Soft and Chewy Triple Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s no secret that I really love peanut butter. I wrote a cookbook with over 100 peanut butter recipes included.

These cookies have peanut butter incorporated 3 ways because you can never have too much peanut butter.

Soft and Chewy Triple Peanut Butter Cookies - PB is used 3 different ways in these melt-in-your mouth cookies! Batch size of just 8 cookies when you don't 'need' dozens laying around!

As much as I don’t want to say that you can never have too many cookies, unfortunately sometimes, you can. I have no need for recipes that make 3 dozen cookies.

I don’t want that many cookies at once because I’ll burn out, not to mention, I don’t love cardio that much, so keeping batch sizes smaller is more practical. This recipe make just 8 cookies.

triplepbcookies-9Soft and Chewy Triple Peanut Butter Cookies - PB is used 3 different ways in these melt-in-your mouth cookies! Batch size of just 8 cookies when you don't 'need' dozens laying around!

If you have a big family, teenage boys with supersonic metabolism, or need to make cookies for your next holiday cookie exchange, this isn’t the recipe for you.

If you love super duper soft and moist peanut butter cookies that just melt in your mouth, and 8 cookies sounds about right, then these are perfect.

Soft and Chewy Triple Peanut Butter Cookies - PB is used 3 different ways in these melt-in-your mouth cookies! Batch size of just 8 cookies when you don't 'need' dozens laying around!

The dough comes together quickly and easily. It’s a very soft dough and you absolutely must chill it before baking or the cookies will spread like crazy and bake thin and flat. That would be bad because you need them to retain some thickness so the peanut butter cup and peanut butter chips have a nice plump based to stay perched on.

I used Reese’s Minis and they’re sold in pouches in the candy aisle of any major grocery store, Target, or even gas stations. Trader Joe’s has mini peanut butter cups that will work, too. Try to use a mini cup because even the next size up may be a little too large and could overwhelm the cookies.

Soft and Chewy Triple Peanut Butter Cookies - PB is used 3 different ways in these melt-in-your mouth cookies! Batch size of just 8 cookies when you don't 'need' dozens laying around!

I studded peanut butter chips on the tops of the cookies to provide another layer of peanut butter flavor and because I thought it looked pretty. I was going to add chips to the dough, but decided I wanted the cookies to be buttery soft, smooth and uncluttered from chips, and just melt in your mouth.

And they do just that. They’re pillowy soft and puffy, and because I used baking powder rather than baking soda, there’s a lightness to them, and they remind me somewhat of Softbatch-style cookies.

Soft and Chewy Triple Peanut Butter Cookies - PB is used 3 different ways in these melt-in-your mouth cookies! Batch size of just 8 cookies when you don't 'need' dozens laying around!

I love underbaked cookies but if you like crunchier or firmer cookies, bake a minute or two longer.

They’re buttery, rich, and between the peanut butter, peanut butter cups, and peanut butter chips, they pack enough peanut butter punch to tame your fiercest peanut butter cravings.

Soft and Chewy Triple Peanut Butter Cookies - PB is used 3 different ways in these melt-in-your mouth cookies! Batch size of just 8 cookies when you don't 'need' dozens laying around!

It’s a good thing I only had 8 of these around.

Soft and Chewy Triple Peanut Butter Cookies - PB is used 3 different ways in these melt-in-your mouth cookies! Batch size of just 8 cookies when you don't 'need' dozens laying around!

Soft and Chewy Triple Peanut Butter Cookies

These peanut butter cookies are for true peanut butter lovers because they incorporate peanut butter three ways – peanut butter cups, peanut butter chips, and peanut butter dough. The cookies are soft, slightly chewy, and just melt in your mouth. The dough is incredibly soft as it comes out of the mixing bowl and must be chilled before baking or you’ll end up with peanut butter puddles on your baking sheet. I use the smallest size of peanut butter cups sold. Look for them in a bag in the candy aisle of your grocery store. It’s a batch size of just 8 cookies when you don’t ‘need’ dozens laying around.

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Ingredients:

1 large egg
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (not natural or homemade, too runny)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-puprose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch salt, optional and to taste
8 mini peanut butter cups
about 1/3 cup peanut butter chips

Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer (or large mixing bowl with electric mixer), combine egg, brown sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and creamed, about 5 minutes. Mixture doesn’t get as fluffy as you may be used to when typically creaming ingredients for cookies. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder, optional salt, and beat on low speed until just incorporated, about 1 minute.
  3. Divide dough into 8 equal-sized portions and roll between palms to form balls. Dough is very soft, limp, mushy, and you’ll have to be gentle with it.
  4. Add 1 peanut butter cup to the center of each ball, which flattens it.
  5. To each mound of dough, add about 8 peanut butter chips in a circle going around the peanut butter cup.
  6. Place dough mounds on a large plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or for up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake flat and thin.
  7. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart .
  8. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until tops are just set. It’s okay if cookies are glossy, pale, and slightly underdone in the center because they firm up as they cool. If you prefer crunchier or firmer cookies than shown, bake 1-2 minutes longer. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for about 10 minutes before serving. Cookies are best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months, 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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115 comments on “Soft and Chewy Triple Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Oh my goodness this looks so good right now! Using the mini reeses cups was pure genius!

