Easy Peasy Peanut Butter Cookies

One of my absolute favorite baking websites is Bakerella.  Bakerella is truly a talented and inspirational baker who makes all types of delicious sweets that not only taste good, but look AMAZING too!  And it also helps that she can take great pictures of her creations as well!

A few months ago, Bakerella had a post about a simple recipe for Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Cookies, recipe courtesy of Kraft.  This was just the recipe for me because I had all of the ingredients right at home!  And of course, I wanted to practice my photography so I captured each step below.  These make approximately 1.5 dozen or 18 cookies.  Thanks for the inspiration Bakerella!


1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
4 squares BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1/2 cup finely chopped PLANTERS Unsalted COCKTAIL Peanuts

  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Mix peanut butter, sugar and egg until well blended. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Roll into 18 balls, placed 3 inches apart on a baking sheet.
  • Flatten each ball, in criss-cross pattern, with a fork.
  • Bake 18-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes. Remove from baking sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.
  • Melt chocolate. (The easiest way I found to do it is to nuke it in the microwave for 30 seconds, then take it out and stir, then put it in for another 30 seconds, then take it out and stir, and repeat until melted. You don’t want to nuke it for too long at once or else it might burn.)
  • Dip ends of cookies in chocolate and then coat with chopped nuts.
  • Place on parchment or wax paper and refrigerate until chocolate is firm.
  • And tadaa!  You are done!  I think the chocolate and nuts really add extra flavor to the cookie and it makes it look more impressive than your average cookie.  =)

    And of course every chef must taste her handiwork!


    1. Your instructions are simple and easy to follow! And the photography is perfect! Makes me want to run to the kitchen and start baking!!

    2. Those cookies look great! Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate! lol.

      Website looks wonderful girl, I can’t wait to see more posts!

    3. Love the new blog, Sandy! Yay for cooking blogs, dslr cameras and beautiful food pictures :) The cookies look beautiful and delicious!!

    4. wowee!!! sandy~ your website is soo awesome! i’m so excited for you. the cookies look so delicious. the photos look totally pro! =)

    5. Sandy! This is awesome! Way to start off your website with a bang! You combined baking, and photography! Really nice.

      Some comments/critiques on the photos, cuz i gotta ;).The pics look good, really nice lighting. I assume you used natural/available light, and a large aperture? I do think the photos lose a little bit because of the shallow depth of field (particularly the shot where you’re dipping it in the chocolate. I’d think it’d be nice to see the chocolate in focus as well. Because my impression is that you want the picture to convey that you are dipping it in the chocolate and the nuts, so i think you’d want all of that in focus. But other than that, the light is superb! Glad you didn’t use direct flash :) (unless you did, and did a really good job! or are doing off camera flash work…)

      Really well thought-out, and detailed post. My posts are kind of jumbled/rambling/and sparse.

      Okay, that’s all!


    6. Love it Sandy! This is so awesome, I think I may have to try these cookies and better yet, your photos are amazing!

    7. Thanks so much for the critique J Le! I am always welcome to comments/critiques to help me improve. So I’ve actually gotten pretty used to just shooting with a very large aperture… I love the effect of the bokeh (look out for my next post on that hehe)! Anyways, you are right though, I need to think more about the actual image and what I’m trying to convey and decide what aperture to use vs. just always using a large aperture b/c it’s a cool effect!!! Thanks for the advice!!

    8. Sandy! this is amazing!! I really want to make these cookies! and I really want to learn how to take pictures like you do…. you are an amazing photographer! I am SOO excited about this blog!!

    9. Looks delicious Sandy! Now when are you making us some??? :) Yes…we’re hard at work on the house…but will be moving in within the month so look forward to a house party invite soon!!! :)


    10. Hi Sandy! Chloe’s mommy here~ I just HAD to leave a comment to let you know that your blog is soo awesome. I just bookmarked it in my faves~ I want to try the kale chips, and those cookies look amazing. You are so lucky to be so talented and also the auntie of one of the cutest lil boys in the WORLD! =D

    11. @Sooae Thanks so much for visiting and leaving such a sweet comment Sooae! You should definitely try the kale chips for a healthy snack! I wonder if kids will like them too… most people that I know have tried them are adults! I’d like to think that my talented is learned and not innate haha. It definitely doesn’t come naturally to me but I’m trying hard to learn things as best as I can! And yes, Evan is SOOOOOOO cute, and so is Chloe!!! =)

    12. i never got a chance to post when you first started the blog, but i <3 it!!! the layout is very you, and the posts showcases all your wonderful talents! =)

    13. Sandy,
      I’ve been hesitant about making these because there is no flour or anything. How do they taste? Do they taste like normal PB cookies?

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