Soft and chewy cookies packed with peanut butter and oozing with dark chocolate!

Don’t overbake, which is easy to do with dark cookies. They’ll fool you and will look raw, all the way up to the point they’re overdone and crunchy.

They’ll look glossy, shiny, and not appear done when you pull them, but firm up, dry out, and de-gloss as they cool, even more so than non-chocolate cookies.

Dark Chocolate Chunk and Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies - Soft and chewy cookies packed with peanut butter and oozing with dark chocolate!

They’re soft and chewy chocolate cookies, more so than they are peanut butter cookies. They’re dark, rich, and aren’t overly sweet.

They’re loaded with add-ins and texture in every bite. The glistening dark chocolate chunks, along with the chocolate-peanut butter dough, make for a very intense chocolate experience.

Dark Chocolate Chunk and Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies - Soft and chewy cookies packed with peanut butter and oozing with dark chocolate!

The peanut butter chips amplify the peanut butter flavor, and add a pop of sweetness, balancing the robust chocolate flavor.

Peanut butter and chocolate lovers, you’ve met your match.

Dark Chocolate Chunk and Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies - Soft and chewy cookies packed with peanut butter and oozing with dark chocolate!

Dark Chocolate Chunk and Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies - Soft and chewy cookies packed with peanut butter and oozing with dark chocolate!

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Dark Chocolate Chunk and Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies

If you think the world's most perfect food pairing is chocolate and peanut butter, you're in for a treat. The cookies combine chocolate and peanut butter, twice. There's dark chocolate chunks and cocoa powder, with peanut butter chips and peanut butter. They're soft and chewy chocolate cookies, more so than they are peanut butter cookies. They're dark, rich, and aren't overly sweet. Cornstarch helps keep the cookies soft and supple without turning cakey. Make sure not to overbake; dark cookies can fool you into thinking they're still under-done, but firm up considerably as they cool.

Yield: about 17 medium cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 3+ hours, for dough chilling

Ingredients:

1 large egg
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (do not use homemade or natural peanut butter; it's too runny and cookies could spread)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened natural or Dutch-process cocoa powder (I used Trader Joe's)
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips may be substituted)
1/2 cup peanut butter chips

Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large bowl and electric hand mixer), cream together the first 6 ingredients (through vanilla) on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cocoa, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix on low speed until just incorporated, about 1 minute; don't overmix.
  3. Add the chocolate, peanut butter chips, and blend until just incorporated.
  4. Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop or your hands, form heaping two-tablespoon mounds (I made 17). After scooping the dough into mounds, I lightly rolled the dough mounds in my hands to make sure they were compacted. Dough may be slightly crumbly but holds together when squeezed. Place mounds on a large plate, and flatten them slightly.
  5. Cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if cookies appear undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center. They firm up as they cool. (The cookies shown in the photos were baked with dough that had been chilled overnight, allowed to come to room temp for 15 minutes, and were baked for 8 minutes. They have slightly chewy edges with soft, pillowy centers). Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
  7. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

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60 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Chunk and Peanut Butter Chip Chocolate Cookies”

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    Ellen — January 11, 2014 at 1:00 am

    I DOOOOOO AGREE! World’s best pairing. Rivaled only by bread and butter. Eek. Not sure I could pick a winner. These look delectable.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 11th, 2014 at 1:47 am

      I will go with choc & pb all day long over bread and butter. If I’m having empty calories, they may as well be chocolate/pb ones. Haha! :)

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    Ksenija @ With An Open Mind — January 11, 2014 at 1:31 am

    Avery, these cookies are little masterpieces! The melted chocolate makes me want to lick my fingers and I bet the taste reminds one of snickers. Whoever invented peanut butter chips must be a genius – too sad they didn’t make it to Europe yet!

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    Paula — January 11, 2014 at 3:48 am

    Double chocolate and PB–swoon!! I love the melty chopped chocolate–and the flavor would seem much like a Reese’s in cookie form. Jon’s birthday is next week and choc-PB is his favorite….he might get birthday cookies instead of cake this year!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 11th, 2014 at 3:53 am

      You’re up way too early on a ‘lazy’ Saturday morning (I’m just still up working) but these would be better than most cakes I think L) And yes, great call that they’re like a Reese’s in cookie form. More chocolaty than peanut buttery, though. And happy early bday to him!

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    Liz S. — January 11, 2014 at 4:30 am

    Extra chocolate + extra peanut butter = EXTRA perfect. You’ve done it again, Averie! Stellar recipe.

