Sunday, December 7, 2008

Magic in the Middles

In need of a little peanut butter fix, I whipped these up recently from KA Cookie Companion:
Magic In the Middles. They're a chocolate cookie with peanut butter 'magic' in the middle.

Chocolate and peanut butter doughs are made separately.

A scoopful of chocolate dough is flattened out and wrapped around gobs of rolled pb dough.

The resulting chocolate ball (with hidden pb) is then rolled in sugar...

And then flattened slightly with the sugared bottom of a glass. The peanut butter middle stays nicely tucked inside.

See that lovely layer of peanut butter hiding inside?

These are a sturdy cookie- not like delicate little flowers- but not crunchy. They freeze very well! Slip them into ziplocs or a covered container, and they're fresh as can be when defrosted. They're also a good one for mailing.

If you'd like to make them more 'Christmasy' for holiday baking, try rolling them in green or red sugar instead of white.

This recipe can be found HERE.

And find my entire collection of over 50 Christmas cookies HERE.

61 comments:

Barbara Bakes said...

Chocolate and peanut butter are a great combination. I'm sure the cookies are yummy. One day I'd like to enter a competition.

Likes Chocolate said...

Yummy!!!!

Mommy's Kitchen said...

Lori those look awesome chocolate and peanut butter what a great combinations. I like how you flattened them out before baking.

Stephanie said...

Those look so cool! I also love the chocolate/peanut butter combination, so what a fun surprise to find the peanut butter cookie hidden inside the chocolate one!

noble pig said...

These remind me of the million dollar pillsbury cookie, except these are prettier with the chocolate.

rayrena said...

You had me at peanut butter! I'll have to try these as gifts:)

kellypea said...

Total genius! I love how that pb is hidden inside that chocolate. They came out perfectly.

Deborah said...

What great cookies!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Lori, these PB surprise cookies are delicious. I'll have to make some for my son and send them to him in Dallas. He's a nut about Resses peanut butter cups. I think he would absolutely love these. Thanks my friend.

Lore said...

I love peanut butter surprises! :)

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Those would be very popular at our house!

Reeni said...

PB and chocolate have to be the perfect combination! What an unexpected gift in the middle, yum!!

Tanya said...

I've made these before..they're yummy and fun to make!

Patsyk said...

It is so funny that we made similar cookies! Yours turned out so nice! I'll have to mark your recipe to try sometime for a different variation.

Sharon said...

I'm putting that book on my Christmas list! The cookies look so heavenly. I'm not sure they'd last long in our house!

Heather said...

how adorable!! i think we have the same glasses...

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

Yum - they look great and anything with peanut butter in the middle is a winner!!

Peter M said...

Welcome back and thanks for my fix too!

CookiePie said...

I LOVE all of your cookie recipes, but this one might just be my favorite yet!!

The Peanut Butter Boy said...

Oh dear, magic indeed! I've never used the word magic to describe peanut butter, but I think it may best the perfect term for it.

Marge said...

I can't believe how good these look! Thanks for the recipe!

Sara said...

Peanut butter and chocolate are my favorite combo! I'll definately be making these cookies.

Melissa said...

Yum! I love anything that has chocolate and peanut butter!

The Sugar Fairy said...

Oh, these look delicious:)

We Are Not Martha said...

Ahhh this is definitely one of my dreams come true!! I just made peanut butter cookies with little Snickers inside (also magic middles!), and now I can turn them inside out with these.

I'm clearly obsessed with peanut butter.

Sues

Kelly said...

MMmm. I need to try those. I made an opposite version (PB on the outside, chocolate in the middle) and they were quite sinfully delicious.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I was a bit undecided before about which xmas cookies to try (so many good looking options), but these look like a must try for me. Chocolate + peanut butter is my weakness and these cookies just look awesome (and beautiful final results!)

Leslie said...

Love the PB in the middle! DELISH

Melanie said...

I just made these the other day after seeing them on the KA blog - they are fabulous!

susan said...

oh my bajesus! those look so amazing. i just love the idea of a secret peanuty goodiness inside. ive got to make them!

Bunny said...

I like this ! I like this! My hubby's gonna LOVE this!!

Manggy said...

Chocolate+ Peanut Butter is just one of those combinations I can't resist! Awesome cookies Lori! :)

Katherine Aucoin said...

Chocolate and peanut butter, my favorite combo.

Amanda said...

Oh you did it again. You made another recipe I have to try! :)

Kimmie said...

These look SO great!!

taste memory said...

no doubt you are cookie making pro! also reminding me i must manicure this week ;-)

Dawn said...

I love the step by step because you show us how easy this really is. A cookie with a hidden middle is the best!
You're so smart chicklet!

Maria said...

I love cookies with a little surprise inside!

The Blonde Duck said...

Those are certainly magical! I like the stars you made too!

The Blonde Duck said...

Those are certainly magical! I like the stars you made too!

Apples and Butter said...

Chocolate and peanut butter are my favorite. Put them together and I am sold! I'm hosting a cookie party at my house this weekend and I think I am definitely going to have to add these to the mix.

Ivy said...

Yummy, peanut butter and chocolate!!

That Girl said...

I make these with snickerdoodles - never thought to use chocolate!

Joy the Baker said...

These are the cookie of my dreams! I can't believe I haven't made them yet!

Psychgrad said...

I keep seeing chocolate covered peanut butter. It must be a sign. Looks delicious.

Jenny said...

YUM! Love the looks of these beauties!

Aggie said...

Oh these are great cookies!

Grace said...

christmas is just the time for a little magic, especially when its source is peanut butter. lovely cookies. :)

Pearl said...

oh my gosh - how adorable! and are you from san diego? me too!!!

the southern hostess said...

These are so cute! I love the surprise of peanut butter.

Christine said...

I made these last night and they are soooo good! I even posted the recipe today and told my freinds and family to check your site out. Have a wonderful day and thank you for all your wonderful ideas here! =O)

PaniniKathy said...

What a welcome little surprise inside! I should really think about making Christmas cookies this year - I always appreciate *receiving* them so it might be time to return the favor :-)

cartontesting said...

Nice nails!!

Maya said...

Peanut butter and chocolate = yum!

Debbie said...

Wow..they look wonderful. I will try these and use red sugar for the holidays!

Katie Barlow said...

mmm...my husband would love these! PB and chocolate are his favorite combo! Come check out my holiday cookie list and enter my giveaway!

http://katiebarlow.blogspot.com/2008/12/my-christmas-cookie-list-and-giveaway.html

Jennifer said...

Wow, those look awesome!!!

Gina said...

Mouth is watering!

MC said...

Ah, these are amazing! I can't wait to make them!

Ana said...

I made these cookies today and they came out just like yours!! I love that the recipe works perfectly!
Oh, and yes, they were really yummy!
Thanks for sharing!
Ana

Kimmie said...

Just made these! I can't bake to save my life but these were easy and delicious. Thanks so much for sharing!