Do you ever just go to your pantry and fridge and see what you have on hand, throw a few things together, and get lucky sometimes?
Well, this was my lucky day because this is the photo of a cookie that was the result of a throw-together cookie experiment. Now, they've earned their right to be on paper in my secret little hand-written cookbook where all of my original recipes are jotted down. It's not a pretty little book (in fact, it's just a black, thick spiral notebook, but nevertheless, it's my hiding place.
These little gems turned out soft and tender on the outside, with a simple peanut butter fulling that is not-to-sweet. In fact, that's what makes these dangerous-they aren't too sweet-just the right amount of chocolate, peanut butter and sugar.
I have submitted these beauties for publication on my favorite recipe site, Allrecipes.com. HERE is the link to my cookies on their site.
Here is what the cookie looks like, as I added the filling (which is only equal parts powdered sugar and creamy peanut butter). They made bigger cookies that seemed to melt in your mouth. I'm posting the recipe because, over the years, I've learned to keep a notepad in the kitchen to write things down as I make things up! Enjoy!
Soft Choco-Peanut Butter Cookies
1 c. butter, softened
¾ c. packed brown sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 t. baking soda
1 small package chocolate instant vanilla pudding mix
2 ¼ c. flour
½ c. creamy peanut butter
½ c. powdered sugar
· Preheat oven to 375 degrees
· Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray lightly
· In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy with an electric mixer
· Add eggs and vanilla; continue beating until mixed thoroughly
· Add baking soda and pudding mix; continue beating
· Slowly add flour, beating slowly with mixer (mixture will be thick)
· In a small bowl combine peanut butter and powdered sugar; mix with wooden spoon
· Make a ball the size of a walnut from the chocolate mixture; pat into a circle in the palm of your hand
· Make a small dime-size ball from the peanut butter filling and put in the middle of the chocolate cookie; roll into ball, keeping peanut butter filling in the middle
· You may need to lightly flour your hands when rolling and filling the cookies
· Place 3” apart-you may only get 6 larger cookies on the cookie sheet
· Bake 8 minutes-do not overbake
· Let set 5-10 minutes on cookie sheet, which is placed on cooling rack
· Makes about 36 large cookies