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The Zach and Cilantro Saga - Day 1: Patriotic Peanut Butter Cookies

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings: 24
Author: Zach


  • 1 cup butter room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups white chocolate chips
  • 6 teaspoons vegetable shortening
  • red food coloring
  • blue food coloring


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a stand mixer, combine the softened butter with the dark brown sugar and granulated sugar until well mixed.
  • Add the eggs and continue mixing until the eggs are completely incorporated.
  • Now pour the vanilla extract into the cookie dough and mixer for 30 seconds to combine.
  • Add the chunky peanut butter to the bowl and mix for 2 minutes, or until the peanut butter is completely mixed into the dough.
  • Now add the salt, baking soda, and flour and mix slowly for 2-3 minutes. The dough should be very sticky.
  • Scoop the dough onto un-greased baking sheets (2-3 tablespoons per cookie). Lightly press the cookie down to form a small disk (do not use a fork!).
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges start to brown. Remove from the oven and let sit for a minute before moving to a cooling rack. Once the cookies are cool to the touch, move them to the refrigerator or freezer to cool completely.
  • While the cookies are cooling, separate the white chocolate chips into 3 bowls and add 2 teaspoons of shortening to each bowl. Microwave for 60-90 seconds to melt the chocolate. Add red coloring to one of the bowls and blue to another.
  • Once the cookies are cooled, place the cookies upside-down into the plain white melted chocolate to coat the top of the cookie. Place back in the refrigerator or freezer so that the chocolate can harden.
  • To add the red and blue stripes, use a spoon to spread the red and blue chocolate over 1/3 of the cookie. Again, place back in the refrigerator or freezer to harden. Store in the refrigerator until serving.