Peanut Butter Munchies

Peanut Butter Munchies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup peanut butter

1 egg

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/4 cup sifted confectioners’ sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter (we used extra crunchy)

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In medium bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda; set aside.

In a large bowl beat together butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar and 1/4 cup peanut butter until combined. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Beat in as much of the flour mixture as you can. Stir in remaining flour mixture. Form the chocolate dough into 32 balls about 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Set aside.

For filling: Combine confectioners’ sugar and 1/2 cup peanut butter until smooth. Shape mixture into 32 3/4-inch balls.

On a work surface, slightly flatten a chocolate dough ball. Top with peanut butter ball. For each cookie, shape the chocolate dough over the peanut butter filling, completely covering the filling. Roll dough into a ball.

Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Lightly flatten with the bottom of a buttered glass dipped in 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.

Bake cookies for 8 minutes, or until just set and surface slightly cracks. Let stand 1 minute. Transfer to wire racks; cool. Makes 32.

To store: Place cookies in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container. Cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Adapted by John Palucka from “Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Cookies 2002”

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