    Happy weekend to you!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 11th, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Happy weekend to you, too, Liz! :)

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    Tieghan — January 11, 2014 at 6:14 am

    Yes, peanut butter and chocolate has got to the one of the very best pairings there is! Not much can be it!

    These cookies are just over the top and insanely good looking! That melted dark chocolate oozing out everywhere is how all cookies should look. I also love that these look so moist and that can be really hard to achieve when cocoa powder is added. Pinned of course!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 11th, 2014 at 11:39 am

      “these look so moist and that can be really hard to achieve when cocoa powder is added” – glad I am not the only one who feels that way! I love my cookies (and anything) supremely moist (and underbaked) and even when I TRY to underbake things with cocoa powder, I either bake it ‘normally’ or overbake. It’s like cocoa powder just sucks the moisture out of anything and you just have to be so careful with baking times or with how much flour you’re adding. Such a balancing act for me! And thanks for the pin!

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    Megan - The Emotional Baker — January 11, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Double chocolate and peanut butter? Oh my! Thanks for the tip on chopping chocolate. I’ll keep it in mind :)

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    Katie Oberwager @ 24 Carrot Life — January 11, 2014 at 8:36 am

    I just drooled looking at these pictures. There is no better combination than chocolate and peanut butter (twice).

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — January 11, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Just like with all your soft cookie recipes, I am easily obsessed! Nothing beats a warm and gooey soft chocolate cookie in my opinion and I love that you used the chopped chocolate to get the gooey-ness!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 11th, 2014 at 11:36 am

      Yeah it’s a must for that melty factor!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 11, 2014 at 9:22 am

    You can never have too much chocolate and PB – love these cookies!

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    Kelly Morrison — January 11, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I have finals to study for, but making these looks much more delicious. ;)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 11th, 2014 at 11:36 am

      LOL and good luck with your studying…enjoy that granola :)

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    Happy Valley Chow — January 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    *drool* I want that in my belly :(

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    Katie — January 11, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Yes, yes, yes!!! I can’t believe that are still able to come up with new and interesting ideas for pb and chocolate cookies! Everytime you post another one, I’m like….this has to be it. There isn’t another take or twist on this and then…BAM. You come up with another.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 11th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Some days I wonder that myself. Seriously. I am going to be posting more savory recipes in the upcoming weeks for this very reason. I need to give my brain time to come up with some more combos for sweets that I haven’t already done :)

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    Nutmeg Nanny — January 11, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Goodness, these babies look decadent! Love the peanut butter chips :)

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    Mary Frances — January 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    These are some of my most favorite photos of yours! I love how thick these cookies are and, of course, the peanut butter and chocolate. I am such a sucker for pb chips! These look out of this world, Averie, the perfect way to use peanut butter and chocolate!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 11th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks for saying they’re some of your fave photos! Appreciated :)

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    Kris — January 11, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I bought the ingredients for your dark chocolate/pb stuffed pb cups but haven’t had a chance to make them yet … now I want to go buy pb chips … stop the madness! Wait, don’t stop it, keep it coming!!!!!!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 11th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      LOL and enjoy those stuffed cups (or these!)

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    Carley @ Optimistic Health — January 11, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I’m having a major weakness for chocolate and peanut butter today so I’ll consider these a blessing :)

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    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life — January 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    I made your Thick and Soft Chocolate PB Cookies recently and just loved how thick and chewy (and chocolately!) they were. I just restocked the pantry with loads of peanut butter – I think this would be a fab recipe to break into my stash :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 11th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks for trying those cookies and if I do say so, these are better b/c they have PB :) So, you have something to look forward to if you try these!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — January 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    They look like fudge!!!! LOVE them.

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    Jaclyn — January 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    You get me with your melty chocolate photos every time Averie! They look incredible! Nothing better than a giant stack of cookies.

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    Emily @ Life on Food — January 11, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I definitely need to try these. Peanut butter and chocolate is a favorite. And that drippy chocolate. Swoon!

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    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent — January 11, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Drooling… Love peanut butter and chocolate so these are the top of any list for me. Love how thick they appear. Love a good thick soft cookie :)

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    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — January 11, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    These could get me in trouble! Oh my, these cookies look mouthwatering!

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    Baker Bettie — January 12, 2014 at 5:16 am

    OMG! I am in a cookie trance! COOOKIES! They are totally my weakness. And I agree, you can never go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter. Especially dark chocolate!

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    Kira @ The Healthable Old Soul — January 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

    These look incredible! They defiantly remind me of a Reese’s Pieces except this one looks like it will melt in your mouth more! Looks great!

