These are the kinds of cookies that can turn even the worst day around. Doesn’t matter if you just got dumped, got yelled at by your boss, failed a test, lost a favorite earring – these cookies are a cure-all. But please, don’t wait until you have a bad day to make them – make them now! You won’t be sorry.

I found this recipe on one of my favorite food blogs but Smitten Kitchen adapted it from the Magnolia Bakery in New York City – home of the famous cupcakes from Sex and the City.  And since I love to travel almost as much as I love to eat, of course I’ve been to the Magnolia Bakery.  After you drop everything you’re doing to make these cookies, I suggest you plan a trip there.

Recipe Time!


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup peanut butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar (plus more for rolling/sprinkling)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour,  baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl or bowl of electric mixer, beat the butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy. Add both the sugars and beat until smooth.

3. Add the egg and mix well. Add the milk and the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly.

4. Stir in the peanut butter and chocolate chips.

5. Pour a little sugar onto a small plate for rolling. Drop the dough by rounded teaspoonfuls into the sugar and roll to coat. Place the sugar coated cookies onto ungreased cookie sheets, leaving several inches between for expansion. Using a fork or  small spatula, gently press down on the cookies to lightly indent with a crisss-cross pattern.

6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Be careful not to overbake the cookies. They may appear to be underdone, but they are not, just let them cool a bit.  Cool the cookies on the sheets for 1 minute, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.


Source: Adapted from Smitten Kitchen