Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies are an easy to make slice and bake chocolate chip cookie recipe with a melt in your mouth texture, a light peanut butter flavor, and plenty of chocolate chips!

Melt in your mouth peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

The all time most popular post on my blog so far has been my Double Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookies.

I’m happy for that cookie, I really am.  It deserves the attention it’s gotten, after all, when was the last time you saw a cookie that intensely chocolaty?   But I got to thinking that my other shortbread cookies deserve a little love, too.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

Like this one.  It’s made with creamy peanut butter, sea salt and milk chocolate chips.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

It’s like if one kid had a room full of trophies and the other always got stuck out in left field.  It kinda gets my maternal adrenaline flowing.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Shortbread cookie dough is simple to make!

You know I love these slice and bake shortbread recipes.  Who wouldn’t love to have a log or two of cookie dough hanging out in their fridge?  You can get all the measuring and mixing and messy hands out of the way early and then have the luxury of fresh dough waiting at your beck and call.   Let me put it another way: when you’ve got this dough in the fridge you’re 12 minutes away from nirvana.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

If you want to try a rolled dough version of these, try my Milk Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

a stack of peanut butter chocolate chip shortbread cookies

These cookies have a melting texture, and I’m sure I don’t need to tell you about the magical combination of peanut butter and milk chocolate.  They’ll even stick a wee bit to the roof of your mouth…have a cold glass of milk ready.

slice and bake peanut butter chocolate chip shortbread cookies

Tips for success when making peanut butter chocolate chip shortbread cookies—

  • Make sure to start with room temperature butter.  This helps the dough come together smoothly.  And thoroughly combine it with the peanut butter until the mixture is creamy.
  • Measure your flour carefully.   I fluff the flour first to loosen it, then scoop the measuring cup and level it off.  This helps insure you get an accurate measure and not too much flour, which will affect the quality of the cookies.
  • Mix the dough until it comes together and is no longer crumbly.
  • Use regular, not natural peanut butter.  I use Jif.
  • If you have trouble with the dough crumbling when you slice it, this is due to the chocolate chips.  I just form the cookies back into shape on the cookie sheet.  It helps to use a very sharp knife, and you can also try a sharp serrated knife to cut through the chips.  You can use tiny chips if you want to, which will help, but I prefer the taste of the big chunks of chocolate.
  • If you make smaller cookies (i.e. more than 10-12) adjust the baking time, it will take slightly less time for them to cook.
  • Expect these cookies to have a shortbread texture, which is to say delicate and crumbly, and very buttery.  They aren’t the same as a regular chewy or cakey cookie.  Shortbread has a distinctive texture.

Reader Rave ~

Somehow I stumbled across this cookie recipe on pinterest, and it has inspired me to dig deeper into your recipes! The texture of the shortbread, the light sweetness, and classic flavors… just so delightful!  This has become one of my very favorite cookies!”  ~Valerie

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies
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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 14 minutes

Total Time: 29 minutes

Category: cookies, dessert

Cuisine: American

Yield: makes about 14 cookies

Serving Size: 1 cookie

Calories per serving: 204.45 kcal

Fat per serving: 12.61 g

Saturated fat per serving: 6.53 g

Carbs per serving: 20.31 g

Protein per serving: 3.16 g

Fiber per serving: 0.93 g

Sugar per serving: 10.37 g

Sodium per serving: 77.56 mg

Trans fat per serving: 0.29 g

Cholesterol per serving: 19.15 mg

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies

These peanut butter chocolate chip shortbread cookies are easy to make and literally melt in your mouth.


