Keeping the peace….

The problem when you have a picky eater for a husband is that he doesn’t eat 90% of the things I make. And since I refuse to have a blog solely dedicated to all things peanut butter and chocolate, from time to time he gets annoyed. He gets annoyed that when he comes home and asked me what I baked today I have to usually tell him, “something you wont eat.” In my defense his list of things he wont eat is much larger than his list of things he will eat. So last week when I was in a frenzy of baking all things he doesn’t eat, I got the sad puppy dog eyes and the ever popular, “did you make anything I can eat?”

So in order to appease him I went looking for something with chocolate and peanut butter. I have seen many a time on many a blog the World Peace cookies. They have been done and done again and so I wanted to change them as I felt there was no need to beat a dead horse into the ground. Staring into the pantry was a half a bag of peanut butter chips and so I went with that.

Sadly I enjoyed them way more than he did. He likes soft cookies and well these are really made more for dunking in milk than eating straight out…in my humble opinion. He did gladly eat them but the guilt did pang me and I ended up making him something else too.

I will be making him doughnuts next week so that should put a smile on his face. And speaking of doughnuts, make sure to get your fry on by participating in Helen and I’s Doughnut Day. To get more info go here. Please remember that this has to be a NEW post about a doughnut or something in the doughnut family.

Peanut Butter World Peace Cookies

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 stick plus 3 tablespoons (11 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel or 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

4 TBSP peanut butter

6 ounces peanut butter chips

1. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking soda together.

2. Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until soft and creamy. Add both sugars, the salt and vanilla extract and beat for 2 minutes more. Add the peanut butter and beat for another minute.

3. Turn off the mixer. Pour in the dry ingredients, drape a kitchen towel over the stand mixer to protect yourself and your kitchen from flying flour and pulse the mixer at low speed about 5 times, a second or two each time. Take a peek — if there is still a lot of flour on the surface of the dough, pulse a couple of times more; if not, remove the towel. Continuing at low speed, mix for about 30 seconds more, just until the flour disappears into the dough — for the best texture, work the dough as little as possible once the flour is added, and don’t be concerned if the dough looks a little crumbly. Toss in the peanut butter chips and mix only to incorporate.

4. Turn the dough out onto a work surface, gather it together and divide it in half. Working with one half at a time, shape the dough into logs that are 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate them for at least 3 hours. (The dough can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months. If you’ve frozen the dough, you needn’t defrost it before baking — just slice the logs into cookies and bake the cookies 1 minute longer.)

Getting Ready to Bake:

5. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.

6. Using a sharp thin knife, slice the logs into rounds that are 1/2 inch thick. (The rounds are likely to crack as you’re cutting them — don’t be concerned, just squeeze the bits back onto each cookie.) Arrange the rounds on the baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch between them.

7. Bake the cookies one sheet at a time for 12 minutes — they won’t look done, nor will they be firm, but that’s just the way they should be. Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack and let the cookies rest until they are only just warm, at which point you can serve them or let them reach room temperature.

Source: Adapted from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, Houghton Mifflin Company, November 2006


  1. Yes please, yes please, yes please – though could I have ALL of mine with a milky coffee, instead of cold milk?

  2. I love using the World Peace cookies as a base for other flavors! This one sounds like the ultimate peanut butter cup cookie.

    Well, since it has to be a “new to you” donut recipe, I guess I can’t make Paczki for this donut event. DOH!!

  3. What a clever take on the WP cookies! I love the originals, but this is a great idea. I have some toffee chips around here somewhere. I’ll bet that would be good too.

  4. Ooooh, ooooh! I have got to try those!

  5. Yum! What a great variation! I’m a bit jealous that your world peace cookies are prettier than mine. ;-)

  6. You are so kind to your picky-eater husband! I can’t believe he won’t eat most of the beautiful, luscious baked goodies you post about. My husband would be drooling with happiness.

  7. Yum! These look delicious, what a great idea! I love the texture of the world peace cookies and can imagine that with the addition of peanut butter that they are even sandier and saltier (in a good way). I’ll definitely have to try this.

    Love your blog, by the way… I think this is the first time I’ve commented, but I check it all the time!

  8. Ohhhh MY GOD. I’m sorry. I’m just going to say it. Your husband is INSANE. To me, these would be the ULTIMATE in chocolate/peanutbutter indulgence. Oh I am so sneaking peanutbutter chips on my grocery list this week. :P

    My hips hate you. My heart loves you.


  9. Yum! As if the WP cookies weren’t already addictive enough…! Although I have yet to find vegan peanut butter chips, I do have some “butter”scotch chips that might make for an excellent substitute…. I just love this idea!

  10. love all your recipes yum if your husband likes a chewy cookie buy reese’s peanut butter chips they have a chocolate peanut butter chip cookie recipe that makes wonderful chewy cookies

  11. I really REALLY understand you… my husband doesn’t eat 95% of my baking and/or cooking so I’m always doing dishes as if I had cooked for a hundred people!!
    Poor of us =)

  12. Oh I so understand the husband thing. My blog would have to be filled with recipes that all had coconut in them.

    Love your version of these cookies. I would have no problem in dunking them.

  13. I thought I was alone in my dilema. My guy says cooking( which he try dictates me on) is more important than baking. And unless I share, my baking efforts will go to waste because he will barely eat any.Now his Mamas baking is another story altogether!

  14. It’s unfortunate that your hubby isn’t your biggest fan. My wife can’t stay away from the stuff I pull out of the oven!

    Your cookies are amazing and they look so peanutty :)

    Also, I’ve add you to my blogroll ;)

  15. How did such a picky eater end up someone as talented as yourself?! I’d be so sad everytime he didn’t want to eat something you made. Just send them my way instead.

