Those of you that have read the blog over the years know my weakness for peanut butter and chocolate.  It is possibly one of my favorite flavor combinations in existence.

I found the recipe for these babies yeeeaaaarrrrsss ago when I first started blogging and they immediately made my  “recipes to make” list.

Well, I’m happy to say that four years later, I’ve finally gotten around to making them


And boy were they ever worth the four year wait!

Even better perhaps than being chocolate and peanut butter is that these fluffy pillows of goodness are also vegan.


That might not be exciting to some of you who are well versed in the vegan baking world, but for me it’s super exciting.  I haven’t experimented nearly as much as I would have liked to with vegan baking but this recipe has certainly lit a fire under me!

A recipe that contains no eggs, no butter and tastes as good as these do are A-OK in my book.

Cookies 8

PPK’s Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows (source)
makes 2 dozen cookies


Chocolate dough:

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk (I used soy milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons black unsweetened cocoa or more dutch processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 3/4 cup natural salted peanut butter, crunchy or creamy style
  • 2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons soy creamer or non-dairy milk (I used soy milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large mixing bowl combine oil, sugar, maple syrup, soy milk and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Sift in flour, cocoa powder, black cocoa if using, baking soda and salt. Mix to form a moist dough.

Make the filling. In another mixing bowl beat together peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar, 2 tablespoons of soy  milk and vanilla extract to form a moist but firm dough. If peanut butter dough is too dry, stir in remaining tablespoon of non-dairy milk. If dough is too wet knead in a little extra powdered sugar.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Shape the cookies. Create the centers of the cookies by rolling the peanut butter dough into 24 balls. Scoop a generous tablespoon of chocolate dough, flatten into a disc and place a peanut butter ball in the center. Fold the sides of the chocolate dough up and around the peanut butter center and roll the chocolate ball into an smooth ball between your palms. Place on a sheet of waxed paper and repeat with remaining dough. If desired gently flatten cookies a little, but this is not necessary.

Place dough balls on lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart and bake for 10 minutes. Remove sheet from oven and let cookies for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to complete cooling.

  • http://www.sprint2thetable.com Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    I used to make something like this all the time. It was a recipe from Cooking Light… totally forgot about it! Maybe I need to make them again to satisfy my Tagalong cravings. ;)

    • Cait

      Definitely do it – it completely satisfies the peanut butter/chocolate craving (though I’m not sure anything can quite beat a Tagalong ;) ).

  • http://4thesakeofcake.com Erica @ For the Sake of Cake

    Wow, this look delicious! I’m a big fan of the chocolate + pb flavor combo too!

    • Cait

      It combines the two flavors in one of the best ways I’ve ever had in a baked good. Definitely worth giving them a try :)

  • http://www.itzyskitchen.com Erica

    First of all- yayyy for another post :) Second…gah! Its like a baked reese’s cup! Amazing! So yum

    • Cait

      Haha – you are too cute :) And yes! It literally is like a baked reese’s cup – soooo good!!

  • http://talkless-saymore.com/ Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    Those look INSANELY good!

    • Cait

      They’re seriously good…and pretty easy to pull together (though that might actually be to my detriment with the rate at which I’m going to go through them…)

  • http://www.pbpeanutbutter.com/ Best Natural Peanut Butter

    Wow, never heard of these peanut butter and chocolate pillows (I wonder why), but they look absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe because I have to try them.

    • Cait

      Enjoy! Isa is a total genius – she completely hit the nail on the head with this one :)

  • Eva

    Totally agree with you there– chocolate & peanut butter anything is my favorite anything. have already bookmarked this recipe, will have to try sometime when school’s not kicking butt. also, glad to see a blog update, would love to hear abt your chobani (?) internship :)

    • Cait

      I hear ya on school kicking your butt! I’m in the same boat so I totally understand…after all, it took me 4 years to successfully try these! My internship with Chobani is going great! I can’t talk about the specifics of what I’m working on but suffice it to say it’s an incredible company and every one I have come in contact with is just as awesome as they seem! Thanks for asking! :)

  • Shannon V.

    Cait- Im definitely going to make these – yum! Do you have a good recipe for granola? Rick and I are trying to find something good that we wont burn this time. Thanks!

  • http://www.yesiwantcake.com Katie

    I’ve been waiting for these (mushrooms) since yesterday! Yeehaw, I’m so excited about what is inside these puppies!

    • Cait

      They’re the best dang mushrooms ever! :)

  • Sue

    Can these be made with gluten free flour? I’m always looking for something like this that I can enjoy.

    • Cait

      Hmm, I’m not sure how GF flour would work (maybe brown rice flour?) as I haven’t experimented using it with this recipe – if you give it a try let me know how it comes out!

  • http://thesmartkitchenblog.com Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    Oh my ever-loving peanut butter.

    • Cait

      ;) My thoughts exactly!

  • Jan

    these look delicious!! question: can i use skim milk? i want to make them today and unfortunately, i’m out of soy — and i don’t have the energy to go to the store!

    • Cait

      I think you should be able to!

  • http://www.thebakingbluenoser.com Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser

    Omg..these look freaking incredible!!

    • Cait

      They were AMAZING!

  • http://lafourmiele.canalblog.com la fourmi Elé

    Definitly extra yummy!! oh my god!!!

    • Cait