These crinkle cookies are inspired by Muddy Buddies. I thought about calling them muddy buddy or puppy chow cookies, but those brought to mind an unappetizing image featuring smashed Chex. I wanted to create a cookie that tastes like a muddy buddy, complete with powdered sugar on the outside. Peanut butter and chocolate desserts are a favorite around here (and for everyone, right?). The flavors are just meant to be together. These cookies are the perfect option for that flavor combination. They are soft and chewy and both flavors come through beautifully.
Quick & Easy
Like most desserts, these cookies come together quickly and easily. With no chill time, you can have them start to finish in 20 minutes. I love quick desserts that the family loves. These are fun to whip up for a family game night dessert or other family activity.
How to Make Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies:
First we’ll start with my best ever peanut butter cookie recipe. Guys, this recipe is SO SO good, and I’ll tell you why. So if I’m going to have something with peanut butter, I don’t want it overly sweet. But most peanut butter cookie recipes call for normal peanut butter. Which has a LOT of sugar in it. When you add already sweetened peanut butter to cookies that have even more sugar, I feel like they get too sweet and the flavor of peanut butter is drastically minimized. So I set out on a quest to make the perfect peanut butter cookie with natural peanut butter. A peanut butter like Adam’s that doesn’t have anything besides peanuts and salt.
These cookies are so chewy and so flavorful and perfectly sweetened. They are truly the best peanut butter cookies in the world. I then subbed out some of the flour for cocoa powder, then rolled them in powdered sugar and voila! My puppy chow cookie was born! Don't worry! If all you have is regular peanut butter, I included a modification to the recipe.
First-Combine the butter and sugars on medium speed until well mixed. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on high for 1-2 minutes, until the mixture is fluffy and has lightened in color. Next add the peanut butter and beat 30 seconds more.
Add the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda and salt and mix just until incorporated. Spoon the dough out onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Make them about 1.5 times as big as a usual cookie. The dough ball is about 3 tablespoons. Measure powdered sugar into a bowl and roll the balls through the powdered sugar until they're liberally coated.
Spread them out on a cookie sheet, only 12 per full size sheet. Smash them down partway (not too far, maybe ⅓ of the way).
Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. At minute 9, take them out and bang the bottom of the pan (quite hard) agains the top of the oven 3 or 4 times. This helps them flatten and “crinkle” and become more chewy. Return to the oven and bake the additional 3 minutes.
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