  2. Averie, I love under cooked cookies the best, too. And, these are looking like the perfect texture… as do all of your cookies!

  3. Hi Averie, I woke up feeling really exhausted. My asthma is getting the best of me these days. :(

    But u know what cheered me up? Reading this post. And yup, I made them today minus the PB cups. *They still came out amazing. Definitely made me feel better.
    *Lots of love…t c

  4. You’re truly the queen of peanut butter, Averie! I’m a huge fan too – I’m actually eating PB on toast as I type this! Even though I’d love to eat three dozen of these cookies, you’re right – I should limit myself to 8! These look incredible and exactly as you describe them – thick and soft and light at the same time. You’ve created another perfect recipe!

  5. Triple PB is just what my Tuesday needs. Love these cookies!

  6. Underbaked cookies are my favorite, especially in gooey peanut buttery form!

  7. Peanut butter is my weakness, so you cannot imagine the salivating over here! Haha

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  8. These cookies and all the PB variations are amazing! So glad to be a subscriber to your blog; it’s like treat after treat in my inbox:-)

  9. This is dangerous for a peanut butter and chocolate lover like myself! I will definitely have to try these, then pawn them off to my boyfriend so I don’t eat the whole batch myself haha. Love your blog – I’m your newest follower :)

    http://www.simplyhsquared.com

  10. You always amaze me. Every peanut butter recipe after the next is a winner and one I could devour in minutes! The small is genius and even though I do tend to love the cardio, sometimes it just does not happen. These are perfect and pretty photos too!

  11. I love the small batch and would love to see more of them. I can’t keep big batches in the house because I am addicted to sweets but 8 is just enough for 2 per member of my family and great for when I want a sweet treat! :-)

    • Totally understand, Gloria! Most of my recipes are on the smaller end anyway bc I bake so much, I am mindful to keep it SMALL otherwise I just have more to donate to others and I already do plenty of that :)

  12. I love sticking to small batches when I’m baking, Averie … apart from the reasons you mentioned I just hate seeing any go to waste! You can always double up when you need more! Love the sound of these … it’s a bit of a challenge to find Reese’s where I am but probably not impossible!

  13. The photos of the cookies cut in half are killing me! They look like big slabs of peanut butter fudge … almost. ;) Wow, these sound perfect for those peanut butter fixes. I love the small batch, but I think I would have to make it at least twice to keep up with my mouth!

  14. Hi Averie! I’m 16 and I’m one of your biggest fans! I LOVE that you came up with such a perfect compilation of peanut buttery goodness :) I can’t wait to try out the peanut butter stuffed peanut butter cups! Averie, I was wondering, if it is not too much to ask, if I could send you an email somehow? I’ve sent you a couple before and I haven’t gotten a reply- of course, I understand you’re very busy :) On my blog I interview foodies and I would be overwhelmed and SO honored if I could interview you.

    • Thanks for asking and so sweet of you! But for right now, I’m so overwhelmed with projects and work that I barely have time to write my blog posts and answer reader questions, so I’ll have to take a pass on the interview. Thanks anyway though :)

  15. I LOVE that this recipe only makes 8 cookies! There are only three people in my family, so I am always looking for recipes that make smaller batches. We don’t need 3 dozen cookies either! Plus these are peanut butter and Reese’s are my fave. These cookies look wonderful, as usual! :)

  16. I just want you to know that I was dreaming about these cookies last night. I think I need to make the batter when I get home so they will be ready to bake by the time I go to bed! ;)

  17. I saw these cookies on Foodgawker and dropped something – my jaw, the papers I was holding, myself to the floor… so I guess I dropped somethingS. If there was ever any doubt that you are the official Princess of Peanut Butter, there isn’t anymore. NO DOUBT!!!

    • Glad you noticed them on FG. They buried my on like pg 3 or 4 yesterday. I was like what was wrong with them? LOL I guess just bad luck of the draw. But thank you for your sweet compliments, as always! xo

  18. I love that this recipe only makes 8 cookies! It’s just me and my bf, so we don’t need 3 dozen cookies sitting around either.

    These look soooo delicious – you always have the best peanut butter recipes!

  19. I love cardio, but not 2 dozen cookies worth. These look amazing. The innards look so peanut buttery and soft. Cravings are a coming! Pinned.

  20. Love these cookies-a dozen of these would make me a happy girl!

  21. Love that this is a small batch because, like you, I do not like cardio and do not wish to do any more than I absolutely have to. Even if it means sacrificing the rest of the cookies in a normal batch, haha. This is peanut butter overload at its finest!

  22. Found this on pinterest and they’re in the oven right now (though I doubled the recipe). The dough was delicious and I have no doubt the finished product will be too! Thanks for a great recipe :) I cant wait to look around your blog more.

  23. Averie – you are truly the queen of cookies! And your photos are always so stunning!

  24. These look like peanut butter perfection! My flour less pb cookies with pb chips and Reese’s Pieces are my favorite cookies. I also get 8 per batch but most people would get more ;)

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