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Peanut Brownie Cookies (Chocolate Peanut Cookies)

  • Author: Erin Clarkson
  • Prep Time: 15 minute
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x


A revamp on the classic New Zealand Peanut Brownie biscuit. These cookies have a chocolate base, and are filled with roasted salted peanuts and milk chocolate chunks.


  • 250g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 190g granulated sugar
  • 130g dark brown sugar (light brown will work fine too)
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 220g all-purpose flour
  • 70g dutch process cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 300g roasted, salted peanuts
  • 300g milk chocolate, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°f / 180°c. Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper (you may have to bake these in several batches depending on how many trays your oven can tolerate - I did four trays worth, baking one tray at a time).
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars on high speed until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla, egg and egg yolk and mix to combine. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix on medium speed until just combined. Add the peanuts and chocolate and mix briefly to incorporate.
  3. Using a 2 Tbsp scoop, scoop balls of dough out onto your prepared sheet pan. Roll into balls using your hands (the dough will be quite sticky, this is fine), and arrange on a sheet pan, leaving enough room for spreading. I did 6 balls per sheet pan just to make sure that they did not touch.
  4. Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes, or until set around the edges. Remove from the oven and, if desired, gently scoot the cookies into a round shape using a cookie cutter slightly larger than the cookie. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt soon after removing from the oven. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes on the sheet pan then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

Keywords: peanut brownie, cookie, milk chocolate, peanut, chocolate