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I wish all Fridays could include cookies like these.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies | @hbharvest

Lucky for us, it’s December and we have an excuse to eat a least a cookie or two a day. I made these chocolate peanut butter crinkle cookies earlier this week and they’re already long gone. Although, cookies never last more than a day or two around here, so I guess that was to be expected. Cookies are everyone’s favorite. As a lot of you probably assumed, chocolate and peanut butter is probably one of my favorite combos. It’s also a big time favorite of my older brother Brendan’s, who arrived with his girlfriend Lyndsie a week ago. Whenever I know people will be coming into town, I always try to make foods that I know they’ll love.

The main reason I started to get into cooking was because I love seeing the reaction on people’s faces when they take a bite of something delicious. To me, it’s the best feeling knowing I made someone so happy simply by making them food. It’s especially great when I give food to my brothers, who don’t normally get home cooked meals or fresh-baked desserts, and see their roll their eyes reaction…the best! The other day I baked up a batch of chocolate chip cookies for my younger brother Red, who is consistently traveling and almost never home. He literally took the entire 9×13 inch pan of cookies with him back to Copper where he is staying with the US Team and ate them all! Granted he had some help from all his friends, but the kid was pumped. I was feeling pretty good too, even though they were sugar loaded cookies, he was at least eating something homemade, and well, not from Chipotle…

Anyway, I guess my point is that I love making foods for the people around me. Sometimes it’s not even a matter of whether I like something, but more a matter of who I am feeding…cough, cough, chicken noodle casserole…Malachi and Creighton.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies | @hbharvest

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies | @hbharvest

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies | @hbharvest

Thankfully, I am a fan of this combo of peanut butter and chocolate. These cookies are the bomb. And by that I just mean SO FREAKING DELICIOUS. Covered in chocolate, rolled in peanut butter, and doughy in the center, yum and YUM.

Oh, and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt, you know for good measure.

That extra chocolate drizzle you see on a few of those cookies is totally optional, well, it’s not optional in my mind, but you know, if you prefer just a little chocolate…I guess I get that. But the milk chocolate kiss in the center…a MUST. It kind of makes these cookies a cross between peanut butter blossoms and crinkle cookies. Unlike peanut butter blossoms, these cookies are soft and chewy and not the least bit dense, and the Hershey’s kiss, well that’s obviously perfection.

Can we talk about the crinkle factor to these cookies though? Before the cookies get baked the dough balls are rolled in a peanut butter/powdered sugar “crinkle” mix. This is what makes these crinkle cookies better than any other. Well, this and the chocolate…

Rolling the dough in the peanut butter and powdered sugar allows for ample peanut butter flavor with a touch of sweetness. It’s honestly just so delicious, like biting into a Reese’s, but in soft cookie form. In fact these might be better than Reese’s. <– bold but possibly true.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies | @hbharvest

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies | @hbharvest

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies | @hbharvest

These cookies would be great for a cookie gift exchange, as easy holiday gifts, or simply to bake up on Christmas Eve and EAT! My whole family is arriving tomorrow and will be here through New Years, so it’s going to be rather crazy around here!

I’ll be back tomorrow for the second to last Christmas Drink Saturday and I am pretty excited about it! Also, I’m wondering if I should post the last Christmas Drink on Friday the 23rd, so you guys can have some time to buy ingredients and things, or should I post it on Christmas Eve? Thoughts? Let me know!

In preparation for a busy weekend, I think we should all probably be making these cookies tonight while sipping on this. Sound good? COOL.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies | @hbharvest

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies | @hbharvest

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crinkle Cookies.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings: 36 Cookies
Calories Per Serving: 118 kcal

