Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
36 cookies (serving size: 1 cookie)

These yummy peanut butter and chocolate cookies are as much fun to decorate as they are to eat. Let the kids help create patterns with the icing!

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°.

Step 2

To prepare the cookies, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Combine granulated sugar, 1/4 cup peanut butter, and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 2 minutes). Beat in milk. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture; beat at low speed until well blended.

Step 3

Spoon dough mixture into a pastry bag fitted with 1/2-inch round tip. Pipe 36 (1 1/2-inch-round) mounds onto 2 baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 11 minutes. Cool 1 minute on pans. Remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks.

Step 4

To prepare the icing, combine 3/4 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon cream, and 3 tablespoons peanut butter in a medium bowl; stir well. Spoon peanut butter mixture into a small zip-top plastic bag; set aside. Place chips in a medium glass bowl, and microwave at HIGH 30 seconds or until almost melted, stirring until smooth. Add the remaining 3/4 cup powdered sugar, remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons milk, remaining 1 tablespoon cream, and cocoa to the melted chocolate, stirring well with a whisk. Spoon chocolate mixture into a small zip-top plastic bag. Starting with peanut butter mixture, snip a tiny hole in corner of bag; drizzle icing on half of each cookie. Repeat procedure with chocolate frosting on other half of each cookie. Let stand 10 minutes or until icing is set.

Ratings & Reviews

ksharkey's Review

July 26, 2012
These were not worth the effort--and mess! After the first batch, I dropped some chocolate chips on top to give them a little flavor. I've always had good luck with cooking light recipes, but this was a disaster--for my taste buds and for my kitchen! I, too, did not bother making the frosting.

MarieS's Review

June 08, 2012
I followed the recipe ALMOST exactly except I substituted some brown sugar for some of the white. I didn't have a pastry bag so I used a ziplock with a moderate-sized hole snipped in the corner to squeeze the dough through; it was very time consuming but I thought it worked; I had largish hershey's kisses-shaped blobs, which was ok with me since the recipe said they should be "mounds." I had hoped they would spread out in baking but they came out in these puffy half-dome shapes, not at all like in the picture. Anyway the cookies were dry and tasteless. Unlike other reviewers I didn't have a problem with the icing, in fact the pb icing was very good. But the chocolate icing didn't taste very chocolatey at all. The icing didn't save the cookie. My kids did enjoy decorating them, so I might actually try again, omitting the baking powder (I think that puffed them up; could they have meant baking SODA?) and I'd probably add more butter and peanut butter to help spread them out in baking

HillaryM2011's Review

October 28, 2011
DO NOT MAKE THESE! Recipe from Hell!!! I should have listened to the previous reviews but they were so cute I couldnt help myself. The cookies are indeed bland and too flourly, complete lack of nice texture and taste. The frosting was a PAIN I could not get the texture/ consistency right. First too thick, wouldnt flow through my frosting piper.... then too thin, and wouldn't "streak" to make the webbing from the circles. I threw everything away. What a waste of my time and energy! This should be removed from the internet!

KarenJeannOz's Review

October 15, 2011
Very attractive, tasty cookies when decorated with web pattern. I used a tablespoon to carefully drop dough on the cookie sheet since I didn't have a piping bag. This worked fine. Also, did not use whipping cream in frosting since I didn't have any. I would make these again since it is one of the best low fat cookie recipes I have found.

sbgonzalez's Review

October 30, 2010
Boo! is how I would describe this recipe. Boo as in no good! A lot of effort goes into this to produce what I would say is a sub-par product. The cookie is bland. The decorating with the two icings is very messy. I suppose you are only as good as the tools you have available to use. (used zippy bags and of course they busted halfway through) The scariest part of all this is how my kitchen looked afterward. I made these for a Halloween block party, but considering throwing them out and finding another spooky recipe.

BorowskiFan's Review

February 22, 2009
Followed the recipe to the exact letter. The pastry bag bit makes for an extremely messy, frustrating recipe, not to mention an inefficient use of dough. Cookies came out about as tasty as cardboard: crispy and tasteless. I didn't even bother with the icing since even the best icing can't help cardboard. This is my third "Cooking Light" cookie recipe and all three have been messy and tasteless.