Monday, November 7, 2011

Comfort in Cookies


I love having cookies around. Whether I need a little pick me up or just a quick sugar fix. Having cookies handy is comforting. And knowing I can have one and be good or eight and feel good, cookies equal comfort for me.

And chocolate cookies. well they just make it all even better.


Chocolate cookies with chocolate chips.

Uh huh. That’s the stuff.


I found these dark chocolate chips at the grocery store and had to use them right away.

I guess they’re new from Nestle. It’s about time they joined the party. I love dark chocolate.


Oh, I forgot. The cookies are kissed with peanut butter, too.

Yes. Yum.

Start out by creaming the butter, sugar and peanut butter.


Add the eggs and vanilla.


Beat it all together.


Add whisked cocoa, flour, baking soda and salt to the creamed mixture.


Then add in those dark chocolate chips and stir it all together. Oh yeah.


Take the cookie dough and roll into small balls roughly 1 1/4″ in size.

Place on parchment paper and bake away.


They’ll be on the smaller side, but they’ll bake up nice and thick.


And oh so good.

Help. Me.


If you’re a nut lover, you can also roll them in chopped pecans right before baking.


Just like so.

I baked some plain and some with pecans to play.


But, I like the plain ones better. Plain, slightly under baked and warm – right out of the oven.

Hard to resist. Basically, I like to torture myself. Then I can seek comfort with more cookies.

It’s probably good to be alone when you take them out of the oven. No one needs to see that behavior.

Just curious. Raise your hand if you’ve ever eaten an embarrassing amount of cookies before they can even cool.


Dark Chocolate Chip Comfort Cookies

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, slightly softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
10 oz. dark chocolate chips
chopped pecans, optional

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, mix flour, cocoa, soda and salt using a wire whisk and set aside.
  • In another bowl, cream butter, sugar and peanut butter until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add flour mixture to creamed mixture and mix until combined.
  • Stir in dark chocolate chips.
  • Roll cookie dough into 1-1/4 inch balls. (If desired, roll balls in chopped pecans.)
  • Place on parchment paper covered baking sheet.
  • Bake 10 minutes.
  • Place cookies on cookie rack to cool.
  • Makes about 30 2-inch cookies.


medina said...

Hi Bakerella!

Those cookies do look really scrump! You may like these ones as well from Joyous Health’s site

November 8, 2011 02:37 PM
Heidi, Stationery Scoop said...

Yum, those look delicious. I think I need to invest in a small scoop to make those nicely sized balls. Thanks for the great recipe. ~Heidi

November 8, 2011 03:01 PM
Laura Sligh said...

these look delicious! I’ll have to switch up my typical cookie routine next time I’m in the mood. Who can resist chocolate and peanut butter? Mmm.

November 8, 2011 03:03 PM
Barb-OK said...

I can imagine cookie dough on a stick and not even have to worry about baking them ;)

November 8, 2011 03:22 PM
jen w. said...

just made a batch. YUM!!!

November 8, 2011 04:39 PM
Queenie Reda said...

I have to admit – I totally suck at baking (and cooking…and cleaning…and organizing…) but these look SO yummy that I have to put on my big girl pants and just give it a try! Thanks for the recipe! Hope you are well! xoxo

November 8, 2011 04:41 PM
Megan (Bakeralla Fan!) said...

My hand is raised! :D haha These look so good!

November 8, 2011 04:55 PM
Sarah said...

Definitely making these in the nearest possible future.

November 8, 2011 04:56 PM
Teri W. said...

Do you, by chance, have a favorite brand of cocoa that you use? These cookies look d.i.v.i.n.e.! :-) Can’t wait to make them. Thank you for sharing!

November 8, 2011 04:58 PM
Nic@diningwithastud said...

Slightly undercooked cookies are amazing

November 8, 2011 05:31 PM
Samantha said...

I’m making these right now! I only have about 1/2 of a dark chocolate bar though (although it was kind of big) so I added oats and coconut! They’re delish!

November 8, 2011 06:01 PM
Samantha said...

Laurel: Yes, Dark chocolate is not the same as semi-sweet…

November 8, 2011 06:13 PM
Catie said...

I am getting ready to make some right now! can’t wait :)

November 8, 2011 06:22 PM
Stephanie said...

