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Oct 28

Easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

These Easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies have only a handful of ingredients and they taste like a peanut butter cup!

Easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies |

You may have figured out by now that I loooooooooooove peanut butter treats. I specify “treats” because I’m not a huge fan of just peanut butter – you won’t find me sneaking a spoonful for a random snack. I won’t choose a peanut butter sandwich if there are other options. But peanut butter cookie? Cake? Cheesecake? Yes, I’ll choose those first – always.

And, not only do I love peanut butter treats, but so do all of you. At least, whenever I post one on Facebook, y’all go crazy. (Hopefully, I didn’t just jinx myself!)

One of my favorite peanut butter cookie recipes is the easy one. I posted it recently, as Jordan’s Reese’s Overload Cookies. You know all about the easy peanut butter cookies, right? Peanut butter, egg, and sugar, sometimes leavening, and add-ins. Period. The end. They are gluten-free and super peanut buttery because there is no flour.

Recently I was grocery shopping and discovered Skippy Natural’s new BFF: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread.

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Have you seen this yet? I found mine at Walmart, but I’ve also seen it at regular grocery stores. It’s so good – peanut butter with a chocolate twist.

Now, I want to say: this is not a sponsored post. We just really, really love Skippy in our house. It’s been my peanut butter my entire life. I think, with peanut butter, like some other brands, we are firmly in one camp. I am firmly entrenched in the Skippy camp. And I love the Naturals they make – it’s just peanuts but it’s no stir. In fact, ALL of the recipes I show you are made with Skippy Naturals, except the few low-fat ones. Those use Reduced Fat Skippy.

See? I’m a Skippy addict. :)

Easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies |

Anyway, so Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Spread. It was in my cabinet for awhile. I was fully afraid of it. As in, if I opened it, I’d attack it with a spoon. Finally I had a hankering for the easy peanut butter cookie recipe, and figured, why not try it with the new peanut butter?

And OMG – these are my new favorite easy peanut butter cookie. Or, my new favorite peanut butter cookie. Hands down!

I added some M&Ms as a mix in. You don’t need any mix-ins, but I like to add some. Between the rich dark chocolate peanut butter flavor (remember, the flour doesn’t muddle the peanut butter – these are straight up in your face smack you across the cheek peanut butter) and the M&Ms, these taste like a peanut butter cup in cookie form.

I’m not exaggerating either. I took a bite and was chewing and looked at the cookie like it was magical. I think it *may* have started to glow. Or I might have just been reading too much Harry Potter. Whatever.

Easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies |

You must find this peanut butter. And you MUST MAKE THESE COOKIES. Your family will thank you.

If you stop eating them long enough to share, that is. 😉

Easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies |

Easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Yield: About 18 cookies


  • 1 cup Skippy Naturals Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup plain or mini M&M’s, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with silpat/silicone liners or parchment paper.
  2. Stir together peanut butter, sugars, egg, and baking soda. Stir in 1/2 cup M&Ms.
  3. Scoop cookies onto cookie sheets. I used a 2” cookie scoop for this step. Lightly wet the back of a fork with water and gently press each cookie down slightly with a criss-cross pattern. (Re-wet your fork after every few cookies.) Press remaining M&Ms on top of the cookies.
  4. Bake for about 8 minutes or until they start to brown. Cool before removing from cookies sheets. Know that these cookies can be crumbly, so be careful when packaging them.


I found my Dark Chocolate Skippy in the peanut butter aisle. I got mine at Walmart but I’ve also seen it at the regular grocery store.

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Now, for some more peanut butter goodness:

Jordan’s Reese’s Overload Cookies

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Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

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Toffee Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies

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Sweets from friends:
Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies by Bless this Mess
Brown Butter Salted Caramel Mocha Cookies by Kevin & Amanda
Reese’s Monster Cookies by Something Swanky


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48 Responses to “Easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies”

  1. Megan - The Emotional Baker posted on October 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm (#)

    I love the sound of dark chocolate peanut butter. Must find it to try these cookies :)


  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on October 28, 2013 at 4:04 pm (#)

    That looks like a great board and a great group of bloggers on it – NICE! :)

    And Skippy – Okay I am a Jif girl but I will say that the Skippy Naturals IS an amazing PB line. I never bake with it though. Frankly, I’m always fearful of a fail by using anything other than well, Jif (or Peter Pan Honey Roasted!). That’s awesome to know you get great results in ALL your recipes with it.

