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Sriracha Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Sriracha Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are a spicy twist on a classic cookie. These delicious sweet, salty and spicy cookies will leave taste testers slightly confused but coming back for more!

close up of peanut butter cookie with criss cross pattern

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This year has been a doozy and I can’t think of a better way to end it than with a virtual Cookie Countdown. Luckily, Reynolds Kitchens® is hosting one so we can all bake together.

I am sharing a recipe that is as unexpected as 2020 has been – a soft and chewy peanut butter cookie that finishes off with heat from Sriracha! 

I like to not tell people what’s in them and just watch their faces as the slightly spicy Sriracha hits them. It mixes perfectly with the chocolate and peanut butter.

When I’m making these cookies, I like to make them fairly large. I use Reynolds Kitchens® Parchment Paper with SmartGrid® to help me properly space them on the baking sheet. There’s nothing much worse to a baker than opening the oven expecting perfect cookies but getting a giant blob that merged together. Lining the dough up with the gridlines helps prevent that.

dough balls on a baking sheet

You know I love and always use parchment paper when baking cookies for easy cleanup and an even bake, but Reynolds Kitchens Parchment Paper is the only one with a grid-like pattern that makes cutting out the paper for the perfect fit so easy.

It’s oven safe up to 425° and you can use each sheet up to 3 times so you can get multiple batches out of each piece. 

INGREDIENTS

BUTTER – Unsalted butter, softened to room temperature. 
PEANUT BUTTER – I use smooth but crunchy will work as well.
SUGAR – Granulated white sugar.
BROWN SUGAR – Light or dark will work. I used light. 
SRIRACHA – The secret ingredient that brings the heat. 
EGGS – Two large eggs. I use organic, free range.
VANILLA EXTRACT – I know it’s pricey but please use vanilla extract and not imitation for the best flavor.
FLOUR – All-purpose white flour is what I tested with.
BAKING POWDER – For rise.
BAKING SODA – For rise.
SALT – For balance. 
CHOCOLATE CHIPS – I use Ghirardelli dark chocolate baking chips.

overhead shot of ingredients laid out to make cookies

TOOLS TO HELP YOU

  • Reynolds Kitchens® Parchment Paper with SmartGrid® – To perfectly space your cookies.
  • Cookie Scoop – I used a medium (1.5 Tb) cookie scoop for this batch.
  • Baking Sheets – I like to use baking sheets with a lip so the dough balls don’t roll off. 

HOW TO MAKE SRIRACHA PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

STEP ONE: In a large bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter and sugars with a hand mixer. Add in the Sriracha, eggs, and vanilla and continue mixing until well combined.

STEP TWO: In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

STEP THREE: In three parts, add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture, mixing between each addition until fully combined. If the dough is still sticky, add an extra tablespoon of flour and mix. The dough should be soft but not sticky. Fold in the chocolate chips.

collage of mixing bowl making peanut butter cookies

STEP FOUR: Cover and chill the dough for at least an hour.

STEP FIVE: Once chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with Reynolds Kitchens Parchment Paper and set aside.

overhead shot of cookie dough bowl & cookie scoop on a baking sheet

STEP SIX: Add some white sugar to a shallow bowl. Using a medium (1.5 Tb) cookie scoop, scoop dough balls, roll in your hands to smooth, then roll in the sugar. Evenly space 8 per pan. Using a fork, press a criss-cross pattern to your dough balls. 

STEP SEVEN: Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies just start to brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling. 

overhea shot of peanut butter chocolate chip cookies on a cooling rack

WHAT IS SRIRACHA?

Sriracha is a type of hot sauce or chili sauce made from chili peppers, distilled vinegar, garlic, sugar, and salt. It is tangy and spicy-sweet. It is not as spicy as a traditional hot sauce like Tabasco.

WHY SHOULD I USE PARCHMENT PAPER WHEN BAKING COOKIES?

Using Reynolds Kitchens Parchment Paper creates a non-stick baking surface that doesn’t need any type of sprays or oils that can change the flavor of your baked goods.