  16. Are we married to the same man???? My hubby is VERY picky about desserts, which in a way breaks my heart because I *love* any and every dessert and he just can’t seem to share in the deliciousness with me. It’s hard when I bake something absolutely spectacular, yet I know he would just prefer a bag of Chips Ahoy!

  17. I sometimes wish I had that same problem – my husband will eat almost any baked good, but he eats way too much!!

    I still have never made the World Peace cookies. I think I’m the only one who hasn’t…

  18. Next time we get married we should switch husbands. Mine’s not so into peanut butter and chocolate which I think is one of the world’s greatest combinations.

  19. I loved reading your post.

  20. I loved reading your post.
    Actually I have trouble making my daughter eating than my hubby ;-)
    Love the cookies. I too like to dung my cookie in the ciffee. For me there is no other way to eat them

  21. My husband dutifully eats what I cook, but would rather just eat Chef Boyardee right out of the can.

    These cookies have finally convinced me I need to make those World Peace cookies. With peanut butter of course.

    I would happily eat all your baked goods!

  22. MMM…chocolate and peanut butter and can’t say that I’m in disagreement with your hubby! Those are two of my favorite flavor combos and I desperately wish I was milk dunkin and eatin my way through these :)

  23. I’m guessing that your husband was okay with the bacon sandwiches on ciabatta though, right? :)

  24. Peabody, the world peace cookies look perfect. Can’t ever tire of a good thing.
    I wanted to do your donut challenge. I have wanted to make Koeksister’s for my husband. They are a South African donut which must be eaten next to a cardiac arrest trolley- for safety reasons.
    Alas, I haven’t purchased a deep fat fryer yet. I don’t fancy making them without one. I have even spent a whole day researching the perfect recipe for them. They are a bit like chocolate chip cookies…everyone has their own take on what they should be like. Perhaps I can challenge one of your readers to make them for me?

  25. OMG what a tempting cookie you have created:)

  26. Oh do we have the same husband? My husband is not a lover of new recipes… he’d be happy to have the same cookies, the same meals, the same things over and over!
    These do look quite tasty!

  27. Oooooh this an amazing idea! My eyes lit up as soon as I opened your blog! I’ve made the world peace cookies and loved them, so I can’t imagine that anything could be better than adding peanut butter! I’m quite excited. :)

  28. What a great take on the WP cookies! I am addicted to those chips, straight out of the bag…ma bad!

  29. nothing like chocolate and peanut better – you can’t really fault him for that :) i am odd in that i hate milk and there are only a few ways i will have milk: (1) with a bowl of cereal (2) chocolate milk (3) for dunking cookies/brownies – your pics make me really want some cookies and milk! :)

    it’s funny b/c my DH hates peanut butter or anything peanut-y… so when i get sick of him eating up all of my goodies, i make something with peanut butter in it so he will keep his fingers off of it ;)

  30. Let’s see: peanut butter and chocolate – yes Peabody you have a winner here! I must be the only one left who hasn’t made the world peace cookies. Just about everything else in that book.
    The peanut butter chips are perfect for this one!!

  31. even if your husband may be a picky-eater, he certainly has good taste!! the chocolate-peanut-butter combination is delicious (though you know I prefer carob over chocolate), and it makes a wonderful World Peace Cookie :0)

  32. These looks delicious. The peanut butter chips look like they were perfectly placed in each spot. Yum!

  33. Your husband sounds very like my sister – she doesn’t eat anything healthy, so that’s about 80% of what I cook, and the other 20% of things I make are usually for parties or presents, so she still can’t have any of it!

    These cookies look great though – even she might give these a go ^__^. Although actually, I can’t remember if she’ll eat peanut butter…

  34. Peabody – you are so not alone. My husband is very fussy and very stubborn when it comes to food. And I love to bake, cook and create new recipes. Thankfully the things I make I can give to my clients and they devour it up. My husband could live off of hamburgers and take out pizza; is not into sweets (lucky me), and hates veggies and fruit and if there is a sliver of one in any food, he will find it.
    So girl, I feel your pain!


  35. PB + Chocolate is my fave combo ever…these sound AMAZING!

  36. Oh yum — chocolate and peanut butter and cookies. These have been on my “to make” list for awhile, so I guess I’d better get busy so that I’m truly not the last to make them!

  37. I was seriously considering making WPCs this week. When I do, I think I might try your variant…


  38. I think peanut butter and chocolate is a great way to bring about world peace, and domestic tranquility as well.

  39. These cookies sound and look amazing. I’ll eat any your hubby doesn’t want!

  40. haha i’ve often thought about having a blog solely dedicated to peanut butter and jelly…it is the world’s greatest combination. but variety is the spice of life. anyhow, fantastic adaptation to a fantastic cookie! and i love the photos!

  41. Okay, so like, I’m the ONLY one who hasn’t heard of World Peace cookies, right? Bummer that your hubs didn’t like them. Bring ‘em on down. With ice cold whole milk, of course!

  42. This looks wonderful even if they aren’t your husbands favorites!

  43. Well, I’m dumbfounded. He doesn’t eat 90% of what you fix? Since I’ve toyed with the idea of moving into your neighborhood so I can stop by and eat everything you make, I don’t get it. Wait, that means there’s more food left for me to eat. Perfect. As are the cookies!

  44. This was a great recipe! Thanks! Here’s my attempt. Also I keep meaning to say, thank you *so* much for the spun sugar instructions. I love learning new ways to jazz up desserts, since my friends and family always tend to be more impressed by presentation than by (even really good) taste.

  45. Pea, I had not seen you made these with peanut butter chips – oh my!

  46. whats your husbands favorite cookie


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