Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies


William’s favorite cookie in 2008.  We make these at Christmas but they are a great treat anytime, and fun for kids to help make.

1 1/2 c flour
1/2 c cocoa powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 c butter at room temperature
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c packed brown sugar
3/4 2 c natural peanut butter
1 egg
1 T milk or soy milk
1 t vanilla
3/4 c powdered sugar
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Combine first three dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside.Cream together butter, sugars and 1/4 cup of the peanut butter. Add egg, milk and vanilla and beat well. Add flour gradually and mix well. Shape dough into about 32 balls.

In a clean bowl, combine powdered sugar and the rest of the peanut butter. Knead by hand if necessary. Shape into 32 balls, one for each chocolate ball.

Preheat oven to 350° and set out a little sugar in a shallow bowl.  To assemble the cookies:  flatten a chocolate dough ball, indent slightly  and top with a peanut butter ball.  Gently shape chocolate to completely cover the peanut butter filling and roll back into a ball.  Place cookies 2″ apart on ungreased cookie sheets.  Flatten each with the bottom of a glass dipped into sugar.

Bake 8-12 minutes.  Allow to stand for one minute after removing from the oven, then transfer to wire racks to cool.

Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cookies/peanut-butter-munchies/

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