Salted Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies

This month on Something Swanky, I’ve been sharing something I’m grateful for with every post. I’d love to carry that over to Somewhat Simple today (it seems like the month is passing so quickly, I’m afraid I’ll never get to post about all of my favorite things I’m grateful for)!!

Today, I’m feeling especially grateful for sisters.

I’m the oldest of 6 kids, and my only sister is the second to youngest child. There are 11 years between us, and I felt more and more doomed to a life surrounded by boys and trucks and dirt with each brother who came into our family before she did. Needless to say, I was over the moon when my parentsfinally announced that I would at long last get a baby sister.

Despite the 11 year age gap, we hardly feel the difference, and she’s definitely my best friend.

Something I never considered during those 11 years of only baby brothers was that I really was, in a way, getting a sister with each one of them– only it wouldn’t be until very far into the future when they married.

My second brother got married last weekend, and I was able to fly out for the wedding and stay with another one of my brothers and his wife. During the wedding festivities I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed at how lucky I am to have such a treasure trove of sisters, and even with only 2 of 4 brothers married!

So today, I’m dedicating these cookies to my sisters. My own sister recently made salted dark chocolate cookies and received rave reviews! I added some peanut butter to the mix, and they are fantastic. Perfect for any cookie exchange during this upcoming holiday season, or even just to share with your sisters…

Salted Dark Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cookies


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cu light or dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • additional sea salt to sprinkle over cookie dough


  1. Beat together the butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until creamy.
  2. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well.
  3. Mix in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and 1/2 tsp salt. Add chocolate chips.
  4. Scoop out rounded tablespoons of dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle sea salt over top of the cookie dough.
  5. Bake at 350 for 9-10 minutes. Let cool on cookie sheet before transferring to wire rack.
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  1. says

    I can’t wait to try these! Any ideas how many cookies this recipe makes? I have a cookie party I’m going to and I was thinking this recipe. Thanks!

  2. Tina says

    Why do you use cold butter? Doesn’t this make it too hard to cream peanut butter and butter? Thanks, I hope to make these tomorrow.

  3. Alicia says

    Okay these are like the biggest hit ever at my work, they have been nicknamed “salt crack cookies” and I am making them for a “baby shower” event on Monday and was wondering if you ever tried to freeze the dough and if so did it work and up to how long could you keep them in the freezer? I would like to give them as a present and I thought the dough would be good to keep more than a couple days…


  4. Meagan says

    These are amazing cookies. I am now famous for these at work and am expected to bring them for any occasion. Thanks so much for sharing!!