These cookies take a little more work than most, but very worth it. They're kind of a like a cookie version of a peanut butter cup. Delish!
Magic Peanut Butter Middles
adapted from This Week for Dinner
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter
granulated sugar, for rolling
In a small bowl blend flour, cocoa and baking soda. Mix until well blended.
In large bowl beat sugar, butter or margarine and 1/4 cup peanut butter, until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg, beat. Stir in flour mixture until blended. Set aside. Divide into 32 equal sized portions.
To make filling: Combine confectioner’s sugar and 3/4 cup peanut butter. Blend well. Roll filling into 32 1-inch balls.
For each cookie, with floured hands, flatten one portion of dough and shape it around one peanut butter ball, covering completely. Roll each cookie in granulated sugar and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie slightly with the bottom of a glass.
Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 7-9 minutes. When cookies are done, they should be set and slightly cracked.