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Peanut Butter-Chocolate Babkas

Peanut Butter Chocolate Babkas
These dreamy baby babkas are filled with creamy peanut butter and melted pieces of chocolate, so you can twist and bake them up for breakfast or dessert. The best part? Shaping them is a breeze. You may never go back to the traditional braided loaf again.
Yield 12 rolls



  • 4 1/2 cups (563g) all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Quick Rise Yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (4.5g) kosher salt (see note)
  • 1 cup (240g) plus 1 tablespoon (15g) water, divided
  • 1/2 cup (113g) plus 1 tablespoon (14g) unsalted butter, melted and divided
  • 2 large eggs (100g, room temperature and divided)
  • 1 large egg yolk (19g, room temperature)
  • 1 cup (256g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup (30g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (57g) chopped 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, stir together 4 cups (500g) flour, granulated sugar, yeast, and salt by hand.
  • ½In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup (240g) water and ½ cup (113g) melted butter over medium heat until an instant-read thermometer registers 120°F (49°C) to 130°F (54°F). Add water mixture to flour mixture, and beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Add 1 egg (50g) and egg yolk, and beat for 2 minutes. Beat in enough of remaining ½ cup (63g) flour until a soft dough forms. (Dough will be sticky.)
  • Switch to the dough hook attachment. Beat at low speed until dough is smooth and elastic, 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Lightly oil a large bowl. Shape dough into a smooth ball, and place in bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
  • Butter a 12-cup muffin pan.
  • In a small bowl, stir together peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and remaining 1 tablespoon (14g) melted butter.
  • Lightly punch down dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 20×12-inch rectangle. Spread peanut butter mixture onto dough. Sprinkle with chocolate. Fold rectangle crosswise into thirds, forming a smaller rectangle, about 12×6½ inches.
  • Cut rectangle crosswise into 12 (about 1 inch) strips. Gently stretch and twist each strip; coil one strip into each prepared muffin cup, tucking end inside edge of cup to create a rounded top. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free place (75°F/24°C) until puffed, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 325°F (170°C).
  • In a small bowl, whisk together remaining 1 egg (50g) and remaining 1 tablespoon (15g) water. Brush tops of dough with egg wash.
  • Bake until golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted in center registers 190°F (88°C), 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm.


Salt weight and volume vary by brand. Diamond Crystal kosher salt was used in this recipe (1 tablespoon is 9 grams). If you a have different brand or type of salt, use the weight listed in the recipe, not the volume measurement. If you do not have a scale, check your brand’s website for what the equivalent volume measurement is for the weight listed in this recipe.
Recipe by Bake From Scratch.

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Review & Comments

Linda | Reply

5 stars
These are wonderful! My daughter and I just made them, and they were easy to make, and turned out perfect. The dough took much longer to rise than the stated time in the recipe – probably because it’s winter and my house is a bit cool. I will factor in extra time in the future, but we will definitely make them again!

Liz | Reply

Can you make cinnamon babka with this recipe ?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Liz – Yes, you can switch out the filling. We have other babka recipes too that you might like to try:
Happy baking!

Tina | Reply

Would this recipe work eliminating the chocolate and peanut butter and substituting cinnamon and sugar?

Red Star Yeast | Reply

Hi Tina – Yes, you can switch out the filling. We have other babka recipes that you might also like to try:
Happy baking!

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