Peanut butter, chocolate caramel cookies, aptly titled “Sumbitches”, are a soft and chewy peanut butter cookie, filled with a sweet chocolate and caramel center, drizzled with caramel sauce and melted chocolate. The salty peanut butter is perfectly offset by the rich caramel and chocolate, to form the perfect combo of flavors.
In my house, we are big re-watchers. My husband is a chef with few moments of free time, and I’m an office worker who spends all day obsessing over Star Wars and comic book movies. When we do get time together, we want something we can rely on; a guaranteed laugh. Something like Seinfeld, Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, That 70s Show, Impractical Jokers, and one of our favorites / the origin of this cookie, How I Met Your Mother.
How I Met Your Mother is a show we’ve watched all the way through at least three times (except the series finale. We don’t talk about the series finale in this house.) And one of our favorite episodes is when Lily meets Tracy (the mother), who offers Lily her peanut butter, chocolate, and caramel cookies. When Lily eats one, she says “there’s chocolate, peanut butter, and caramel in these sumbitches!” and Tracy says “I call them sumbitches!”
My husband immediately turned to me and said, “You need to make those.”
I tested this cookie a few different ways – I tried with chocolate chips, with caramel bits, I tried the peanut butter chips, but none of them felt worthy of the title. Until I made the recipe that I’m sharing today… And if I don’t say so myself, these are Some Bitches.
What do I need to make Sumbitches?
- Butter – I always used unsalted butter in baking. Why? So I can control the amount of salt going in. This recipe doesn’t call for any salt because peanut butter is salty enough on it’s own.
- Granulated white sugar and brown sugar.
- Creamy Peanut Butter – crunchy is okay too if that is your preference.
- Vanilla Extract – I always use pure vanilla extract for the richest flavor.
- All-purpose flour and baking soda (it must be soda – baking powder cannot be used as a replacement)
- And the crowning achievement of this recipe, the secret ingredient: Rolos. These creamy caramel filled candies are put right in the middle of the ball of dough, lending to a delicious surprise in the middle of the baked cookie.
How do I make Sumbitches?
These cookies are made with a simple creaming method. In a large bowl (I use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment), mix your room temperature butter and sugars.
Once those are combined, add your egg, vanilla, and peanut butter.
Then add in your flour and baking soda and mix until just incorporated.
Take about 2 tablespoons of dough and one Rolo, then roll into one ball. Do this until you get through all your dough, place on prepared baking sheets, and bake. The best part of these cookies? No chilling time required.
Tips and Tricks
- Try these at least once with the Rolos (you will not regret it), but after that, feel free to experiment with different caramel candy!
- I prefer creamy, but crunchy peanut butter would lend to an interesting texture that you might prefer!
- Be very careful not to overmix – an overmixed cookie dough will come out dry and hard. You want to experience the chewy cookie that will just melt in your mouth.
- I like to drizzle these in caramel and/or melted chocolate, just for something extra special.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 12-15 Rolos
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Cream butter and sugars together in a stand mixer or in a bowl with an electric hand mixer. Mix until thoroughly combined, and butter is nicely whipped (about 2 minutes)
- Add peanut butter, egg, and vanilla and mix for at least another minute.
- Combine flour and baking soda, then add to mixing bowl and mix until just incorporated - this is best done by hand with a rubber spatula to avoid over-mixing.
- Take one Rolo at a time and roll about 2 tablespoons of dough around each. Do this until all dough is used.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes.
- Let cool for a few minutes, then drizzle with chocolate and caramel sauce. Best served slightly warm.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g
Also check out my brown butter pecan Rice Krispie treats for a quick no-bake snack!