Chocolate cookies with peanut butter filling magically baked into the middles! Magic in the middles.
The cookies are slightly crunchy and kind of chewy with soft, sweet peanut butter centers.
Like peanut butter cups in cookie form.
The chocolate and peanut butter is well-balanced and they are the kind of cookies you want to eat with a glass of milk. True to its form the peanut butter will stick to the roof of your mouth.
They have crackly outsides from being rolled in sugar. If you like the sweet and salty combination in your desserts a sprinkle of coarse salt on the tops is nothing short of heavenly.
The cookies are slightly tedious but easy to make and so worth it. First you roll sweetened peanut butter into balls. Twenty-six of them. That doesn’t sound like a lot but they’re pretty hefty cookies.
While the peanut butter balls firm up in the refrigerator you work on the cookie dough. It’s thick and pliable making it easy to stick the peanut butter in the center and surround it with dough. Even if some of the peanut butter peeks out they bake up fine.
The original King Arthur recipe (who, I might add, are geniuses) didn’t call for chilling the peanut butter balls but I found it a lot easier to mold the chocolate dough around them. The peanut butter is far too squishy at room temperature.
The cookies get even better as they age. If they have time to age.Fresh from the oven while the peanut butter is still warm they’re nothing short of divine but the next day when they’ve softened up and the flavors have intensified it’s like rediscovering them all over again.
Like a potato chip bet you can’t eat just one!