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Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies are quick and easy to make with a magic ingredient hiding in the middle. Soft and chewy, rich and chocolatey, these indulgent treats taste delicious!
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Table of Contents
  1. About Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies
  2. Why We Love Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies
  3. Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies
  7. Tips for Making the Best Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies
  8. How to Store Peanut Butter Cookies
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Peanut Butter Recipes
  11. Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies are quick and easy to make by preparing a simple from-scratch cookie dough that surrounds a surprise filling. These soft, chewy, and buttery sweet cookies are bakery-style size, perfectly big for housing the peanut butter and hiding it inside.

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About Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies

This Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies recipe is super easy to make and quick to bake using simple kitchen-staple ingredients.

These rich, decadently delicious desserts may look like any ordinary cookie, complete with crisp edges and soft centers, but when you break them in half, you find the magic ingredient in the middle.

Filled with the classic flavor combination of a Buckeye ball, these sweet treats have a soft peanut butter filling that pairs perfectly with the chewy chocolate cookie.

But what sets my recipe apart from the rest is that I freeze my filling first to ensure you don’t risk a molten peanut butter mess during baking; take a bite and you’ll see for yourself that there’s a gooey surprise in the center that doesn’t leak or make your cookies soggy.

Why We Love Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies

  • Quick and easy to prepare.
  • Uses simple ingredients to make homemade dough.
  • Creamy peanut butter filling stays soft and gooey in the center.
  • Soft and chewy chocolate cookie.
  • Dangerously delicious dessert or snack.
  • Perfect for potlucks, cookie exchanges, parties, or anytime you crave a sweet treat.
Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies ingredients

Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies Ingredients

  • Smooth peanut butter
  • Unsalted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • White granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder
  • White flour
  • Cocoa powder

Substitutions and Additions

  • Allergen-Friendly: If you don’t eat peanut butter or have a peanut allergy, feel free to replace it with any other nut or seed butter. Just make sure that it is smooth and creamy.
  • Vegan Version: If you’d like to make these dairy free, you can make a vegan version by replacing the butter with a non-dairy vegan butter.
  • Gluten-free flour: To make these cookies gluten-free, use a 1-to-1 gluten-free baking flour.
  • Make Them More Chocolatey: If you want to increase the chocolate flavor of these cookies, you can add 1 cup of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips to the cookie dough. You can also substitute the cocoa powder for Dutch process cocoa powder.
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  • Cookie sheet
  • Parchment paper
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How to Make Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies

These Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies are quick and easy to make with a simple homemade dough that surrounds the frozen peanut butter spread. Crisp along the edges and soft in the centers, these sweet treats are decadently delicious!

  1. Freeze The Filling: Place 12 dollops of peanut butter on a prepared cookie sheet and freeze while you make the cookie dough.
  2. Create The Cookie Dough: Cream together the butter and sugars until smooth. Whisk in the eggs until fully incorporated, and then whisk in the baking soda, baking powder, flour, and cocoa powder.
  3. Bake: Surround each dollop of peanut butter in cookie dough and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, six at a time, for 12 minutes.
  4. Serve: Cool the cookies on the cookie sheet, serve, and enjoy!

Tips for Making the Best Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies

  • Don’t over-bake your cookies! They don’t really brown, so you have to keep an eye on the texture of the top of the cookie. They may appear a bit soft coming out of the oven, but they will continue to bake and set on the cookie sheet once they’re out of the oven.
  • Make sure your butter is softened and if you can, bring your egg to room temperature. This will help the butter and sugars cream together well and create a light and soft cookie.
  • Resist the temptation to flatten out the dough before baking. The higher the dough mound, the less the cookies will spread and the thicker and chewier they will be. 

How to Store Peanut Butter Cookies

  • To Store: Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. 
  • To Freeze: You can store these cookies in the freezer either baked or unbaked for up to 3 months. 
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to stuff my cookie dough with peanut butter?

I like to flatten a scoop of chocolate cookie dough into a rough disc shape, drop the frozen peanut butter in the center, and then roll the cookie dough up and around the filling. Once the filling is entirely enclosed, place it on the cookie sheet to bake. 

Do I have to freeze my peanut butter filling?

It is important to freeze the peanut butter before baking the cookies to help ensure it does not leak out of the cookies during the baking process.

Can I freeze the unbaked cookie dough?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze the dough. To freeze shape the cookies and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Chill the cookie dough balls in the freezer for 30 minutes. Once the cookie dough balls are firm, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to bake, bake the chocolate cookies as directed. You may need to add a few extra minutes of baking time!

Can I freeze baked cookies?

Yes, you can absolutely freeze the baked chocolate cookies to enjoy them later. Allow the cookies to cool completely, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container lined with parchment or wax paper. Cookies will keep well for up to 3 months. Once you are ready to eat, thaw the cookies to room temperature and enjoy.

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Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies

Serves — 12
Peanut Butter Stuffed Cookies are quick and easy to make with a magic ingredient hiding in the middle. Soft and chewy, rich and chocolatey, these indulgent treats taste delicious!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 3 cups white flour
  • cup cocoa powder

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place 12 dollops of peanut butter on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Place the peanut butter in the freezer while you prep the cookie dough.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add in the eggs and whisk the mixture until the eggs are fully incorporated into the cookie dough.
  • Gently whisk in the baking soda, baking powder, flour, and cocoa powder until no clumps of dry ingredients remain in the cookie dough.
  • Surround each dollop of peanut butter in cookie dough and bake the cookies six at a time for 12 minutes.
  • Allow the cookies to cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet, serve, and enjoy!

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Store these cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
  • To Freeze: You can store these cookies in the freezer either baked or unbaked for up to 3 months.
Tips:
  • Don’t over-bake your cookies! They don’t really brown, so you have to keep an eye on the texture of the top of the cookie. They may appear a bit soft coming out of the oven, but they will continue to bake and set on the cookie sheet once they’re out of the oven.
  • Make sure your butter is softened and if you can, bring your egg to room temperature. This will help the butter and sugars cream together well and create a light and soft cookie.
  • Resist the temptation to flatten out the dough before baking. The higher the dough mound, the less the cookies will spread and the thicker and chewier they will be.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 496kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 512IU | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 2mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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