Chewy Peanut Chocolate Drops are perfect for kitchen gifts. Chewy little drops of chocolate cookies with peanut butter are covered with a chocolate ganache. They look professional and taste great!
Make these little gems the day before you need them. You’ll need time for the chocolate to dry and set. Don’t forget to chill the dough. It’s an important step to keep these little drops from spreading as they bake.
Chewy Peanut Chocolate Drops Recipe
4 ounces (squares) unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
2 cups granulated white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, lightly beaten with a fork
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/4 cup miniature chocolate chips
8 ounces whipped topping (such as Cool Whip®)
6 ounces bittersweet baking chocolate (Hersheys® recommended)
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
Place unsweetened chocolate chunks, butter, and peanut butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cook on High for 1 minute, until butter is melted. Whisk until smooth, then blend in sugar and salt. Let cool slightly.
Add eggs and vanilla, beating until incorporated. Blend in flour, half at a time, until well-mixed. Fold in chopped peanuts and miniature chocolate chips. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheets with Silpat baking liners or parchment paper.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place 1-1/2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes. Do not overbake or the cookies will become crispy rather than chewy. Let rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.
Break chocolate into large chunks and place in a 4-cup glass measuring cup or deep micro-safe bowl. Add half of whipped topping and microwave on High for 1 minute. Remove and stir for 1 minute. Add remaining whipped topping and microwave another 30 seconds. Whisk until all chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Whisk in confectioners’ sugar, beating until there are no lumps. Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes to thicken up.
Swirl the tops of the cookies in the chocolate glaze and place on waxed paper. Let stand, uncovered, 3 to 4 hours to dry and set glaze.
Yield: about 72 cookies
Chewy Peanut Chocolate Drops Recipe Photo ©2022 Peggy Filippone