Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles

Oh, how I love a truffle. And cookie dough. And together…wham! Wait, is that Emeril’s line? Or is that “bam!” I always get confused.

Wham, bam, thank you…egg-free peanut butter cookie dough. Filled with peanut butter and butterscotch chips. Covered in chocolate with peanut butter drizzle. Because boy, do you make life that much better.

To be honest, I need a little more chocolate therapy than usual this week. My body is sore thanks to a tubing incident, and I need to dull the pain, doctor.

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles

This past Friday, Kenny and I decided to go on a summer adventure together. Sometimes when our kids are at camp, we have daytime dates. In the D.C. area, there’s so much to do. This time, we decided to drive out to a creek near Antietam (yep, the Civil War battle site) and go tubing. As a Civil War nerd and a lover of the water, I thought it would be the perfect day trip.

A local magazine had described this particular journey as relaxing. The article painted the picture of a lazy day on the creek, with an extra tube for your cooler. According to everything I read, you could float on down slowly, beaching the tube when you felt like it and eventually winding up at your destination. That’s what I thought we were in for.

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles

When we got to the rental place, Kenny and I were given our tubes. The only thing we were told to do was avoid the trees. Sounds easy, right? Maybe, if you have a paddle and some control over your mode of transport. For the first time, the expression “up a creek without a paddle” made complete sense to me. Especially when I wound up tubing (and screaming) my way through a downed tree, emerging several scratches later with my hat gone.

But the real kicker was when Kenny’s tube flipped over in the rapids. We had been told there were light rapids, and I guess everyone’s definition of “light” differs. In any case, these rapids were strong enough to dump Kenny, his shoes, and his phone right into the water. His tube started to float away and I, still on my tube, began to face the reality that unless I did something, I’d be one husband down for the rest of the day. Without shoes, Kenny had no way to walk on the rocks at the bottom of the creek without being in a lot of pain and without moving very slowly.

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles

So I bailed out of my tube, dragged it over to his rapidly disappearing tube, and used a makeshift oar (a giant stick I named “Oarie”) to struggle my way back toward Kenny. The most fun part was lifting both tubes and Oarie over my head while going the wrong way against the rapids to get to him. I’m guessing that’s why my entire left side flew into spasm, and why now, two days later, I’m in a ton of pain. But no fear. I’ve got my massage therapist on speed dial and a plate full of these butterscotch peanut butter cookie dough truffles.

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles

These come together in a snap, and the best thing about the recipe is that it only makes about eight truffles. That means you don’t have to worry about going too crazy with eating a lot. If you’d like, double it, or triple it. But if you do that, use a mixer. In a small batch, a small bowl is needed, no mixer. Your decision!

The combo of butterscotch chips with the peanut butter chips and PB cookie dough is what you find if you look under the word “addictive” in the dictionary. You can leave these plain, or do what I did and dip them in melting chocolate. For flair, I melted some peanut butter chips and piped lines across the top.

Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles

Guys, I’m happy to be alive, even if I’m in pain. I’m also thrilled to brag to Kenny now that I saved him, even though he would’ve maybe made it down the river 10 hours later. So all’s well that ends well, especially if there are truffles!


Butterscotch Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles


2 tablespoons butter, softened to room temperature
4 tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup flour
2 tablespoons peanut butter chips
2 tablespoons butterscotch chips
1/2 package chocolate melting candy (I used Candquik)
1/2 cup peanut butter chips (optional, for decorating)


  1. Cream the butter with the peanut butter until smooth. Add the two sugars and mix until well combined. Stir in the vanilla. Finally, add the salt and flour, mixing until a smooth cookie dough forms.
  2. Fold in the butterscotch chips and peanut butter chips.
  3. Roll the dough into balls about one-inch in diameter. Place on a plate.
  4. Refrigerate the dough balls for about an hour. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  5. Melt the chocolate according to package directions. When the dough is fully chilled, dip each ball quickly into the melted chocolate, lifting each truffle out of the chocolate with a fork. Let the excess chocolate drip through the tines. Use a toothpick to slide each truffle carefully onto the prepared cookie sheet. Allow each truffle to harden.
  6. If desired, melt the peanut butter chips in a bowl for about 40 seconds and stir until smooth. If not melted, heat for an additional 20 seconds.
  7. You can use a spoon to drizzle the melted chips onto the truffles, or you can use a small round piping tip to make the lines, as shown.
  8. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.


I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 39 Comments

  1. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    Candy is the best therapy! Isn’t it? I love that you and your husband continue to date each other. It’s so important to make time for each other…even if it involves some rapids! Feel better soon. πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      We are very determined about the whole dating when married with kids thing. It’s the best way to make sure we don’t grow apart!

  2. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    Truffles and cookie dough were meant to be together in this delicious combo! These look amazing, Mir! I love the butterscotch and peanut butter combo. Sounds like the perfect treat to grab ‘n go!
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    1. Mir

      Oh, I’m grabbing it today, Gayle, trust me! πŸ™‚

  3. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, oh my gawd! I’ve gone tubing once and had a similar experience when I lived in Austin. . it was traumatic to say the least. . I also pictured like a relaxing lazy river that we could float down .. again. . stressing the relaxing part, which is what got me into that lake in the first place. I think they seriously need to have a quick “how-to” hands on lesson for people before they get in the water. . b/c that shit is scary!!!! Damn, pass me some truffles!!!! I remember everything all too well. . hope you are ok and the scratches aren’t too bad. Kenny’s phone! is it a goner? (love the truffles by the way; I seriously need 3 today).
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    1. Mir

      Alice, I am SO glad I’m not the only one this has happened to. When you think “tubing,” you don’t think “extreme water sports.” Kenny’s phone is definitely a goner, as are his shoes. But we can replace those! I just couldn’t replace him. πŸ™‚ Wish I could share these with you!

