I've got a secret.....well these cookies do. Cleverly disguised as a run of the mill chocolate cookies, they hide a deep, dark secret. Actually it's a sweet, orange-colored secret: a peanut butter filling!
Despite the fact that I claim to almost never repeat a recipe, I've made these cookies twice in the past month. The first was for my friend Sharon, who has asked me for months to make something chocolate and peanut buttery. And I don't know what took me this long. Then I made a batch to take across the world with me to my Aunt Ann, who prefers to go by the moniker "Doda Matbea," since she thinks Aunt Ann makes her sound like "an ancient spinster." Which she is not.
I digress. These cookies make a great impression I think, and though they look like they took hours they're really not too time consuming.
They start with the peanut butter filling, which I roll into balls and flash freeze. The freezing doesn't make any difference in the cookie, it just makes the cookies 1000 time easier to form.
Because after you create the filling you take each ball and form the chocolate dough around it. Then you give them a good smashing with the bottom of a glass (OK, be gentle) and bake them up. Delicious! And let everyone enjoy the hidden surprise inside. Although perhaps warn anyone with allergies. Baking and Mistaking: not killing anyone since 2009. With the exception of death shards.
Tip of the Day: If you bake two trays of cookies in the oven at one time, they may not bake exactly the same, so when you check in, make sure to check the top and bottom racks for done-ness. Generally the top rack bakes quicker since heat rises.
Recipe: (from Allrecipes)
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
For the centers, mix the peanut butter and sugar together (you may need to use your hands). Form into approximately 30 balls and flash freeze on a baking sheet.
While they're chilling, make the cookie dough:
Beat the butter, sugars and peanut butter together until mixed.
Add in the vanilla and egg and beat to combine.
Gradually add in the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda until blended.
Remove the peanut butter centers from the freezer, and shape the cookie dough around the ball until completely covered.
Flatten the cookies with a sugar-dipped glass.
Bake on 375 F for 7 to 9 minutes, until tops of cookies just begin to crack.