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
Yield: about 30 2-inch cookies.

Dark Chocolate Chip Comfort Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


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


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

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281 comments on “Comfort in Cookies”

  1. These cookies are a much loved favorite in our household. And we love them too just a ltiny bit undercooked and warm from the oven. So so good. Thank you.

  2. This recipe has become a family staple! The only thing I did different was add some peanut butter chips to the batter because my peanut lovers needed more peanut taste :)

  3. Have you tried making this with brown instead of white sugar?

  4. How many gramms is 1 cup? Thanks

  5. Just made these with a few adjustments soo good!!! I switched the peanut butter for almond butter great result!! I also had half dark chocolate and half semi-sweet, super good wish I had enough dark chocolate but still turned out very good!!!

  6. These are the best! I added in some recees chips for more peanutbutter flavor n my crew loves them, thanks so much

  7. I’ve made these for the past couple of years and all I can say is OMG! Best cookies ever. I’ve eaten my fair share of these cookies straight out of the oven… I introduced them to my step-mom now she can’t stop baking them. Can’t wait to bake these next weekend for Christmas!!

  8. Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy Yummy! I cant get over them!

  9. They’re in the oven right now! Husband and I are salivating at the wonderful smells! *happy squeal*

  10. I made these as well … I made them as the recipe states (no chopped pecans), and I got about 3 portions of 25-30 cookies (so about 75 cookies) out of them. Luckily, what remains after my half-binge will be distributed amongst my colleagues. They are terrific a few minutes out of the oven. I’m a little bit sick to the stomach after stuffing almost twenty cookies in my face, but it was worth it. Ugh.

  11. Sunbutter is a fantastic peanut-free and tree-nut-free product made from sunflower seeds. My daughter is severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts so we are a nut-free home. Nobody in my family likes the off-taste of soy butter, but sunbutter is very close to peanut butter. You can substitute it 1:1. These cookies were delicious with sunbutter as a substitute. Some of my cookie recipies turn harmless greenish color when sunbutter has a chemical reaction to baking soda ( google for info or look at, but the chocolate color covered any potental change. I can not use Nestle choc chips because they all have peanut contamination, but luckily Hersheys saves the day again with nut-free chocolate chips at a reaonable price! Thanks for a delicious new favorite recipe!!

  12. I’ve made these a few times for friends and family and everyone always goes crazy for them! Also, for anyone allergic to peanuts, you can use almond butter instead of peanut butter. The cookies turn out just as heavenly!

  13. i just made these for my christmas sweet treats and wow i love them !!!

  14. I just made these! They’re in the oven now, and wont last long once they get out!

  15. Made them and they look EXACTLY like the picture, instead of rolling them in my hands i just use a ice cream scoop. And they taste even better than they look in the pictures (which says ALOT) THANKS BAKERELLA!!!!! This one goes in the recipe book!

  16. Just made these, oh my god they’re amazing… these are so gooey and chewy, and the peanut butter is just perfect with the chocolate. Much better than anything you can find at the store!

  17. Oh my god. I just made these because I’ve been eying them and… These are the best cookies in the history of cookies!! You should get a reward for the best chocolate peanut butter cookie on earth!!!

  18. Made these with M&M’s instead of dark chocolate chips and they turned out gooey and amazing!!!

  19. These were simply AMAZING. I bake a lot – cakes, muffins, pies, you name it! But the one thing I can’t seem to ever get right are my cookies. They always end up burnt to a crisp, too salty, or turn into a disgusting sheet cookie. But this… this is the best thing I’ve ever tasted. And the first time I actually didn’t mess up my cookie! Thank you so much for sharing this x

  20. just finished making the dough getting ready to roll these suckers up to bake…but OMG the dough is so heavenly best cookie dough i’ve ever tasted!!! and i really dont like eating cookie dough uncooked!

  21. Made them today!!!they’re GREAT!!!hubby said this were awsome!only one little thing,i used milk chocolate chips and we could not see any melted chocolate chips in the cookies we’re they were done!is that because they were milk ones and not bitter???

  22. Hi Bakerella,I made your mini panda cupcakes recently for my 16th birthday party and they were a hit! Thanks! Would the cookies taste just as good if I didn’t add the peanut butter??

  23. These cookies are absolutely delicious! Most definitely satisfied my sweet-tooth! As soon as I saw the recipe to these, I immediately started baking! :) They taste amazing warm!
    Thank YOU!!

