These are the most awesome cookies I have ever made. They were so much fun and pretty easy to make. It is a great rendition of the classic peanut butter cookie. Everyone HAS to try these, it is well worth it.
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
Peanut butter filling
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
In another medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the sugars, butter, and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the eggs, beating to combine, then stir in the dry ingredients, blending well.
Peanut Butter Filling
In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter and confectioners sugar until smooth. With floured hands or a teaspoon scoop, roll the filling into about 26 one-inch balls.
To shape the cookies: Scoop 1 tbs of the dough (a lump about the size of a walnut), make an indentation in the center with your finger and place one of the peanut butter balls into the indentation.Bring the cookie dough up and over the filling, pressing the edges together cover the center; roll the cookie in the palms of your hand to smooth it out. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.
Roll each rounded cookie in granulated sugar, and place on the prepared baking sheets.
Grease the bottom of a drinking glass, and use it to flatten each cookie to about 1/2-inch thick. Bake the cookies for 7 to 9 minutes, a neat trick is.... when you can smell chocolate you know they are done. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a rack.
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Original Recipe: Mel's Kitchen Cafe