Friday, November 12, 2010

If a Reece's PB Cup Dressed Up As a Cookie.....

... this is what it'd be! It's been a while since I posted a Cookie Monday recipe. Sorry 'bout that! These were the ones I made this past Monday & they were a hit with everyone that had some (I'm looking at you, Joel!) I think they're technically called Magic Middle Cookies. That's as good of a name as any, I suppose! They're kind of a lot of work so maybe save them for either a special person or a special occasion. But whatever you choose, just know that you & everyone you share them with will be SO grateful for your efforts!

Here's what you need:

Flour, peanut butter, powdered sugar, baking soda, margarine, cocoa, salt, vanilla, white sugar, brown sugar & eggs.

First thing you'll do is cream together your margarine, peanut butter, white & brown sugars. Beat it until it's somewhat fluffy & light.

Add in the egg + 1 yolk & vanilla. Give it another good mix.

Now, in another bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, soda & salt. A whisk works well to combine the dry ingredients.

Carefully add the dry mix into the creamed mixture. Just watch out for the dust cloud! Cocoa has a hard time combining with wet ingredients so it'll fight you for a minute. You can drape a towel around your mixer/bowl to keep the mess to a minimum (just makes your your beaters don't grab it! LOL) If it looks like it might be a little too dry (if you are like me & live somewhere where single-digit humidity is not uncommon!) you can mix in about 1 or 2 tablespoons of milk.

Now set that aside & get ready to work on your filling - the peanut butter mixture. This one's totally simple - just mix together the peanut butter & powdered sugar. I started out using my silicone spatula but that was miserable so I switched to a metal spoon & it worked great!

All right. Ready to get your hands dirty!!??

Take a TEASPOON and measure out a bunch of little peanut butter balls. ONLY a teaspoon! Resist the 'scooping ice cream' instinct to heap it here. Just a teaspoon. Roll them in your palms & set them aside.

Next do the same with the chocolate dough, only now you'll use a TABLESPOON to measure it out. Roll it in your hands like you did before.

Now take one chocolate ball, press your thumb into it to make a well. Take a peanut butter ball & stick it in the depression. Carefully use your fingers to work the chocolate dough up & around the PB ball. Pinch it shut, making sure no PB is showing through.

Roll that ball in a dish of white sugar. Place it on a cookie sheet that you have either sprayed with PAM (which you know I absolutely hate!) or lined with parchment paper (thumbs up). Then take a glass, dip the bottom into the dish of sugar & carefully smoosh each cookie down to about 1/2" thick.

Now take that pan & pop it into an oven set to 375 for 7 minutes.

When you can smell the chocolate you know they're done!

Wanna see the magic!?

Ahhhh....... A little piece of love.

Magic Middle Cookies:

Chocolate Dough:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup white sugar (plus extra for dredging)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg, plus 1 yolk

Peanut Butter Dough:
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup powdered sugar

In a mixing bowl, beat together the sugars, margarine & peanut butter until well combined & fluffy. Add the vanilla and the egg, beating to combine.

In another bowl combine the cocoa, flour, soda & salt. Add to the creamed mixture, blending well.

In yet another bowl, combine powdered sugar & peanut butter to create PB dough.

Now preheat oven to 375.

Using a measured teaspoon, roll the PB dough into balls. Do the same with the chocolate dough, using a tablespoon. Use your thumb to make an indention in a chocolate ball. Put a PB ball into the dent & carefully form the chocolate dough around it, sealing it to prevent the PB from oozing out & roll in your hands one more time to smooth it alll out.

Roll the ball in white sugar, set on a parchment lined cookie sheet & flatten to 1/2" with the bottom of a glass that has been dipped in sugar.

Bake in 375 oven for 7 minutes. Cool on wire racks.


  1. Those look amazing! Too bad I am way too lazy to make them. haha!

  2. OH!  MY!  DOCTOR!  PEPPER!!!!!! Michelle, you are my new best friend!! I am in pure heaven! This:    used to be my all time favorite cookie, but it only took HALF of one bite (no joke!) to shoot your cookie to the very tippy top of my list and quickly replace the other!!!!!  (and it is a l o n g  list. ;) These cookies are phenomenal!!!!!!!!!!!
    I only made 2 small changes; I used dark brown sugar ( cuz that's what I had) and I rolled them in white sparkling sugar rather than granulated sugar ( cuz I like the little crunch)
    U R my hero!!! I want to marry you! I love you! I'm going to get sooooooooooooo fat!! THANK YOU!