Chocolate Chip-Peanut Blocks

These are miniature cookie “bricks, ” featuring chopped peanuts and chocolate bits against a peanut butter background. Great for kids and also great for adults who still appreciate the seduction of such flavors.


  • 4 ounces (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • ½ cup unseasoned peanut butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • cups (all-purpose) flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ cup raw skinless peanuts, chopped (¼-inch bits)
  • ½ cup chopped semisweet chocolate (¼-inch pieces)


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter, peanut butter, and sugar, and beat on medium speed until smooth and well blended. Add the egg and mix to combine; stop the machine once or twice to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, peanuts, and chocolate pieces; mix until combined, about 2 minutes longer.
  2. Scrape the dough onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Shape into a 6-inch square, about 1 inch thick. Use the plastic wrap to help shape the sticky dough. Seal well in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Move an oven rack to the middle position. Line large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Cut the square of dough into 4 equal strips inches wide. Slice each strip crosswise into ¼-inch-wide blocks. Place the blocks ½ inch apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. One sheet at at time, bake the cookies until the edges are lightly golden, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets set on wire racks.