Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

04/13/2011 by Lara • 5 Comments Pin It

Recipe: Big Flavor's Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies
Total time: 1 hour
Ease: easy
Unusual ingredients: peanut butter

These cookies are so delicious, and so easy to make, that I’ve made them multiple times since picking out the recipe! The first time was to mail to a friend; the second was while I was hanging out with my parents. These cookies just feel like family to me!

Of the cookies I’ve made recently, these have had the most steps involved. After making the batter, you flatten a tablespoon of dough, then press a teaspoon-sized amount of a peanut butter mixture (peanut butter and confectioner’s sugar!) inside it. You wrap the chocolate dough around the peanut butter, creating the future surprise for your guest!

Be sure to have your utensils/bowls ready beforehand. There will be a lot of dishwashing after – at least two separate bowls for mixing ingredients, plus a glass to use to flatten the cookies a bit before baking.

The first time I made the cookies, I followed the recipe religiously. The second, my mother and I were much more liberal with the order of operations. This is the kind of recipe that is impossible to mess up – we even added an extra egg to combat some of the dough’s dryness and the cookies still came out deliciously!

Because they are so “hands on”, you definitely need to take off your rings. It’s such a weird feeling if you’re used to having rings on all the time (as I am with my wedding and engagement ring) but it’s much easier than trying to get all of the dough out of the ring later!

While we hung out in the kitchen, my dog and my parents’ cat stopped by to check things out. I couldn’t help but photograph their eagerness to find out what was going on (including Moses licking his lips)!

The cookies are unassuming – they look like normal, basic, everyday chocolate cookies. Mine got a little messy and show some peanut butter freckles on the outside.

But once you bite into it – voila! Messy, delectable peanut butter. These are especially good right out of the oven.

Final tips:

  • if you’re bringing these to a party, be sure to create some signage so that those with peanut allergies won’t be surprised in an unpleasant way!
  • don’t stress if you mix up some of the steps or ingredients. This is a great recipe to play around with!

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  1. blogbytina! says:

    ha! I ALWAYS have a little baking “helper” like Moses. Just in case i drop something. These cookies look awesome! thanks for sharing!

    • Meredith says:

      Hopefully your helper is never around when you’re baking with pure chocolate, though! Cocoa is very poisonous to dogs and cats! Milk chocolate isn’t so bad (it would take A LOT to poison them, a good bit to make them sick), but the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is to your animals! It’s really best not to let them think it’s ok to lick up any spills, but be especially weary of: chocolate, raisins and grapes, onions (anything in the onion family, including garlic! Some people feed garlic to their pets thinking it will help combat mosquitoes, but this can potentially harm your companion!), and even milk (cats are lactose-intolerant- they cannot digest cow’s milk, contrary to what you may have seen in movies or read in books). My cats and dog are CONSTANTLY at my feet, and it’s definitely challenging to keep them away from dropped food… but it is definitely the best thing you can do for them in the kitchen. (I’m a pre-veterinary student at NC State right now, can’t tell you how many times this has been stressed for us to pass on… just wanted to share).

  2. These sound yummy. The creamy peanut butter filling looks sooooo good. Interesting facts about animals from Meredith.

  3. Ashley says:

    Aren’t these great! I was so glad to find this recipe for our cookie swap last December. Glad you liked them :)

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