Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise CookiesTempt me with any chocolate and peanut butter dessert and I’ll most likely give in.  Who can resist such a winning combination?  If you are also on the chocolate peanut butter bandwagon, try biting into a soft chocolate cookie and being surprised with a peanut butter filling!  Ooh-la-la!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise CookiesI made these for our friends’ son who just turned seven and then again this weekend for a Christmas cookie exchange party.  They are now being added to my Christmas baskets this year.  Although, once I make them, I’m not sure they will last long enough in my kitchen to make their way into the baskets!  😉

Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

Serving Size: 2-3 dozen cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

Try biting into a soft chocolate cookie and being surprised with a peanut butter filling! Ooh-la-la!

  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar (plus more for dipping)
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Stir together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugars, butter and 1/4 cup of the peanut butter until light and smooth. Add in the vanilla and egg, beating one at a time to combine. Gradually stir in the flour mixture. Set dough aside.

To make the filling, cream together the powdered sugar and remaining 3/4 cup of peanut butter until smooth.

To assemble the cookies, spoon a generous tablespoon of chocolate cookie dough and flatten into a circle with your hands. Scoop a small amount of peanut butter filling mixture and place in the center of the chocolate dough. Wrap the chocolate dough around the peanut butter filling, pinching ends together to seal. Roll the cookie in between hands to smooth into a ball. Roll into a bowl of sugar and place on the cookie sheet.

Use the bottom of a glass to slightly flatten the cookies. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes. Do not over bake. Let cool on wire rack.

Source: Liv Life


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  1. These have been on my list to try for years! Now I want them even more. Yum!

  2. Darci Krug says:

    These cookies look amazing and I can’t wait to try them!!!!! Thanks for posting. I love your blog! 🙂

  3. These look delicious! I can’t wait to make them!

  4. These look delish~I love all your Christmas basket ideas! :o)

  5. One of my favorite cookies! I made these last year 🙂

  6. Jacqui Allen says:

    I made these for the fam last night…they are DELICIOUS and so easy!!! Thanks Nikki, for another great recipe!!!

  7. These cookies… looks a lot like what my auntie made

  8. Oh boy-another chocolate PB dessert to add to Hubby’s “to make” list! Looks good! Can’t wait to try ’em!

  9. These cookies… looks a lot like what my auntie made. Brings me back to the past.

  10. There is no way I’d ever be able to stop eating these once I started. Delicious!

  11. How much is the yield? I need to make a large amount of cookies, so I want to know if I should double or triple this recipe. Thanks! They look great!

  12. them thangs look delicious, cant wait to bake up a batch!

  13. Oh my! These look divine! What an amazing combo of flavors!! Bookmarked!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  14. Made these tonight they are yummy!!!!

  15. I can’t wait until tomorrow when I’ll definitely make these cookies. Peanut butter and chocolate are irresistible and I try anything with those two ingredients. Yum!

  16. should put in your directions sugars instead of sugar. I made these tonight forgot to put in the brown sugar and felt kinda stupid. Still they came out really good, but when i was looking over the directions it sayes sugar so i assumed granulated sugar and not both. My bad but still came out good. Next time I won’t forget the brown sugar.

  17. Thank you so much for this recipe! We live in Japan and it’s a nice substitute for not having any Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups!

  18. Yep, I think we have a new favorite cookie around here. Huge success! 🙂

  19. These were very good. I’m terrible at baking, but these were so damned easy. Thank you!

  20. I didn’t have cocoa powder but I had some baking squares. So I melted 4oz chocolate (adding 1 TBL butter) in the microwave. When creaming butter with the sugars I only used 4 TBL butter(so 5 TBl total instead of the 8 it called for) and added chocolate when I added the egg. They turned out great. Also I didn’t use all the peanut butter filling but my cookies have plenty in them. They were perfect at 8 minutes! Yummy!

  21. i take it you bake them at 350 for 7-9mins?

  22. I was looking for a good nutella cookie recipe and couldn’t find one, so I used this, substituting nutella for the peanut butter and omitting the powdered sugar in the filling. Fed them to a group of friends and they were widely considered a dangerous success. Not the same cookie in the end, but still delicious. Thank you!

  23. My dough came out a little dry. Is that the way it suppose to be? Maybe I missed something? Either way it tasted great!

  24. You need to halve the ingredients for the peanut butter filling. Otherwise, extraordinary!

  25. I am about to drool over my keyboard…These cookies look to die for, Nikki!

  26. Anonymous says:

    I made these. They are so hard to make I wanted to burn the house down with myself in it

  27. This recipe was a hit. They were very easy to make and tasted so good! Thank You!

  28. I just wanted to say that I’ve been using your recipe for years and I still love it. It’s a good one! Thanks for sharing.


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