She wanted Chocolate Chip, but there were no chocolate chips in the house. A sleeping baby meant we couldn't go to the store.
So after a quick look through my recipe box and the pantry, we decided on Magic Middle Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies. I found the recipe a few years ago, but never got around to it.
Boy am I glad we were out of chocolate chips. These are unbelievably good. I had to share.
You will need...
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 3/4 cup confectioners sugar
- 3/4 cup peanut butter
In a bowl, mix flour, cocoa and baking soda, until well blended.
In a larger bowl, beat sugar, butter and 1/4 cup peanut butter until fluffy. Add vanilla and egg, beat. Stir in the flour mixture until blended. Set aside.
To Make the Filling: Combine confectioner's sugar and 3/4 cup peanut butter, and mix well.
Roll the filling into 25-30 - 1 inch balls*. I used a small cookie scoop to keep things uniform.
For each cookie, flour your hands and shape about 1 Tablespoon** of dough around 1 peanut butter ball, covering completely. I used a cookie scoop for the cookie also.
Once the cookies are "stuffed", roll them in the palm of your hand to make a smooth ball. Then roll them in sugar. Like you would a snicker doodle.
Use the bottom of a glass to flatten the cookies, slightly.
Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes. When the cookies are done they should be set and slightly cracked.
A few helpful hints...
*We found that putting the peanut butter filling "balls" in the freezer while you prepare the cookies helps. Just a few minutes makes them easier to work with.
** I ended up using a little more than 1 Tablespoons of dough for each cookie.
***If your children are working with you, it might take a little longer to get things put together. If the dough starts to dry out, add 1-2 tablespoons of milk.
These cookies are fantastic. They take a little more time than chocolate chip, but it is worth all the effort. Try them, you can thank me later.
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