5 Ingredients: Simple Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mr.CBB's 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies were baked as a last minute treat the other night because I was laying in bed and was craving chocolate. So, we both ended up in the kitchen to whip up a batch of these peanut butter chocolate chip beauties just for me because the wife is on a low-gi diet. Although we did whip up a batch of cookies for her last week which we called a biscotti of sorts so she’s had her cookie fix.

Typically whenever chocolate cravings start I want to reach for something like my fudgy brownies but I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. So peanut butter chocolate chip cookies was what I had set out to make although my cowboy quickie cookies did come to mind too. I do like thick chewy peanut butter cookies so I tend to make them chunky. I was eating hot, fresh from the oven soft, chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies with a glass of cold  milk faster than you can say, homemade.

Ok, well not that fast but peanut butter cookies are probably the easiest cookie you could ever make. I prefer homemade cookies vs store bought cookies any day of the week. It’s a no-fail recipe and a cookie recipe that you can include the kids with when baking in the kitchen.

What is Peanut Butter?

Peanuts and Peanut Butter

Peanuts and Peanut Butter

Good question because as common as peanut butter (a.k. a. monkey butter in world war 2) may be to most in North America, UK, Netherlands and parts of Asia some might not have a clue what it is.

Peanut butter depending on what brand you purchase essentially is crushed up roasted peanuts, salt and other ingredients which may include a partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. According to wiki it is high in trans fatty acids and can potentially cause health problems such as heart disease and stroke. All the reason to enjoy it in moderation.

As you can see in the picture of peanut butter and roasted peanuts from 2 different companies that they also in fact have oils added to them with  soybean oil, sugar and corn dextrin in the peanut butter. If you shop around you can purchase all-natural peanut butter in the organic section of your grocery store and in health food stores.

Peanut butter does have nutrients according to the Kraft brand label such as vitamin E, vitamin B3 Niacin, Folate and Magnesium. It’s also low in saturated fats and trans fat-free. We enjoy Kraft peanut butter amongst the others we have tried in our home. Kraft Peanut Butter even has an easy peanut butter recipe on the side of the container very similar to mine except I use baking powder, add in chocolate chips and make a quick homemade peanut butter.

How To Make Home-made Peanut Butter?

It takes mere seconds to grind up fresh roasted peanuts in the food processor to make fresh homemade peanut butter which I do once in a while. I start with 1.5 cups of natural peanuts (or whatever peanuts I have) roasted in the oven for 4-6  minutes (be careful they don’t burn, move them about every so often), cool for 2-5 minutes in the refrigerator (or freezer for faster results, heck if it’s winter leave it out on the front porch covered), tablespoon of sugar (depending on how sweet you want it), pinch of salt and tablespoon+ of vegetable, canola or peanut oil. I’ve also used almond oil. I’m hopefully going to be trying my hand at making almond butter and cashew butter in the future.

I don’t tend to make too much at once as it spoils easily. I make as much as I need for a recipe or for a day or so of lunches and snacks as I just don’t eat enough to warrant large quantities of it. It may also be cheaper than buying peanut butter from the shops as the price the past couple of years has gone through the roof. I’ve seen 1kg of peanut butter as much as $7.99 which is a far cry from the $1.99 it used to be on sale a few years back.

We picked up a couple of jars on sale when our mates came round for the summer although the kids didn’t end up eating it so now we have some to use up. My mother would also make her own homemade peanut butter as we simply didn’t fancy the store-bought kind although we didn’t have it often. It’s also healthier as there won’t be any preservatives.

Unfortunately I didn’t have all-natural peanuts for this recipe so I used what I had on hand. If you want all natural peanuts you can get them straight from the shell or in bulk where the peanut has had nothing done to it ie: processed or preservatives added.

Peanut Butter Sandwiches

There are those people though that  may not have heard of peanut butter before and it’s called for in a recipe they are trying to make. Peanut butter is like a paste or a spread as I prefer to call it and can be used in many recipes or sauces but traditionally it’s in the pantry to satisfy the peanut butter sandwich craving when it hits.

Not only kids fancy peanut butter though… so do adults. Hands up, wherever you are. My wife is one of the adults and has gone as far as making the following PB sandwiches in the past…..

