Thursday, June 17, 2010

Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

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 egg
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.


  1. I can testify that although they travel well somehow they disappear on arrival.
    Truly yummy - but Amy we miss you even more than your delicious cookies ........ and where's the picture of my messy kitchen that was to be immortalised in your blog !!
    Not a spinster and not even even sooo ancient
    Doda Matbea

  2. I halved this recipe and it turned out nicely (didn't need quite that many cookies for just me)

  3. I just made a double batch of these cookies. Three people tried them and all said the same thing. "They are heavenly" I was pleasantly surprised to see that the peanut butter is a creamy texture on the inside. The recipe made exactly 60 cookies. The only downside is that they are time consuming to make. I froze the peanut butter balls for an hour and still had a problem with them getting too soft to form the chocolate dough around them. I decided to keep the pb balls in the freezer and only take 6 out at a time to form the dough around the pbball and it worked a lot better. Also for the sugar, once I flattened them on the cookie sheet I just picked up the flattened cookie dough and pressed it into the sugar. I baked them for 7 minutes and they were perfect. Thank you for a great recipe!

  4. Love PB and chocolate, cannot wait to try these,

    thanks for sharing

  5. I added some food coloring to make the inside orange. These yummy cookies turned out great for Halloween.

  6. why don:t you half the chocolate balls make them like saucers put the peanut butter in the middle and press together. would that work.

  7. I made these with Costco brand natural peanut butter. They came out great. I did add 1/4 tsp of salt to account for unsalted peanut butter. To add more sweetness, I coated round chocolate dough balls in powdered sugar & then flattened with glass as instructed.

  8. I shared this on my page! I can't wait to make these!
    You can see the share on my page at
    -Jennifer Whitehead Independent Pampered Chef Consultant, Fl

  9. Disgusting and the filling is way to dry

    1. Hey there - Sorry these didn't work out for you. Every other commenter has had a positive experience, so perhaps you misread an ingredient or step? Let me know if I can help!

  10. Try cream cheese In the filling to make it more moist

  11. How long do these stay soft? I'm always looking for good cookie recipes to send to my son's platoon. They love getting goodies, but it takes time to mail them!

  12. These were great and the do stay soft for days. I made them with my neice and she loved making the peanut butter balls and covering them in the dough! We stepped it up a notch by adding chocolate icing and christmas sprinkles to make them more festive...the icing put them over the top AMAZING!

  13. These are fantastic! My family just loved them! I am baking a double batch right now to bring to my Culinary Club's cookie exchange tomorrow! Great recipe! Thanks.

  14. These are some of the best cookies I have ever had! Perfect. Just perfect.

  15. Pampered Chef big scoop for the outside and little scoop for the inside made twenty-plus cookies that were easy to make... and gone within the hour.

  16. These are great. I was a little nervous when they first came out of the oven because they were pretty soft, but they firmed up as they cooled. The texture of the cookie is great - soft, chewy, but holding their shape. I will definitely make these again.

  17. I made these a couple of months ago and they were so good that everyone ate them before I had a chance to safe some for myself! I'm going to make a double batch tonight and hopefully this time I'll get to have a couple... Okay, a few! LOL

  18. Really appreciate getting new cookie recipes. A group of us ladies have to make thousands of these the first part of June. Have a cookie tasting Sunday. If my new element for my stove comes tomorrow, will try these out. Let you know what everyone thinks of them. Thanks!

  19. Hi! I am excited to try these. Can you tell me if I can freeze the peanut butter balls a day or two in advance to save time and make sure they are hard enough? Thanks!

  20. Can you freeze these cookies?

  21. This is my third time making these cookies all for different people and everyone has raved about them. These are my husband's absolute favorite.

  22. This is my third time making these cookies all for different people and everyone has raved about them. These are my husband's absolute favorite.

  23. i dont know why but the cookie dough is SOOO dry and was hard to form around the pb. It cumbled.

    1. Same thing happened with mine. I checked and rechecked the recipe; I followed it to a "T". So disappointed.