Chipotle Peanut Butter Cookies | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Chipotle Peanut Butter Cookies

Chipotle Peanut Butter Cookies are a spicy, smoky, salty sweet peanut butter treat! It's a classic peanut butter cookie amped up with Chipotle peppers! 

Chipotle Peanut Butter Cookies | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - cookie recipe for a spicy peanut butter cookie with some heat! #SundaySupper

Things are really heating up around here.  Not the actual temperature, but the heat you get from spices! If you've read my blog for awhile, you will know that I LOVE spicy hot flavors combined with sweet flavors like in this Strawberry Apple Salsa and in this Bacon Pineapple Jalapeno Cheese Ball

I think my love affair with spicy sweet first began when I sampled an Ancho Chile Truffle at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory several years ago.  One bite and I was sold! To this day, when I am near a store, I make sure to stop in and treat myself to one perfect spicy sweet truffle!  

How do you make homemade peanut butter cookies from scratch?

As I was brainstorming how I was going to insert some heat into my favorite classic peanut butter cookie recipe, I wasn't sure which spice I wanted to use to accomplish that.  I toyed with the idea of using sriracha to turn up the heat, as well as cayenne pepper and even a good dose of cinnamon was considered. Ultimately, I ended up settling on Chipotle Chile Powder because of it's fruity undertones and moderate heat level. I knew it would pair nicely with peanut butter. 

Chipotle Peanut Butter Cookies | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - cookie recipe for a spicy peanut butter cookie with some heat! #SundaySupper

Adding some Chipotle chile powder to this cookie recipe was the right call!  We LOVED these cookies. They are the best peanut butter cookies!  They start off sweet, but then you get a burst of heat which compliments the peanut butter flavor quite nicely!

How do you make the best peanut butter cookies?

I like to use a natural peanut butter without added sugar (I like Smucker's) in this cookie recipe.  I feel you get plenty of sugar in the recipe itself and it makes the peanut flavor more prominent in the end product.

Chipotle Peanut Butter Cookies | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - cookie recipe for a spicy peanut butter cookie with some heat! #SundaySupper

Would you eat these spicy, sweet, smokey cookies?

Chipotle Peanut Butter Cookies

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Chipotle Peanut Butter Cookies
The classic peanut butter cookie gets amped up with Chipotle chile peppers!


  • 1 1/4 cup natural no sugar added smooth peanut butter (I like Smucker's)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 TBS milk
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 - 2 tsp. ground Chipotle Chile Pepper
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp.fine kosher salt
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped salted cocktail peanuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment, use a silpat, or spray with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, cream peanut butter and butter with electric mixer. Add in the brown sugar, egg, and milk and beat until combined.
  3. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons ground Chipotle Chile powder. (1 tsp for more mild heat, 2 tsp. to turn it up!) and mix well.
  4. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a small bowl. Beat into the creamed mixture until just mixed. Add in the chopped peanuts and mix until just combined.
  5. With a small cookie scoop, measure out dough and roll into balls. Place on prepared cookie sheets about 2" apart. Depress slightly with fingers and cross-hatch with fork dipped into flour.
  6. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes, or just until set. Do not overbake! Allow to cool for a few minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
Yield: approx. 4 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Total time: 20 mins.
Tags: peanut butter, cookie, Chipotle, pepper, dessert, peanuts

Adapted from Cooking on the Front Burner

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Chipotle Peanut Butter Cookies | by Renee's Kitchen Adventures - cookie recipe for a spicy peanut butter cookie with some heat! #SundaySupper

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  1. Oh, I KNOW I would love these. I agree, I really think the chipotle was your best choice. Can't wait to try them!

  2. Love the smoky heat in your cookies! Another excuse to make a batch of peanut butter cookies!

  3. I vibrate with spicy, smokey, salty, sweet things. Totally wonderful.

  4. I'm always up for a batch of peanut butter cookies! These sound so unique with the spice.

  5. I love peanut butter cookies, the spicy kick sounds fab! Great photos :)

  6. What a fun idea! I can really imagine that chipotle and peanut butter work well together!

  7. Nice way to spice up classic cookies!

  8. I don't think I would have thought to pair chili and peanut butter cookies, but why not, since peanut is in many a curry it makes sense. Yum!

  9. Great way to re-vamp one of my favorite cookies. Thanks for sharing :)

  10. Great idea and fantastic pics- they look delicious!

  11. I would eat those cookies in a heartbeat! I'd hoard them all for myself too.


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