chocolate peanut butter caves

January 30, 2007 at 9:17 pm | Posted in Chocolate, Cookies | 17 Comments

last week i made these cookies because i was really craving for something peanut buttery. it has been a very long time since i used peanut butter in anything, because some people around me do not favour it that much. i figured that it was time i used up the jar of peanut butter that has been sitting in the cupboard for more than four months, i think.

i wanted something that both contained chocolate and peanut butter. i thought of making peanut butter cookies (that appealed to the purist in me) but then the recipes which i had required refrigeration, and i didn’t have that much patience. then i googled and found a recipe that i thought was wonderful. the “original” name of this recipe is “peanut butter filled chocolate cookies” – but that didn’t justify the greatness of the cookie, so i decided to rename it: chocolate peanut butter caves.


1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter (i used chunky)
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence


3/4 cup sifted icing sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tbsp milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1. preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius. sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda in a medium bowl.

2. in a large bowl, cream butter, caster sugar, brown sugar and peanut butter until well combined. add egg, milk and vanilla. mix well. gently mix in the flour mixture about 1/3 at a time until incorporated. form the chocolate dough balls.

3. combine icing sugar and peanut butter in a mixing bowl and beat until smooth. form into 32 balls.

4. working on greaseproof paper, gently flatten each chocolate ball. top with peanut butter ball. carefully fold chocolate dough over the peanut butter ball and seal the edges. roll dough into a ball.

5. place balls on a lined baking sheet. lightly flatten with the bottom of a spoon dipped in granulated sugar. (i think you can omit this step if you want to)

6. bake cookies for about 10 minutes (if you want it chewy, and up to 15 if you want it to be more crispy) until the surface begins to slightly crack. let cool for 1 minute on the sheet. transfer to wire racks and cool completely.

this is something i’ll make again if i need a peanut butter fix. i thought it tasted like the peanut butter oreos, and it’s excellent with a cold glass of milk. 🙂




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  1. Those look delicious! Chocolate and peanut butter are two of my favorites. You just can’t go wrong with those two.

  2. These look great, but how much cocoa goes in the recipe, it looks like it is missing from the list of ingredients???

  3. jennifer: thanks! 😀

    laurie: thank you for pointing that out! i’ve edited the recipe. 😉

  4. WOW! Looks absolutely delicious.

    Could you tell me how many cookies you got from the recipe?


  5. whoaa… ok. ive been going mad thinking which recipes of yours to try. ok im gonna give this one a shot, if i dun get rini to try it out for me first, due to sheer laziness. hehehehe

  6. hui: hmm, i think around 50? it really depends on the size of your cookies actually. if you want them smaller, adjust the baking time accordingly. 🙂

    dot: hurhur one day try one! hahaha.

  7. Ooch, these look so so yummy! Despite them being little heart attacks on a plate (chocolate AND peanut butter, gosh!), I can’t wait to try them out. Thanks for the recipe… also, great pics!

  8. helo maya!!
    thanks for ur wonderful cupcakes!!!
    my bf lives them to bits. he insisted i learn to bake them from u!! wondering if u take in disciples..hehehe.
    oh anw really many2 thanks.

  9. oops..* loves them to bits.

  10. chitz: thank you! i want to try out those korova cookies too! 😀

    sofhia: hehehe disciple seh. 😉 i’m glad your bf loved it! 😀

  11. Hi Maya, I can’t quite remember how I’ve stumbled across your blog but I MUST say that i LOVE the cupcakes you do! Need an advice from you, can you please recommend me some reliable websites that provide good cupcakes recipes, please? I’m tempted to bake a bunch of them for my birthday dinner this weekend 🙂 Thanks!

  12. hello pau-lynn! 😀 thanks for dropping by. i can’t leave comments on yr blog, so i have to do it here.

    go to i like her chocolate cupcake recipe. there are a lot of recipes there, and i’m sure at least one will appeal to you! 😀

  13. Maya dear, I have a huge favor to ask of you.. Could you possibly post a good recipe for butter cake? On impluse, I bought a tin of Golden Churn Butter (cos its supposed to be like THE gold standard for buttercakes)and now I don’t know what recipe to use it in. pffth.
    I don’t want to ‘waste’ it on any ‘ol cookbook recipe cos it’ll be so heartpain if it doesn’t turn out well, the butter costing so much and all. So anyways, if you have any plain buttercake recipe, please do share! =)

    p/s: I HAVE to stop buying ingredients on whims!!

  14. hi babe! do u know if these keep well? cause im planning to make it for my boy on vday and i was hoping to make them like on sunday.. let me know? =)

  15. yup it does. 🙂 just make sure you cool them completely before storing in an airtight container.

  16. Where does the milk in the filling go? I’ve done it both with and without the milk and both turned out fine! More crumbly than chewy though even though I only baked then for ten minutes. Any advice? Still love them regardless!

  17. Hi Justina, oops I think I left that out in the instructions! The milk is supposed to be mixed together with the pb and icing sugar. I guess the addition of milk will thin the filling a little? 🙂

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