Coco-Peanut Butter Surprises

These cookies are reminiscent of a chocolate peanut butter cup candy. And I’ll guarantee that these cookies will disappear in a snap, whatever the audience: from hungry kids after school to your co-workers—these cookies will be a hit!

Prep time: 45 minutes |Cook time: 9 minutes |Total time: 54 minutes |Servings: 26

•1/2 cup(s) of confectioners
•3/4 cup(s) of Balance® Natural Peanut Butter (Divided into 1/2 & 1/4 cup)
•1 cup(s) of unbleached all-purpose flour
•1/2 cup(s) of 100% whole wheat flour
•1/2 cup(s) of (unsweetened) dark cocoa powder
•1/2 tsp. of baking soda
•1/4 tsp. of salt
•1/2 cup(s) of cane or raw sugar (turbinado) (plus extra for dredging)
•1/2 cup(s) of brown sugar (sucanat works too)
•1/2 cup(s) of (1 stick) Earth Balance Buttery Stick, softened
•1 tsp. of vanilla extract
•3 tbsp. of Earth Balance™ Soymilk

1.Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
2.To make the filling: In a small bowl, stir together the ½ cup peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. With floured hands or a teaspoon scoop, roll the filling into 26 one-inch balls.
3.To make the dough: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In another medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the sugars, buttery stick, and the
4.To shape the cookies: Scoop 1 tablespoon of the dough (a lump about the size of a walnut), make an indentation in the center with our finger and place one of the peanut butter balls into the indentation. Bring the cookie dough up and over the filling, pressing the edges together cover the center; Roll the cookie in the palms of your hand to smooth it out. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling. Roll each rounded cookie in sugar, and place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies. Grease the bottom of a drinking glass, and use it to flatten each cookie to about 1/2-inch thick.

1 comment:

  1. These sound really good- chocolate and peanut butter is a match made in heaven. :)