Saturday, January 17, 2009

Magic in the Middle Cookies

Death by Chocolate. And Peanut Butter. That is how I want to go...and these cookies are the perfect way to do it! Thank you Melanie at My Kitchen Cafe for bringing these little morsels (with tons of calories) into my life. I will forever love you, yet hate you at the same time! I am afraid that I cannot make these too often, or I might gain a little (or a lot) of weight! Enough said? I think so....Enjoy....

From: Melanie at My Kitchen Cafe

Chocolate Dough

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup granulated sugar (plus extra for dredging)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk


Peanut butter filling

3/4 cup peanut butter, crunchy or smooth, your choice

3/4 cup confectioners' sugar



1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.

2. To make the dough: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.

3. In another medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the sugars, butter, and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the egg, beating to combine, then stir in the dry ingredients, blending well.

5. To make the filling: In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter and confectioners sugar until smooth.

6. With floured hands or a teaspoon scoop, roll the filling into 26 one-inch balls.

7. To shape the cookies: Scoop 1 tablespoon of the dough (a lump about the size of a walnut), make an indentation in the center with your finger and place one of the peanut butter balls into the indentation.

8. Bring the cookie dough up and over the filling, pressing the edges together cover the center; roll the cookie in the palms of your hand to smooth it out. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.

10. Roll each rounded cookie in granulated sugar, and place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies.

11. Grease the bottom of a drinking glass, and use it to flatten each cookie to about 1/2-inch thick.

12. Bake the cookies for 7 to 9 minutes, or until they're set and you can smell chocolate. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a rack.


Melanie said...

Chels, I'll try not to be offended that you hate me because of these. I hope we can still be friends. :) I can't wait to try your recipe for lemon bars. Yum!

jen said...

these were so yummy, especially after I left it in the microwave for a few seconds! mmm....

if you bring goodies like that to every mtg. I want to bring stake business every time!