Thursday, January 15, 2009

Magic in the Middle cookies.

So I have to admit I'm just cut and pasting from a friends blog, but when I tried these I had to share the wealth. Some of the best cookies ever hands down.
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sugar (plus more for dipping)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (i used regular)
1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided (use skippy)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 large egg
3/4 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 375. Whisk together first 4 ingredients in a medium-size bowl. In a separate bowl, beat together both sugars, butter, and 1/4 cup peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg, beating to combine. Stir in dry ingredients, blending well. Set dough aside.
Stir together remaining 3/4 cup peanut butter and powdered sugar until smooth. With floured hands, roll mixture into 26 (1 inch) balls.
Break off about 1 Tablespoon cookie dough; make an indentation in center with thumb, and press 1 peanut butter ball into indentation. Wrap dough up and over filling, pressing to seal; roll cookie to smooth it out. Repeat for each cookie.
Dip top of each cookie in sugar and place 2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Use greased bottom of drinking glass to flatten each cookie to about 1/2 inch thick.
Bake cookies at 375 for 7 - 9 minutes until set. Let cool on wire rack.
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