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

Stack of Easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies on a white plate with more cookies and m&ms in the background

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.

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. 🙂

Stack of four Easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies on a white plate with m&ms

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.

Overhead shot of Easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies on blue table and more on a white plate with m&ms

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. 😉

Stack of Easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies on a white plate with m&ms and recipe title in text on top of photo

stack of dark chocolate peanut butter cookies on white plate with red and gold m and ms

Easy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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  • 1 cup Skippy Naturals Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter or any kind of 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


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with silpat/silicone liners or parchment paper.
  • Stir together peanut butter, sugars, egg, and baking soda. Stir in 1/2 cup M&Ms.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate

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Now, for some more peanut butter goodness:

Jordan’s Reese’s Overload Cookies

Almond Joy Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Toffee Pretzel Peanut Butter Cookies

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

Last Updated on May 31, 2020

Dorothy Kern

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  1. 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.

  2. 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?

    1. 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!

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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!