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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Layered Chocolate Cake

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Layered Chocolate Cake by Picky Palate

Oh boy, this cake is a dream. I made it for my sweet Mom’s birthday while they were visiting this week…..and it’s safe to say we liked it πŸ™‚

You’ll find eggless peanut butter cookie dough layered between 2 homemade chocolate cakes topped with my double chocolate frosting. Find a special occasion to make this cake ASAP!

Enjoy friends!

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Bake your cakes and let them cool.

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While your cakes are cooling, make the peanut butter cookie dough layer. Start with some flour!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

Add your peanut butter, butter, sugars, vanilla and milk.

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Yes please!

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Let’s start the frosting shall we?

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Oh yah!!

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You gotta try a lick.

Layering Cake

Place your cooled cake onto your cake stand, top with a nice thick layer of peanut butter cookie dough and top with second cake.

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Frost all sides of this baby!

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Unwrap 20 or so of these little bites and top them on the center of your cake if desired.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Layered Chocolate Cake


  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup canola oil

Eggless Peanut Butter Cookie Dough

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk

Double Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, melted
  • 20 mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray two 9 inch cake pans with cooking spray and the bottoms lined with parchment paper.
  2. Heat the milk in a microwave safe bowl until hot, about 45-60 seconds. Remove and add chocolate chips. Let sit for 1 minute then stir to melt.
  3. In a stand mixer, mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt and baking soda to combine. Slowly add the eggs, sour cream, oil and melted chocolate mixture until combined. Divide batter between the two prepared cake pans. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until baked through. Remove and let cool. Remove cakes from pans.
  4. To prepare cookie dough, beat butter and peanut butter until creamy and smooth. Add sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, flour and milk mixing until thick and cookie dough consistency.
  5. To prepare frosting, beat butter until creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar and cocoa until thick. Beat in melted chocolate. Stack one cake on top of a cake plate and top with peanut butter cookie dough layer. Top with second cake and Frost entire cake. Top with halved Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

Makes 10 Servings


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  1. 1

    peanut butter cookie dough layered between 2 homemade chocolate cakes topped with my double chocolate frosting = SOLD, sold, sold!! Jenny this sounds amazing! It was my bday 2 weeks ago and what I would give to have a cake like this appear! Each and every layer and item could stand alone – and together, heaven! Pinned!

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    Tieghan says:

    Holy moly!! This is unbelievable! I am think a slice for breakfast would be awesome!

  3. 3

    Oh my goodness!I think I’ve died and gone to heaven. I don’t know how you keep coming up with these amazing recipes but don’t ever stop!

  4. 4

    Whoaaaa goodness! This looks insanely delicious!

  5. 5

    This is over the top in the best way possible!!

  6. 6

    This looks super rich and amazing!

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    carrian says:

    That sounds amazing! Come make it for me next year for my birthday, no one eats cake but me so we never celebrate with it.

  8. 8

    There are just so many good things going on in this cake!

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    Maria says:

    I love everything about this cake! Happy birthday to your mom!

  10. 10

    holy cow! this looks amazing!! can you bake me a cake like this for my bday? haha πŸ™‚ happy birthday to your momma!!

  11. 11

    Best flavor combo ever!!!

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    marla says:

    Awesome lookin cake & I love the chopped up candy on top!

  13. 13

    Jenny, this has got to be one of the most amazing cakes, ever! I mean, cookie dough filling?? Mmmm. πŸ™‚

  14. 14

    This cake is a dessert dream come true!

  15. 15

    Completely dead right now.

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    Heather says:

    Losing my mind – this dessert is my ULTIMATE!!!

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    Gayle Cherry says:

    I think there is an error in the recipe as it states in the last paragraph to top each layer with crushed butterfingers bars??? Where did that come from….I know it may just be a typo from another recipe, but I thought I would bring it to your attention…I can’t wait to make it!! My hubby’s this Sunday and he is a total peanut butter fanatic so I think I have the perfect opportunity!!
    Gayle C πŸ™‚

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    This is one of those cakes where you want to risk getting caught by sticking your finger in the frosting lol. Such a fun idea!

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    Chocolate cake and pb cookie dough…music to my ears

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    Paula says:

    Hi Jenny! It looks like maybe the directions on the “recipe card” for this cake accidentally included the last past of your Double Chocolate Butterfinger Layered Cake instead of the directions as you describe them in your step by step instructions for this cake. Both look like wonderful recipes though!

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    Diane says:

    Jenny: A little confused here. Your recipe states to spread a thin layer of frosting on each cake layer and top with crushed butterfinger candies, then after stacking the two layers and frosting the entire cake, add more crushed butterfingers to the top of cake. That sounds absolutely phenomenal, as butterfingers are my favorite candy, but I’m seeing miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups, which sounds pretty good too! Looks like you could use either candy.

    • 22.1
      Jenny says:

      It’s edited Diane, no Butterfingers in this recipe, that was from my last chocolate cake πŸ™‚ Thanks for the note.

  23. 23

    oh lord help me. Peanut butter chocolate is my favooooorite. You pretty much made a huge reeses- into a cake. gah!!!!

  24. 24

    Hello gorgeous! This looks incredible, Jenny!

  25. 25

    There’s no way I can wait longer than 24 hours to make this beauty.

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    Maegan @ The BakerMama says:

    This is the kind of cake I have dreams about! It sounds amazing, looks amazing, and I have no doubt it tastes AMAZING! You have a lucky mom!

