Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

I just want all of you to know at the outset of this post that if you’ve ever hidden your little self away to eat a cookie so delicious it brings you to tears just so that you won’t have to share it OR even if you’ve had the thought to do that but never acted on it (good for you, you valiant soul), then you are welcome here. Here at my blog. A blog of no judging. No condescending stares. Just open arms to welcome you. You and your cookie hiding spot(s).

These cookies? Well, I’m telling you here and now that if you make them, you better make sure you have a darn good hiding spot ready because they are impossible to stop eating. It’s no exaggeration to say they have catapulted to my new favorite cookie, which is saying a lot since I really, really love cookies.

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

While the recipe name suggests the cookie might be loaded with oats, in actuality, the oats are nearly undetectable in these babies, but are strictly necessary for structure and for the very slight hint of hearty oaty-ness you get from them. Combined with the peanut butter and classic chocolate chip cookie flavors, these cookies are simply stellar. A cross between these favorite oatmeal cookies and these perfect peanut butter cookies (and yet still entirely unique unto themselves!) – I’m afraid my hiding spot of choice may not be able to hold me and all my cookies. (Or maybe me and the result of all my cookies…)

My good friend and old neighbor, Sara, sent me the recipe, and when she prefaced the recipe by saying she was hiding in a closet eating one or three while her kids downed a healthy breakfast of oatmeal, I knew I had to make them. I mean, closet-cookie-eating means the cookies have to be good, right…and for breakfast? Even better. Mostly, I was relieved to know that someone else I judge to be a wonderful, normal human being also hides in dark places to eat cookies. My whole life was justified in that moment. Thanks, Sara!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: Makes 2-3 dozen cookies

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12-ounce bag semisweet or milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl with an electric handheld mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Add the vanilla and eggs and mix until the batter is light in color, 2-3 minutes. Stir in the flour, oatmeal, baking soda and salt. When it is mostly combined but there are still dry spots, add the chocolate chips and mix until well combined.
  3. Scoop out tablespoon-sized balls of dough onto a lined baking sheet (with parchment, silpat or coated with cooking spray), spacing the cookies 1-2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes until very lightly browned and still soft in the center. Remove the cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Recipe Source: from my friend Sara P.

87 Responses to Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies

  1. judy says:

    I was wondering why my cookies seemed to have a shortbread texture to them…then I saw the eggs on the counter—I forgot to add the eggs! I am still going to bring them to my office party because they still taste good-peanut butter chocolate cookies! Will make them again using the eggs!

  2. Sunny says:

    Once again.. your recipe is amazing! My 5 kids devoured these! All I have to say when I try a new recipe of yours on them…is “it’s from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe” and I get no grief. Bless your heart for sharing. They think I’m a rock star baker/cook now.

  3. These are amazing! They make such a huge batch and always turn out just perfect 😀

  4. Andrea says:

    I made these and tricked them out with leftover Halloween candy — Reese’s Pieces and Smarties with the chocolate chips and then half Peanut Butter cups on top! I used natural peanut butter and it was good because it tamed the sweetness of all the candy. Top notch – thanks Mel!

  5. Julie says:

    These are literally the best cookies I’ve ever made. Their texture always comes out perfectly and they are SO delicious. I’ve made them like 10 times. Thank you for the recipe!!

  6. Jen says:

    These are awesome! It made 4.5 dozen which was fine with me since I’m bringing some to a picnic and wanted some to bring into work. I cut down on the sugars a little and used natural PB. MMM great recipe!

  7. Sara says:

    I love your writing style and of course recipes! I have been wondering for sometime about the possibility of you making a cookbook!? And maybe adding excerpts from your fav. comments of variations. I know it would be a big cookbook…maybe even an encyclopedia of cookbooks!! This would solve my problem of having multiple tabs open of all the recipes I want to make from you! Plus, I’m totally a lover of real paper filled books that I can write in, put sticky notes on, and fold corners. How about it? Maybe a Christmas gift to your huge foody fan club? Sort of a big favor but really this book would SELL!

    • Mel says:

      Thanks for the vote of confidence, Sara! I’ve toyed around with it over the years but haven’t been ready to take the plunge on a cookbook yet. I’ll definitely post about it if/when I do. Promise!

  8. Amanda C says:

    So I have to tell you about our cookie experiment around these parts: we wanted cookies on a Sunday, turns out we have no butter. My husband forged ahead with your best chocolate chip (our go-to) with all crisco (erm, no thanks (ok, they were still delicious)) but I thought I’d try your whole wheat coconut oil cookies. Turns out, no wheat flour and only half a cup of oats (quick, I think). So back to the drawing board. I decided on a half batch of these with coconut oil, (natural) peanut butter and our little half cup of oats (I think I added flax seed to top it off). They were still fantastic, of course. A little crumbly, but worth the experiment. 🙂 can’t wait to try the whole wheat ones soon! (we have since restocked!)

