The dough is chocolate with a hint of peanut butter, and originally you were supposed to form the dough around a small ball of peanut butter/powdered sugar. Well, I didn't feel like being quite that putzy with it, so I rolled the chocolate dough in sugar, baked the cookies, and when they came out of the oven I pressed my thumb into the center and filled it with the peanut butter filling. The result was delicious, and I have a feeling this will be a popular cookie with my hubby and sibs, who all seem to love chocolate/peanut butter, too!
You can always use a peanut butter kiss to press into the center, too, or any other small piece of chocolate you think would be yummy.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies (original recipe can be found here)
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. sugar, plus extra for rolling
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 c. peanut butter, divided
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. powdered sugar
2-3 Tbls. milk
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Cream together butter, both sugars, and 1/2 c. peanut butter.
3. Add vanilla, egg, baking soda, and salt, and beat again.
4. Slowly stir in cocoa powder and flour.
5. Form dough into 1 inch balls and roll in regular sugar. Flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass and bake 7-9 minutes.
6. Immediately after removing them from the oven, make an indentation in the center of the cookie with your thumb (careful, they're hot!) or the handle of a wooden spoon. Allow to cool.
7. Beat together powdered sugar, remaining 1/2 c. peanut butter, and milk until smooth. This will be thick. Pipe or spoon a blob into the center of each cookie and press slightly with your finger to make it smooth.
Hugs and cookies,