    And these cookies -flourless PB, cannot go wrong! Pinned!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 28th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks Averie! It’s so funny how people are either Skippy or Jif people. It’s like Coke and Pepsi! Thanks for the pin!


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  4. Trish posted on October 28, 2013 at 5:35 pm (#)

    You had me at “tastes like a peanut butter cup.” Now, the question is, do I throw some pants on and run to the store RIGHT NOW or be practical and wait until tomorrow? 😉


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 28th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      LOL, that’s my daily conundrum…


  5. Ruthy @ Omeletta posted on October 28, 2013 at 5:40 pm (#)

    Holy unbelievable WOW! I love PB and I love dark chocolate- way to go, Skippy! I’m usually a JIF girl, so I wonder if I’ve just overlooked this Skippy PB the last few times I was in the store. 100% keeping an eye out for this one and trying it in these cookies. Love it!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 28th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      They have flavored Jif too, I bet they’d work good…


  6. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on October 28, 2013 at 5:53 pm (#)

    Ok! I really laughed when you said it glowed and it could be from the HP books :) Too funny! How are you liking the books? These cookies look great :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 28th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Yes! I’m almost done with #3 already! OBSESSED!


  7. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on October 28, 2013 at 6:31 pm (#)

    Uno–OMGEEEE I love these cookies. All things i love. Dark chocolate and pb make me happy happy–and obv. so do cookies!

    Dos–dude…CONGRATS on being a contributor to that board! You are like major. 😛


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 28th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      LOL, you’re funny. Major. HA! And thank you!


  8. Erin | The Emerging Foodie posted on October 28, 2013 at 6:40 pm (#)

    Oh my gosh, how have I not seen this amazing-ness called dark chocolate peanut butter? That name alone is perfection! But these cookies also look like perfection. Drooling just looking at them! 😉


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 28th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks Erin! It’s kind of amazing. :)


  9. Tieghan posted on October 28, 2013 at 7:11 pm (#)

    I am a peanut butter lover! Plain, chocolate, whatever! I love it all! These cookies look awesome!!!
    Oh and that pinterest board? So fun! Love it!


  10. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on October 28, 2013 at 7:32 pm (#)

    I love all things peanut butter! I seriously need to try these!


  11. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on October 28, 2013 at 7:37 pm (#)

    I did actually see this in the store and put it back because I knew I WOULD attack it with a spoon! You have me convinced that I need to go back for it. I still am in shock that I didn’t buy it…I always buy all the new fun food finds! LOL! Somehow I knew this was a dangerous find :-) You had me at tastes like a peanut butter cup too! Awesome cookies!!!


  12. Ashton posted on October 28, 2013 at 7:56 pm (#)

    I love this!! Such gorgeous pictures too :) And there is no such thing as too much Harry Potter :)


  13. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted on October 28, 2013 at 8:23 pm (#)

    I just saw this peanut butter at the market and now I am kicking myself for not buying it. These cookies do look indeed magical!


  14. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on October 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm (#)

    I was LITERALLY just considering making and posting a flourless chocolate peanut butter cookie recipe- so I love this recipe, especially how it’s still the “easy” method of PB, eggs, and sugar. Flavored peanut butters are the bomb to bake with! (And eat with a spoon.)


  15. Renee @ Awesome on $20 posted on October 28, 2013 at 11:34 pm (#)

    I want to eat these now! It’s a good thing I’m super lazy or I’d be on my way to the store right this second in my pajamas to buy some of that dark chocolate peanut butter!


  16. Rhoda Sutherland posted on October 29, 2013 at 4:07 am (#)

    I am a lover of the original peanut butter, sugars, and egg recipe; and when cooled dipped 1/2 in dark chocolate, but these sound fantastic and you don’t have to mess with the dipping. Must try. Thanks, love your website!