  9. Melodie says:

    These are the best!!! Definitely Closet Worthy!!!

  10. Jamie says:

    Made these last night! I used old fashioned oats and natural peanut butter (it was all I had around). They were delicious! Also, it is so easy to do a half batch of these and they still turn out perfect! Thanks Mel! Love your blog.

  11. Mary Kate says:

    Baked these tonight after seeing the rave reviews … These are absolutely to die for! Thank you for sharing!

  12. Lynn Rusk says:

    Mel, I made these and I was told to make more by my husband and a friend told me to sell these they were so good. This is my go to cookie recipe now. Today I’ll make them and for my husband I’m going to add some pecans. He loves nuts in cc cookies, I’ll let you know how it turns out. This cookie is soo good, sets like a meal!

  13. maria says:

    Hi my name is maria reyes and I’m trying to get your address cause we have to have a pretty recipe for my power point so that way it’ll be legalized. by law and so they know what we put in your cookies, they are so delicious where is your cafe located if you could email me your address.

    Thank You Sincerely Maria Reyes

  14. Joanne says:

    So these are divine!! ♥☺♥ Thank you so much for this recipe and all the other amazing gems you have shared,…it is much appreciated! We basically don’t speak when we are eating this,…there’s just a lot of moaning going on,lol. I used the natural peanut butter (what I had on hand), old fashioned oats (plus an extra handful for good measure ☺), and a combination of semi sweet and dark chocolate chips. These cookies mounded so beautifully and were truly melt in your mouth quality! Superb!

  15. Denise says:

    I made these little lovelies today and they were beyond heavenly. My husband rated them 9.5 out of 10, and well, if you know my husband, you’d know his picky palate rarely rates things this high. Yahoo to yummy cookies, husband approved!

  16. Tracey says:

    Just made these and they are delicious! …a great combination of my 2 favorite cookies – peanut butter and oatmeal chocolate chip! Just to make sure…do you always use salted butter? With the salted butter, the salt in the peanut butter, and the salt in the recipe, they tasted like they may have been a bit salty…but not enough to stop me from making them again! 😀

  17. Tami says:

    These might be my all time favorite cookie.

  18. Melissa says:

    I just ate 5 of the cookies – I can now attest to the fact that they are as good as the dough 🙂 but, I better try one more just to make sure (and make it an even number – I can’t eat thing in an uneven number!)

  19. Melissa says:

    These are soooo good!!! I’ve only eaten the dough so far though…but I’m sure the cookies will be just as delicious!!

  20. Judy says:

    I printed this out and will be making them soon. Yumm. I’m an out-of-the-closet cookie eater.

  21. Anne says:

    I,ve just had to remove myself from the kitchen to stop eating these they are quite simply delicious! I have made loads of your wonderful recipes and my family and I love them – just what is needed on a rainy English afternoon thankyou for sharing.

  22. Katie says:

    I decided to do a blend of peanut butter chips and chocolate chips and loved how it turned out.

  23. Sarah says:

    These cookies are incredible! They’re the perfect combo of chocolate chip cookie (to satisfy my husband) and peanut butter (to please my own taste buds). Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Barb says:

    I just pulled these out of my oven and they are delish! Just the right amount of peanut butter/chocolate combination. I think these are going to be a new go-to favourite!

  26. Patricialynn says:

    My teenage son just made a double batch of these, and the first dozen are already gone (he’s not even done cooking three dozen yet!). Excellent cookies!

  27. Jenn says:

    These cookies were excellent. They are so good I could have sold them. I had two quibbles though:

    1) For me, the recipe made 4 dozen, and I didn’t make them small. Wow! Just make sure you have plans for something to do with 4 dozen cookies!

    2) There is a lot of butter in this recipe, and I found the cookies to have a very strong butter taste. Some people like this, but for me I’m actually thinking about using half shortening (or some other substitution) next time so the butter doesn’t overwhelm the other flavors too much. Butter flavor is great but this was just a bit too much in my opinion.

  28. Anna says:

    Also I tried making them with chunky peanut butter and we really liked the stronger peanut butter taste.

  29. Anna says:

    We LOVE these cookies!! In the not even two months since you have posted this recipe I have probably made these 8 times. Also, my husband took them into work and they received rave reviews. Thanks for the perfect cookie 🙂

  30. Denise says:

    You are indeed true to your words. These lil’ treasures were beyond flavorful, moist, and packed with flavor. These cookies brought all smiles to our warm, Christmasy home. Thanks for the great recipes! Keep em’ comin’!

  31. Rachel Russell says:

    Loved these!