  • Peanut butter and Jam sandwich
  • Peanut butter, Jam and Banana sandwich
  • Peanut butter, Banana and Nutella sandwich
  • Peanut butter, Banana and raisins sandwich
  • Peanut butter,bacon and jelly sandwich

I know what you are thinking and believe me I had to turn away sometimes as she enjoyed these and yes I’ve tried them all only because she asked nicely.That and I made her try Marmite on toast which she despises ha. The best one of them all that I enjoyed was the peanut butter, banana and Nutella sandwich. There’s something about the chocolate taste that brings the entire sandwich together especially when we make it a grilled sandwich.

Peanut Allergy

Peanut butter cookies are one of those old-fashioned cookies that end up in every parents kitchen because kids dig peanut butter. That is unless you have a peanut allergy in your home. Many schools have even banned parents from sending any form of product with peanuts due to children having allergies  which could cause them to go into  anaphylactic shock. Protecting the children is very important especially in life threatening situations like this could become.

If you want to make a bar cookie recipe from the batter I think peanut butter chocolate chip bars would be a hit. I didn’t add too much sugar to the cookie batter because I added the chocolate chips but you can add more if you like a really sweet cookie. Some other ways to jazz up this cookie would be to add raisins, coconut, cocoa, mini M&M’s or some chunks of roasted peanuts if you wanted a crunchy texture cookie. With these cookies make sure you space them apart as they tend to spread.  I take them from the baking sheet about 1 minute after they have rested and move to a cooling rack.

Tools
  • A bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Spatula
  • Food Processor to make homemade peanut butter
Time
  • Prep Time : 15-20 minutes less if you don’t make your own peanut butter
  • Cook Time: 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees
5 Ingredients For Cookies
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of  homemade peanut butter- see recipe up top (or commercial grade)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
Making Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Add the peanut butter to the bowl and mix in the sugar
  • Add in your baking powder and egg, mix to combine
  • Add in your chocolate chips and mix
  • Scoop enough to make a cookie onto a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes
  • Don’t over-cook or they will be crunchy. I tend to under-cook as they continue cooking once you take them out from the oven.

I hope you enjoy these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies as much as I do with a cold glass of milk or a cuppa tea or coffee. If you fancy adding your own cookie ingredients to the peanut butter base there’s no harm in trying. I know making cookies is like making memories and that’s what we aim to do in the CBB kitchen so I hope you can take this recipe and make it your own memory.

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Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Mr.CBB's Peanut Butter Balls

Mr.CBB’s Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls have been a tradition in Mrs.CBB’s family ever since she was a little girl. She would help her grandmother make these peanut butter balls covered in chocolate, so delicate for the Christmas Holidays. When her granny no longer could make this recipe for peanut butter balls she passed it down to Mrs.CBB who has made them ever since. Now we have made them together ever since we’ve been married. We have made a few changes to granny’s recipe by adding in some green cherries and vanilla although it really is a no fail recipe.

The great thing about peanut butter balls recipes are that they are a no-bake recipe and budget friendly. So if you don’t happen to have an oven to bake and wanted or needed to bring a Homemade Christmas Treat to a party you could easily make these on the stove top. I warn you it can get a bit messy when melting chocolate for dipping the Peanut Butter Balls sometimes called buckeye balls candy.

Alternatively you can switch the recipe up and instead of peanut butter balls dipped in chocolate you could make white chocolate covered peanut butter balls instead. You could do both and they would look lovely on a tray together or gift wrapped for your mates.

How Do You Make Peanut Butter?

Well I didn’t make the peanut butter for this recipe although it is getting costly in some shops but still affordable. I remember when it $1.99 for a huge jar now it can run upwards of $4.99 or $3.99 on sale. Considering the price to make these homemade are far cheaper than if you buy them from the shop. If you wanted to make your own peanut butter because you don’t want to invest in a container you could easily buy what you need at the bulk store or make it yourself. It’s an easy inexpensive recipe to make and much healthier. We already had some jars on hand from a food study we did so we decided to use them up.  Buy the amount of roasted peanuts that you need and put them in a food processor with some peanut oil or vegetable oil, salt, and sugar and whiz away. It’s that easy. Check out the full recipe on how to make peanut butter and try it for yourself.