  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature (important!)
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter (I like Jif)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup (156 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (31 grams) confectioner’s sugar
  • scant 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips


  1. Cream the butter and the peanut butter together in a stand mixer, with a hand mixer, or a wooden spoon. Make sure to get the butter and peanut butter completely combined and creamy. Beat in the vanilla.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients together and add to the butter mixture. Mix until the dough comes together and is no longer crumbly.
  3. Stir in the chips, and turn the dough out onto a piece of waxed paper. Gently pull the dough together and form it into a log. If it is still crumbly, work it with your hands until it holds together smoothly. Roll it up in the paper, smoothing the shape as you go. Twist the ends securely and refrigerate for at least a couple of hours. The log will be roughly 7 1/2--8 inches long.
  4. While the dough is chilling, pre-heat the oven to 350F
  5. Slice the log into slices with a sharp knife. Not too thick, not too thin, about 1/2 inch. If a slice crumbles a bit, just smoosh the dough back together. These don't have to be perfect disks.
  6. Bake on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet at 350F for about 12-14 minutes, depending on how thick your cookies are. The cookies will not be browned, and they may look undone, but don't over bake. One of the joys of shortbread cookies is that they fall apart and melt in your mouth.
  7. Let the cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack.
Nutrition label for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies


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  • Reply
    January 26, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Is there something I could use in place of the peanut butter? I love the shortbread idea just not a fan of peanut butter. (Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Shortbread Cookies).

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    John Masciotti
    January 23, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Recipe looks great. Since I like PN Butter, Chocolate and shortbread this is right down my alley. Haven’t tried making them yet, but a little confused by the size. You indicate that you will wind up with an 8″ log and that is should be cut into 1/3″ slices and it will yield 10-12 cookies. Wouldn’t 1/3″ slices of an 8″ log yield 24 cookies? Should I make a shorter log or fatter cookies for this timing? Help.

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      January 23, 2019 at 8:32 am

      lol, I always struggle with the instructions for slice and bake cookies…the slices can be whatever thickness you like, and I probably slice them thicker than 1/3 inch, so I’ll clarify that :)

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    Josee Marchessault
    January 22, 2019 at 8:34 am

    I made these with hazelnut cocoa butter from Justin’s… and with Biscoff cookie butter… they are all delicious! I upped the flour by a few tbsp because those butters are runnier.

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      January 22, 2019 at 8:35 am

      That sounds absolutely delicious, I love Justin’s!

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    Babs Z.
    January 18, 2019 at 5:19 am

    As always you have come up with yet again another fabulous cookie recipie. These are sheer perfection, rich buttery with just the right crumble. Sure to become a favorite in our household.

    • Reply
      January 18, 2019 at 7:46 am

      Thank you Babs, these are probably the original tvfgi cookie ~ been making them longer than any other :)

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    Diane Sundberg
    January 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Do you have a recipe for chocolate chip shortbread cookies (no peanut butter)?

    • Reply
      January 16, 2019 at 8:21 pm

      No, but that’s the version I’ve been making for years and never posted, for some strange reason. I’m working on getting that recipe up asap :)

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    Suzanne Christian
    December 8, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Can you freeze the cookies?

    • Reply
      January 12, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Yes, they freeze beautifully. You can freeze the log of unbaked dough, or the baked cookies, whichever you prefer, just remember to double wrap as airtight as you can.

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    December 2, 2018 at 9:42 am

    Hi Sue,

    I have been making these for roughly 4 years now and they are a hit at the office during December (Christmas Cookie Month). My day is Dec 6 this s year so I am making them today. I also added an ounce of Kahlua to the recipe – extra little back flavour! :o)

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      December 2, 2018 at 9:45 am

      Wow, that’s a long time, I’m so glad they’ve become a part of your December rhythm! I would never have thought to add Kahlua, but that’s a favorite liqueur of mine.

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        December 8, 2018 at 7:34 pm

        help sue I put all the ingred together doulbled the recipie but not sure about the butter amount 2or 3 cups what can I do

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          December 8, 2018 at 8:07 pm

          If you are doubling the recipe, then use 2 sticks, or 1 cup of butter. The new ‘yield calculator’ in my recipe plugin doesn’t work perfectly…

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    October 26, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Somehow I stumbled across this cookie recipe on pinterest, and it has inspired me to dig deeper into your recipes! The texture of the shortbread, the light sweetness, and classic flavors… just so delightful! This has become one of my very favorite cookies!

    • Reply
      October 26, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      <3 Welcome into the family Valerie.

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