I must admit when I stumbled across Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic in the Middles on Reeni’s website - Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice … I was busting to make them… They sounded and looked delicious…
Sadly I don’t feel that they lived up to my expectations and the family didn’t really enjoy them either. I found both the inside and outside mixture before being cooked quite dry and when the cookies were baked they were too hard.
I’m going to give these another go though when I have some time (they take a while to make) as think they could be a stunner with just a little bit of tweaking and less cooking time.
Here’s the recipe in the meantime and I’d recommend having a look around Reeni’s site if you’re looking for some cooking inspiration and I’ll post my updated recipe when I’ve baked these cookies again.
Chocolate Peanut Magic in the Middles:
Preheat oven to 190°
¾ Cup peanut butter
¾ cup icing/confectioners’ sugar
4 Tablespoons milk but I will probably use little bit more next time as found rolling these into balls still to crumbly.
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup cocoa powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup butter
¼ cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1-2 tablespoons milk, if needed ( I used 2 tablespoons but think will add more next time round)
1. Make filling by mixing peanut butter, icing sugar and milk together. Scoop level teaspoons and with hands roll into 26 balls, place in fridge until ready to use.
2. Mix together Flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
3. In a separate bowl mix together with an electric beater or a stand mixer the sugars, butter and peanut butter until light and fluffy. (took me about 4 minutes but would depend on the coldness of your butter)
4. Then beat into the sugar mixture with a wooden spoon, vanilla and egg.
5. Mix the wet into the dry mixture by hand.
6. Once mixed you can start making the cookie balls. I found it easier to make them all at once with the cookie mixture then add the peanut butter mixture.
7. Take one table-spoon of the cookie mixture, place in hand-roll into a ball.
8. Indent the ball with your thumb so that the peanut butter mixture can go in the hole.
9. Pull up cookie mixture over the peanut butter mixture.. Carefully as it can crumble, until the peanut butter is completely covered.
10. Roll the balls in sugar of your choice, I used granulated sugar then place onto baking tray and flatten with hand.
11. Original recipe called for baking for 7-9 minutes but I think next time I would try for 6 minutes.
Let me know if you end up baking these and if you came up with any tricks of your own.