I haven’t even made these yet and I’m in love with the recipe. I’m thinking I might try rolling them in some cinnamon sugar or even just regular sugar before baking. Oh my god, yum.
I teach and I’ve got a field trip coming up. These are going to be needed after that trip.

November 8, 2011 06:34 PM
Lucie Mewes said...

Mmmmm, dough in tummy, first batch in the oven…

November 8, 2011 07:49 PM
Carolina said...

Hi Bakerella!!
The moment I saw this recipe I just had to make it!! They really are soooooo perfect, my husband loved them! And they are definetly comforting!!
I´m from Brazil, I follow your blog and love your recipes!!
Thanks for sharing!!

November 8, 2011 07:52 PM
Donna said...

Raising my hand high! Your pics are so good I can almost smell and taste them! Hope to see you in Orlando, FL, this weekend at Barnes & Noble!!

November 8, 2011 08:32 PM
Lucy said...

I believe I have to make these cookies tomorrow! Dark chocolate AND peanut butter…be still my heart. Yum!

November 8, 2011 08:34 PM
pure2raw twins said...

Love chocolate and chocolate chips together! Chocolate and cookies make everything better! those cookies look devine!! YUM

November 8, 2011 08:47 PM
Christine said...

My mouth is watering looking at those photos!

November 8, 2011 08:53 PM
Kaili said...

Well… these look delish! Whenever I’m at my friends house, we laways like to make her mom’s old recipe of chocolate chip cookies. we get sick before we bake them though, because we eat so much cookie dough! then when we finally make them, we catch eachother sneaking them for the rest of the day!

November 8, 2011 09:13 PM
Amber said...

I feel the need to try these right away!

November 8, 2011 09:23 PM
Anonymous said...

those would look absolutely delishious if i wasn’t laying on the couch sick. I hate being sick.

November 8, 2011 09:47 PM
Melissa @ Best Friends For Frosting said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I. Love!!!

November 8, 2011 09:56 PM
Ashley said...

I just made these… They are incredible. The cookie sheet is taunting me right now I would eat all of them if I could.

They are indeed, comfort cookies.

November 8, 2011 09:57 PM
Anonymous said...

Made them, yes better than NUTS!

November 8, 2011 10:28 PM
Johanna said...

Made them this afternoon… My husband and kids loved them…definitely will continue to make these…Thank you for sharing this recipe.. :o)

November 8, 2011 10:50 PM
Regan said...

You’re not alone, I ate 8 pumpkin chocolate chip cookies before the second batch was even out of the oven!

These look delicious, peanut butter and chocolate is my favorite combination :)

November 8, 2011 10:59 PM
Wendy said...

I made these tonight. Best ever!! Everyone loved them. Definitely a keeper recipe.

November 9, 2011 12:27 AM
Jess said...

Um, you had me at chocolate. And then you added the peanut butter? OMG. Oh, and I am sheepishly raising my hand because I have been known to eat an embarrassing amount of cookie DOUGH before it ever reaches the oven. :)

November 9, 2011 01:51 AM
Connie said...

OMG, those are amazing looking and yes, I’ll be making them one of these days (unless you’ll be mailing me a batch :)

November 9, 2011 04:29 AM
someone said...

dear bakerella;
im a thirteen-year-old fan who just LOVES your blogs. just to note, im not american…:-*
i love ur cookies and i want to make them straight away, but, oh well, my brothers have G6PD, so they cant eat anything to do with peanuts, so it would be crucial to eat the who thing myself, specially that i hv four brothers and no sisters and all of them hv G6PD,
so i was just hoping, will you please, please, please, get me a recipe of chocolate chips cookies WITHOUT peanuts??? thnXx

November 9, 2011 04:33 AM
Mighty Morgan said...

funny enough I was just thinking about chocolate cookies this morning…..well, a chocolate cookie recipe my neighbor used to make when I was younger…they were so good and I have never found anything to compare as of yet…BUT yours look gooooooood! Seriously Chocolate, peanut buttery good!!!!

November 9, 2011 05:53 AM
sherri lynn @ life of a wife said...

I love having warm cookies right out of the oven! Can’t wait to try these!

November 9, 2011 08:45 AM
Kristen said...

I have definitely eaten too many fresh out of the oven cookies before. I’m almost afraid to make these because the same thing will probably happen

November 9, 2011 09:32 AM
Dawn said...

