• Giant Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Ganache

    filed under: Cookies on March 30, 2016

    These Giant Peanut Butter Cookies have a glorious layer of Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Ganache on top. Peanut butter delight!

    This Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Ganache will blow your mind!

    With growing kids you know we are peanut butter cookie experts around here. They are so easy to make that the kids can do it themselves!

    To make these cookies you will need:

    Peanut butter cookie recipe (below)

    Peanut butter butterscotch chocolate ganache recipe (below)

    Cookie sheets with parchment paper

    1/4 measuring cup

    Offset spatula

    Chocolate jimmies (optional)

    This Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Ganache will blow your mind!

    Giant Peanut Butter Cookies with Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Ganache

    This Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Ganache will blow your mind!


        • 1 c (225g) creamy peanut butter
        • 1/2 c (113g) butter, softened
        • 1/2 c (115g) white sugar
        • 1/2 c (115g) packed brown sugar
        • 1 egg, room temperature
        • 3 tbsp. milk
        • 1 tsp. McCormick vanilla extract
        • 1 1/4 (156g) cups all-purpose flour
        • 1 tsp. baking powder
        • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
        • 1/4 tsp. salt

        Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Ganache

        • 1/2 c (115g) heavy cream
        • 3/4 c (135g, 5 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate, rough chopped
        • 1/4 c (56g) creamy peanut butter
        • 1/2 c (90g) butterscotch morsels


        Peanut Butter Cookies

        1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare two cookie sheets by lining them with parchment paper.
        2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment, (you can also use a hand help mixer) cream together the peanut butter, butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until well blended.
        3. With mixer on low, add in the egg, milk, and vanilla one at a time.
        4. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir into creamed mixture.
        5. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, section out 1/4 cup of dough, roll into a ball, then flatten on cookie sheet. Each cookie sheet should fit 4 cookies. Press a fork into the flattened cookie to achieve the traditional peanut butter cookie appearance.
        6. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
        7. Recipe makes 12 giant peanut butter cookies.
        8. Allow cookies to cool before adding ganache.

        Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Ganache

        1. Place the roughly chopped chocolate, peanut butter and butterscotch morsels in a bowl and set aside.
        2. Heat the cream on the stove over medium-low heat and bring to a simmer for 1-2 minutes.
        3. Remove pan from stove and pour the hot cream on top of the chocolate, peanut butter and butterscotch chips.
        4. Stir gently to combine and keep stirring until all morsels are melted.
        5. Allow ganache to cool for about 5 minutes before spreading. It will stiffen up a bit and be less runny.

        Recipe adapted from Peanut Butter Cookies and Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Ganache.

        This Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Ganache will blow your mind!

        Tips for Success:

        I love using a creamy peanut butter for this recipe, but you can certainly use a crunchy peanut butter if you prefer. Another option is to add chopped peanut to the top of this cookie! That would compliment the crunchy peanut butter well.

        Using room temperature ingredients is recommended for this cookie recipe.

        Be sure to flatten the cookie before baking. When I did not flatten the cookies, they did not spread out flat and there was a dome. For this recipe, where we are spreading something over the top, a flat cookie works best.

        For the ganache, you want all of the chocolate to be melted completely. I have found that the butterscotch takes a bit longer to melt and may not melt completely from just the hot cream. Feel free to pop the chocolate into the microwave for 10-15 seconds and then stir vigorously after.

        After letting the ganache sit for a few moments, I used an offset spatula to spread it over the cookie. It spreads so beautifully! If you are adding the chocolate jimmies (see other sprinkles options here) add them right after you spread the ganache. If you wait too long the ganache will set and the jimmies will roll right off when you pick up the cookie to eat it.

        This Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Ganache will blow your mind!

        These classic peanut butter cookies are the perfect cookie! Making them bigger is just an added bonus. But adding a mouth-watering chocolate ganache on top of that is pure bliss!!

        I added McCormick to my ingredient list because that is what brand I use and adore. You can see all the beautiful cakes and desserts I make using McCormick products click here.

        This Peanut Butter Butterscotch Chocolate Ganache will blow your mind!

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        Ummm…..am I in heaven??

        Can this recipe be altered to make a regular size cookie? Thank you

          Yes, you will end up with about 24 cookies if you decrease the size by half.

        I love large cookies because of the excuse to eat more cookie – hey, I just had one! All I can say about that peanut butter butterscotch chocolate ganache is wow!

        Yessssssssss!!! Thank you for an amazing recipe & beautiful pictures =)

        I am making this amazing cookie right now, but am having trouble as the cookie dough is very loose and does not seem like it can be rolled into a ball. Should I refrigerate the dough or add something?

        It’s me again, I added 2 Tablespoons of flour to the recipe and then I was able to roll into balls. Maybe my peanut butter was a little bit softer than what you used. These look wonderful. I cannot wait to put the frosting on!

          Glad the extra flour seemed to help. You definitely want a firm dough, so that was a good call! Hope they tasted good!

        OMG I need this cookie!

        love those little hands holding a most delicious cookie that yes you would let your best friend take the biggest bite. Cookies, ganache, sprinkles…what’s there not to love?

        Yum! These cookies look amazing and so chewy! The ganache looks fantastic too!

        Just wanted to say thank you for sharing this recipe!!!! I made this for my husband’s birthday. They were a hit! Follow the recipe to a T. It’s nice that I didn’t have to add anything extra. Not too sweet and filled with the peanut butter flavor. This recipe is very kid-friendly as well! Our 8 yr old help me make them, which made them even more fun to make. We got 15 cookies out of the bag and had to bake them for 15 minutes at 350°.

        they simply mouth watering i will make them on weekend ,thanks for sharing

        I just made these, and they are fabulous! Wow!

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