Fudgy Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

Rich, with a fudgy texture, these cookies use only the best cocoa and chocolate ingredients for pure, dark-chocolatey bliss. If you’re a chocolate and peanut butter aficionado - meet your new favorite [organic, fair trade] cookie.

Effort: Medium*

Total: 50 min
Active: 30 min
 Yield: 45 cookies

*This recipe is easiest with a stand mixer. 

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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt Cocoa Butter in oven while preheating.
  3. Peel wrappers off of Peanut Butter Cups.
  4. Beat together Cocoa Butter, Peanut Butter, Brown Sugar, Granulated Sugar and Vanilla Extract until creamy.
  5. Fold in egg.
  6. Fold in Cacao Beans, Baking Soda and Baking Powder until evenly distributed.
  7. Add flour on low speed until dough combines. 
  8. Add chocolate chunks and peanut butter cups. 
  9. Top cookie sheet with wax paper or silicone liner for baking.
  10. Scoop dough out in heaping tablespoons. Roll into balls and press down onto baking liner.
  11. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
  12. Remove from cookie sheet to cool. 


This is one of my (Kim's) signature cookie recipes perfected over multiple decades. When I was growing up, I wanted to be the next Mrs. Fields. I love this cookie recipe because it's a crowd-pleaser and remarkably forgiving for substitutions. A few things I've learned over the years:

  • Cocoa Butter - You can substitute other butters or oils, but they will not taste as chocolatey.
  • Nut Butter - Substitute any nut butter you enjoy. Though both work equally well, I prefer creamy for this recipe.
  • Brown Sugar - This is important for the soft, fudgy texture. Don't try to substitute this. 
  • Cacao Beans or Nibs (Ground) - I used unsweetened, natural cocoa powder for years. The cookies are richer and texture better with cacao beans or nibs. I use a food processor to grind mine.
  • Flour - You can reduce this to 1 cup for an even softer, fudgier cookie. 
  • Nut Butter Cups - The bite-sized/mini cups have the best ratio of nut butter to chocolate for these cookies. 

Where I have an opinion, I provided links to fair- and direct-trade, organic ingredients that I love and, in some cases, brands I use for our own Good King products. 


In case you really want to know this for a cookie...😉

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