*hand goes up*

*heads to oven to preheat*

*head to pantry for ingredients*

… see where this is going……

November 9, 2011 12:05 PM
Karen said...

Love the recipe! Hands are raised wayyy up high!
How many calories would you say one cookie has?
And, when you say butter do you mean unsalted butter?

November 9, 2011 01:12 PM
Wendy in California said...

Both hands unabashedly raised (try to ignore the cookie crumbs on the fingers) XOXO

November 9, 2011 01:38 PM
Maria -Marias cupcakes said...

They look delicious!

November 9, 2011 04:21 PM
Hundewanderer said...

Yummy… thank you for sharing. I’ve been looking for a chocolate chip cookie recipe that’s “just right”, I’m going to try these :)

November 9, 2011 05:00 PM
Cp said...

Just wanted to let you know I tried these and they turned out perfect! I needed a recipe for a good, chocolaty cookie that would be good to take to workl. The last few recipes I tried produced flat cookies. These are very pretty and puffy– suitable for company! I love that I can always trust your recipes to work the first time I try them!

November 9, 2011 06:08 PM
Lee Ann said...

What’s embarrassing is that I’m constantly burning my mouth on cookies straight from the oven. Yes, I’m that impatient!

November 9, 2011 06:28 PM
Alonso Mitza said...

*Raises his hand*

These look delicious, I’ll make them ASAP, thanks!

November 9, 2011 06:38 PM
Tatjana said...

I JUST baked these cookies!!! I am vegan, so I veganized the recipe…and they are DELICIOUS!!! Thank you thank you for sharing!

November 9, 2011 06:56 PM
EG said...

Very tasty! Mine needed to cook a smidge longer than 10 minutes (and yes, I am a believer in slightly undercooked cookies but these were too undercooked after 10).

And for those prepping for Christmas, you can make dough-balls and freeze them. I made a cookie recently where the batter was too runny for that – I was bummed! But this dough is freezeable!

November 9, 2011 08:46 PM
Shawn @ I Wash...You Dry said...

Hand Held High- can’t keep my hands off the warm, fresh outta-the-oven cookies! Yet, I swat my little kiddo’s hands away and tell them they will ruin their dinner… the joys of being a parent. These cookies look amazing, LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolate and peanut butter!!

November 9, 2011 10:21 PM
ern said...

Mmmm…just finished making these and I lost count of how many I’ve eaten (the down side of making smaller cookies). The peanut butter is a genius idea of counteracting the 2 chocolates so it doesn’t get overwhelming. Thanks for the recipe, I will definitely be making these again!

November 9, 2011 10:45 PM
Kirsten said...

I baked these and they came out without a bottom!! What did I do wrong!? I was so bummed…

November 9, 2011 11:20 PM
Hope said...

These cookies look irresistable! I’m going to have to try whipping up a batch soon. I, too, am guilty of consuming way too many cookies before I share with others :D

November 10, 2011 03:43 AM
Anonymous said...

oh yeah!

November 10, 2011 07:33 AM
Nancy said...

did you use cocoa instead of cocoa powder? if I use cocoa powder, would I need to add sugar (depending on how sweet I like my cookies I guess)

November 10, 2011 09:38 AM
Nancy said...

it’s early. i retract my comment . . . . :)

November 10, 2011 09:44 AM
Julie Warner said...

Okay, I’m hungry now. Yum Yum. This site should be marked as fattening!

November 10, 2011 11:34 AM
Kristi said...

Cool?!?! How about before the cookie dough ever goes in the oven?!?! No, I’ve never done that.

November 10, 2011 12:28 PM
Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth said...

I am with you as far as finding comfort in cookies! And these look great-I love the addition of peanut butter!

November 10, 2011 06:39 PM
Christina said...

I made these last night, half to bring to the office and the rest to bring for my hostess at the New Zealand Food Bloggers Conference, and I have just two words for them. Dee. Vine.

Thanks Bakerella for another winner!

November 10, 2011 07:01 PM
lynn @ the actors diet said...

i take comfort in having cookies around too – luckily i was just at a wedding where they had a “cookie table” you could bring home a bunch. they’re in my freezer now!

November 10, 2011 07:17 PM
MadDino said...

Those pictures are so beautiful. They are like instant cookie craving. I hate you, but love you at the same time for sharing this. I must not eat dozens of cookies. And with peanut butter too. My husband hates peanut butter with chocolate so I’d enjoy/be cursed with the whole batch of cookies.

