Chocolate PB Surprise Cookies

  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. sugar (plus more for rolling)
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 c. creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 c. powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 375º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the sugars, butter and 1/4 cup of peanut butter until it's light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg, beating to combine. Stir in the flour mixture and stir to combine, blending well. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and remaining 3/4 cup of peanut butter until smooth.

Measure out a heaping tablespoon of cookie dough and flatten it with your hands. Take about 1 teaspoon of peanut butter mixture and place it in the center of the chocolate dough. Wrap the chocolate dough around the peanut butter center, pressing to seal. Roll the cookie into a ball and roll the cookie in the sugar. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. Using the bottom of a glass, flatten each cookie to about a 1/2 inch thickness.

Bake in the preheated oven for 7 to 9 minutes. Let them stand on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

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