Monday, February 25, 2008

Magic in the Middle

Jen made these a few weeks ago, and I was delighted to find that I had all the ingredients on hand to make up a batch today! Although there is a certian contentment that comes along with pulling piping hot cookies from the oven, today's little morsels of heaven also brought a sense of urgency: Get as many plates together and give them away ASAP, these are dangerous!

  • 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 dipping)
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 375. Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a medium-size mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together granulated and brown sugars, butter and 1/4 cup peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg, beating to combine. Stir in dry ingredients, blending well. Set dough aside.

2. Stir together remaining 3/4 cup peanut butter and powdered sugar until smooth. With floured hands, roll mixture into 26(1-inch) balls.

3 Break off about 1 tablespoon cookie dough, make an indentation in center with thumb, and press 1 peanut butter ball into indentation. Wrap dough up and over filling, pressing to seal; roll cookie to smooth it out. Repeat for each cookie.

4. Dip top of each cookie in granulated sugar and place 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Use greased bottom of drinking glass to flatten each cookie to about 1/2 inch thick.

5. Bake cookies at 375 for 7-9 minutes or until set. Let cool on wire rack.


  1. yee haw! must try those. i made the best ginger creme cookies yesterday, i'll post that recipe soon.

  2. We've been using organic sugar (evaporated cane juice) instead of refined, and I haven't found a recipe that it doesn't work well in. Also used organic (grind-your-own) peanut butter instead of processed and the result was a bit crumbly (for the filling), so I added a drizzle of canola oil to the mix and it held together nicely.

  3. those look amazing!!!! wanna bring some over?

  4. ah, yes, know you know my secret. making cookies means that EVERYONE benefits...i can't keep them in my house either...

  5. Just wanted you to know that I had to make them.....and well, all the girls in the office, think I am a genius....and want the recipee. I did exactly as you said, and put them in plates to give away. Very yummy. Thanks for sharing

    Aunt Sharon