November 25, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

My house is smelling like chocolatey baked goodness again.  Turns out I've used a couple recipes from Pennies on a Platter now, so after this post I'm pretty sure I'll be perusing more of that site.  :)

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling cookies in
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

  1. Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
  2. Using a stand or hand mixer, beat together the sugars, butter, and 1/4 cup of the peanut butter until light and smooth.  Mix in the vanilla until incorporated, then mix in the egg until combined.  Gradually stir in the flour mixture.  Set dough aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  4. For the filling, cream together the remaining 3/4 cup of peanut butter and the powdered sugar until smooth.  If you use a mixer, the filling will become crumbly but can still be pressed down to create more of a packed filling.
  5. To assemble the cookies, spoon a generous tablespoon of chocolate cookie dough and flatten into a circle with your hands.  Scoop a small amount of peanut butter filing (I use about a teaspoon) and place in the center of the chocolate dough.  Wrap the chocolate dough around the peanut butter filling, pinching the seam together.  Roll the cookie between hands to form a ball.  Roll the ball of dough in a bowl of sugar to coat, and place about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.
  6. Use the bottom of  a glass or measuring cup to slightly flatten the cookies.  Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until the cookies just begin to crack.  Do not over bake.  Let sit on cookie sheet for a couple minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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