Peanut Butter Filled Dreams
- 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup butter - softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar (sift before measuring)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar for pressing
- In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda to combine; set aside.
- Using an electric mixer or stand mixer, beat butter, the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and 1/4 cup peanut butter until combined, scraping sides of bowl occassionally.
- Beat in egg, milk and vanilla until combined.
- Spoon in as much of the dry flour mixture as you can into the liquid.
- It will get thick.
- Stir in remaining flour mixture with a wooden spoon.
- Shape dough into 1 1/4 inch balls.
- You should have a total of 32.
- Set aside.
- For peanut butter filling, in a medium bowl stir together powdered sugar and the 1/2 cup peanut butter until smooth.
- Shape mixture into 3/4 inch balls.
- You should have 32.
- On a work surface, slightly flatten each chocolate ball and top with a peanut butter ball.
- Work the chocolate dough over the filling and make sure peanut butter is completely covered. Roll dough into balls.
- Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Using a small juice glass or jelly jar, dip in sugar and then lightly flatten cookies.
- A tip is to first tap the cookie with glass to get it a bit sticky - then dip in sugar - then lightly flatten just a touch bit more.
- You want them a bit plump so don't flatten as you would a peanut butter cookie.
- These cookies will spread a little as they bake.
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 8 minutes or until just set and suface is slightly cracked.
- Allow to cool for a few minutes on sheet before transferring to wire rack.
- **These can be made bigger but make sure when rolling dough balls that you have the same number of chocolate and peanut butter. If you do this experiment a bit to get the right taste combination. It's not easy...you may end up with too much chocolate and not enough peanut butter.
- **I have not tried using sanding sugar ontop instead of granulated sugar so I don't know the result.
The first time I saw this recipe I thought - ok I'll try it since I am always looking for new cookies to send as Christmas gifts. I was NOT impressed with the recipe at all and started over changing just about every measurement. The end result is a delicate, flavor filled chocolate cookie with creamy peanut butter middles. I am now getting special requests at Christmas to make these.