Magic in the Middle

Reese’s has run commercials about how the pairing of peanut butter and chocolate is perfection.  I agree.  These cookies are very similar.  You think it’s just chocolate, but when you bit into it… SURPRISE: Peanut Butter!

Begin by preheating the oven to 375˚F.  Prepare 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or spray lightly with grease.

To make the dough, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.

In another bowl, beat sugars, butter, and peanut butter until light and fluffy.  I ran out of peanut butter because I made the filling first.  I made the cookies without the peanut butter, and they still tasted delicious.  

Add in vanilla and the egg, beating until combined.

Stir in dry ingredients, beating well.

To make the filling:  stir together the peanut butter and powdered sugar.  I used natural peanut butter which is much thicker than the regular peanut butter.  So, I added 2 tablespoons of water to thin it out a tad.  I seemed to have forgotten to take pictures of the filling.  You want it thick enough so it holds its shape but thin enough to stay together.

Now for the cookies.  Take a chunk of dough.  Roll into a ball.

Make a good sized intent in the center of the ball.

Take a chunk of peanut butter filling.  Roll the filling into a ball.  Place this in the center of the chocolate dough ball.

Shape the dough around the peanut butter filling.

Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Roll cookies in granulated sugar.

Place 1 1/2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.

Bake for 7-9 minutes, or until they’re set and you can smell chocolate.

Remove from oven, and cool on a rack.

You’ll never know there is a secret surprise inside each of these delicious cookies.

Eat and enjoy!

Recipe from: King Arthur Flour

Recipe: Magic in the Middles