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Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies {great food blogger cookie swap}

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Hooray! Today is the big reveal day for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap ’12, when food bloggers everywhere are posting the recipes for their cookies that were mailed all across the nation. And with hundreds bloggers participating this year, there were a lot of delicious cookies being swapped! (Just type the hashtag #fbcookieswap into Instagram or Twitter, and you can see all of the sweetness for yourself!)

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012

My cookies of choice this year were these Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies — just a simple double chocolate cookie with peanut butter chips mixed in, and a pinch of sea salt sprinkled on top. Simple, soft and so delicious! I was matched to send my cookies to Natalie, Sarah and Julie. And then also received three delicious batches of cookies in return. Such a fun surprise each day in the mail!

But honestly, as fun as the cookies were, my favorite thing about the swap was getting to partner with an organization created by OXO called Cookies for Kids Cancer. I feel like everyone from bloggers to tv food celebs have been buzzinag about it this year. But if you haven’t heard of it, pop over and learn more. So inspiring! Every participating blogger donated to the cause this year, along with hundreds of others who hosted bake sales this holiday season to benefit the organization. Such a cool way for foodies to use their passion for cooking to make a difference.

Huge thanks to Lindsay and Julie for organizing the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap again this year. I know my holidays were definitely all the sweeter for having been a part. Here’s my recipe!

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Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 3 dozen 1x


This yummy Salted Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies recipe was Ali’s submission for this year’s Food Blogger Cookie Swap! #fbcookieswap


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder (or unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder )
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 ounces coarsely chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chocolate chips
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • sea salt for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Melt coarsely chopped chocolate with the butter in a small heatproof bowl in a double-boiler or in the microwave, stirring frequently.
  3. Once melted, transfer chocolate mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla; mix on medium speed until combined. Reduce speed to low; gradually mix in flour mixture. Fold in chocolate and peanut butter chips.
  4. Round batter into heaping tablespoon-fulls, and place 2 inches apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Sprinkle each ball of dough with a pinch of sea salt. Bake until cookies are flat and surfaces begin to crack, about 12-15 minutes. (**Do not overbake these, or they will totally dry out!**) Transfer on parchment to wire racks and let cool.
  5. Serve immediately, or store in a sealed container for up to 3 weeks.


Double chocolate cookie base recipe adapted from Martha Stewart.

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26 comments on “Salted Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies {great food blogger cookie swap}”

  1. These look amazing, Ali! I bet the flavor combo of dark chocolate and peanut butter melded so well together. I may just make these for the holidays and give them to the neighbors!

  2. omg. YUM!!! and you know what’s awesome? i have everything to make these at home already. so i think i NEED to make these…

  3. Ohhh my gosh, these look absolutely incredible. Chocolate and peanut butter, salty and sweet…right up my alley!

  4. could these cookies be any more perfect Ali? You are simply amazing and your recipes + photos never cease to amaze me! peanut butter and chocolate makes me weak at the knees and adding a little salt to the sweet – genius. LOVE these babies.

  5. These look so good! and I love the chunks of salt just hanging on for dear life…I want some.

  6. These cookies look so fab, I love the sea salt!

  7. Totally love the photos in this post & these cookies sound incredibly delicious. You can’t go wrong with the chocolate/peanut butter combination.

  8. These look amazing! I posted a salted caramel peanut butter cup yesterday! Great minds think alike. I love the salty sweet combo!

  9. Oooh, hello. I love dark chocolatey cookies with some salty kick!

  10. There’s nothing I’d rather have than chocolate with sea salt. The perfect pairing!

  11. I’m jealous of everyone who got these. Going to have to make them for sure

  12. Thanks for sending these over! The chocolate/peanut butter combo was a hit! We loved the way the sea salt brought out the flavors and added an extra dimension to the cookies. It’s the first time we’ve had chocolate with sea salt, but I think it will be a combo we’ll be playing around with in the future.

  13. That is so crazy good looking..handsome even with the two-tone colors!

  14. My husband needs to write me some kind of program that automatically pins your posts. Beautiful pictures, as always. Your cookie swap partners were so lucky! These look perfect.

  15. I am making these as we speak! I left out the chocolate chips at the end because the batter is pretty chocolate-y! Also, I used 1/2 cup bread flour and 1/2 all-purpose We will see how it comes out. YUMMY!

  16. hi,im not a big baker so im going to give this a shot thank you ,ill let you know

  17. I made these yesterday and I wasn’t sure how I felt about them.  I was a little concerned there wasn’t enough flavor in them. (crazy, right?!) Well, I tried one before I went to bed and for some reason they tasted better.  (Maybe I was just cookied out from baking all day.)

    I took the “extras” to work and people came back for seconds.  They loved them! the dark chocolate, pb, and salt were a hit!  This is definitely a keeper recipe!  

  18. Hi… are these good with milk chocolate vs dark chocolate? I love the idea of dark chocolate, but just happen to have the other kind on hand. Thank you!