November 10, 2011 08:51 PM
Peetu said...

Its 12.50am & I’m baking these cookies right now. I just tried one from the first batch out of the oven andand I’m in heaven!! Just the right amount of sugar .. They are super yum.. Thanks a ton for this recipe.

November 11, 2011 03:51 AM
Candace T said...

Made these last night….NONE LEFT! My family snarfed them right up.

November 11, 2011 09:39 AM
Naomi said...

Just pulled these out of the oven and it’s taking everything in my power not to dive into them right now! Can’t wait to serve them at my mom’s birthday tonight!

November 11, 2011 10:54 AM
Kezia said...

So glad that I’m not the only one who eats a gross amount of cookies before they’ve even made it onto that wire wrack. I always double a recipe but generally end up with the amount stated in the recipe for just one quantity ……..if that makes sense.

November 11, 2011 01:56 PM
Gyrid said...

I just made these, it’s actually the first time I’ve made cookies from scratch! I made them with chunky peanut butter and milk chocolate chips (only about 3 oz because they’re so sweet), Norwegian stores don’t have the best selection when it comes to baking supplies, but the cookies turned out great. I will definitely make them again :) Thank you so much for the recipe!

November 11, 2011 04:03 PM
Jessi said...

Just pulled them out of the oven, used semi sweet instead because I had them on hand. They are going to be my newest addiction :] Thanks for sharing.

November 11, 2011 07:58 PM
Karla said...

I just baked these cookies with semi-sweet chocolate chips, and my God they are AMAZING! The last pan in still in the oven, and I’ve already eaten like 4 of them. Sooo good.

November 11, 2011 08:15 PM
TheChangingHouse said...

They look perfect!
How delicious!!
Can’t wait to make them… perhaps for my husbands birthday?

November 12, 2011 08:17 AM
Fran said...

These look so yummy! They’re making me hungry! Have to try these soon : )

November 12, 2011 11:11 AM
Yoto said...

You’re meant to wait until cookies cool to eat them?! I’ve been doing it wrong all this time. I think these cookies shall be my next hot dessert though (if you call it that then it’s okay to eat them before they cool, yes?).

November 12, 2011 01:45 PM
MC said...

Made these cookies yesterday. They were so good that I included them in a blog post:

November 12, 2011 03:08 PM
Pam McL said...

Saw those chips in the store this weekend and bought them…then saw this recipe and knew it was meant to be. I used dark cocoa powder and scooped them with my new favorite kitchen tool…a small cookie scoop…instead of rolling them. They were ready in no time. Great recipe. Thanks!

November 12, 2011 11:19 PM
therufs said...

These were going really well until I got to the dark chocolate morsels … I am afraid I really don’t like them! They seem really waxy and cloying compared to Hershey’s dark chocolate bars.

Unfortunately I’d already mixed in half the bag, so I added 1/4 t of cayenne pepper and 1+ t each of cinnamon and nutmeg in an attempt to cut the effect of the chips a little bit …

And then I took them to a party so everyone could tell me how delicious they were! (They were delicious.) Thanks for the recipe :D

November 12, 2011 11:48 PM
Yhudis said...

I just made these and they taste just as heavenly as they look! I substituted oil instead of butter and it tasted perfect!!!

November 13, 2011 07:12 AM
Delphine said...

Those cookies are amazing, i love them !!

November 13, 2011 12:12 PM
Khushi said...

I made these for my family and they absolutely loved them!

November 13, 2011 06:07 PM
Payal said...

I just finished baking these cookies (and inhaling about 4 of them) and they are DELICIOUS!! Great balance of peanut butter and chocolatey goodness :)

November 13, 2011 10:27 PM
Mimi said...

Made these over the weekend. Maybe I rolled them a little smaller, but I ended up with over 100 cookies! I loved that they don’t spread much, so you get these little fluffy nuggets of chocolatey goodness!

November 14, 2011 01:02 AM
Rebecca slack said...

Amazing cookies! Sooooo yummy, everyone loved them! Baking second as I write, & they taste amazing with milk choc bits too & with both dark & milk! Delicious

November 14, 2011 07:01 AM
Karen said...

I made these this weekend and they are WONDERFUL! And yes, it was a good thing I was alone as they came out of the oven….it was an ugly, yet delicious, scene. Had to bring the rest of them to the firemen down the street to keep myself from eating them all!