  4. Mira

    Oh, I hope you guys are doing ok after all! The story reminds me of a similar experience we’ve had πŸ™‚ I’m not planning on going tubbing any time soon! Love these truffles, great combination and they look gorgeous!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Mira! I’m glad we had the experience. Now I’m smart enough never to do it again! πŸ™‚

  5. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Ouch! That sounds painful. But, it makes for a good story though πŸ˜‰
    These truffles sound like the perfect medicine. We usually only make truffles at Christmas, as I can’t be trusted to just eat one.
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    1. Mir

      I’m more of a truffles year-round kind of girl, Dannii! πŸ™‚ And it’s worth the pain for a good story, for sure!

  6. Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes)

    Wow girlfriend these look absolutely sensational!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, chica! I just ate another one!

  7. Manali @ CookWithManali

    That does sound scary Mir! I’m glad you guys are okay, I am never going tubing :/ Thank god you have these truffles to feel better! they look delicious xoxo
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Manali! I’m not doing it again, unless it’s on a nice calm lake. πŸ™‚

  8. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Saw these on instagram and died! They look amazing! Love the butterscotch/peanut butter/cookie dough combo πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Medha! I just finished them up. Lunch!

  9. Sam @ SugarSpunRun

    Yikes! Sounds like quite an adventure… sorry to hear that you’re still in pain from it!
    Glad you have these truffles to help you recover, they seriously are beautiful!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks so much, Sam! I’ve been working on my dipping skills. πŸ™‚

  10. Ami@NaiveCookCooks

    Mir hope you guys are doing better now!! That’s so scary! And Yes having massage therapist on speed dial and a plate of this really helps!! TAKE CARE!!
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    1. Mir

      I’m seeing my massage therapist in a few hours, Ami. Can. Not. Wait. Thanks!

  11. Danielle

    Yikes! Hope you guys are okay, that sounds kind of scary! But these truffles look like a good way to make you feel better, seriously love these!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Danielle! It was an adventure. It’s good to have those, I guess!

  12. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    I’ve never been tubing and I don’t expect to go soon. I’d hit the one tree, seriously. These truffles? SO GOOD!
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    1. Mir

      But you went surfing, and that’s crazy harder. I hear ya on hitting the trees, though. I hit every dang one.

  13. Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness

    Wow! Sounds like you had the most terrifying experience tubing! The only “tubing” I ever do is having a group of 3 of us on a 3 person tube and being pulled through the lake by a speed boat. That is a lot of fun, and we never have to deal with trees or falling out (most of the time :p)
    These cookie dough truffles look amazing!! I need to try this butterscotch peanut butter combo!
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    1. Mir

      I like your way of tubing! Now that I’d try in a second. Thanks, Cathleen!

  14. Aimee @ ShugarySweets

    Yikes! I’m such a wimp when it comes to “rapids.” I love these truffles though. And it makes 8? Well, that’s exactly how many I will eat πŸ™‚
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    1. Mir

      Making more than 8 is the danger zone, Aimee! But yep, at least that many.

  15. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Holy cow! I am so glad you both are okay. I had a chuckle a little, not at you (of course!) but because I couldn’t stop myself from thinking, ”That is SO something that would happen to me! leisurely tube ride –> more like professional river rapid racing. IN a stinkin’ tube!” Jokes aside, I hope your side gets better soon!! And look at you, you saved your husband! If I were you I would brag about that until the end of time πŸ™‚ NeWays, These truffles are crazy delicious! Talk about peanut butter heaven!! I can only imagine how insanely yummy these are- cookie dough, peanut butter and butterscotch covered in chocolate and MORE peanut butter? Dang! Gimme Gimme!!! Pinned! Cheers, girlie and feel better soon! (or just keep devouring these until you forget how bad your side hurts!) <3
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    1. Mir

      You can totally laugh at me, Cheyanne. I am the first person to have absolutely no shame. Stupid tube. πŸ™‚ And I will be holding that over his head until forever, so it’s a happy ending! Thanks so much, chica!

  16. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    Oh my! What an adventure! I love that you can now say that you rescued Kenny. What happened to his shoes and phone? And Oarie? Did we all make it out of the rapids? Sorry you got hurt, but boy these truffles should make things start to feel better!
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    1. Mir

      The shoes, phone, and Oarie were all sacrificed to the creek. I think I’m saddest about Oarie. We bonded. πŸ™‚ Thanks, Rachelle!

  17. Mary Frances

    Welp. I can take that off my bucket list now lol. Yeesh you both are such troopers! An event like that practically requires peanut butter truffles. Love how fudgy and rich these are, a baker’s dozen sounds just ’bout perfect right now!
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    1. Mir

      It’s not really worth it, Mary Frances. Go kayaking instead! Lots of fun, plus you have a paddle!

  18. sabine

    These truffles with a strong cup of espresso – to die for! Wonderful recipe, & greetings from PAris. Sabine.

    1. Mir

      Merci beaucoup, Sabine! Espresso would be parfait!

  19. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    Yikes! Sounds like quite the tubing ordeal!!! That just one of the reasons I try to avoid those kind of things. Now these truffles I would totally stay close too!!!!
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    1. Mir

      Tubing turned out to be an ordeal, all right! But you did a mud run, and I think that would be harder!

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