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HIMYM som'bitch (peanut butter chocolate chip) cookies on

Alex and I are huge fans of the sitcom How I Met Your Mother. We’ve been regular viewers since we binge watched it while recovering from the flu over four years ago. We’ve seen every episode at least twice. So it should come as no surprise that this past Monday we tuned in eagerly to watch the season premier in which we would finally, officially meet the mother.

Unwrap each one

I like the mother already. You see, she meets the character Lily and instantly offers her cookies. I, too, like to use baked goods to make friends as I find it makes for an easy ice breaker. Plus who doesn’t like someone who hands them a cookie? In the show, Lily takes one bite of a cookie and proclaims “som’bitch!” as her mouth is too full for her trademark, “son of a bitch!” The cookies are explained to be chocolate chip, peanut butter, caramel cookies. So I thought….I can make those! So…

I tweaked my peanut butter cookie recipe a little to make them more malleable. In the show, the batter is generically cookie colored so it seemed to make the most sense to use a peanut butter base. I added some chocolate chips and decided to use a hidden caramel in the inside of each cookie.

Hidden caramels

They’re amazing when they’re warm and the caramel is runny but they’re just as good cooled when the caramel has had the chance to set and give off a little more flavor. Make a batch and share them. Maybe you’ll make a new friend, too.

himym som’bitches (chocolate chip peanut butter caramel cookies)
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makes 28 cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
28 chewy caramels, unwrapped

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a stand mixer, beat the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until creamed. Scrape the edges of the bowl, add the eggs to the mixer and beat until well mixed. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Sift together or stir using a whisk to get rid of any lumps. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the mixer, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl, and mix until it forms a soft dough. Add the chocolate chips and mix on the lowest setting until they’re scattered throughout. Roll a rounded teaspoon of dough into a ball and then flatten with your hands. Place the dough round onto a lined cookie sheet and place a caramel in the center of it. Place another rounded tablespoon of flattened dough on top of the caramel and press down on the edges of the cookie to close the seam so the caramel doesn’t leak out when baking. Set the cookies 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.


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39 Responses to challenge accepted!

  1. Ani says:

    hahaha LOVE THIS! I am obsessed with HIMYM – good for you making these cookies.

  2. Genius! Love the HIMYM inspiration, and the delicious idea of stuffing it with a caramel. Can’t wait to try these!

  3. Jordan says:

    You…are LEGEN (wait for it) DARY. I’m totally making these (without the chocolate because I’m allergic) but thank you so much for recipe!

    • Jessica says:

      No problem! You could try using peanut butter chips instead or carob chips (though I have to be honest, I don’t love carob) for a little something extra. I’m sure they’re great just peanut butter and caramel, though! Let us know how you like them!

  4. Amanda says:

    Just made these…holy yum! I attempted to make them a bit healthier because I know I won’t stop at one 🙂 I subbed half the butter for yogurt, used whole wheat flour and used half the sugar (only the brown sugar). They turned out amazing! Thanks for the recipe. Also…I love HIMYM and was drooling when they were eating those in the premier!

  5. Shelley says:

    Love this!! A. because of HIMYM and B. because they contain 3 of my favorite things, pb, caramel and chocolate. There is no way they can’t be good!

  6. Krystina says:

    Making these right now because they sound incredible and I have people coming over, but I noticed that you the directions you don’t say when to add the chocolate chips so you may want to edit that in 🙂 Thanks for the recipe! Very excited!!! 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Good eye! We’ll fix that! Thank you 🙂 Stir the chips in at the very end, right before scooping the cookies.

  7. Caitlin says:

    Buying ingredients tomorrow for these! So excited!!

  8. Dayla Rainwater says:

    About to make as my “trial run” before all the Christmas cookie swap parties!!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I made these for New Years and everyone loved them! Will definitely make again! Thanks so much for the recipe.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    This is the third time I made these cookies and everyone loves them. They all say they are the best (and I agree!). I discovered something about different caramels. The first time I used kraft brand (it was cheaper and more in package) but they didn’t melt. So there was a glob of caramel in the middle. It wasn’t bad, everyone liked having a little treasure in the middle of the cookie. The last time I used werthers (since that’s what it looks like you used) and that melted and left more caramel throughout the cookie. I liked that better. But my boyfriend says both were really good.

    • jane says:

      We are so glad you enjoy the cookies, Elizabeth! Thanks for the note about the different caramels– glad these recipes have been tested for quality assurance. 🙂

  11. mackenzie says:

    Where does the brown sugar come in?

  12. Ashley says:

    Do you need to chill the dough at all?
    Have you had any issues with caramel leaking out?

    • Jessica says:

      You don’t need to chill the dough, it should be firm enough. I didn’t have too much trouble with the caramel leaking out, you just have to make sure to pinch along the edges to enclose it in the dough. If it does leak out a little it’ll just become crunchy, which is delicious, too!

  13. Veronica says:

    Cookies from how I met your mother .

  14. So excited to try these!! Love the show, I just finished binge watching the show on Netflix! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Emily says:

    Can a hand mixer be used instead of a stand mixer?

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  17. Kelly says:

    Wow! Thanks so much for this recipe. They are delicious. I added chopped pecans & cut the caramel chewys in half. I also used a hand mixer. They came out perfect! Thanks again 😊

  18. tokima1975 says:

    Making these for thanksgiving, I’ve been wanting to try them for so long

  19. Ashleigh says:

    Yay so excited about these. Made them for my brother who is a huge HIMYM fan. I used more Brown sugar and less white sugar, and I used caramel bits mixed throughout the cookies instead of stuffing them. This worked great but did cause them to have sticky spots on the bottom. Thanks for the recipe!

  20. i don’t watch the show (or much tv at all) but i do love a sweary recipe! i’ll make them just for the name!

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