Afternoon Drive Munchies: Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

When I went grocery shopping last week, I fell victim to a sale on Skippy peanut butter. Each jar was only $1.50! I just had to buy a jar of the natural creamy kind AND the honey roasted creamy kind! But, with so much peanut butter, I knew I had to make some peanut butter treats to give away fast, lest my waistline succumb to both jars. So, I made chewy peanut butter cookies from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book (recipe below).

After two weeks of positive reviews, the 107.5 WGCI afternoon drive crew is quickly becoming my default group of eager treat samplers. This week, they get to enjoy these peanut butter cookies: some plain, some with a dark chocolate drizzle, and a few completely coated in dark chocolate. Here’s hoping the cookies are a hit!

Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies
(from The Sweet Melissa Baking Book)

1/2 c. smooth peanut butter
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

Position a rack in the top and bottom thirds of your oven. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream peanut butter, butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 – 4 minutes. Beat in the egg.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and mix until combined. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl so that everything is combined evenly.

Scoop dough by rounded tablespoons and roll into balls. Place the balls about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets, and press down slightly. The cookies should now measure approx. 2 inches in diameter. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. Overbaking will cause these chewy cookies to become crunchy so try to avoid it.


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40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. spicegirlfla
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 08:12:27

    wow, what a trio of cookies! I love that you did the different toppings! That’s a great idea and looks so professional. Soft pb cookies are the best!! Yum!!

  2. Anita Menon
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 08:35:17

    I’ll have the chocolate drizzled one please

  3. Eileen
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 08:39:48

    Oooh! How do you make pb cookies even better? Coat ’em in chocolate!!!! What a great idea! Those cookies would never make it out of my house. Dangerous. Very dangerous.

  4. Liz
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 08:40:56

    Oh, these look wonderful! I have a weak spot for chewy peanut butter cookies…and these look perfect~

  5. Ameena
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 08:46:21

    I can’t imagine why these wouldn’t be a hit everywhere! They look delicious – perfectly soft and chewy. I would love to munch on one right now. And it’s 6:46am!

  6. lifeisfull
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 08:55:18

    Your cookies look fantastic!!

  7. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 08:57:35

    They look amazing and I love the chocolate drizzle on top!

  8. Three-Cookies
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 09:01:24

    Thats really cheap. Great idea to drizzle/coat with chocolate, looks delicious. Wish I had this taste testing job:)

  9. JamieAnne
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 09:04:55

    We love peanut butter cookies. The only way to make then better is chocolate. These look amazing!!

  10. claire
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 09:12:34

    YUM! I have a great 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe that is so simple (if you buy another jar)!

    awesome drizzles too- these could be in a magazine!

  11. Clarkie @ Beloved Green
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 09:17:34

    I love it with the dark chocolate drizzle!

  12. Peggy
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 10:06:06

    I’d definitely want to get my hands on those ones with the dark chocolate drizzle =)

  13. sara
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 11:45:34

    LOVE these – even though it is only 9:44 in the morning, your photos have definitely put me in a peanut butter cookie mood! πŸ˜‰

  14. forgottenbeast
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 12:49:58

    I love everything peanut butter! And similarly have to get it out of the house, fast, before I eat a jar in a day. Mm, now I’m craving sweet peanutty cookies!

  15. Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 13:01:38

    I like Skippy Natural. I like chewy cookies. I think I like this recipe a lot! πŸ™‚

  16. Andi Winslow
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 15:09:30

    Can’t go long without a cookie, then added chocolate even better, Nice photo of them . Things the grocery chains do to us to get us to buy…….we all fall victims at one point. thanks for the cookie post and for being a foodie with me. andi

  17. Kelly
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 16:20:31

    Oh my… the chocolate glazed ones just about did me in. Peanut butter is so yummy…!

  18. Baby Cakes
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 16:28:39

    As someone who personally sampled these, they were amazing!!!! So good!

