Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillow Cookies

The Best Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillow Cookies RecipeSoft chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillow Cookies, with a fun surprise inside!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillow Cookies Recipe
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Chocolate peanut butter. Is there really any other worthwhile flavor combination?

Okay, okay… There are a few other dynamic duos out there, I must admit. Yet, none we love to love like our beloved choco-nutter.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillow Cookies Recipe

I’m a big fan of cookies with a fun filling. Thumbprints, sandwich cookies, and of course tantalizing pillow cookies are personal favorites!

Pillow cookies are made by wrapping cookie dough around some sort of filling to create a surprise inside. The filling could be another type of dough, fruit, or even candy. Some fillings work better than others.

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Today’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillow Cookies are a fabulous treat for fall.

They consist of dark chocolate dough wrapped around moist chewy peanut butter cookie dough, baked together to create pockets of undeniable goodness!

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There’s something special about breaking open a cookie to find a unique interior. Especially when the cookies are warm!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillow Cookies are striking as-is, but you can personalize them for the holidays with food coloring.

Try orange, green, or purple for Halloween, or red and green interiors for Christmas.

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To make these tender Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillow Cookies, mix two separate doughs. Chocolate, and of course, peanut butter.

Roll the peanut butter dough into small balls. Then roll the chocolate dough into slightly larger balls.

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Press the chocolate dough balls flat and wrap each circle around a peanut butter ball.

Press the cookie dough balls down with the bottom of a drinking glass, then bake until puffy.

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Easy to make, and so easy to love!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillow Cookies are like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with a soft cookie texture.

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More Surprise-Inside Cookies

Fruity Pillow Cookies

Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies

Snickerdoodle Sandwich Cookies

Lemon Drop Thumbprints

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Chai Latte Sandwich Cookies

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillow Cookies Recipe
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillow Cookies

Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
42 mins
 
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillow Cookies Recipe - Large soft chewy chocolate peanut butter cookies. Chocolate on the outside, peanut butter in the middle!
Servings: 40 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillow Cookies
Amount Per Serving (3 cookies)
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 114mg 5%
Potassium 84mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 9g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 4.5%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 3.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

Chocolate Dough
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar + extra from tops
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Peanut Butter Dough

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line several baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. For the Chocolate Dough: Using an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy and smooth. Scrape the bowl and add the egg and vanilla. Beat again until smooth.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add the dry mixture into the butter mixture. Scrape the bowl and beat until just mixed through. Chill the dough until ready to use.
  4. In a separate bowl, make the Peanut Butter Dough: Using an electric mixer, cream the butter, peanut butter, and both sugars together until fluffy and smooth. Scrape the bowl and add the egg and vanilla. Beat again until smooth. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat again until well combined.
  5. Roll the peanut butter dough into 1 ½ teaspoon balls. Portion out the chocolate dough into 2 – 2 ½ teaspoon balls, just slightly larger than the peanut butter balls.
  6. Press the chocolate balls flat with the palm of your hand. Place one peanut butter ball on top of each circle. Pinch up the sides of the circle until the filling is completely enclosed. Flip the balls over, so that the pinched sides are down. Dip the bottom of a drinking glass in sugar and gently press the balls down to 1/2 – 3/4 inch disks. Repeat with the rest.
  7. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheets, 2 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes, until puffy. The centers should still look slightly undercooked. Then allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 3-5 minutes before moving.

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Recipe Notes

You can add food coloring to the peanut butter dough to enhance them for the holidays! Try green, orange and purple for Halloween, or red and green for Christmas.

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6 comments on “Chocolate Peanut Butter Pillow Cookies

  1. Lori Ann Jakelposted February 8, 2018 at 10:22 am Reply

    I want to make these spicy — should I add cayenne or tabasco? to the chocolate or the peanut butter ? thoughts?

    • Sommerposted February 8, 2018 at 10:35 pm Reply

      Hi Lori,

      Sounds like a great idea! I would probably add cayenne pepper to the chocolate dough. Let me know how they turn out!

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  3. 2pots2cookposted October 15, 2017 at 3:09 am Reply

    Oh yes ! Seen this work of art on Pinterest. Great idea ! Thank you !

  4. cookbook queenposted October 2, 2017 at 11:09 am Reply

    These look absolutely incredible! Genius, genius!

  5. samposted October 2, 2017 at 6:38 am Reply

    Hey Sommer ! i love cookies and your chocolate peaunt butter cookies looks so yummy and delicious i will tried to make as you. Thanks for sharing !