Sunday, May 30, 2010

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows


I brought these peanut butter filled chocolate cookies to school and lots of my classmates loved them and wanted the recipe! Which always makes me happy. Filled cookies are always fun and these ones are really yummy. Of course they're more time consuming than a regular drop cookie but they're only a tad more difficult. You just roll out the peanut butter balls, then wrap them with the chocolate dough. I didn't like how the chocolate dough got a bit crispy around the edges, but maybe I overhandled the dough. I've also made a similar cookie years ago by Martha Stewart - it's a softer cookie with a more hidden peanut butter center, as it isn't shaped like a cute little UFO!

If this sounds good, you might also like:
Cowboy Cookies
Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies
Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies
Chocolate Chunk Malt Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows
Adapted from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar

Makes 2 dozen cookies

For the chocolate dough:
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tbsp nondairy milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

For the filling:
3/4 cup natural smooth peanut butter
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 tbsp nondairy milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together oil, sugar, maple syrup, milk, and vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture and stir together until just mixed.

2. Make the peanut butter filling: In another mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together peanut butter, powdered sugar, 2 tbsp of the milk, and vanilla to form a moist but firm dough. If peanut butter dough is dry and crumbly, stir in the remaining tablespoon of milk. If dough is too wet knead in a little extra powdered sugar.

3. Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mats.

Shape the cookies:
1. Create the centers of the cookies by rolling the peanut butter dough into 24 balls (try dividing dough in half, then each part in half again and roll each portion into six balls). Scoop a generous tablespoon of chocolate dough, flatten into a thin disc, and place peanut butter ball in the center. Fold the sides of the chocolate dough up and around the peanut butter center and roll into a smooth ball between your palms. Place on prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. If you want you can flatten cookies slightly (I didn't).

2. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove the sheet from the oven and let the cookies stand for 5 minutes before moving them to wire racks to complete cooling.

26 comments:

Katrina said...

My head hurts. I think I need to lie down. Do you have a pillow or two I could use? ;)
MMM!

Joanne said...

As a peanut butter and a Reese's addict, I have to say that these look fantastic! I'll take on the extra work to make these, anyday.

Snooky doodle said...

oh I love peanut butter and that filling is making me drool

Johanna GGG said...

these sound excellent and they do look very cute - I don't think I have every made these sort of filled cookies but you make me think I should try it

Alicia said...

OH WOW. Those look AWESOME. I saw a picture of them while doing a search on Flickr, and was so glad that you included a link to the recipe. Thanks so much! :)

grace said...

i love the name and i love the concept--what better to fill a chocolate cookie than a blob of sweetened peanut butter?

Jannett said...

look so tasty..... :)
peanut butter and chocolate...always a perfect combo...

thereisatime said...

Oh, my....oh my. Just printed the recipe.

Pam Walter said...

They look yummy! No wonder your classmates were begging for them. http://blog.sweetservices.com/sweetscandyblog/

Natalie... said...

Oh my!! I cant believe how good these look, its like heaven in a bite, what a great recipe!

Hannah said...

These cookies are AMAZING! I have a similar recipe in my book... I never make them any more though, because I always end up eating far more than one person ever should!

Erica said...

Made these last night for a friend's birthday - they were so good she's lucky any made it to her place :) Amazingly soft and crunchy at the same time!

CookiePie said...

I love these! They look so delicious, and I love that you describe them as cute little UFOs :) YUMMY!

Vanessa said...

Yummy! These look delicious. I love any combination of peanut butter and chocolate!

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Jessica said...

These are so cute and look so delicious. I'm sorry to say, I'm not the biggest fan of peanut butter cookies because it's too much pb for me, but I might like to try making these because they're not completely peanut butter. I'm kind of digging the UFO look too!
I'm curious as to what nondairy milk is, though.

eatme_delicious said...

Jessica: These are quite peanut buttery so maybe you could try using less filling to make it more chocolatey? Nondairy milk is stuff like soy milk, rice milk, hemp milk, almond milk, etc.

A Nurse's Curses said...

Just wanted to tell you how much I adore your blog! I haven't tried many of the recipes yet, but I'm super excited to try some of the veggie meals. And I love your cat.

Jessica said...

Thanks for the tip! And that answer to what nondairy milk seems so obvious now - Ican't believe I asked that!

Deborah said...

I love filled cookies. These look amazing!!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Darling Peanut butter UFO's!

AnnmarieKostyk said...

Serious! These look fantastic! They look like little cookie raviolis! Going to not only make these, but I'm going to post them on my chocolate blog with credit and trackbacks to you. Yummy!

Rachel Baker said...

I just finished making these cookies, and they are delicious (and quite rich, though that's not necessarily a bad thing!). I noticed that they were a bit melty after assembly, so I chilled them in the fridge for about 10 minutes before baking. They didn't spread as much as the ones in the photo and the edges weren't too crunchy, so I think this may have solved the problem you mentioned about over-handling. Thanks for the recipe!

eatme_delicious said...

Rachel: Thanks for the tip about refrigerating! I will have to try that next time. Glad you enjoyed these. :)

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

These look amazing, and I don't even like PB. Going to use the idea :)

Lydia said...

I've made these cookies twice now, and if you make them with a friend (which is totally doable- one does the chocolate mix, one does the peanut butter, and you both assemble, it seriously take half an hour from start to finish. They are so moreish.

I'm enjoying your blog, I can't wait to give it a good read!

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!! Made them a few times and they were gone before I knew it!