  27. 27

    Happy birthday to your mom!!! This cake looks awesome – I’m speechless!!!

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    Amanda says:

    Have mercy. This cake looks AMAZING!! πŸ™‚

  29. 29

    WOW. This looks like a dream.

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    Sibylle says:

    So beautiful and surely so yummy!!!

  31. 31

    Oh boy. This cake looks dangerously good!! Chocolate and PB and cookie dough?? Heaven! I want a slice right now for snack!

  32. 32

    This is amazing. And I want peanut butter cups so bad right now. I just bought a big lot of peanut butter today ( I buy peanut butter in bulk – haha) so this cake is in my near future!

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    Nessa says:

    Hello, dream come true πŸ™‚

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    donna says:

    Looks Amazing! But in the pics you show flour as the beginning of ther peanut butter layer, but there is none listed in the recipe?

  35. 35

    This is freakin’ awesome! When I finally find time to make this cake, I have a feeling I am going to be outrageously happy.

  36. 36

    This is amazing. Freaking amazing, Jenny πŸ™‚

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    Dawn Kelm says:

    Getting ready to go to the store for the ingredients!! Making this for my husband’s 50th birthday today!!! Can’t wait to try it…oh and taste test the cookie dough and lick the frosting batter!! LOL

    Thanks Jenny!!

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    Vera says:

    I’m confused!! The captions for the filling state to start with some flour. However, I am not seeing the flour in the filling ingredient list, nor the filling directions. Am I missing it?

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    Debbie says:

    Hi Jenny! Love your recipes – I have a question, though. My peanut butter layer turned out more like cake batter than cookie dough. Suggestions? Ideas? Thanks for your help – I am taking it to a party tomorrow!

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    Emilee says:

    Hi Jenny,
    I apologize if I’m missing this…for the frosting, are you using the milk chocolate chips or semi-sweet? It wasn’t specific…
    Thank you:)

  43. 43

    Oh my goodness, I am in looove with this cake!

  44. 44

    What an amazing recipe! I have to make a gluten free version. I’m sure this will be a huge hit! Happy to your mom!

  45. 45

    Wow- this is a dream come true! I have to make this! You just put together all of my favorite things in one place! AMAZING!

  46. 46

    Oh hello waterfall of drool that spontaneously erupted

  47. 47
    Marian says:

    Eep! I need a piece of this cake!

  48. 48
    Emilee says:

    Hi! I REALLY want to make this cake and get it right…..can anyone tell me if the chips in the frosting are the same as the cake (milk choc) OR semi sweet?
    Thank you:))

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    Leigh says:

    I made this cake today for my mom’s birthday. It looked so good I couldn’t even wait for her before digging in! It was so good! Luckily she didn’t mind me checking to make sure it was good before giving it to her :-).

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    Norma says:

    Oh my! This looks…..words can’t describe. I love love love chocolate cake. Oh My!

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    Melissa says:

    I made this cake for my son’s birthday over the weekend and it was AMAZING! Everyone just loved it!

    I did have some of the same issues as other people with the printed version listing incorrect instructions πŸ™‚ Also, I found in my oven I needed to cook the cake for almost 40 minutes instead of just 30. Over all, great cake and I will be making it again FOR SURE! Thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    Michelle says:

    I made this for my hubbys birthday this week and it was AMAZING!!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe! πŸ™‚

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    Amanda M says:

    I am making this cake right now and the batter is delicious. It’s in the oven. For the frosting is that semi sweet Choco chips or milk chocolate again?

  54. 54

    I need this chocolate and peanut butter cake in my life. I would never have thought to use cookie dough as a cake layer. Mmmmmmmmmm.

  55. 55
    Jackie says:


    What kind of chocolate chips did you use for the frosting recipe.

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    Ana says:

    OMG!!! This is death by peanut butter and chocolate!! I bake on a regular basis and have tried a great many cakes – this beats them all!! I melted PB cups into the frosting and chopped up PB cups into the middle layer for extra yumminesss. Wow wow wow!!! Thank you for sharing!!!! Xoxoxoxoxo

  57. 57

    Awesome just pin and add on my Pinterest -chocolate

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    Samantha says:

    I made this for my sister’s birthday recently. It’s only the 2nd homemade cake I’ve ever made. This cake changed my life. I LOVE chocolate, and I’ve never had a chocolate cake this good. I doubt I will ever find a cake as satisfying (or addicting) as this. Next time I’m going to make it without the peanut butter cookie dough and I’m sure it will be equally amazing.

    My birthday is next week and I just know any cake I have will be disappointing after having this cake!

    • 60.1
      Samantha says:

      I wanted to add, I made this recipe with a whisk, because I don’t have a mixer. Don’t let not having a mixer deter you from making this cake.

    • 60.2
      Jenny says:

      So glad you enjoyed the cake Samantha! Thanks for the feedback πŸ™‚

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    seeba says:

    Hi Jenny I just wondered how much was 1 stick of butter in measurements?

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    Danielle says:

    Hi! Im going to make this for my daughters 2nd bday/thanksgiving! Question: in the frosting it says 2 sticks of butter… im in Canada and was wondering if a stick is 1 pound ( about 2 cups), i wouldnt doubt that there is that much butter in there but wanted to make sure!! Thanks alot!!!!!!!

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    leanne says:

    this looks amazing!i will be making it for a friend’s birthday this week- quick question, i need to make it ahead of time, can i just leave it in the fridge? i’ll probably be making it the night before or the morning of. thanks!!

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