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  33. Bobbie in MD says:

    Mel, I made these cookies last weekend while my daughter was home from school. She took many of them back with her to share with her roommates. They ate them all in one sitting and proclaimed them the best. When I asked her what she wanted for Thanksgiving, the first thing out of her mouth was “those amazing cookies”. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!!!

  34. Cindy says:

    Best cookies ever! I used natural peanut butter and reg oats. Turned out perfect.

  35. Angie says:

    These are so, so yummy! I swear I ate at least half the batch in 3 days myself! And, they not only taste good but look pretty too [not flat like some of my cookies containing butter turn out:( ] I agree, they make a great breakfast!

  36. Cyndi L says:

    Wow…..These are delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and they were perfect. Nothing better than peanut butter and chocolate. Thanks for another to die for recipe.

  37. Mel says:

    Cheryl – yes, I have frozen these and it works great!

  38. Diane K says:

    I overcooked the first batch, and for a woeful five minutes, I didn’t know if I would love these cookies. The next batch I undercooked just a smidge (or maybe perfectly cooked them…), and oooooh boy, chewy and delicious and pretty. Mmm. Thanks for another great cookie.

  39. Melanie says:

    I just made these and then I cried because they were so good and then I thought I wish we were next door neighbors so I could come and hug you for sharing your delicious recipe. Thanks!! You’re the best. In fact, people think I am a good cook because of you – you and your amazing recipes. Thank you! Most days we eat “Mel’s food”!

  40. JoanieMcD says:

    THanks for this great recipe. These are amazing and addictive. Can’t stop sneaking one!

  41. Cheryl says:

    These cookies are so yummy! Big hit at our house. It does make a lot, though. Do you think they would be good frozen?

  42. Jennifer G. says:

    Wow, these have the perfect texture. Crispy and chewy. I live at 6500 feet and sometimes our altitude makes all butter cookies very flat. These came out perfectly, maybe the peanut butter helps. Love, love, love these.

  43. Kelley says:

    I followed the recipe exactly, and they were perfect. Loved these. As I was inhaling the third cookie in five minutes, I told thought to myself that a little toasted coconut would be amazing in them. As I’m writing this, I laugh because it sounds like I’m having pregnancy cravings (which I’m most definitely not). Peanut butter, chocolate, oatmeal AND coconut? I must be mad! I think I’ll go eat another one just to see if my hunch about the coconut still sounds good today. Thanks again for another great recipe. It was a hit with the entire family.

  44. Jo says:

    Sitting in a hospital waiting room reading tis recipe ad am fighting the urge to run down to the lunchroom and ask them to whip up a bunch of these! We will have them by evening today!

  45. Lynn says:

    I used the tip of slightly processing my old fashioned oats, and used natural peanut butter too. Added close to 1/4c extra flour, as suggested, and they were great! No spreading, great flavor and texture. The only problem was that we continued to confirm that our 2yr old cannot eat PB! She keeps throwing up every time she has the slightest amount. At least I have an easy out when she asks for one of these cookies. Another fab recipe!!

  46. Jessica Bybee says:

    Made these last week and loved them. I used 1/2 whole wheat flour and old fashion oats. My bosch makes old fashion oats more like quick oats. I ended up adding about 1/2 C extra white flour at the end to make them have a little more substance.
    New favorite cookie recipe for our family I think.
    Also, I used natural peanut butter. Always do and think things turn out great!

  47. Shelli says:

    These are seriously FANTASTIC! You never fail me, Mel!!!! Thanks!

  48. k says:

    Guess what I had for breakfast? Ha ha! I only had about a fourth cup of quick oats, so I used those and kind of ground the old fashioned kind through my hand (too lazy to pull out the blender! Ha ha) on its way into the dough. Added a couple tablespoons of flour and they turned out great! These are definitely going in my favorite recipes file. 🙂

  49. Sara P. says:

    Hi Mel! Thanks for considering these “post-worthy”! It’s making me hungry for them again…they might have to be on the agenda for this week

  50. These look like a perfect cookie. GORGEOUS!

  51. Diane K says:

    Oh my goooosh. I should be more diligent in checking your website…. my husband googled these earlier this year and made the first recipe we found, and we loved them! But the print-out got lost in our recent move and so we tried a new recipe just yesterday and they are only okay. If only I had checked! I could be writing a review instead of a lament. 🙂

  52. grace says:

    it’s a combination of the three finest cookies in all the land! 🙂

  53. Holly says:

    Note about using old-fashioned oats — I find they work better in cookies if I throw them in the blender and grind them up smaller.

  54. Holly says:

    Made these this morning to thank a kind neighbor who has raked about a millions leaves in my backyard in the last 24 hours (they are falling like snow from my huge maple tree, so every few hours my lawn is covered again), and they are every bit as good as I was hoping. I think these are my new favorite! thanks!