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together the butter, 1/2 cup peanut butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar using an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and mix until just combined. Fold in the mini chocolate chips.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter and the powdered sugar. The mix will be clumpy and moist. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or up to 3 days.
  • Roll the cookie dough into 2 teaspoon size balls and then roll each ball through the peanut butter powdered sugar mix, pressing gently to adhere. Place 2-inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are just set around the edges but still doughy in the center. It's important not to overbake these as they will be dry and crumbly. Remove from the oven and insert 1 kiss into the center of each cookie. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 15 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. If desired, drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle with sea salt. Let the chocolate set at room temp. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
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  1. I really loved the peanut butter chocolate crinkle cookies, but I was also confused by the directions. I was unsure what I was to refrigerate for 30 minute.
    1st I refrigerated the peanut butter/powered sugar part but it did not stick to the cookie batter. Then I refrigerated the cookie batter but still no luck. I used maranatha peanut butter and it’s a little thin. Could that have been the problem? Even though I had problems the were still delicious! I’ve tried so many of your recipes and loved them all. Thanks, Vanessa

    1. Hi Vanessa,
      I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a try! You refrigerate the peanut butter mixture in step 3. Happy Holidays! xT

  2. 1 star
    Very disappointed in this recipe and your directions. Either you didn’t put enough flour or you didn’t indicate that maybe dough should be refrigerated. It is so soft you cannot press it into the refrigerated peanut butter and confectioner sugar mix. The dough sticks to it and it’s impossible to roll the dough in the peanut butter mix. Otherwise it’s a waste of time it will not come out the way you indicated .

  3. What type of chocolate did you use to drizzle on top?
    Did you use kisses?
    I have trouble melting kisses?
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Cathy,
      Whenever melting chocolate, I always use a chocolate bar like Lindt or Chocolove. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  4. Is the dough or the pb/sugar mixture supposed to be refrigerated? The dough so soft and the pb mixture is so hard, it doesn’t “roll”.

    1. Hi Meagan,
      You are going to refrigerate the peanut butter mixture for at least 30 minutes like stated in step 3. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

      1. Hi Teighan,

        The step about putting the dough in the refrigerator is right under making the peanut butter powdered sugar. It is pretty confusing. It reads like you need to chill the topping.

        Thanks for your delicious recipes!

  5. Do you have a version of this where instead of a Hershey kiss on top, I can use Reeses pieces or M&Ms in the cookie instead?

    1. Hey Dawn,
      Sure, Reeses of M&M’s would also work. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xTieghan

    1. Hey there,
      Thanks a lot for giving the recipe a go, I am so delighted that it was enjoyed! Have a great week:) xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    Perfection! Made nearly exactly as written including the chocolate drizzle, though they did take closer to 13-14 mins in my oven (and werent the least bit hard/ crunchy after baking that long). Loved by all. 🙂

    1. Hey Leah,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  7. For this part of the instructions: “In a medium bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter and the powdered sugar. The mix will be clumpy and moist. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or up to 3 days.” Does that mean put the dough into the fridge? Just the coating? Or both? Thanks!

    1. Hey Stacy,
      Yes, this is for the dough. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  8. Tieghan – I can’t even tell you how much I love your recipes. Your cookie boxes have re-inspired me to do some Christmas baking! I made these cookies tonight and they are a bit flat. The dough was fluffy and wonderful but even after chilling the cookies are a bit flatter than I would like. I’m going to chill the dough tonight but any suggestions or ideas?
    Thanks for sharing all your goodness!

    1. Hey Kim,
      Thanks so much for trying the recipe, I am sorry these were flat for you. Was there anything you adjusted in the recipe? Make sure you roll them into tight balls. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

  9. 4 stars
    So I’m in the middle of making these, I’m having trouble though. I tried to double the recipe and I’m finding the butter/peanutbutter/sugar mixture to be so airy that when I added the flour it didn’t change the consistency enough to roll out. Any suggestions??

    1. HI! What do you mean airy? Is the dough wet? If the dough is wet, try adding 2-4 tablespoons additional flour. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and I hope you had a Merry Christmas! xTieghan

  10. 4 stars
    What consistency is the peanut butter/powdered sugar crinkle topping supposed to come out like?
    My cookies came out perfect, and taste amazing, but the crinkle topping remained gooey and got peanut butter all over your fingers even the next day.

