Salted Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I was moving along yesterday morning, having a perfectly ho-hum kind of Tuesday when my fellow Pittsburgh bud (and Pens fan) Allison sent me a link to these cookies saying she had a sneaky suspicion they would be right up my alley. We Pittsburghers sure do know each other well. These cookies were DEFINITELY up my alley. I bookmarked the link and then went about my work. And then I opened up the link again. Stared at it. Thought about it. Then I did a quick scan of the ingredients. A fervent mental check of my baking inventory confirmed that I had everything I needed to make these. Look out. Lunchtime came, and these babies were whipped up and in and out of the oven like nobody’s business. My obsession with chocolate and peanut butter continues with these gems.

These cookies help to satisfy a couple of cravings. First of all, the all-important chocolate and peanut butter. It’s pretty much the epitome of dessert combinations for me. And then we have the sweet and salty combo with the peanuts and salt sprinkled on top. It all comes together into one awesome cookie. The peanut butter in the cookie isn’t overwhelming, but it pairs nicely with the chocolate and creates a great backdrop for the peanuts. These cookies are thick and chewy, which I always adore. I made them much larger than the original recipe states, but when it comes to cookies, it’s go big or go home for me. I don’t do dainty cookies!

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Salted Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: 16 to 18 large cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup creamy peanut butter
2/3 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup peanuts
Coarse salt for sprinkling

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

2. In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside.

3. Beat together the butter, peanut butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract. Scrape the bowl. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until just combined. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate chips and peanuts.

4. Drop by two heaping tablespoonfuls of dough, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart. Sprinkle a small pinch of coarse salt on top of each cookie. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until the outside of the cookies are set but the middles are still a little soft. Cool cookies on the baking sheets. Store in an airtight container.

(Recipe adapted from food52)

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83 Responses to “Salted Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. the blissful baker on November 4, 2010 at 12:26 am

    oh my goodness, these are some of the most sinfully delicious cookies that i’ve ever seen! yum!

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  2. Shari Breske on November 4, 2010 at 5:41 am

    these sound amazing!!!!!! You can bet I will be trying these real soon!!!!! Mixing chocolate & peanut butter…need I say more?!?!?!?

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  3. Lauren at KeepItSweet on November 4, 2010 at 7:22 am

    oh yes, saving this recipe!

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  4. Estela @ Weekly Bite on November 4, 2010 at 7:36 am

    You had me at salted!!!!! These looks delicious :)

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  5. Katrina on November 4, 2010 at 8:27 am

    These look perfect! I’m in love.

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  6. foodlvr on November 4, 2010 at 8:46 am

    A classic combination. Sounds yummy. Those cookies look amazing. I wonder how they would be with almond butter. We have a super large jar of it.

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 9:52 pm

      I bet they would be great! If you try it, definitely let us know!

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  7. Single Blonde on November 4, 2010 at 9:32 am

    These look amazing. My go-to chocolate cookie is called a Mankiller. A similar chocolate batter with chopped Reese’s peanut butter cups mixed in. I’m going to have to give these a try though!

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

      Ha! Love the name! Mmm anything with Reese’s pb cups is money!

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  8. acf on November 4, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I had just placed my online grocery order, then I saw this – YUM. I had to go back and reorder ingredients so I can bake these this afternoon!

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

      How did you like them?

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  9. Crustabakes on November 4, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I like your philosophy on “go big or go home” on cookies! these look delish!

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  10. Paula on November 4, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Love that there are peanuts in these cookies.

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  11. Tina from PA on November 4, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Can I come over for cookies and milk? I have to make these ,I like the peanuts in there, I’m a big peanut fan but,not so much a peanut butter chip fan. I will make these real soon!

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

      Of course, come on over!

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  12. Jun Belen on November 4, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Oh my lord, this sounds and looks divine. I have to try this soon! Thank you for sharing!!

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  13. Allison on November 4, 2010 at 11:18 am

    YAY! I’m so happy they turned out so deliciously! I can’t wait to try them myself. :)

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  14. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen on November 4, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Wow, these look amazing. I have love sprinkling salt on the tops of peanutbutter cookies, this cookie tops that by adding chocolate!

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  15. marla {family fresh cooking} on November 4, 2010 at 11:29 am

    OMG – these cookies look sinfully satisfying. PB & chocolate is always a match made in heaven – add sea salt to it, and WOW!! Perfection indeed :)

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  16. Nuts about Food on November 4, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Ouch, I shouldn’t have seen these…too tempting.

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  17. Alisa Cooks on November 4, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Those look even more amazing than they sound if that is possible! I am definitely on a PB chocolate kick lately – a classic.

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  18. Evan Thomas on November 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    You’re right, these sound delicious! I think chocolate, peanut butter, and salt is my perfect trifecta.

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  19. Lindsay on November 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Oh my goodness do those look amazing!

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  20. Rachel on November 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Some cookies just have to be big – like these ones. I think these would more than satisfy my craving for the Reeses reanut butter cups I didn’t get on Halloween!

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  21. Shannon on November 4, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I’m not crazy about a double chocolate cookie, but then I see the peanut butter and salt and I think I could totally go with one!! These look really great!!

