Monday, December 29, 2008

Munchin' on some Peanut Butter Munchies

 



 I have made quite a few things with combination of peanut butter and chocolate; it's just an awesome combination and probably one of my favorite combinations.  I love it in all different types of desserts; it's just two flavors that go so well together.  Whenever I come across a recipe that has this combination of flavors it's a must that I make it at some point in time.  When I came across this recipe in Better Homes and Gardens, it was no exception.


I baked quite a lot throughout Christmas for many different occassions and this was one of the things I decided to make.  I made these cookies to send to my solder for Operation Baking Gals.  Although this is not a traditional cookie recipe I cook during the Christmas holiday it looked so good that I had to try it. 

This recipe did not fail.  Spencer, like always, was my taste tester and he loved them.  I made enough to wear I could send some to my solder, Mandi, but still have some here so Spencer could have some to snack on.  I think those are probably some of his new favorites.  I guess it's not too far from one of his all time favorite candies, Reeses Peanut Cups.  He ate them until they were pretty much all gone!  I'll probably be making these over and over again. 

 

Ingredients


 

1/2  cup unsweetened cocoa powder


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


1/2  teaspoon baking soda


1/2  cup butter, softened


1/2  cup granulated sugar


1/2  cup packed brown sugar


1/4  cup peanut butter


1  egg


1  tablespoon milk


1  teaspoon vanilla


3/4  cup sifted powdered sugar


1/2  cup peanut butter


2  tablespoons granulated sugar


 Directions





Preheat oven to 350 degree F. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda; set aside.

 In a large mixing bowl beat together butter, the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and the 1/4 cup peanut butter with an electric mixer until combined. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. Beat in as much of the dry ingredients as you can with mixer. Stir in remaining dry ingredients by hand with a wooden spoon. Form chocolate dough into 32 balls about 1-1/4 inches in diameter.

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For peanut butter filling, in a medium mixing bowl combine powdered sugar and the remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter until smooth. 

On a work surface, slightly flatten a chocolate dough ball and top with a peanut butter.  Repeat with the remaining chocolate dough and peanut butter filling balls.

Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. 

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Bake cookies in preheated oven for 8 minutes or until they're just set and surface is slightly cracked. Let cookies stand for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool.

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Adapted from:  Better Homes and Gardens, Peanut Butter Munchies

 

1 comment:

joelen said...

Wow - these do look like reese's with the tops lopped off! I love how gooey the peanut butter looks while still warm. It's so sad that my husband isn't a choco-peanut butter fan... but I guess I can't complain much since I could enjoy a whole batch of these to myself! :)

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