Saturday, February 26, 2011
Chocolate Peanut Butter Middles
In my last entry, brazilian shrimp soup, I said that I was very concerned about how my dish was going to turn out. When first I saw this recipe, chocolate peanut butter middle cookies, I knew that it would take a phenomenal mistake on my part for them to not taste delicious. I found this recipe on Jane Maynard's blog This Week for Dinner. Thepioneerwoman.com and bunsinmyoven.com offer their own takes on the recipe. In addition to being a better chef than I am, Jane is also a better photographer. If you want to see some photos of how truly amazing these cookies can look, check out that link. Mine didn't turn out quite as pretty as her's, but they still tasted great.
I have to warn those of you interested in trying this recipe that it is very labor-intensive. This took me longer to prepare than any other cookie recipe I've made. That being said, the final product is well worth the effort.
Below are the original ingredients and directions recommended on other sites. My notes are included in italics.
For the cookies:
1-½ cup All-purpose Flour
½ cups Cocoa Powder
½ teaspoons Baking Soda
½ cups White Sugar
½ cups Packed Brown Sugar
½ cups Butter
¼ cups Peanut Butter (I used Trader Joe's creamy unsalted peanut butter)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 whole Egg
For the peanut butter filling:
¾ cups Powdered Sugar
¾ cups Peanut Butter
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda.
8. Bake for 7-9 minutes. When cookies are done, they should be set and slightly cracked. (Be careful not to overcook the cookies. I kept my first batch of cookies in the oven for 10 minutes, because they didn't seem quite set yet. They turned out a little bit dry, though still good. I only kept the second batch in for 8 minutes and they turned out much better.)
Though they were a lot of work these cookies turned out almost as well as I had hoped. They both looked and tasted delicious. Don't worry too much about making them look perfect. The creamy peanut butter filling goes great with the chocolate cookie outside. Some commenters on other blogs suggested adding a little salt with the sugar on top. I didn't try this, but I'm sure it would have added a nice extra dimension to the flavor.