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.

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

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

  • 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.

My great aunt who I only got to see a couple times a year used to make these every year special for me and I would wait out on the steps for her arrive just to see them. She always made them soooooooooo pretty and perfect!
(these are better when they are made a few days ahead)
30 large marshmallows (or 1 jar marshmallow cream)
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoon green food color
3 1/2 cups cornflakes
Red Hots
  • Combine marshmallows, butter, vanilla and food color in top of double boiler. Heat and stir frequently until well blended.
  • Gradually stir in cornflakes until well blended.
  • Drop onto wax paper and arrange into wreath shapes. I plop them onto the wax paper and then push out from the center to form the wreaths.
  • Decorate with red hots.
  • Let cool.
  • If your house is warm - chill in refrigerator until set.


Sue said...

This is the second "Magic in the Middle" recipe I've seen:) I think that means I'm supposed to make them! They sure sound delicious! Your wreath cookies are so pretty!

Steph said...

I love the holiday wreaths! I made those once when I was younger and thought they were the coolest thing :)

Forgetfulone said...

I made some cookies using cornflakes once. I was surprised how tasty they were! I should try these, being a novice (read "terrible") baker and all.

Martha@A Sense of Humor is Essential said...

These look great, Tamy, thank you.
I am planning on baking today, yipee!!