    Thanks -Keith

    1. HI! So the crinkle is supposed to be pretty doughy and moist. Sounds like all went well! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  11. Hi Tieghan, should we use salted or unsalted butter for these? I know you usually use salted, but just wanted to double check 😉


    1. Hi Stephanie! I like to use salted butter! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan ?

  12. I made these cookies and they are amazing! How should I store them without them sticking together or the chocolate being smashed?

    1. HI! I like to store them on a baking sheet and cover the baking sheet with plastic wrap. Please let me know if you have other questions. So glad you love this recipe! Thanks! 🙂

  13. Made these last night. Did you mean to suggest the crinkle topping should be refridgerated, or the dough? I think it worked better on my second batch when I refridgerated the dough. Otherwise it was too sticky to roll. I also had trouble with the crinkle topping and gave up on that.

    1. HI! The cookie dough is meant to be refridgerated, not the topping. The dough needs to be refrigerated or it will be too sticky to roll out. What was the issue with the topping? Sorry for the trouble. Please let me know if you have other questions. Happy Holiday’s ? 🙂

  14. Who says that cookies have to only be reserved for the holidays? I say, a cookie a day keeps a bad mood at bay–at least in moderation! 😉 These peanut butter crinkle cookies look fantastic! PB + C are the ultimate power food couple!

  15. Made these last night. While they are delicious mine really spread a lot! They are basically flat cookies w a kiss in the middle? Any idea why? They’re so good id like to make them again and have them look more like the picture haha

    1. Hi Stephanie! Try sticking it in the fridge for an hour, then roll. That should help them stay fatter. Let me know if you have other questions. Merry Christmas!

  16. My dough is super sticky! Did I beat my batter for too long!? I am currently baking a test round to see if I should just continue with what I have or remake the batter ☹️

    1. Hey Gabrielle! I thin you dough is probably fine, mine is always sticky too, it makes for a soft and moist cookie. Just roll in the peanut crumbles and I think you should be fine. If you can’t roll it, stick it in the fridge for an hour, then roll. That should work too. Let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love these!

  17. Another fabulous cookie to add to my holiday baking list! Can’t ever go wrong with the chocolate peanut butter combo!

  18. These cookies look so delicious and perfect for gifting. And that drizzle of chocolate? Yes, please!

  19. These definitely look much more festive than the ones I have made! Will have to add them in to my holiday baking. Love that cutting board. I’ll be rolling some Russian teacakes and chocolate crinkle cookies over the weekend and they’ll likely be gone by early next week as my son polishes them off pretty quickly. But I’m happy to bake both for and with him, especially at this time of year. As for posting on Christmas Eve…take a breather and spend the time with your family and friends. It sounds like you’ve got a great holiday lined up!

  20. i totally agree…the best best best part of cooking & sharing treats is the reaction you get from your loved ones. (& also, the best part of december is that it is totally ok to eat a couple of cookies a day!)

    happy weekend!!

  21. I am so thrilled everyday to visit your webpage and see what gorgeous foody items you have developed and shared with us.
    I do have a simple request tho.
    Please allow a photo of the finished dish to be included in the recipe when we print out. I know FOODday, Allrecipes does this..
    Your photos are the BEST..and are what MAKE me what to make every single recipe right NOW!
    I now have to COPY & Paste, shrink the photo I include as it usually fills one whole sheet.. then print to put in my recipe collection…and i want only to have two sheets, front and back to slip in a plastic sheet protector. Thank you for this consideration.
    Half Baked is my fav recipe place to visit and is always the first ONE everyday.

    Happy Friday Ms T.

    1. Hey Leslie! THANK YOU so much for you kind words, I am flattered! I am actually working on a new recipe box that will include a photo. Coming soon! Thank you again and Merry Christmas!

  22. Oh, yum!! I agree! Peanut butter and chocolate belong together. I really love how you arranged the shot! It looks great. All of your recipes are so inspiring, as well as you take your photos.

  23. triple chocolate? yes please! and love that there’s a bit of sea salt sprinkled on top, too; perfect with all that sweetness (:

  24. Thank you for sharing this beauty with us. I also enjoy watching the faces (kids especially) when they bite something that delicious 🙂 I wish you all to have pleasant day!