Peanut Butter center Chocolate Cookies
There is something about these surprising little cookies that is seriously moorish! I can’t recall how many times I have innocently wandered into my kitchen and come out having devoured at least 3 cookies ‘by mistake’. It’s that ever so tantalising sweet and salty mix that gets me every time. And what has stemmed from this cookie munching habit of mine? Crunching them up and sprinkling them over ice cream. But I’m sure I’m not the only one with this secret love affair, which makes me feel a bit less guilty! The blog that I found this recipe on began their post by stating that they ‘would seriously eat these cookies out of the trash.’ Which in my mind is a perfect way of describing these little mounds of happiness. Even though making these cookies is a little tedious I must admit, the quick baking time makes up for it and that first taste of warm crumbly, soft cookie presents pure giddiness. My sister has even taken to putting them in the microwave for a couple of seconds so they’re warm and rich. I have slightly adapted the recipe as I love a bit of crunch in my peanut butter, but if you don’t then simply keep with smooth peanut butter instead. As some of you may be, I was completely bewildered at how this peanut goodness got into the center of those cookies but after reading the recipe, it’s actually very simple! So go ahead and have a go at these salty sweet munchy morsels.
Ingredients (makes about 28) – recipe adapted from here
- 1 1/2 cups of flour
- 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter (soft)
- 1/4 cup of crunchy peanut butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
Peanut butter filling
- 2/4 cup smooth peanut butter
- 3/4 cup icing sugar
- 1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 4 tsp. water
Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper and pre-heat your over to 190 degrees C. Take a mixing bowl and beat the sugar, butter and peanut butter together until combined. Add the vanilla and eggs and beat again until fully incorporated. Sieve in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt into the mix and fold in until fully combined. Leave this mix to one side and get another smaller bowl ready for the filling. Add the peanut butter and icing sugar into the bowl. Add the water a tsp. at a time and mix until it becomes combined and softened.
Next, roll out the chocolate filling into equal 1 tbsp. balls and place onto one of the baking trays. Next, do the same with the filling but using a tsp. measurement. After this, indent each of the chocolate balls with your thumb and place a filling ball in the centre of each. Once you’ve done this, pick one of the cookies up and mould the chocolate dough around the filling ball so that it is covered. (pictured in the ingredients section.)
Once you have done this, roll it back in your palm so that it is round again and place back onto the baking tray. Repeat with the rest of the cookies. When all your cookies are filled, fill a bowl up with some granulated sugar and roll each cookie in it until fully coated. Once this is done, use a glass (or something with a flat surface) to push down each cookie until flat. Back the cookies for 8-10 minutes, checking frequently after 8 minutes, until the cookies look set but still slightly soft. Last step? EAT.