  24. Just made these they are AMAZING!!!! my new weakness and soo simple to make :)

  25. Making it right now . It smells delicious

  26. Have made these a couple of times and enjoyed them – personally halve the recipe as the original makes something like 60 odd!

    I made a batch tonight, substituted the peanut better for nutella and switched out half the dark chips for butterscotch morsels (god bless the USA) and they are yummy! I had to drop them onto the tray rather than roll as they were much stickier – I assume the nutella made it so, but they are delicious!

  27. could i substitute the penut butter with something else?

  28. I made these yesterday afternoon. They are all gone, except for one, and I have another batch in the oven right now. :)
    No I didn’t eat them all! I made a bunch for a family and took some to church this morning. Oh my goodness, these are so amazingly delicious! Have them with some really cold milk. *drool*
    Waiting for them to come out of the oven. :D

  29. Those cookies look very watery on that photo where they are on the parchment paper. Do you bake them in that round form or do you press them down and then bake them? I’m sorry if that’s a stupid question :)

  30. i loved the cookies but can i do them without peanutbutter(my friend´s allergic)

  31. Hey
    chocolate and peanut butter cookies!

  32. Mohammed,
    Of courses you can use semi sweet chocolate…
    Instead of dark choco. I used Semi sweey and peanut butter chips, since I didnt have dark choco. at home and the people I was baking for does not enjoy dark.
    Be creative!

  33. I must try these!
    When Im done school I want to continue a carreer in Professional Baking and I just gotta keep going! Bakerella has enspired me!

  34. I have a word. And that word… is yum!!!

  35. YUM! So good! I made the cookies very small- my batch turned out 60 cookies. They were crunchy on the outside but very decadent and moist on the inside. I used a little more than a 1/2 cup of peanut butter and semi sweet chocolate chips. Delicious.

  36. just made these….SOOO GOOD! i absolutely love them!

  37. I’ve made these cookies several times and they are absolutely delicious! Thank you!!

  38. thanks for this incredible blog! I love it!

  39. Oh man, ur website is soooooo awesome!!! i want ur desserts NOW!!!!! im soooooo hungry for those!!

  40. I made these cookies recently and they are delcious! A cookie I will make again and again for my family. Thank you for the recipe!!

  41. I had these cookies at a party this past weekend and I described them to my friend as ‘the kiss I can’t shake’. When I was driving home, I missed the cookies more than my friends. I seriously have been thinking about them ever since. She shared your website with me today. Thank you for introducing me to my ‘newest boyfriend’. My husband thanks you too.

  42. what an awesome peanut butter and chocolate fix! as a total peanut butter addict, i was skeptical about how little peanut butter was in these and if i would be able to taste it at all against all the chocolate… but i am pleasantly surprised! working on number 3 right out of the oven with no regrets :) thanks for sharing!

  43. can the peanut butter be left out? i’m allergic to peanuts.. but they look absolutely delicious!

  44. Just made these!! So good!! Thank you for helping me impress my friends :)

  45. these cookies are soooooo good I made them a few weeks ago and we ate them all….. so I decided an encore preformance was in order! so warm and gooey right out of the oven :-)

  46. Omg they look soo good, especially the pic with the middle showing, mmm!! :D

  47. Excellent cookies!! Easy to bake and so deliciously chocolaty. I was thinking they should stay in longer, but now I’m sorry as I dried them out a bit, but they’re even great that way. Next time I’ll stick to the time the recipe says. We’ll be lucky if these last more than a couple of days… and there’s only 2 of us!!

  48. Awesome! I just made my first batch. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  49. I was actually a bit disappointed by these when they just came out of the oven. They just tasted a bit too much of peanut butter to my taste. However, the next day they tasted much better, the peanut butter being more of a subtle hint rather than in your face. To me these cookies are at their best on the second day. Wonderful, chocolatey, chewey, almost brownie-like cookies. I love them. Even my mom, not a big chocolate/sweet fan, adored these. I made them with dark and white chocolate chunks by the way, really excellent! Right now I’m just getting ready to make some more for a Christmas high tea tomorrow. I think they will be gone very fast!
    Merry Christmas!
    Love from Holland,

  50. This is ABSURD. Simply one of the most tempting things I’ve ever seen.

    You rock big time!