  17. colah posted on October 29, 2013 at 4:54 am (#)

    I have been browsing your site for the last 40 minutes after landing here from a google search for ‘banana breakfast cookies’. I am hungry and need to get in the kitchen, but I had to let you know how much I adore your site and recipes. I too suffer from baking-philia lol.


  18. Heather @ French Press posted on October 29, 2013 at 8:48 am (#)

    that peanut butter looks CRAZY good, as do the cookies – but i am one of those grab a spoon and a jar of PB kinda girls


  19. Wendy posted on October 29, 2013 at 10:18 am (#)

    Your simple tweak of adding in those m & m’s makes these cookies look so fall perfect! We love flourless peanut butter cookies at our house. Did you know that Splenda can be subbed for the sugar with the same yummy results? (Awesome for those who have to watch their carbs!) Because of allergies, I have been subbing chocolate peanut butter for Nutella in lots of recipes. I love the stuff! The one difference that I have found is that Nutella has more sugar in it (I am assuming it is sweeter based on that. I can’t taste it to know!) so it isn’t always possible to interchange the two without some sugar adjustment. Now I’m craving a quick fix of peanut butter on a spoon. :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 30th, 2013 at 10:47 am

      Yes! I’ve made them that way for my dad before. I’ve tried making them with Nutella – total fail. I so want to perfect that recipe!


  20. Natasha @ The Cake Merchant posted on October 29, 2013 at 10:53 am (#)

    I haven’t seen dark chocolate peanut butter, but I’ll be on the lookout next time I’m at the store. I think I’d be kind of afraid to open the jar, too! And these cookies look great. I love that they are flourless. No flour = more room for peanut butter!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 30th, 2013 at 10:46 am

      YES! My thoughts exactly!


  21. Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life posted on October 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm (#)

    These are the PERFECT cookies. I must get some of that Jif! I love the colors of the MnMs and the cookies in these photos – they pop on Pinterest! Mmm, yum!


  22. Gayathri posted on October 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm (#)

    love peanut butter..lovely combo of peanut butter and m&m …looks delicious…


  23. Genell {Nel's Nook} posted on October 29, 2013 at 3:21 pm (#)

    Dark chocolate and peanut butter is my favorite combo and these look so good! Now I just gotta find the peanut butter – even though I am usually Jif girl they look too good not to try!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 30th, 2013 at 10:44 am

      There are Jif versions of chocolate peanut butter too, I bet they’d be wonderful!


  24. Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie posted on October 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm (#)

    Genius! I’m a peanut butter treat fiend too…but I’ll also sneak a spoonful from the jar too 😉


  25. Amy posted on October 29, 2013 at 11:10 pm (#)

    We’re a Skippy family too! My dad always went for the chunky one, whereas my brother and I demanded creamy. And I could always tell when someone else’s parent used Jif — it just didn’t taste right! What kind of M&Ms did you use? They look like fall colors, so cute!

    P.S. How far into the Harry Potter series are you? I really need to reread them all soon… I miss my favorite witches and wizards!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on October 30th, 2013 at 7:23 am

      They’re the fall color M&Ms, plain. I thought they looked pretty with the color of the cookie!


      • Amy replied on October 30th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        You’re definitely right. They do look really pretty! :)

  26. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction posted on October 30, 2013 at 9:17 am (#)

    You know I can’t turn down dark chocolate! Love how easy it is to whip up a batch!


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  31. Ellen Alan posted on January 8, 2015 at 4:49 pm (#)

    Christmas of 2013 I made the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter cookies using Skippy Peanut Butter but now, January of 2015, I can’t find it anywhere. Any suggestions for substitutions?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 9th, 2015 at 6:53 am

      Oh no, I wonder if they discontinued it. Some other peanut butters have chocolate flavored brands, so try that first. Don’t try Nutella or a chocolate spread as those have too much sugar. If all else fails, try adding some cocoa to the recipe, maybe 1/4 cup, using regular peanut butter!


  32. June posted on January 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm (#)

    Since I have Skippy PB available, would I use unsweetened cocoa as a sub to choc PB? saw your last comment to try cocoa.
    Like the variation to the regular flourless PB cookie recipe.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 18th, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      I would add some cocoa (maybe 1/4 cup) to the peanut butter. That should make it more chocolatey!


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