Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Sesame Cookies

I will start this post by saying that this is my new favorite cookie! Yes, even over chocolate and coconut, and that’s saying a lot. This recipe title might sound like a mouthful – Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Sesame Cookies. Yeah, that’s a lot of flavor packed into one cookie! But, these cookies are so damn good! I got the idea for them a few weeks ago when I was visiting my dad. We were all just hanging out watching the Masters, and a commercial came on. All I heard from it was “peanut butter sesame chocolate goodness” and the idea of these cookies popped into my head.

dark chocolate peanut butter sesame cookies

It was an IBM commercial, and then Delaney and I were arguing about what it actually said. He was arguing it said wafers (and he loves wafers, so of course he would say this). So, we had to look it up to see what actually happened. It really didn’t say “peanut butter sesame chocolate goodness” and instead said something about “serving up jalapeno, sesame, and chocolate covered goodness” (being three separate things, jalapeno, sesame, and chocolate covered). And it didn’t say wafers, but it showed a photo of a wafer. So, we were both kinda right haha.

So, when we got home from the desert all I was thinking about was “peanut butter sesame chocolate goodness” and that led me here. So I’m sharing with you this amazing cookie recipe thanks to IBM. If you like my classic Peanut Butter Cookies, then you will love these even more! These Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Sesame Cookies are a soft and chewy peanut butter cookie that I half dip in dark chocolate and sprinkle with sesame seeds. This magic trio of flavors is sweet, salty, and smooth all once and it’s a flavor explosion in your mouth. I will bet you can’t stop eating these ones!

Tips for Making the Best Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Sesame Cookies

• Use soft butter for these cookies. Now that is’t getting warm out, you can easily soften butter naturally overnight by leaving it out on the counter at room temperature, and the next day it should be perfect for cookies. I put butter sticks on a little plate to soften overnight.

• I use organic light brown sugar in this recipe. This is crucial for the flavor profile, as it brings a subtle darkness, so using cane sugar or dark brown sugar wouldn’t give you the same flavor profile here for these magical cookies.

• I use Simply Organic Vanilla Extract, which I find gives the best flavor to these cookies. There’s so many flavors going on, so I would highly recommend sticking to a pure organic vanilla extract such as this one. Even Watkins 1868 Organic Baking Vanilla Extract is good and it has a depth of flavor, but I wouldn’t recommend that one for this specific recipe as you want something more pure and subtle.

• Always make sure to use a high quality peanut butter when baking. All peanut butter has different flavors, depending on the brand. So, make sure to find one that you like eating plain as that flavor will shine through in your baked goods! My favorite is Costco (yes!) Organic Peanut Butter – trust, this one has the absolute best flavor.

• Same goes for dark chocolate, make sure to use high quality organic dark chocolate for baking. The chocolate flavor will provide a lot of flavor of your baked goods. My favorite organic dark chocolate, and it’s amazing for melting, is from Mama Ganache.

Why Organic

Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!

So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.

dark chocolate peanut butter sesame cookies
dark chocolate peanut butter sesame cookies
dark chocolate peanut butter sesame cookies

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Sesame Cookies

Recipe by MimiDifficulty: Easy
Makes

24

cookies

Soft and chewy, peanut buttery, loaded with sesame seeds and dipped in dark chocolate. These cookies have all the vibes, they are on repeat in my kitchen!

Ingredients

  • Dough
  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) organic salted butter, softened

  • 226 grams (1 cup) packed organic light brown sugar

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract

  • 226 grams (1 cup) organic peanut butter

  • 2 organic large eggs

  • 191 grams (1 1/2 cups) organic all purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 53 grams (1/3 cup) organic sesame seeds

  • Topping
  • 8 ounces (226 grams) organic dark chocolate, chopped

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda, and sea salt and whisk together.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the butter, light brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined and there are no chunks of butter.
  • Add the peanut butter and eggs. Do not mix. Add the flour mixture right on top. Mix on low until combined and you have a smooth dough. Do not over mix.
  • In a small bowl, add the sesame seeds. Using your hands, form the dough into 24 balls, dip the tops into the sesame seeds, and place on prepared cookie sheets. 12 should fit per tray and they should be spaced at least 1-inch apart.
  • Bake for 11 to 14 minutes or until the tops look cracked and set. Allow to cool completely on the cookie sheets.
  • In a double boiler, add the dark chocolate and melt completely. Remove from heat.
  • Dip half of each cookie into the chocolate, and place back on the baking sheets. Place in the fridge for 1 hour to set.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Notes

  • Gluten Free – Replace the all purpose flour with 205 grams (1 1/4 cups plus 1 tablespoon) organic gluten free flour blend.
  • High Altitude – Bake at 375°F for 8 to 10 minutes or until the tops look cracked and set.

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