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
    March 4, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Seriously, I have to make these tomorrow. Anything w PB, shortbread and choc chips is heavenly.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    The Little Red Shop
    March 4, 2012 at 1:34 am

    Ohhh….yum!!! Thank you for sharing!

    : )

    Julie M.

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    March 3, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Just made them. They were absolutely amazing. Make sure you pack the dough tightly-as it crumbled when I was slicing it. I also used a serrated bread knife- which seemed to help make a cleaner cut through the chocolate chips. Can’t wait to make them again.

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    March 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    i like cookies that get rolled and sliced–it’s so easy! it doesn’t hurt that chocolate and peanut butter are also involved… :)

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    March 3, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    yummy..plan on making them this weekend….

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    The Daydream Dish
    March 2, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    These sound delicious! I may have to try these and post my result on my blog. I love to cook such sweet treats!! Stop on by my blog if you’d like!

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    Magnolia Verandah
    March 2, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Good idea to have spare dough waiting. Although that means they would be too easy to pop in the oven – and then they would be gone in a minute if they looked as good as these.

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    Sarah (Snippets of Thyme)
    March 2, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Drool! If I could only get through my screen, I would grab the entire tube back there on your countertop. Oh, they look so good. I’ll never lose weight by Easter at this rate!

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    March 2, 2012 at 12:23 am

    These look amazing! I can’t remember if I’ve ever seen a peanut butter shortbread recipe before, because I feel like I would have made them immediately if I had! These are definitely going on the ‘to make’ list, thanks for sharing!

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    March 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Wow1 Those cookies look amazing!I have to make them for my son!

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    March 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I could make myself sick by making these because I am pretty sure I would eat them all and not give anyone else a chance to taste! They look absolutely delicious

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      July 12, 2012 at 10:18 pm

      I sooo agree! Wish I had some self control when it comes to sweets!

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    hobby baker
    March 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    The dough looks sublime. I don’t know if it would ever make it to the oven… ;)

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    March 1, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    LOL, “I’m happy for that cookie”
    American cookies are dreamy, i’ve only ever made the one can dubs went crazy for them, hmm, has he been good enough to warrant these? I wish you were my neighbour, I’d be hanging around by the back door all the time like a old tramp!

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    From Beyond My Kitchen Window
    March 1, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Snow day today, no work!!!!! Could you deliver 5 or 6 of those cookies please? A really good looking cookie!

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    Hungry Dog
    March 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Whoa. I might have to make these–today even. I’ve been on a shortbread kick and these sound fantastic. Wonder if I have peanut butter in the pantry…

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    March 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    These look amazing! I love shortbread and combine that with peanut butter and chocolate and a glass of cold milk, YUM!! I do love that you can make these and bake later. Although if I had these in the refrigerator, I don’t think I could think about anything else. Lovely photos!

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    March 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I love peanut butter cookies and I made a mess of them last weekend only they were not peanut buttery enough for me. These might hit the spot as I love the delicacy and crunchiness of shortbread cookies. Toss in some chocolate chips and you have earned the approval of my two “sweet tooth” kiddos. I actually made a batch of brownies yesterday only to find them half gone as little fingers found their way to them :)

    My daughter actually commented to me that she is craving your chocolate chip pumpkin bread. Were heading to Carmel this weekend to visit my in-laws so I am going to make some to take down with us.

    I don’t know how you get such beautiful posts out everyday. Kudos to you for that. I can only manage 2 posts a week and that is a stretch for me. I may not always comment on your blog, but I am reading each and every post :)

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    March 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Your shortbread looks delicious, and so much more “together” than mine. Great post!

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    March 1, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Yum! These look like perfect cookies! Peanut and chocolate is of course the best combination, but with the addition of some sea salt I bet it is beyond delicious!

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    March 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    12 minutes away from Nirvana? Really? You had to put it that way? These sound beyond delicious. Why can’t we be neighbors, Sue? that way I could just run over to your house for a sampling of each and every thing you bake! (Are you scared of me yet?)

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