Cookies baked on parchment paper bake evenly and don’t crack or fall apart. The super helpful gridline pattern creates a natural spacing system so you don’t have cookies merging into each other during baking. 

stack of peanut butter cookies on a white plate

CAN I FREEZE THEM?

These cookies freeze really well. I like to fully prep the dough, scoop into balls, roll in sugar, and then freeze the dough balls covered on a baking sheet. Once they’re fully frozen, I move them to a freezer bag and they’ll keep for up to a couple months. You can bake from frozen. 

Alternatively, you can bake them, add them to a freezer bag with parchment paper between layers, and freeze. They will thaw at room temperature on the counter in about 10-15 minutes.  

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Sriracha Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Melissa | Persnickety Plates
A spicy twist on the classic peanut butter cookie. These delicious sweet, salty, and spicy cookies will leave taste testers slightly confused but coming back for more!
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Chill Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 18 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 5 dozen
Calories 1520 kcal

Equipment

  • Reynolds Kitchens® Parchment Paper with SmartGrid®

Ingredients
  

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter softened to room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulate white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha sauce
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups flour + a couple Tablespoons more, as needed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup granulated white sugar for rolling

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter and sugars with a hand mixer.
  • Add in the Sriracha, eggs, and vanilla. Continue mixing until well combined.
  • In another medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In three parts, add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture, fully combining between each addition. The dough should be soft but not sticky. If the dough is still sticky, add an extra tablespoon of flour and mix. Keep doing this until the dough no longer sticks to your hand.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
  • Once chilled, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with Reynolds Kitchens Parchment Paper.
  • In a small bowl, approximately 1/4 cup of white sugar for rolling.
  • Using a cookie scoop, scoop dough balls then roll in the sugar. Set on your pan with equal spacing. Using a fork, press a criss-cross pattern to your dough balls.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies just start to brown around the edges.
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Store baked cookies in an airtight container. 
I use a medium cookie scoop (1.5 Tb) and get 8 cookies per sheet. If you use a small scoop, you can fit 12 cookies per sheet.
Dough can be prepared and frozen in a freezer bag. Dough will keep for a couple months. Bake from frozen and add 1-2 minutes to the bake time. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 1520kcalCarbohydrates: 172gProtein: 31gFat: 84gSaturated Fat: 37gCholesterol: 172mgSodium: 1301mgPotassium: 885mgFiber: 7gSugar: 106gVitamin A: 1257IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 191mgIron: 6mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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  1. Lori Yates says

    Um, what? I need to make these. Now-ish. I go through phases with sriracha – there will be months were I put it on anything and everything, and months where I’m not into it as much (and maybe more into sambal oelek). However, I’m hopelessly well into a sriracha streak lately. So yeah, I’m gonna need some of these cookies.

    • Lori Yates says

      I’ve been considering making a chocolate-sambal oelek ice cream. I think it sounds great. Most other people I’ve told about it think it sounds disgusting. I think I’m gonna win.

  2. Joy Bee says

    I love a spicy/sweet combo and I always have sriracha on hand. I’ve even experimented with adding fresh (finely minced) habaneros to some sweets. I can’t wait to try it with peanut butter cookies. Great idea.

  3. Tanya-Lemonsforlulu.com says

    I love you for this recipe! I adore combining spicy and sweet together. Sriracha is the best! I love that you used a good 1/4 cup full too! I can’t wait to try and the eat all of these!

  4. Carrie R says

    Say what?? This is ridic! Awesome recipe, dear! 🙂

  5. Erin Tableforseven says

    What an awesome idea Melissa! They sounds divine. Thanks for linking up at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays 🙂

  6. Samantha Houston says

    My hubby and I thought we were the only people in the world who got down on siriracha and pb. So glad to know we arent alone!

  7. Kelly @ Trial and Eater says

    Sriracha – love
    peanut butter – love
    This is so interesting! Pinning for later reference 🙂

    • Melissa Williams says

      Thanks, Kelly =) They’re different but really good!

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