MAGIC MIDDLES


I have been BAKING a ton of lately. When I stopped by to see Natalie and saw these cookies over at What's for Supper which she had seen over at Recipe Girl I knew they were next on my list to make. Who doesn't love chocolate and peanut butter? It's hubby's favorite combo. I experimented a little with caramels and marshmallows too.

MAGIC IN THE MIDDLE
DOUGH:
1½ cups (6¼ ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup (1½ ounces) unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup (3½ ounces) granulated sugar (plus extra for dipping)
½ cup (4 ounces) brown sugar, packed
½ cup (4 ounces or 1 stick) unsalted butter
¼ cup (2 3/8 ounces) smooth peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg

FILLING:
¾ cup (7 1/8 ounces) smooth peanut butter
¾ cup (3 ounces) powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS:
  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
  • Prepare dough: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In another medium bowl, beat together sugars, butter, and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg, beating to combine, then stir in dry ingredients, blending well.
  • Prepare filling: In a small bowl, stir together peanut butter and powdered sugar until smooth. With floured hands, roll the filling into 26 one-inch balls.
  • Shape cookies: Break off about 1 Tbsp. of the dough, make an indentation in the center with your finger, and press one of the peanut butter balls into the indentation. Bring the dough up and over the filling, pressing it closed; roll the cookie in the palms of your hand to smooth it out. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  • Dip the top of each cookie in granulated sugar and place on prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Grease the bottom of a drinking glass and use it to flatten each cookie to about ½-inch-thick.
  • Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes, until they're set.
  • Remove them from the oven and cool on a rack.
Yield: About 30 cookies
Cooking Tips
*These cookies freeze well. They would travel well too.
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2 comments:

forgetfulone said...

That looks and sounds heavenly! I don't bake much because I get frustrated when it doesn't turn out well. I can cook pretty good, but baking just isn't my area of expertise. It's nice that you can do both.

What's for Supper? said...

Oh Yum! Caramel and marshmallow? Now I want to make them again. Glad that you enjoyed!!