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Magic in the Middles


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Can you see it?  The names says it all.  Chocolate and peanut butter have always been a match made in heaven to me.  I don't have an ounce of will power for turning down ANYTHING that has the two ingredients paired together.  Of course it also makes me think of my good friend Sarah who doesn't even like chocolate (*gasp*) unless it's paired with peanuts or peanut butter (strange but true :) So this one's for you my dear friend... eat your heart out.

Magic in the Middles

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (if you don't have unsalted that's fine... I used regular)
1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
3/4 cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375.

Whisk together first 4 ingredients.  In a large mixing bowl, beat together both sugars, butter and 1/4 cup of peanut butter until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and egg; beat to combine.  Mix in dry ingredients.  Set dough aside.

Stir together remaining 3/4 cup peanut butter and powdered sugar in small bowl until smooth.  With floured hands, roll mixture into 30 small balls.  Break off about 1 tablespoon of cookie dough; flatten in palm, wrap around one peanut butter ball, pressing to seal.  Repeat for each cookie.

Place cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheets (or lightly coated with cooking spray) 2 inches apart. Use bottom of a drinking glass, dip in granulated sugar then press on top of each cookie to flatten to about 1/2-inch thickness.

Bake at 375 for 7-9 minutes.  Let cool 2 minutes on pan then remove to wire rack to cool completely.

*Courtesy of MyRecipes*


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