If you like baking cookies for someone special this Valentine Heart Peanut Butter Cookies recipe is an easy one. Not only does it taste good, it’s just so cute with a chocolate heart studded in the center of the cookie.

The cookie itself is peanut butter flavored which really goes well with chocolate. As for the chocolate hearts, they’re widely available in bags of twelve pieces or more. Some of them come in plain milk or dark chocolate. Others have caramel centers, or with crispies. For this valentine cookies recipe I picked the one with caramel centers. Any one of the varieties will work with these cookies. I have tried it with plain dark chocolate hearts and I loved it.

Some recipes for peanut butter cookies call for refrigerating the cookie dough before baking, but I skip that part. I just don’t think it made a whole lot of difference to the overall result of the baked cookie.

Before baking it is important to have enough space between the cookies on the cookie sheet. Place them at least two inches apart. Also, I bake them in two separate batches for 10 minutes each.

After it comes out of the oven, make sure you immediately press the chocolate hearts on the center. Be gentle with the pressing, it doesn’t have to go all the way through the bottom.

What I love about this Valentine heart peanut butter cookies is they’re so perfect to give to loved ones and so easy to make. They’re easy to pack in tin cans, paper boxes or cellophane bags. Then tie a pretty red ribbon on it and voila! Nothing says “I love you” more than a handmade cookie.

If you would like more cookie recipes check it out here. And for now, Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine Heart Peanut Butter Cookies
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 mins.
Cook Time 20-24 mins.
Servings
makes 18 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/8 cup light brown sugar (or 6 Tbsp)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 18 chocolate hearts
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 mins.
Cook Time 20-24 mins.
Servings
makes 18 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/8 cup light brown sugar (or 6 Tbsp)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 18 chocolate hearts
Instructions
  1. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Cream together softened butter and peanut butter using a stand mixer or hand mixer. Gradually add both sugars, beating until light and fluffy. Add in egg, beat well.
  2. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to peanut butter mixture and beat well.
  3. Rub both hands with a little flour and shake off the excess. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls. Place 9 balls on each cookie sheet, making sure they are 2 inches apart. Gently flatten each cookie with a flat, smooth spatula.
  4. Bake cookies in the preheated oven at 350ºF for 10-12 minutes until just slightly golden and crinkled. When done, immediately press each chocolate heart gently on the center of cookies. Transfer cookie sheet to wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Then transfer cookies to wire rack to cool completely.
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