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  22. The Chocolate Priestess on November 4, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    These are doubled on the peanut and on the chocolate both. Does that make them quad?!

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  23. Paula B.D. on November 4, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Ohhh, it is raining and cold here in Rhody and this recipe greeted me when I got home from school, I am so making these tonight! I read the comments from the original posting and there was a criticism about the number of nuts and chocolate chips (too many), you have same amounts and I take it had no problem with their numbers??? I hate when all the chips won’t get incorporated into the dough! Thanks for the recipe can’t wait to bake them…

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

      Hi Paula, no problems whatsoever with the chips and nuts incorporating. I thought there was a perfect amount of each! Let me know how you liked them!

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  24. Left-Brained Creativity on November 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    These look amazing. Peanut butter and chocolate is a combination that will never go out of style, and I love the thought of the nice peanut crunch!

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  25. Eliana on November 4, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Whoa – these look like they don’t skimp of flavor and deliciousness. Gorgeous.

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  26. leslie on November 4, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Perfect. I love putting salt on my chocolate cookies!

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  27. Drick on November 4, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    great recipe and you are right about liking them, everyone else will too…. great photos too

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  28. Maria on November 4, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    These are right up my alley too! Love them!

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  29. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on November 4, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I just LOVE the sweet and salty combination in these. I could really go for one right now!

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  30. Anna on November 4, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I think the key word here is “salted”. Yum. I’m going to try making these with my good cocoa.

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  31. Evan @swEEts on November 4, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Yum! I love chocolate and peanut butter and that salty/sweet mix is always good. I can’t wait to try these!

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  32. Celeste Jenkins on November 4, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    My husband would FLIP over these. I have to make them immediately. Good thing I have the day off tomorrow! :) Thank you for sharing. They sound so good!

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  33. Petes on November 4, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I want to eat these now!

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  34. UrMomCooks on November 4, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    These are next on my list to make! They have enough peanut butter in them to make a serious statement! And shockingly I have the ingredients already in the house:)

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  35. Kim - Liv Life on November 4, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    I’m loving the chocolate/salt craze! Add in peanut butter and you have an ideal cookie! Love it!

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  36. Gloria on November 5, 2010 at 1:17 am

    Hi, I like to read comments on recipes. Why do the people that email you talk about how good it sounds or how
    good it looks and can’t wait to make them. What I would like to hear is that they made them and comment how
    good or not so good the recipe was. When I read comments on All Recipes, every comment is how good or bad or
    how they tweaked the recipe to be better. Thank you, gloria

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    • Vicki in GA on November 6th, 2010 at 11:47 am

      I made them but did tweek the recipe because I hate peanuts – love the idea and chocolate cookie recipe.

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

      Gloria, Readers are free to comment about whatever they’d like here, but you will find that once a recipe has been up for a week or so and readers have had a chance to try it those types of review do come in.

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    • Connie on September 8th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

      A food BLOG is different than a food REVIEW website like all-recipes. I agree that the comments on blogs are not as helpful in helping you bake your own as a rating review. I did make these and they were close to perfection. The only change I will make next time is too add 1-2 tbsp more sugar. Typically I feel most cookies are too sweet, but these I actually felt these could be a bit more sweet. I also used 3/4 tsp salt in the dough and it seemed perfect.

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  37. Jennifer on November 5, 2010 at 4:57 am

    Mmmm salted chocolate cookies….boy that sounds good and they look delicious. Yum!

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  38. Lizzy on November 5, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Talk about cravings..I am honestly sure this would for sure quench my craving…

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  39. Becky on November 5, 2010 at 8:44 am

    This the perfect cookie for a chocolate peanut butter junkie like my son. I’ll be making these soon.

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  40. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit on November 6, 2010 at 1:31 am

    I love everything about these cookies- YUM!

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  41. Vicki in GA on November 6, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Don’t hate me, but I hate peanuts! I live in Georgia so hating peanuts is almost considered a sin in this state. I made the cookies but used more butter rather than p/b and substituted pecans. The cookies turned out marvelous w/o peanuts and they were more crunchy because of the extra butta.

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    • Michelle on November 8th, 2010 at 9:59 pm

      Thanks for sharing your adaptations Vicki! I love pecans :)

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  42. Tracy on November 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Gorgeous cookies – I love the salt in there!

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  43. liv on November 7, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    yummy! hopefully i can find an hour this week to whip these up!

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  44. Cookin' Canuck on November 8, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Wow! You can tell how soft and chewy these cookies are by looking at your photos. Plus, the chocolate/pb combination is always a winner in my book.

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  45. Jen @ How To: Simplify on November 8, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    Oh my goodness…amazing! I”ll have to bake these for my husband. He would love them!

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  46. Baby Blue Eyes on November 10, 2010 at 6:50 am

    I made these this weekend. =] My family doesn’t like nuts so I used peanut butter chips and they were still really good. =] Thanks so much!!

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    • Michelle on November 10th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      I think peanut butter chips would be just as good, if not better, than the peanuts! Glad your clan loved them!