  19. Ebonie @ WGCI
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 16:31:23

    These were awesome! keep em coming!!

  20. Samantha
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 16:39:59

    I enjoyed reading your blog. Peanut butter cookies are so delicious

  21. TrafficDiva
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 16:47:23

    Well, sweetheart, as always, you did an amazing job!! Everyone here at the station simply LOVED THEM!!! These were the comments made were as I walked down the hall: “uhmmm”, “yummmm”, “better than the brownies!”, “bring more!!”, and the best one…”I have to have one of each, one now and one when I go home (if it last that long)” =)
    Thanks again so much, Yummy!!

    Much Love,
    From the Afternoon Drive Staff at WGCI-FM and Me!!!! =)

  22. saffronandhoney
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 17:19:48

    Oh man. These look scrumptious!! Want one right now:)

  23. Cakelaw
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 17:29:57

    I want!!! Especially the ones with chocolate drizzle. I also want honey roasted peanut butter – I don’t think we have that here, even though Oz is the home of Skippys.

  24. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 20:14:42

    I am jealous of these afternoon people and their sweets! I am also wanting these cookies now!

  25. Taylor
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 20:48:15

    I would have stocked up on the PB too if it were on sale for that price!! I am loving these cookies….the chocolate drizzle looks amazing!!

  26. Baking Serendipity
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 21:23:07

    I will sample these cookies every day…especially the chocolate drizzle ones! These look delicious πŸ™‚ And I’m a sucker for…let’s be honest, anything on sale πŸ™‚

  27. Betty
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 00:11:21

    I can’t resist a sale, especially if it’s something I know I’ll use. Those cookies are a good reason to go out and save even more money by buying more peanut butter. With that chocolate drizzle, they’d surely feed my demanding cookie tooth. πŸ™‚

  28. kitchen flavours
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 01:53:36

    Your cookies looks fabulous! I like the ones with the choco drizzle! Yum!

  29. Food Glorious Food
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 02:26:13

    Ohhhh… these are gorgeous! Gonna make some this weekend!

  30. Sutapa
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 07:30:45

    Yummo! Cookies are fabulous and the chocolate one is hard to resist

  31. Vianney Rodriguez (@sweetlifebake)
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 08:35:58

    love the chocolate drizzle,,please share!! lol

  32. Meri
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 10:01:40

    Oh no, I”m so hungry and these look so so so good! I’m supposed to be recieving some specialty peanut butters/ almond butters from a giveaway, I bet they would be a delicious twist to PB cookies!

  33. patty
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 14:16:46

    Wow, I’m getting hungry and these cookies look good;-)

  34. Grumpy Grateful Mom
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 16:26:00

    Chewy cookies are my favorite! I would definitely go with the chocolate drizzle. πŸ™‚

  35. Terra
    Aug 26, 2011 @ 22:30:25

    YUM!!!! These look like those Keebler Soft Batch cookies, my favorite store bought soft cookie:-) BUT these would be sooooo much better because they are homemade:-) Hugs, Terra

  36. Krissy
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 00:10:34

    You make me hungry. I am such a cookie monster…can’t stop. Thanks for sharing this recipe and your photos which are wonderful…I’m inspired again by you.

  37. Tiffany
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 08:01:05

    These photos looks amazing and the cookies sounds so good! My mouth is watering! Thanks for sharing!!

  38. Yuri
    Aug 27, 2011 @ 18:49:36

    These cookies are gorgeous! I’m not a PB lover myself but I’m always looking for recipes to please my PB lover friends. The chocolate covered ones look so good I would totally eat them πŸ˜€

  39. caloricandcrazy
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 12:47:05

    these pictures are so tempting!
    the chocolate drizzle just sealed the deal, but the cookies by themselves look absolutely delicious!

  40. Ashwini
    Sep 01, 2011 @ 10:31:42

    Looking chewy and yummmm!

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