Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies. Soft and gooey on the inside, slightly crisp on the outside. Absolutely delicious!

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Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

After the success of my apple crumble flapjacks, I was allowed back into the kitchen by Charlotte to try my hand at another of my favourites – cookies. For me there is little better than a nice cup of tea with a cookie or two!

Cookies are relatively simple to make, however there are a couple of key choices to make upfront:

  • The first is what to put in them. Being my first cookie recipe I settled quickly on the traditional choice of chocolate chips. This felt a little boring though, so I also decided to add in peanut butter, guaranteeing a gooey texture, whilst still complimenting the chocolate.
  • The second choice to make is whether you prefer thick or thin cookies. For chocolate chip cookies I prefer thin, for oatmeal and raisin cookies I prefer thick.

You can alter the thickness of the cookie by simply making some tweaks to the cookie recipe. There are many ways to do this, highlighted below are three of the main ones:

  • The amount of butter in the mixture – reducing the amount of butter decreases the liquid in the cookie causing less spread (although at the expense of softness).
  • Cooling the cookie dough in the fridge before baking also causes less spread, in part because it gives time for the flour to absorb the liquid in the dough.
  • The ratio of brown sugar to white sugar. The more brown sugar the thicker the cookie (from research this is due to the acidic nature of brown sugar which reacts with the raising agent).

In the photo below I show how by making the three changes above you obtain different looking cookies.

Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Cookie recipe

On the left-hand-side I have created a thin cookie using the chocolate chip and peanut butter cookie recipe detailed below. On the right-hand-side I have reduced the butter, used only brown sugar and cooled the cookie dough in the fridge before baking. The result is a smaller thicker cookie.

Fortunately, as I opted to make thin cookies this time round, you don’t need to wait for the cookie dough to cool (I’m not the most patient, particularly when it comes to eating!).

Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe
In my view, and I think the majority agree, the best type of cookies are those which are soft and gooey in the middle, but have a slightly crisp outside. This is easy to achieve by shortening the baking time, removing the cookies from the oven as soon as the edges start to show a golden colour, and then leaving them to harden on the baking tray for a few minutes.

Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Cookies

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Makes 8 large cookies


  • 100g softened unsalted butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 80g light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 180g self-raising flour
  • 40g milk chocolate chips
  • 50g smooth peanut butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160ºC fan.
  2. Add together in a bowl butter (100g), caster sugar (100g) and light brown sugar (80g), and beat until you have a fluffy mixture.
  3. Add 1 egg, lightly beaten, into the mixture
  4. Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  5. Add ½ tsp of salt, sprinkled evenly across the mixture.
  6. Sift in 180g of self-raising flour, and beat the mixture until it is fully combined.
  7. Add in 40g of chocolate chips.
  8. Add in 50g of peanut butter.
  9. Mix all the ingredients together until there is an even distribution of chocolate chips and peanut butter across the mixture.
  10. Spoon the mixture onto baking paper. For neat looking cookies, the mixture for each cookie should be roughly 2cm high and 6cm wide in a circular shape with sufficient space either side to allow it to widen to about 12cm when cooked.
  11. Place into the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, depending on how crisp you like the outside of your cookie to be.
  12. Once taken out of the oven allow the cookies to rest in the baking tray for five minutes whilst they harden, before moving to a wire rack to cool.

Chocolate chip and peanut butter cookie nutritional information

Chocolate chips and peanut butter cookies nutritional information. Including calories, fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, sugar, fibre, protein and salt

This is the estimated nutritional information per portion. Please refer to my guide to Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen nutritional information if you want to learn more about how this is calculated.



  1. Charlotte, are you getting your other half to write recipes now? Wow, that’s brilliant! Looks like you’ve made the most of your new photography equipment x

    • He volunteered! Although he only seems to offer to do sweet treats like flapjacks and cookies.

      We did use the new light, it was great being able to photograph at 9pm without any interruptions from the boys. Unfortunately it probably took longer than normal as I need to figure out how best to set up the light and what camera settings to use, but hopefully it’ll make things quicker in the long run. I just need to practice, practice, practice.

  2. These look absolutely perfect!

    • Charlotte Oates

      Thanks Laura. They’re really yummy, I think Jon is secretly a good cook (he’s kept it well hidden until now!).

  3. What a perfect pile of beautiful cookies. Wish I could reach in and take one!

  4. Chocolate chip cookies are one of my favourites, thanks for sharing your tips for creating different types of cookies, very useful 🙂

    • Thanks Jen, I’m glad you found it useful. It’s amazing how much difference a small tweak to the ingredients can make.

  5. i want to make them but why is everything in g? Can’t you just tell me how many cups? Bummed looks great but hate taking time to figure out all the time?

    • Hi Carrie. Thanks for your feedback, I’m really sorry to hear that you find the lack of cup measures frustrating.

      I prefer to use grams rather than cups as I find it a more accurate way of measuring ingredients (which can be very important in baking). Also, in the UK it’s much more common to use weight rather than volume for dry ingredients so I guess it’s just what I’m used to. As you’ve noticed converting from grams to cups isn’t straightforward and so I’m not able to provide a conversion and be confident that the recipe would still work.

      If you’re coming across this problem quite a lot I’d really recommend investing in some cheap scales. I use these Salter scales which are easy to use and excellent value for money

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