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Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

by on January 30, 2009 · 12 comments

I’m feeling kind of lethargic today and wasn’t sure I’d even post a recipe, but these were pretty good so here it is. It’s important to let the cookies cool, otherwise the filling is kind of gooey. It tastes better set.

If you are tired (like I am today), you could skip the peanut butter filling and wrap this dough around Reese’s cups. If you are too tired to do even that, you could just throw in some peanut butter flavored chips and not wrap the dough around anything. About the shortening — it’s necessary for crisp edges and decent thickness. I’ve made these cookies with all-butter and they don’t turn out quite as well.

peanut butter stuffed chocolate cookies

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

Filling:
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup powdered sugar

Cookie Dough:
1 cups all purpose flour (4.5 oz)
1/3 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/8 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
4 tablespoons shortening (48 grams)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Prepare filling first. Mix together peanut butter and powdered sugar. Drop marble size balls of peanut butter mixture onto a waxed paper lined plate and set in freezer. This is to help make the peanut butter balls more manageable.

Stir flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together in a mixing bowl. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, shortening and both sugars together using high speed of an electric mixer. Beat until creamy, scraping sides of bowl; beat in vanilla. Add egg and beat until it is mixed in. Add flour mixture and stir with a mixing spoon until most of flour is incorporated. Add chips and continue to stir until remaining flour mixture is incorporated. If dough seems very sticky, chill it for about a half hour (it shouldn’t be too sticky).

Using a rounded tablespoon, scoop up mounds of dough and wrap each mound around one of your little blobs of peanut butter mixture. Seal the peanut butter ball in the dough the best you can and place on cookie sheet spacing about 2 inches apart. Bake one sheet at a time for 12 minutes.

Let cookies cool on sheets for 3 minutes, then lift with a metal spatula and set on wire racks to cool and set.

Makes 18 cookies

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Published on January 30, 2009

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Heidi January 30, 2009 at 3:51 pm

how do these compare to the Pillsbury winners?

VeggieGirl January 30, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Oh yes.

Katrina January 30, 2009 at 4:18 pm

YuM! I recently bought a HUGE (like 3 lbs.) bag of mini Reese’s that was on sale half off. Just because. Now you’ve given me yet another thing to do with them. Made Recipe Girl’s brownies that she posted recently with them. Those were good, too! Ahh, when will I ever get to all these things! ;)

Kristen January 30, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Ooh. I’m moody on peanut butter usually, but those sound really yummy right now. I made something similar towards the beginning of the month that you might be interested in PB Munchies. It was a sad day when those were all gone. LOL

:)

Dani January 30, 2009 at 5:39 pm

i made these for a cookie exchange this past christmas and they were a huge hit :)
looks good!

patsyk January 30, 2009 at 5:43 pm

I love this kind of cookie! I made sme a month or so ago, and everyone went nuts over them. Yummmmmm!

Carole R. January 30, 2009 at 5:56 pm

You ladies are brave!!! I will save this one until the peanut butter scare passes.

Pearl January 30, 2009 at 7:54 pm

WOW !

Sophia January 30, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Hm…I’ve made something that I would imagine to be similiar , only they were cresent shaped and that dough was fine with no shortening … None the less these look really good!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer January 30, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Anything with peanut butter is a winner!!!

bakingblonde January 31, 2009 at 10:43 am

I love stuffed cookies and what better combo than peanut butter and chocolate :)

Dani August 11, 2009 at 12:43 am

Ahhh thanks so much for this recipe!! It’s amazing…I made it today with some alterations, which can be seen on my blog here: http://daniscreations.blogspot.com/2009/08/jaws-chocolate-and-peanut-butter.html
This is now one of my favorite cookies =)

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