For the love of peanut butter and chocolate

If you love peanut butter and chocolate, do yourself a favor and put these on your to-make list.  If you are Jim, Jess or Jackson, put these on your to-eat list 😉  These chocolate-peanut butter cookies are crunchy and crumbly like a butter cookie, but less dense. And they’re filled with a peanut butter confection. What more can you ask for?  Oh yes, of course – milk!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 ¾ cup peanut butter (NOT reduced fat), divided
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup butter-flavored shortening (Crisco)
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar (not packed)
  • 2 eggs (I used Egg Beaters)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda

What to do:

  • Mix ¾ cup peanut butter, powdered sugar, and ½ teaspoon salt until smooth. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Mix dry ingredients in small bowl. Mix together peanut butter, butter, shortening until smooth.  Add both sugars and cream until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time until well-mixed. Beat in vanilla extract. In three additions, stir in dry ingredients just until blended.
  • Roll filling into small balls (about ½ teaspoon-sized) and set aside.  Place heaping teaspoon of cookie dough into the palm of your hand and flatten into a curved oval – about the shape of your hand if you cup it. Place one filling ball in the middle and pinch the long sides of the cookie together to make a little empanada. Roll back into a roundish shape then flatten on cookie sheet.
  • Bake about 13 minutes. Let cool on sheets a few minutes before moving to wire racks to cool. Centers will be extremely hot – I recommend dipping in milk if eating fresh from the oven 🙂

You could roll these in some sanding sugar to make them sparkly and pretty, but I have a thing about my sweets tasting like something other than sugar, so I didn’t do that. But by all means – sugar yours up if it makes you happy!

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8 thoughts on “For the love of peanut butter and chocolate

  1. Beautiful!! 🙂 We’re quite the lucky bunch to be so frequently gifted by your cooking wares – you are one stellar cook! (I’m tempted to close that with “gurrrrrrl” in a foxy brown voice… too much?)

    • Hey hey hey! I’m glad to have someone to share with…so I can have that excuse to go make that other thing that sounds good but would be downright gluttonous to make otherwise 😉

  2. The cookies look great, and what a nice way to display them! I made the chocolate cobbler today, but it is cooling so I can’t tell you if it is great or not. Will let you know if it is worth it, but was really quite simple.

    • Perhaps too much so. But did that stop me from making lemon ricotta muffins last night? It did not. Now they are all keeping each other company on my counter. And tummy. *grin*

    • I find that “resolving” to share the goodies makes me feel much less guilty about making them and eating them after every meal and before bed. That creaking, shrieking noise is the sound of my stairs under great stress 😉 I sure do miss your avatar!

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