Salted Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chunks are a perfectly soft peanut butter cookie with a salty coating that complements the big chocolate chunks inside. What makes these so special? Each cookie is rolled in coarse salt and sugar before baking.
Salted Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chunks
WE LOVE COOKIES! This is no secret. Our go-to in our family is chocolate chip cookies. Need proof? Try our Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, and our Dainty Log Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips.
We decided that our chocolate chip cookie needed an upgrade. How did we do this? We added peanut butter, swapped out chocolate chips for chocolate chunks, and the rolled the cookies in a mixture of coarse salt and sugar before baking. The result is this irresistible cookie!
Barbara took these to a friend’s house on a Saturday night get-together, and the salty sweetness of the coating was a huge hit.
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Notes about this Salted Peanut Butter Cookie recipe:
- We use butter-flavored Crisco in most of our cookies. We find that it gives a soft texture but a little hint of crispness on the edges. You could certainly use butter, but we would recommend a ratio of 3/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup shortening.
- If you like a little crunch, swap crunchy peanut butter for the regular kind.
- No chocolate chunks in the house, use regular semi-sweet chocolate chips or even mini chocolate chips.
- The chocolate chunks could be left out completely, if desired, or change it up by using peanut butter chips.
How to Make Salted Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chunks
The full recipe is at the bottom of this post.
With a kitchen mixer, cream the Crisco, brown sugar and white sugar until the sugars are incorporated, approximately 3 to 5 minutes. Mix in peanut butter until incorporated. Add eggs, one at a time, until mixed completely. Add vanilla and mix. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry mixture to wet mixture in small additions just blending until mixed. Do not over mix this step. Stir in chocolate chunks. Make small balls of dough using a small cookie scoop. Use your hands to roll into balls. Roll in a mixture of sugar and coarse salt. Bake for 8 minutes at 375 degrees F. As soon as you remove from the oven, use a fork to make a crisscross pattern in the cookies.
Salted Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chunks are a perfectly soft peanut butter cookie with a salty coating that complements the big chocolate chunks inside.
- 1 cup Butter-Flavored Crisco
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup chocolate chunks
- 1 Tablespoon coarse salt
- 3 Tablespoons sugar
Using a kitchen mixer, cream crisco, brown sugar and white sugar until the sugars are completely incorporated and not gritty, approximately 3 to 5 minutes.
Add peanut butter and mix.
Add eggs one at a time, mixing in between. Add vanilla, and mix until smooth.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to wet mixture in small additions, mixing on low until just incorporated. Do not over mix.
Stir in chocolate chunks.
Make small balls of dough using a small cookie scoop. Use your hands to roll into balls.
In a small bowl, mix coarse salt and sugar. Roll the balls of cookie dough in the mixture until completely coated.
Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 8 minutes. As soon as you remove from oven, use a fork to make a crisscross pattern in the cookies.