I love the Levain Bakery Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies even more than their regular chocolate chip, and over the years I’ve tried making Levain copcats at home. There are pictures to prove it!
My favorite are the ones made with Hershey’s Dark. For some reason it goes very well with the Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips. But I’ve tried with Guittard Cocoa Rouge, Valrhona Dutch, Hershey’s Natural and Ghirardelli, and the Hershey’s Dark once win every time.
I also like adding mini peanut butter cups and spooning melted chocolate over the cookies for a slightly more dramatic effect.
Since I first started making my own peanut butter chip cookies, many new variations have popped up all over the Internet with people doing their own cool experiments like using part egg yolks, part brown sugar, adding a bit of corn syrup, using a bit of cornstarch. You name it, I’ve tried it. At the end of the day, I just wanted to clean up this post and settle on a good basic slightly Levain-like but definitely not a clone, dark chocolate cookie with peanut butter chips. This is the one I’m sticking with. It’s pretty straight forward and not too heavy, not too dry, not too rich, but just right and perfect for adorning with more chocolate and colorful peanut butter candies.
- 2 cups unsifted unbleached AP flour (280 grams), it’s best to weigh
- 1/2 cup Hershey’s Dark unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt (Morton Kosher)
- 2 sticks (228 grams) unsalted butter, cool room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar (185 grams)
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (100 grams)
- 2 large eggs (100 grams) – our large eggs are on the smaller side
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- About 2 cups peanut butter chips
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt, breaking up the cocoa powder so there are no clumps.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attached, beat the cool butter until creamy, then add sugars on medium speed for about 3 minutes, stopping to scrape the bowl often.
- Add eggs one at a time, beating one low speed after each egg is added. Beat in vanilla.
- Add the flour mixture and stir until fully blended, then add the peanut butter chips (or use an assortment of peanut butter and chocolate.
- Using a large cookie scoop or about a quarter cup measure, scoop up big balls of dough and arrange them on a plate lined with plastic wrap. Chill the dough balls for several hours or overnight. A long chill will give you a thicker cookie.
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for about 13-15 minutes or until fully cooked. Allow them to cool before serving. Makes 16 large cookies.