November 14, 2011 01:12 PM
Jo said...

I am about to die!!!!! These looks so light and amazing!!! Oooh! I am going to defiantly try these. :)

November 14, 2011 05:55 PM
Culinary Collage said...

These cookie look incredible. I love dark chocolate and peanut butter.

November 14, 2011 07:44 PM
chitown said...

I had to make these right away. I took them to work and everyone drooled…

November 14, 2011 09:09 PM
Tanya said...

OOOOOMMMMGGGG!!!!! I got new apron and had to bake something so I could wear it. So, I decided to try your latest post. These are the MOST delicious cookies I have ever baked or tasted! This will now be my “go to” cookie recipe! Thanks for bringing this chocolate goodness into life!

November 14, 2011 09:15 PM
Jay said...

I baked those last night and man I loved them !
Definitely going to bake some for my friends one day

November 15, 2011 08:41 AM
Megan @ Tales of an HBS Wife said...

These look amazing – I could eat just the dough!

November 15, 2011 12:57 PM
Morgan said...

these are so good! they just came out of the oven and im already eating them! Best cookies i have ever done!

November 15, 2011 05:34 PM
katie... said...

Hi Bakerella…..
can i just ommit peanut butter…..allergic to peanuts….do reply really wanna make em asapppppp…..

November 15, 2011 06:05 PM
isabella said...

I know a lot of people have asked whether it is acceptable to remove the peanut butter. Yes, i am aware it is a heinous crime to strip cookies of their pb, but i want to bring these to school tomorrow. I also don’t have any nutella. I don’t know what I’m going to do! I need to make these!

November 15, 2011 06:19 PM
Kyra said...

Those look DELICIOUS! I want one… NOW…

I may have to make these :)

November 15, 2011 06:22 PM
karla said...

i don’t really like dark chocolate.. yet, these look DELICIOUS. would they still taste good if i used milk chocolate chips?

November 15, 2011 08:34 PM
Yazzay said...

Wow, Bakerella! Who are you and where have you been all of my (baking) life?? These cookies look amazing! I just need to find some good-quality cocoa. I ran out recently. Thanks for sharing!

November 15, 2011 10:57 PM
Jennifer said...

I substituted the peanut butter with Nutella and they were so good. They probably needed a bit more flour to compensate for the consistency of the Nutella, but they were still so damn good. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

November 17, 2011 12:20 PM
Delanl said...

I made these this afternoon, (with regular semi-sweet chips, I couldn’t wait for a trip to the store for dark ones!) and they are absolutely SINFUL. These will be going in my cookie pkgs. at Christmas!

November 17, 2011 03:26 PM
Jan said...

I just made these and they are AWESOME!!!!

November 17, 2011 03:28 PM
Lena said...

Dear Bakerella,

First of all, thumbs up for you and your wonderful work. I love trying your recipes and the yummy results! :-)

November 17, 2011 03:50 PM
Nicole A said...

These were SO good! I used hazelnut butter instead of PB, and they were wonderful. I think my dough turned out a little soft (there was no rolling, way too gooey) but the finished product was excellent. In the permanent recipe box.

November 18, 2011 09:57 PM
Vonda said...

My mouth is watering just looking at the cookies!! Can’t wait to make them! btw…don’t know if you know..but if you go to and “Like” their fb page, you can receive 5% off your entire order. I get all my cookie bags and cake boxes from them.

November 19, 2011 06:40 PM
Cherise said...

Is there a substitution for peanut butter (due to food allergy)?

November 19, 2011 06:57 PM
Mariana said...

Hi Bakerella!
Just baked those cookies, but something wrong happened. Don’t know what… lol They didn’t stay tall like yours, they kind of spread all over the pan. Did you put the dough in the fridge before making the little balls? Cause mine was all sticky and impossible to ball like yours. They were delicious anyway! :)

I posted the result on my tumblr. I just recently started to bake, still need to learn a lot.

Thanks for the lovely recipe!

November 19, 2011 07:50 PM
Katie D. said...

I added peanut butter chips in! So delicious.

November 19, 2011 10:33 PM
taryn said...

i made these and used half dark chocolate morsels and half peanut butter chips. SO GOOD!!!!! thank you for my new favorite cookie recipe!

November 19, 2011 11:11 PM
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