Peanut Butter Lovers’ Cookies are just as the name implies. If you’re a big fan of all things peanut butter, then these cookies are most definitely for you!

Peanut Butter Lovers' Cookies served on a plate

One of the things I always keep in my pantry is peanut butter. I have a long-standing love of it for baking, sandwiches, and, honestly, eating it with a spoon. For this blog’s purposes, let’s focus on the baking part of that sentence. I’ve shared a lot of peanut butter recipes with you, but I have a big ol’ soft spot for peanut butter cookies.

These Peanut Butter Lovers’ Cookies are THE cookies for peanut butter’s biggest fans. They’re perfectly delicious peanut butter cookies without any further embellishments, but we’re not stopping there. Mixed into the dough is a whole bunch of peanut butter deliciousness. Peanuts, peanut butter chips, peanut butter M&Ms, and peanut butter cups are all there to max out the peanut butter flavor.

Peanut Butter Lovers' Cookies served on a white plate

Let’s start with the cookie wrapped around all that good stuff. It’s a variant of my go-to peanut butter cookie recipe that I’ve tweaked here and there over the years. It’s a sturdy cookie while still maintaining a nice softness just past its outer crunch. There’s a fine line here between that texture and dry and crumbly, so be extra sure you’re measuring your ingredients accurately.

As for what all is packed inside, I like to toss in all the peanut butter add-ins I have. Some chopped peanuts add a nice crunch. Peanut butter chips bump up the peanut butter flavor. And then we add some fun with peanut butter M&Ms and peanut butter cups. You can use any combination of those you like or try some different add-ins. Just aim for about 2 cups total so you there’s relatively enough dough to hold everything together.

Peanut Butter Lovers' Cookies stacked on a red plate

With all that good stuff mixed into the dough, I like to make these cookies a little larger than normal to make sure you get plenty of everything in each cookie. I use a 3-tablespoon scoop (See my cookie scoop guide if you need help with scoop sizes.) for a cookie that’s big enough to share if you’re so inclined. Or just keep it all to yourself!

For my fellow peanut butter lovers out there, I think you’re going to love these Peanut Butter Lovers’ Cookies. They are such a delicious celebration of all things peanut butter, that I just know you’ll find them irresistible!

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Yield: about 20 cookies

Peanut Butter Lovers' Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Peanut Butter Lovers Cookies are jam-packed with peanut butter flavor. These are THE cookies for big fans of peanut butter!

Peanut Butter Lovers' Cookies served on a plate

  • 1 & 1/4 cups (150g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup (255g) peanut butter*
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (83g) peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup (84g) peanut butter M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup (35g) chopped mini peanut butter cups**
  • 1/2 cup (62g) chopped peanuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone liners.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, peanut butter, sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla, and mix well.
  4. Reduce mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined.
  5. Stir in the peanut butter chips, M&Ms, peanut butter cups, and peanuts.
  6. Drop the dough by 3-tablespoon portions onto the prepared pans, leaving about 2 to 3 inches between the cookies. Flatten the top of each cookie slightly.
  7. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
  8. Cool on the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

*As a general rule, I don't recommend using natural peanut butters for baking.

**The weight measurement is just a ballpark. I quarter about 8 of the standard miniature peanut butter cups. There are smaller ones available that wouldn't need chopping.

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    9 Comments on “Peanut Butter Lovers’ Cookies”

  1. I love peanut butter! These cookies look amazing!

  2. Made these this AM.  I didn’t have the M&Ms so switched to Reese’s Pieces but otherwise kep to the recipe. They turned out great. Thanks for another great recipe!

  3. Hi. I made these cookies and they taste great. However they are crumbly. Can’t pick one up. I doubled the recipe. Any thoughts?

    • Hi, Brian. As I said in the post, there’s a fine line here between the crispy on the outside/chewy on the inside texture and dry and crumbly. It’s very important to make sure your ingredients are measured accurately. The usual culprit is too much flour. I’d recommend starting with a review of How to Measure Flour.

  4. I just made these and they are DELICIOUS!!  I used both peanut butter M&Ms and chocolate chips as that is what I had.

  5. These look so good! Don’t have the mini peanut butter cups – can I just leave them out, or should I just add more of the M & M’s or peanut butter chips?

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