Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies

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Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies One of the first food blogs I ever read was Culinary in the Desert (now called Culinary in the Country) who regularly shares amazing recipes and photos. This recipe is no exception. Fans of chocolate and peanut butter, pay attention!

Imagine: A soft, rich, chocolate cookie filled with a peanut butter filling similar to that of a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Plus, tiny specks of sugar on top. Chocolate and peanut butter–the perfect combination. Go make these now.

Photos of the process here.

p.s. Giveaway coming soon: The super nice folks at Trudeau sent me a huge box of amazing baking supplies. (My favorite are the silicone pinch prep bowls.) Stay tuned for your chance to win!

Dough Ingredients
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1/2 cup or 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 large egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Filling Ingredients
3/4 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
pinch salt
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Dough Preparation
Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugars and peanut butter until smooth and creamy. Mix in egg, milk and vanilla, beating until well combined. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Form the dough into 32 balls.

Filling Preparation
In a medium bowl, mix together confectioners’ sugar, peanut butter and salt until smooth. Form into 32 balls.

Working on a silpat or piece of parchment, gently flatten each chocolate ball. Top each round with a peanut butter ball, then carefully fold chocolate dough over the peanut butter ball and seal the edges. Roll dough into a ball.

Place balls on a parchment or silpat-lined baking sheet. Lightly flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in the remaining 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.

Place pans into the oven and bake until the surface of the cookies begins to slightly crack, about 8 minutes. Remove and allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on the baking sheet. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

Makes 32 cookies.

Recipe from Culinary in the Country.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Cookies

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Candy Cookies Last week I asked on Facebook what everyone’s favorite cookies were. My friend Jami suggested a few different recipes, including this chocolate/peanut butter cookie that has not only chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and Reese’s Pieces, but peanut butter cups as well. Hello peanut butter! I couldn’t wait to make these.

Since I’ve been working from home lately, I’ve lost my coworker guinea pigs and am now always looking for opportunities to try new recipes. Fortunately for me, every few weeks, my friends and I have been meeting up at a local bar for a night of pub trivia. Yes, it’s what it sounds like–trivia at a bar. It’s fun, I swear!

Anyway, the last couple of trivia nights I baked cookies and shared them with my team (aptly named, “Don’t toss the cookies”). We’ve even been sharing with the waitress who declared these cookies her favorite thus far (she even liked them more than the brown sugar cookies!). I thought they were good, but not my favorite. The chocolate is pretty subtle, but if you’re a peanut butter fan, these are definitely the cookies for you!

Photos of the process here.

1 c. unsalted butter, softened
3/4 c. peanut butter
3/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
1 c. peanut butter chips
1 package mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, frozen and cut into halves (I used Trader Joe’s mini peanut butter cups)
1 c. Reese’s Pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, peanut butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, and baking soda; stir into the peanut butter mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and Reese’s Pieces.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Push one peanut butter cup half (I used two mini Trader Joe’s peanut butter cups) into the center of each ball of dough. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool for 1 or 2 minutes on sheet before removing, or they will fall apart.

Yields 3-4 dozen cookies.

Recipe adapted from Cookie Madness via Night Baking.