Friday, June 11, 2010

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Overload

My cooking and baking friend Sally, known as krumkake at Group Recipes, shared this recipe with me awhile back and my family loves them! How could you not? Unless you do not enjoy peanut butter and chocolate together with a wonderfully smooth icing and toasted, chopped peanuts to complete the picture.Filled Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
Time: 11 minutes
Serves: 36
Filling ingredients:
½ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup powdered sugar (you may need a bit more to make the dough easy enough to handle after it's chilled)
For cookie dough:
½ cup packed brown sugar
¼ cup white sugar
½ cup butter, at room temperature
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups white flour
¼ cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
Finely chopped salted peanuts for garnish, optional (but really good!)
Frosting ingredients:
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
enough half-and-half to make the frosting spreadable
For filling, blend together the 2 ingredients until smooth. Cover and chill for a couple hours to make handling it easier. While filling is chilling, prepare the cookie dough.

For cookie dough, cream together both sugars, butter and cream cheese until batter is fluffy. Add extract and egg, beating until well blended. Stir in flour, cocoa, and baking powder. Take pieces of dough and roll into 1” balls. Make a deep thumbprint in the center of the ball and fill it with about 1 teaspoon of filling. Carefully bring the dough around the filling, covering it completely, and gently roll it again to smooth the dough and fully enclose the filling. Place the balls 2” apart on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees, for 9 to 12 minutes, until cookies are just barely browned on the bottom. Cool completely before frosting.

For frosting, cream the ingredients together until well blended. I add enough half-n-half to easily dip the top of the cookie into the frosting and let the extra drip off. Frost each cooled cookie and garnish with some finely diced salted peanuts, if desired.

NOTE: I have also used a peanut butter frosting instead of the chocolate cream cheese frosting. Just omit the cocoa and cream cheese, add 2 tablespoons of melted butter and about ¼ cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter (add enough peanut butter to achieve the “peanutty” taste you like best – if I use crunchy peanut butter, I don’t bother with the chopped salted peanut garnish on the frosting).


Hanaâ said...

These look really cute and very chocolatey, Shandy! No wonder they were a big hit! As you know, I have a peanut allergy. Your frosting is really interesting (cream cheese and cocoa are yummy together, I've made a cake frosting with both ingredients before - chocolatey, and sweet/tangy at the same time).

Flourchild said...

Sally has the best recipes and this one looks like a winner! Im sure your family love eating them!

Katherine said...

How is the texture of the cookie? Dry at all?

Also, which frosting did you like best on the cookie?