Soft, light, delicious Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Meltaway Cookies, as the name implies, will melt in your mouth!
You’ll never hear me say that I’ve had my fill of chocolate and peanut butter. No, that flavor combination will always be near and dear to my heart. And my stomach.
These Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Meltaway Cookies are a delicious way to enjoy that perfect pair. They’re light and a bit crumbly and not too sweet.
I love the simplicity of these cookies. The dough is quick and easy to mix, and a cookie scoop makes portioning them a breeze. The only thing to slow you down is the refrigerator time for the dough!
I pretty much always have peanut butter and chocolate in my kitchen, and I’m betting many of you do, too. That makes these cookies the kind of thing you can bake with ingredients you already have on hand. And as good as these are, you may make doubly sure that you do always have what you need to make them.
Fans of peanut butter and chocolate are sure to love these simple Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Meltaway Cookies. Delicate and delicious, these shortbread cookies are a long-time favorite for me. I hope you’ll enjoy them, too!
What You’ll Need
- All-purpose flour
- Corn starch
- Confectioners’ sugar – Be sure to sift! I don’t tell you to do that often, so you know I mean it. 😉
- Unsalted butter
- Peanut butter – I prefer crunchy peanut butter in these cookies. As always, I recommend regular peanut butter versus natural varieties.
- Vanilla extract
- Mini chocolate chips – The mini size works best in these little cookies.
- Semisweet chocolate
How to Make Peanut Butter Meltaways
Line baking sheets. Use parchment paper or silicone liners to line baking sheets.
Combine the dry ingredients and sugar. Whisk together the flour, corn starch, and confectioners’ sugar.
Mix the wet ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat the butter, peanut butter, and vanilla on medium speed of a hand or stand mixer until the mixture is smooth.
Combine the dry and wet ingredients. Add the flour mixture, and mix on low speed. When the dough begins to thicken, increase the mixer’s speed to medium and mix until combined.
Add the chocolate chips. Gently stir in the chocolate chips.
Chill the dough. Cover the dough and refrigerate for an hour. When the hour is almost up, heat the oven to 350°F.
Portion the dough. Form the dough into 1-inch balls, using about a tablespoon of dough for each cookie. Place them on the prepared pans, leaving about an inch and a half between the cookies.
Bake. One pan at a time, bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. The bottom edges should be just beginning to brown. Take care not to over-bake.
Cool the cookies. Place the pans on wire racks and allow the cookies to cool completely.
Melt the chocolate. Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat in the microwave at half-power in 30-second increments until the chocolate melts when stirred.
Dip the cookies. Dip each cookie about halfway in the melted chocolate. Place the cookies on waxed paper or a silicone mat to allow the chocolate to set. If the chocolate gets too thick, rewarm it briefly in the microwave.
Tips for Success
- Measure accurately. Use a kitchen scale to measure by weight if possible. Otherwise, use the spoon and sweep method so you don’t over-measure. This is especially important here with the flour. If you need a refresher in good measuring techniques, see How to Measure Flour.
- Chill the dough. Your cookies will hold their shape better with some time in the refrigerator. If you refrigerate the dough longer than an hour, you may need to leave it at room temperature for 5-10 minutes until it handles more easily.
- Use a cookie scoop. Portioning the dough with a cookie scoop ensures that your cookies are all the same size. That means they’ll bake more evenly. And they’ll be prettier, too.
- Don’t over-bake. The bottom edges of the cookies should just be beginning to brown. You can carefully and gently use a small spatula or a knife to lift a cookie to check for browning. Remember that carryover heat means that they’ll still bake a bit after they’re removed from the oven.
- Go slowly melting the chocolate. Going too quickly can cause the chocolate to seize. Stir it after every 30-second interval in the microwave until it melts when stirred.
How to Store These Cookies
Store the cookies tightly covered at room temperature. They should keep for up to 4 days. If your kitchen is warm, the chocolate may start to melt. In that case, refrigerating is fine as long as they are tightly covered.