The men folk in my family are way into the peanut butter and chocolate combination. Don’t get me wrong, I love it too, but not like these guys. My default favorite dessert flavors are more in the vanilla, strawberry, or apple directions. But I digress… Anyway, the last time one of my brothers got a year older, I decided to find a good chocolate and peanut butter cookie recipe to try out. I found a good one from Martha, who else, and have a made it a few times since, because it’s just that good. It’s a little extra effort because the “surprise” means that there’s a special filling inside the cookies. But it’s worth it! My brother can testify!
Chocolate Peanut Butter “Surprise” Cookies
slightly adapted from Martha
yields about 2 dozen
- 2 cups AP flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp instant coffee or espresso powder
- 1 stick unsalted butter (room temp)
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, dry coffee, and cocoa. Set Aside.
- Use an electric mixer to cream together butter, shortening, white sugar, and 1 cup of the brown sugar. Mix until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla extract gradually and mix until light and fluffy.
- Add dry ingredients gradually to wet, then mix in the chocolate chips until combined. Chill dough for at least 1 hour.
- Mix together peanut butter and 1/4 cup of brown sugar for filling.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Spoon chocolate cookie dough onto parchment lined baking sheets 1 Tbs at a time. Form dough into little cups and fill the cups with a small amount of the PB filling. Cover up the cookies with more cookie dough and make sure to seal in the peanut butter so it doesn’t leak out.
- Bake for about 12 minutes. Remove and allow to cool.