  51. Wow, just made this recipe. Cookies came out extremely moist! Great recipe. It was super quick and yummy thanks!

  52. Oh, and could I also, if ever, bake them in a size quite bigger than 2 inches? :3
    Thank You in advance again! :)

  53. Cookies! XD
    Since I don’t really remember a time that I really baked (though I am hoping that soon I could), I just wanna ask: Do these (and probably your other cookies) come out soft? Because I think soft cookies are good. Or is there any way to get a soft version of these cookies (and other cookie recipes as well)?
    Thank You in advance! :3

  54. could i substitute the peanut butter with honey and oil or with what for those who are allergic

  55. I made these a couple of weeks ago, not being entirely sure on the peanut butter. But…

    They were amazing! So easy to make, came out much better than my unmitigated sugar cookie disaster of early 2011, and they went down a storm at work… when I managed to stop eating them long enough to box some up.

    I plan on making more next week to take to work as a Christmas treat!

  56. please answer my question.

  57. looks tasty

  58. hello bakerella,
    can i use semi sweet chocolate cause we don’t have the bittersweet variaty where i live, if yes, shall i reduce the quantity of sugar and how much. thanks a lot.
    you are so creative and talented person,
    saudi arabia

  59. Making these right now and LOVIN them! Thanks! :)

  60. Thank so much for the recipe. The cookies are so good :)

  61. I made these today. My son is allergic to peanuts so I substituted soy nut butter for the peanut butter and they were fantastic. I also used agave nectar for sugar and used mint chips in addition to the chocolate chips.

    I took them to a party tonight and they were a huge success.

  62. I just made these and they are deeeeeelicious! My new favorite cookies. I made them pretty small since they’re so rich, and also so I can eat as many as possible without feeling too guilty. :)

  63. Oh my goodness!!! These are just devine!!! YUM YUM!!! Love your website by the way!!! =)

  64. Going to make these with my kiddos right now…they look yummy. We are adding Christmas m&m’s. They are so excited!! Or maybe it is just me!!

  65. OOOOOOhhh! Me Me Me! *Hand raised very high*! I love cookies especially right out of the oven…Mmmmm warm yummy goodness!!

  66. i’ve just baked these! amazing!

    though fyi, i have 70 cookies instead of 30… (and i didn’t change a thing)

  67. can u please please please tell can i ommit peanut butter….they look soo good wanna try em out…

  68. I made these cookies last night, but I substituted chocolate/peanut butter swirl chips for the dark chocolate ones. They are sooooooo good!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  69. ok

    i made these people amaziiiiiiiing!!!!!

  70. I made these! OMG!!! they are the bomb and my daughter took all that was left. I used milk chocolate chips b/c I couldn’t find dark chocolate chips and they were still AWESOME!!! thanks for the recipe.

  71. wooooww
    this is a best cooooooooookies
    i like it

  72. Just baked these with nutella instead of peanut butter and they are scrumptious! Can’t wait to make your gingerbread snowman heads next week!

  73. I tried this recipie and I have no idea what I did wrong but it was a complete disaster ! :(

    It was also my first attempt at making cookies, I should mention that.

    Maybe second time will be a charm !

  74. Holy cow, are these good! Super easy to make too as I just whipped up a batch on a whim since I was bored and wanted to do something productive. The peanut butter truly is a great addition to these chocolaty treats. The dark chocolate chips were a great find and I even threw in some peanut butter chips for good measure. Will definitely be making these again.

  75. I made these last night for today, they came out *amazing* delicious! Thank you for the recipe! I’ll definitely be making these again :)

    Happy T-day to you and your family!

  76. I just bought the dark chocolate chips for them, but I don’t know when I can make them. I am going to make red velvet cupcakes this Saturday, and apple pie next Saturday, so I might be able to make them the weekend of December 10th. They look scrumptious!How do you come up with all these delicious recipes. Can I just call you, you do the baking, and deliver them to me?!

  77. I just made these cookies. Absolutely wonderful! They were gone in a heart beat!!!

  78. O.M.G. I don’t even know what to say about these. I love that they’re thick and soft – mine always turn out flat and thin! I am definitely trying these for a pick-me-up in between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thanks!

  79. These cookies are addictive! I baked them 3 days ago and couldn’t resist to eat one after they came out from the oven :P I loveee your blog.

  80. i just made these today with my sister and i almost died. we had way too many out of the oven and then i dusted what was left with powdered sugar and then i realized that you can make a chocolate cookie sandwich with pb in the middle!!!! mmmmm so good! i think i ate my body weight in cookies today. i think i need another one just to calm down!!!!
    thank you!!!

  81. how many grams in 1 cup of flour ?
    and how many grams in 1 cup of butter?
    and how many grams in 1 cup of sugar?
    and how many grams in 1 cup of cocoa?
    and how many grams in 1 cup of peanut butter?
    i’m just too confuse…. :S

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