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      • Erin on March 24th, 2011 at 11:41 am

        Thanks for the suggestion! I am looking for a chocolate-peanut butter cookie to make this weekend, but am totally out of peanuts. I wouldn’t have thought of this, but I DO have peanut butter chips. Recipe printed, and on my “TO DO” list for Saturday morning!

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  47. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on November 10, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I love salty sweet treats… Chocolate, and peanut butter? Yes, please!

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  48. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef on November 16, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Wow, these look awesome!

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  49. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) on November 26, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Wonderful sinful looking cookies! Love anything salted :)

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  50. Jillian on December 20, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Recently newly wed and a complete beginner to the baking game I really wanted to impress my husband with some wicked cookies. Everyone says they have the best recipe. They haven’t tried this one. It is amazing! Perfectly chewy and soft. I’m not a hugh sweet fan so the salty kick was a perfect balance. These cookies are not allowed in my house while I am pms-ing or they get brought into bed with me ;) They are going in my “forever” recipe file

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  51. Angela M on January 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    This recipe is literally perfect! I didn’t change or omit one thing and I got a perfectly delicious cookie!! I’ve forwarded this recipe to a lot of people! Perfection! Thank you for such a fantastic recipe! :D

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  52. Barbara on February 5, 2011 at 1:22 am

    My only question is why didn’t I think of this?? I had a hard time not eating all the batter. :o I used crunchy peanut butter instead of peanuts and it came out great. Thanks for this recipe and for this site. Every recipe is golden!

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  53. Melissa on February 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Just made these about 1/2 hour ago. They are ridiculously delicious.

    I didn’t change anything about the recipe but, next time, I might chop the peanuts into smaller pieces.

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  54. Maria on March 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I have made this recipe quite a few times now and I love it!!!!! I substitute the peanuts for toffee though (sometimes peanut butter chips). The cookie is perfect, It is thick and chewy. My fiance doesn’t like chocolate cookies, so I also want to give it a whirl without the cocoa powder and see how those turn out. I love it. Thanks!!!!! :-)

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  55. Linda on March 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Dutched or natural?

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    • Michelle on April 1st, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      Natural. If Dutch is ever necessary for a recipe, I make sure to specify it in the ingredient list.

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  56. Allie on April 26, 2011 at 10:59 am

    This is not a recipe I should have looked at after finishing a morning workout. Trying to decide if I should put the child proof lock on my pantry door to keep me out or cave in and make these today!

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  57. Carolyn on May 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Did you use salted or unsalted peanuts?

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    • Michelle on May 19th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Carolyn, I used salted peanuts.

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  58. Joy on September 21, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Oh, man, I forgot to even salt these things, and they were still supremely delicious. I used some almond butter I made last week and substituted cashews because I already had them on hand… Sooooooo yummy. Thanks for sharing!

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  59. Chels R on October 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I re-created this recipe for the Crazy Cooking Challenge’s Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. My husband also said these are the best cookies I’ve ever made for him :) Thanks again so much :)
    http://www.catzinthekitchen.com/2011/10/salted-double-chocolate-peanut-butter.html

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  60. IsraeliBaker on November 27, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Okay everyone, I run a bakery out of my home, and a bunch of stuff always soooomehow end up in my husbands mouth. ALL of these cookies, (and I made them balled and ‘criss-crossed” with a fork so they were much smaller, the way I like them to be, ended up with about 45) were sold in less than two hours. My husband has been making googly eyes at me ever since!
    HUGELY RECOMMENDED, make, bake, and enjoy!!

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  61. Kathleen on May 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. I made these cookies last night and they turned out chewy and delicious! I would like to try a mixture of chocolate chips and peanut butter chips next go around. Great cookies!!

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    • Ashley W. on August 27th, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Do it! I have made these cookies at least a dozen times and always use pb chips instead of peanuts. To die for!!!

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  62. Michelle on May 16, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    I just made these and they are delicious! I didn’t have smooth creamy peanut butter or peanuts, but I did have chunky peanut butter. It worked wonderfully, thanks for the great recipe!

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  63. Ashley W. on August 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I just wanted to pop in and say “thanks” for this recipe. I’ve been making it for the past two years and it is definitely one of my favorite cookies!

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  64. Nick on September 13, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Made these for my boyfriend 2 months ago and I am now gonna try to change it up a bit by using carmel bits in then instead of peanuts super excited about them. :)

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  65. Julie Caldwell on October 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Anything with nuts and chocolate is a winner in my home. These cookes freeze well so that when you in the mood you can defrost and still have a moist cookie to enjoy.

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  66. Anja on June 23, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Just made these cookies – they really rock! Thank you for the recipe. hugs from Germany!

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  67. Adrienne on September 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    In the recipe it says to use 1/2 cup butter, but 4 oz follows. Which one is it please? I am going to assume it’s 1/2 cup and hope for the best, because I must make these cookies now!

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    • Michelle on September 15th, 2014 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Adrienne, A ½ cup of butter is 4 ounces.

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      • Adrienne on September 16th, 2014 at 9:53 am

        Thank you! I was getting Tablespoons and ounces mixed up! I made them yesterday and my daughter tried one. With her mouth full of cookie she declared that “These are best cookies EVER!” Thanks for the recipe.

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