Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

I’m convinced that you can dip anything in chocolate and instantly make it taste more delicious and look expertly styled and totally fancy. Don’t believe me? Feel free to prove me wrong. And while it might take a bit more time, it’s really not hard to do.

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies | Inspired by Charm

Today, I’m combining two flavors that live harmoniously together in my heart and my tummy – chocolate and peanut butter.

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies | Inspired by Charm

A basic recipe for delicious peanut butter cookies gets upgraded with a quick dip in a warm milk chocolate bath followed by a turn in crushed peanuts or chocolate sprinkles. In all honesty, I wanted to dip the entire cookie in chocolate but that would have been quite messy and not as pretty.

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies | Inspired by Charm

Here they are all decked out. If you could hear them through your screen, I know they’d be calling your name.

Okay, I’ve tempted you enough. Let’s take a look at the recipe.

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies | Inspired by Charm

Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies

makes about 4 dozen cookies

Here's what you will need:
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Additional granulated sugar (to roll the cookies in)

For the chocolate dip
3 cups chocolate chips (milk chocolate, semi-sweet, or a combination of the two)
1 tablespoon shortening
Sprinkles or crushed peanuts or both

In the bowl of a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream together the peanut butter, butter, and shortening for about one minute. Next, add 1 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, and baking powder. Beat until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl when necessary. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Then slowly add the flour and mix until just combined. Cover and chill the dough for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Shape the dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Roll in graduated sugar to coat. Place balls 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with a fork to create groves along the top of the cookie. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until the cookies just begin to brown. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 1 minute; then transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

Once the cookies are cool, use a double boiler to melt the chips and shortening until smooth.

Line your countertop with wax paper. Place sprinkles and crushed peanuts in bowls. Dip half of each cookie in the chocolate; then roll the dipped edge into the sprinkles or peanuts or both. Set on wax paper to cool.


Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies | Inspired by Charm

And that’s it, friends. A classic cookie with a twist. Such a fun flavor upgrade for any of your favorite cookie recipes. What other cookies would you like to try dipped in chocolate?

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  • josie at

    Can these be frozen and dipped later?

    • cheryl at

      I freeze cookie dough all the time. Just freeze on a cookie sheet not touching each other for 24-48 hours. Then remove from sheet and place in freezer bags until ready to cook. I would be afraid to freeze the already baked ones. Not sure how that would affect them.

  • Lisa | Garlic & Zest at

    These cookies look amazing — and your photography is terrific! Was wondering if you use Tailwind — because I am starting a new tribe called CHRISTMAS COOKIES and I’d love for you to participate! If you’re interested, send me an e-mail and I’ll invite you! Thanks — these cookies are going on my MUST TRY list this year!

  • Barbara at

    Peanut Butter Cookies are my weakness..these turned out perfectly! Thanks!

  • Kim at

    I made these cookies a year ago for a meeting at my house, and the group is still talking about them! Initially they accused me of getting them at a bakery, but we don’t have a bakery in town. Next weekend we are going to a Halloween party, and I know what I am taking for my dessert (with Halloween sprinkles). They look very sharp.

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  • Michele at

    What kind of shortening?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Crisco / vegetable shorting. 🙂

      xo Michael

      • Carlie at

        Could you use butter? Thanks! Looking forward to trying these!!

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        I’m not sure. Haven’t tried. 🙂

        xo Michael

  • Kimberly at

    These cookies are delicious, beautiful, and so easy to make! They made a perfect addition to my Chrisymas goodie plates this year. Thank to so much!!

  • Gloria at

    Michael…..I bought a bag of mixed dry fruit at Costco and dipped half of each piece in chocolate…dried mango was my favorite. They looked so pretty….served with different cheeses and crackers.

  • Cheri at

    Made these and they were so good! Not to peanut buttery a cross between a sugar/peanut butter cookie. So so good! Addicting! My first time making a Peanut Butter cookie and they came out perfect! and the family loved them, they did not last long and I keep getting asked to make them again. Definitely a holiday treat to give.

  • Phyllis at

    How many cookies does this make? I want to use for a cookie exchange.

  • Kari at

    Can you please tell me about how many cookies you will get from this recipe? Thank you!

    • Molly at

      I’m curious too…

    • Tamara at

      Did we ever find out how many these made? Looking to make these for my cookie exchange this year.

      • Amy at

        I’m wondering the same thing…

      • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

        The recipe will yield about four dozen cookies. Thanks!

        xo Michael

      • Ashwini at

        Can I substitute shortening with butter here?

  • Julia - Vintage with Laces at

    Hi Michael, I made the cookies yesterday and they turned out great :). Thank you for sharing this recipe!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Anna-Mack Severn at

    They look awesome Michael! Reminds me of the liquor cherries you did with white chocolate. And you’re right, they look SO much fancier like that 🙂 I’m using that trick at my next party to look like I know what I’m doing ;0)

  • Debra W at

    Ok Michael you’ve done it again. Made me want something that I see on your blog. 🙂 Now I have such a craving for these. Love, love, love peanut butter and chocolate. Got to make. Must have cookies.:) Lol!!!

  • Ashley LaMar at

    Yes! I love these! You really can never go wrong with a peanut butter chocolate cookie.

  • Peggy at

    These look absolutely fabulous! Making something so simple so elegant. Perfect for my Valentine.

  • anonymous at

    These are one of my favorite childhood cookies and I never thought my 82 year-old mother’s recipe over 50 years ago could ever be improved, but you have certainly trumped it, Michael!!
    Your photos are fantastic, your recipes have me drooling, and I love reading your blog!! BRAVO.

  • Elle at

    You’re right. These chocolate-dipped cookies look mighty fancy and delicious!!

  • Deb @ PaperTurtle at

    I have been craving peanut butter cookies for a week now, and then I see your yummy chocolate dipped take on them. These have got to happen at my house SOON! And, Michael, your food photography is just gorgeous. Well done, you! xo

  • Jodi at

    These look delicious Michael! Your styling and photos are fabulous!

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