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    Natalie — January 12, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Ohhh emmm geeee Averie these look WAY too decadent and amazing for my tiny stomach right now! I love chocolate chunks AND peanut butter, so this is a scary combination! And you kill me with the additional photos of other recipes afterwards ;) I have a feeling you’ll be the one to blame for any New Years weight-loss resolutions failures haha :P

    xo
    Nat
    http://nataliemint.com

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    Rossi @ A Baking Girl — January 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Having just recently made a peanut butter chocolate cheesecake, I’m on a total PB and chocolate kick (but then again I’m pretty sure I’m always in the middle of one). These look so tasty and decadent- definitely a must try!

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    Erin | The Emerging Foodie — January 12, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Yes please! Chocolate + PB has been on my mind and in my kitchen lots lately. So good! Cornstarch makes for the best cookies! Pinning!

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — January 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    These cookies look amazing Averie! I’m on this diet but I keep seeing cookies everywhere and I can’t resist!!

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    vanillasugarblog — January 12, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Av these photos really should have “scratch & sniff” can you work on adding that feature to your blog?
    thanks!
    ;-)

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    Becca @ Crumbs — January 13, 2014 at 3:30 am

    OMG these are going straight onto my ‘to bake’ list!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — January 13, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Thank you for that tip about chopping chocolate! So simple and so useful :) I always buy the Pound Plus bars, too.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 13th, 2014 at 4:28 am

      glad you caught that one! It’s a big mess-saver :)

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — January 13, 2014 at 5:04 am

    I can never have enough chocolate and peanut butter in my life! I love how gooey that melty chocolate mars these cookies look! I wish I had a few with my coffee this morning! Pinning :-)

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    Dina — January 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

    they look yummy!

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    Emma @ Bake Then Eat — January 13, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I will happily slip into a PB and Chocolate coma with a batch of these they look so good and thanks for the tip about using cornstarch I shall definitely give it a go.

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — January 14, 2014 at 5:40 am

    I’m melting into a pool of chocolate and peanut butter bliss right now Averie. I just had some granola with the two flavors paired together and now I could use one of these bad boys. They look so ultra soft and fudgy. And how perfect – I just bought a pound plus bar yesterday from TJs (as well as some cowboy caviar… of course!). Love these!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 14th, 2014 at 8:13 am

      I love that we have similar TJs lists, Cowboy Cav & Pound Plus Bars. The essentials :) Thanks for the compliments on these, Sally!

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    Julie @ This Gal Cooks — January 16, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I’m sitting here at my desk at work and all I can think about is these cookies! Ah, daydreaming about peanut butter and chocolate. I’ll take that over deskwork any day. :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 16th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Glad you’re daydreaming about PB & choc. A girl after my own heart!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — January 16, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    THIS IS EXACTLY EVERYTHING I WANT AND NEED IN MY LIFE!!!!

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    Paula — January 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Ohhhh…I knew these would be sooo good–I had to use some serious restraint to not eat all the dough before I baked them. This was a great choice for birthday cookies–Jon loved them (and guessed correctly that this was one of your recipes)! PB and chocolate is his favorite and these deliver on both counts. My list of favorite cookies from your blog keeps getting longer, and this is definitely a great one!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 17th, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      I’m so glad you guys loved these! And happy bday to him!!! When you were hell bent on making them, I was secretly worried inside – not because I didn’t think you’d like them, but because I was worried if they’d live up to ‘bday cake’ status. Well, I guess I didn’t need to worry then since it sounds like they were a big hit :) And yes, I do remember this dough being super yummy! Thanks for trying these Paula & glad they’re a new fave!

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    Lexie — January 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    I just made these, and they are FABULOUS. so thick and rich and melty. they look exactly like yours do in the picture, which doesn’t often happen with recipes. lovely, lovely recipe, especially for peanut butter fanatics.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — January 19th, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      Oh I am so glad you made them, loved them, and they turned out just like my pics. I agree that that doesn’t always happen on recipes I try on other blogs, cookbooks, etc so I love hearing that they turned out perfectly for you! :)

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    Monique @ Ambitious Kitchen — January 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Loving the light background on these cookie shots!

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    Taylor — February 11, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    I’ve been making my husband a variety of cookies the past month, and these have been his favorite! We can’t get over the flavor and texture. He rarely asks for repeat recipes, but he has asked for this one multiple times! Love it! Can’t wait to try the quadruple chocolate recipe you just posted and compare.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — February 11th, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      Thanks for trying these & glad your hubs loves them enough to have a repeat recipe! That’s a high compliment! And yes, try the new choc ones I made. They are incredible!!! I think I even like those better, but it’s a hard call b/c these have PB :)

      LMK what you guys think!

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