Directions to Make Peanut Butter Balls

In our peanut butter balls recipe we have red and green cherries, walnuts, pure vanilla, chopped fresh dates,peanut butter,butter and icing sugar. That’s it, not too many ingredients. To dip the chocolate peanut butter balls we used a fork and toothpicks and about 2 boxes of semi-sweet bakers chocolate or we have used 2 bags of Hershey milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips. It’s up to you what you like chocolate wise. We were fortunate to find the bakers semi-sweet chocolate at Dollarama in 2 different cities for only $2 compared to $3.99 and up at the shops.

Here we Go!

Peanut Butter Balls Ingredients

Peanut Butter Balls Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of red maraschino cherries chopped small
  • 1/2 cup of green maraschino cherries chopped small
  • 1/2 cup of fresh dates chopped small then soaked in water for 10 minutes then drain (if you don’t like dates elminate them)
  • 1 cup of peanut butter * yes you can use chunky if you like
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts ( make these small so bang about if you have to in a plastic zip bag)- great way to get frustrations out.. beat your nuts!
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar also known as icing sugar
  • 4 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 boxes of semi-sweet Bakers Chocolate or Bags of Chocolate Chips

Tools:

  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Metal bowl or double boiler for chocolate
  • toothpicks
  • fork
  • Parchment Paper
  • 3 Baking Sheets
  • Spatula

Preparation: Yield Approx: 36 Balls

  • Chop all of your ingredients that need to be chopped small and have them ready in bowls.
  • In your mixing bowl add the peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and icing sugar and stir until combined
Peanut Butter Balls

Peanut Butter, Icing Sugar, Butter Vanilla in bowl

  • Add in the cherries, dates and walnuts and stir again until combined
Peanut Butter Balls

All Ingredients in Mixing Bowl for Peanut Butter Balls

  • Once we make the recipe we take the bowl of ingredients and pop them into the refrigerator for about an hour to harden the mix up a bit. It makes it easier to work with when it’ s cold.
  • Take the bowl out and on parchment lined baking sheets start rolling small-medium sized balls uniform in shape. Don’t make them too big as they are meant to be bite size or two-bite peanut butter balls.
Peanut Butter Balls

Frozen Peanut Butter Balls on a Tray

  • Once you have the balls rolled and on the tray put the tray into a freezer to freeze for about 1 hour. I know seems like a lot of hours to make these and it is but it’s super easy to make and worth the effort.
Peanut Butter Ball Dipped in Chocolate

Peanut Butter Ball Dipped in Chocolate

  • Once frozen you are ready to dip. We take a few out of the freezer at a time so they are still frozen when we dip as it yields the best results for us. Drop one into the melted chocolate which you melt in a double boiler or in our case a metal bowl over a pot of boiling water. Lower the heat once the chocolate is melted and you can stream it off your spatula. You don’t want to get any water or steam into your chocolate or you risk it seizing up.
Toothpick with Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Toothpick with Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

  • Drop your peanut butter ball inside the chocolate and with your fork gently pick it up (don’t stick the fork in the peanut butter ball) have the ball sit on the fork. Stick the toothpick into the top and once the toothpick is secure you can twist the peanut butter ball off with your fingers from side to side on the baking tray lined with parchment paper.

If you are thinking this is a tedious job it is, but again, worth it as you just can’t buy homemade like this.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Finished Peanut Butter Balls on Tray Filling In Gaps with Chocolate

  • Once dipped and back on the parchment  paper we use a toothpick dipped in chocolate to fill in any gaps that we may have missed and the hole where the toothpick was.
Finished Peanut Butter Balls Ready to Serve

Finished Peanut Butter Balls Ready to Serve

  • We freeze the peanut butter balls for about 2 hours or until solid. Take your balls out about 1 hour before serving to bring them to room temperature although we are known to pop them in our mouth straight out of the freezer.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Congratulations to Jennifer Taylor for winning my Facebook Contest. When I shared my picture of my chocolate peanut butter balls I asked the fans to comment what their favourite Holiday Treat was!!

Jennifer Taylor -My favourite holiday treat is my home-made chocolate marshmallow log! It’s so yummy! ~Congrats on the 2500 fans & Thx for the contest!

That’s it my friends! I hope you give our Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls a try and let me know what you think. Next week we move on to Coconut Balls… don’t miss that Sunday Recipe. Happy Holidays from my family to yours!
-Mr.CBB

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