  55. Harriet says:

    Mel, I made these cookies this morning and they are delicious. Thank you.

  56. Valerie A. H. says:

    Ha!!! I love your humor! I’ll be making these cookies today. Thanks a bunch!

  57. Salem says:

    These are amazing! Literally, my new favorite cookie! They turned out perfect. I made them with white wheat flour and they were so good. I didn’t even notice the wheat flour, they were so delicious!! Thank you so much!

  58. Mel says:

    Ashley – nope, I haven’t tried them with the natural peanut butter.

  59. Mel says:

    Anne – sometimes using old-fashioned oats in place of quick rolled oats can cause a cookie to spread out more (they don’t absorb as much liquid and have more surface area than the smaller, ground up oats). However, I think substitutions are always worth a try. If you use the old-fashioned oats, you might want to add another 1/4 cup flour to help with the spreading factor.

  60. Mel says:

    Catherine – I’ve never tried them with crunchy, but hey, anything is worth a try!

  61. Ashley says:

    Have you tried them with the healthier peanut butter and not Jiff-style peanut butter? I stopped using Jiff a while back, but the healthy stuff just isn’t as yummy. And I haven’t tried baking with it yet.

  62. Deon says:

    I think you should look at your closet cookie eating as actually doing your loved ones a favor by not throwing temptation in their faces 😀 In any event, these cookies really do look like the perfect cookie–YUM!

    I actually found you through Pinterest and was inspired to adapt one of your recipes which I had pinned to my dessert board and featured it on my site today. You are awesome!

  63. Jackie says:

    Made these for a ward party tonight. Absolutely delish!!! I did half butter half coconut oil. They were amazing. Thanks for another yummy recipe.

  64. Jacki Comber says:

    Mmmm maybe mimi m&ms instead of choc chips? Sheez!

  65. Jacki Comber says:

    Thanks mel! (Sarcastically) more yummies for me to cook dammit! Now I have to make these!…….I LOOOOVE YOU!

  66. Oohh these look great! With chocolate chips, oatmeal and peanut butter — how can you go wrong??

  67. Missy says:

    Oh my goodness Mel! These are divine! Definitely going to have to hide them!

  68. anne says:

    can I use plain “old fashioned rolled oats” instead? or will quick oats be better?

  69. Natalie says:

    This is like all my favorite cookies rolled into one. I am making these right now. Haven’t baked any yet but the dough is so yummy!

  70. Missy says:

    Perfect timing Mel! I was just about about to make your classic oatmeal cookies (which are my favs and always my go to chocolate chip recipe), but I’m happy to try try something new and these sound absolutely delicious. So delicious that I may have to hide them from myself after I consume a few! Thank you!

  71. Love the three together: oates, PB and chocolate. Must try!

  72. Andrea says:

    Wow. Some of my very favorite cookie recipes have come from this blog, so if this one has become your new favorite, I definitely have to give it a try! Thanks!

  73. Jennifer G. says:

    I’ve been looking for a good recipe combining oatmeal, chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies for awhile. Will be trying this soon. Thanks!

  74. Jen T says:

    I am so a cookie eater at breakfast 🙂 Life is too short. Cookies for breakfast are great. These look awesome! We always make a Sunday evening treat, so these will be on the menu for this weekend. Thanks!

  75. Amber says:

    Oh man!! I have a huge bag of reeces peanut butter cups leftover from halloween, I bet I could chop them up and use them in place of the chocolate chips!!

  76. Teresa R. says:

    This really is perfect timing! My daughter is going to a Bible Study and signed up to bring cookies. We have all the ingredients on hand too. Perfect.

  77. Tristan K. says:

    Mel this is absolutely perfect timing. I had a tragic incident this morning involving a mouse trap, a caught still alive mouse and no husband at home to help out. God bless my handy neighbor, who came over at 6:30 am to help with the situation before I had to get the kids up. I needed the perfect “Thank you” cookie and This. Is. It.
    You’re the best.

  78. Nan says:

    I am needing a sweet treat for company this weekend and your post is perfect. Half the dough will be scooped and frozen to bake a few at a time later. A bonus to living alone is that all the cookies are mine and I don’t have to hide!

  79. Making these soon after the sugar rush of Halloween settles down. They sound so good!

  80. Catherine says:

    Oh my, these look delicious!!

    I have crunchy peanut butter on hand. Have you ever tried making them with crunchy instead of smooth peanut butter? Thanks!

  81. Kim in MD says:

    “If you’ve ever hidden your little self away to eat a cookie”…hand raised! I’m so glad to confess that knowing this is a no judge zone! 😉 After hurricane Sandy and days without power, I am all about comfort food. I am going to make a batch of these this weekend, and I’m going to hide myself and eat one of these cookies and smile a great big smile! 🙂

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