Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
Recipe adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

If you want to make grown adults smile and squeal with glee, make a batch of these cookies for them. They are the perfect cookie; a little crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. And, um, hello, chocolate and peanut butter! My changes to this cookie recipe were the addition a little salt and cinnamon. A little touch of cinnamon took these cookies from fabulous to outstanding. Enjoy!
Makes: 32 cookies

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons course sugar

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda; set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl beat together butter, the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and the 1/4 cup peanut butter with an electric mixer until combined. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. Beat in as much of the dry ingredients as you can with mixer. Stir in remaining dry ingredients by hand with a wooden spoon. Form chocolate dough into 32 balls about 1-1/4 inches in diameter. Set aside.

3. For peanut butter filling, in a medium mixing bowl combine powdered sugar and the remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter until smooth. Shape mixture into 32 (3/4-inch) balls.

4. On a work surface, slightly flatten a chocolate dough ball and top with a peanut butter ball. Shape the chocolate dough over the peanut butter filling, completely covering the filling. Roll dough into a ball. Repeat with the remaining chocolate dough and peanut butter filling balls.

5. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Lightly flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in the 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.

6. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 8 minutes or until they're just set and surface is slightly cracked. Let cookies stand for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool.

To Store: Place in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

39 comments:

KennyT said...

May I have some?

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

OMG, those are "dirty" (understand "scrumptious") cookies! I soooo love peanut butter!

Cheers,

Rosa

Priya said...

Omg, woowowww!!!am speechless..gorgeous cookies!

Donna-FFW said...

What a perfect cookie. I love them. Nothing beats the chocolate peanut butter combo!

JodieMo said...

Oh, hell - o! These can come over to my kitchen anytime! :)

Adam said...

Nice job on showing that grown ups can have all their fun too :) I love how the inside filling looks, it's gutsy with a touch of decadence.

Liesl said...

hello food porn!! ;o) it's the peanut butter, it always does it for me!! hehe YUM!

finsmom said...

Chocolate and peanut butter is my all time favourite combo, so I am sure I would LOVE these!

Maria said...

I love that you added in cinnamon! They look divine!

D. Horry said...

These look fantastic. A guy would be very lucky to have a girl make him these.

Amanda @ Mrs.W's Kitchen said...

Oh. My. Gawd. It looks fantastic, and so simple. Gotta love a recipe like that!

pinkstripes said...

Those look great! I love the peanut butter surprise in the middle.

Natashya said...

I love the surprise center. And the fact that you make grown-ups squeal. :)

Debbie said...

Do those EVER look good to me!!! Cinnamon always adds a little extra something to chocolate.

Wolf said...

Ok, I want to make cookies now.

Juliana said...

Wow, this cookies are very very tempting...yummie!

veggievixen said...

yummm! i have yet to try a vegan version of these but they look SO good. i wonder what else you could fill it with??

pigpigscorner said...

OMG I am bookmarking this!!

Robin Sue said...

I have been craving chocolate and peanut butter lately, will have to indulge with making some of these! They are so pretty.

girlichef said...

You're so right...I'm smiling! These are awesome...I want to reach out and grab the whole stack!

Anonymous said...

i'm making these as we speak. simple, beautiful, and tasty! can't wait till my boyfriend tries them; he'll just love 'em!

Katy said...

These just look amazing. I have to try these.

Talita said...

Terrific! This looks so decadent! I'm a cookie lover!

camille said...

I love these - but when I make them I never bother flattening them out, so they're little mounds. Haven't made them in donkey's years though - I should again!

Kerstin said...

Oh yum, I love anything with PB and chocolate and these cookies are so cute with the surprise centers!

Krissy said...

I love PB Blossoms but these look outstanding. I can't wait to make them.

EAT! said...

Love these!!

DG at Diary of a Mad Bathroom said...

I made these today. They are a little labor intensive, but so worth it in the end. What a great recipe. Thank you for sharing it!

LeannDenise said...

Wow these look scrumptious. I must try them!!

Megan said...

I made these with my boyfriend last weekend, and they are simply wonderful! even better in the fridge. Thanks!

Texas said...

Dude... you are amazing. ive never seen your site before, but im coming back here for all recipies from now on. seriously. you should really try out for food network-person-something. I would hire you. anyways, keep on with the amazingness and im gonna go make these.
you rock

Destination Dominica said...

Fantastic!
So glad I found your blog - it's great and really inspired me to try out some new stuff.

Pilar S. said...

uhmmm you did not even use the cinnamon or the butter? anyway yeah they were delicious! so i just added those two ingredients into the mixture..

Dragon said...

Pilar, I did include the butter in the recipe. It was creamed with the sugars. I did however forget to include the cinnamon in the first step. Thank you for pointing it out and I'm glad you enjoyed them.

Anonymous said...

Oh my God these look fantastic. I'm gonna make them right now!!!!

DDluvcocoa13 said...

These cookies were AMAZING!! A HUGE hit in my house. They took a while, but they were more than worth it. I suggest doubling the recipe though, because I doubled and came out with around 40 cookies (though I admit to many samplings of the dough). I also suggest a little more peanut butter filling, since I had the perfect amount for my cookies after making four of them peanut butter-less for my picky little brother. I'm making these again as soon as they run out!

Anonymous said...

Made these cookies for a BBQ last night and were an amazing favourite! Even the extra peanut butter filling mixture was devoured quickly!
Definitely a recipe to keep =)

Anonymous said...

These cookies were fantastic!! Me and my roommate made them tonight and found them amazing... had to make some extra peanut butter filling for all the cookies though!

Caroline said...

If you chill the peanut butter mixture in the freezer for 10 or more minutes, then make the small balls, it is much less messy to make those balls. Then Chill the balls for about 10 minutes and then add the cookie dough around them. Much easier. Let them sit long enough for the peanut butter center to thaw before baking so the 8 minutes still works.

 
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