Magic in the Middle Cookies

Don’t judge me, but I would seriously eat these cookies out of the trash. Gross, I know. But it’s true. Chocolate cookies with peanut butter goodness in the middle……..yea…..I’d call that magic. I actually made these cookies one day when my camera wasn’t charged, I scrapped the recipe I thought I was going to make that day for the blog and made these because I didn’t figure they would be any big deal. Wrong. Eric and I ate “a couple” that night and I sent the rest to work with him the next day so that I didn’t finish them for breakfast (yes, that’s really happened before). Eric said of all the things I have sent to work with him, nothing has flown off his desk like these cookies. And by the end of the day, someone asked if I would make some for her that weekend. Yeehaw! These are a hit!

I have to preface the rest of this post by saying that the pictures are mostly an epic failure. Incandescent lighting, aluminum foil, and a very tired mom (I made these in the middle of the night) make for bad photography. So while I documented the process while making them (which I hope is particularly helpful in this post), the finished product I photographed in the morning in natural light.

I was a little unsure of how to get the “magic” into the middle of these cookies, so while doing I, I snapped pictures of each step to show you. You’re welcome.

You mix up the chocolate cookie dough and then mix up the filling. The peanut butter filling you roll into small balls (I used a 1 tsp. measure spoon), you should get about 26 from one batch.

Next roll the chocolate cookie dough into bigger balls, I used a tablespoon sized cookie scoop. Worked perfectly. Same math here, you should get about 26.

Then use your thumb or index finger to made indentations into each ball of chocolate cookie dough

Then place a ball of the peanut butter filling in the indentation of each chocolate cookie.

The fold up the sides around the peanut butter filling and smooth the dough out to cover it completely. If you are a perfectionist, this will frustrate you. If you can see some peanut butter through the dough, it’s ok. These will be annoying cookies to make if you insist every one of them be perfectly shaped and smooth so get over that.

Now the best part! Roll them in sugar! And press each one down with a glass, approximately to 1/2 inch thickness

Then bake. And eat them. Right of the cookie sheet, they’ll fall apart and your hands will get burned but it will be totally worth it. Or you could let them cool like normal, patient, disciplined people but what fun would that be? We like to throw ours in the microwave for 10 seconds before eating them. Delicious.

Magic in the Middle Cookies

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Chocolate Dough

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (as always, I used about a tablespoon of black cocoa and the rest regular unsweetened cocoa)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk

Peanut butter filling

  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup powedered sugar

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

To make the dough: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the sugars, butter, and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the egg, beating to combine, then stir in the dry ingredients, blending well. It will make a thick dough. It reminds me of a chewy browny consistency.

To make the filling: In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter and powdered sugar until smooth.  Using a teaspoon measure spoon or scoop, roll the filling into 26 one-inch balls.
To shape the cookies: Scoop 1 tablespoon of the dough, make an indentation in the center with your 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 granulated sugar, and place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies. Using the bottom of a drinking glass, flatten each cookie to about 1/2-inch thick. Bake the cookies for 7 to 9 minutes, or until they’re set. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a rack (if you can wait that long).


  1. says

    Link copied and sent to people with baking skills, now hoping for the best or, if need be, trying to make them on my own. Congrats on Freshly Pressed!

  2. says

    Not even remotely fair … I’m STARVING!!!

    But these look ah-maz-ing…truly. I’ve been looking for a new fun cookie recipe to make with my kiddos … and I think you just made my job that much easier. Thank you!

  3. says

    We are a peanut butter loving household – Hubbie, myself and dog (our little one is just being introduced but I’m sure he will be a lover soon enough). These cookies sound like the perfect cookies to add to our list of favorites – I’ll be trying them out this very week! Thanks for sharing.

  4. says

    I have so totally eaten leftover cookies for breakfast. Really, are we supposed to deprive ourselves? These. Look. Awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  5. says

    These look delicious! I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, but I love that the peanut butter is pretty much a surprise – what a great idea to make them that way!

  6. says

    Are you trying to kill me? Wow! They look awesome. I’m a big baker and cook. And I’m telling you that I can’t write this recipe because I will make them and eat everyone of them. No joke. I love to bake but had to stop because last year I packed on 35 pounds.

    Since then, I’ve lost the weight and must stay away from baking. And your cookies look to die for.

  7. says

    OMG, those cookies looks awesome. I could eat them all right now…
    Thanks for sharing the recipe and the steps :) I’ll try to make them.

    Greetings from Chile!

  8. says

    these sound amazing! i must admitt…when i first saw the title i thought maybe these were drug infused cookies. turns out, it’s peanut butter. even better! i plan to make these this week…and i’ll likely eat the entire batch myself. i anticipate a stomach ache :)

  9. says

    i wish i had these cookies right now! they look delicious…and i think your photography looks just fine! thanks for sharing i might have to make these for my work potluck!

  10. says

    I never, and I mean NEVER bake, but I think I might give it a shot for these bad boys. Or maybe I will just bribe a less domestically challenged friend to make them for me, either way I need these in my life pronto!

  11. fireandair says

    Holy crap. I’d offer you a kidney in payment for these little bits of heaven, but I think you might need a pancreas after a handful of them. These look AMAZING.

  12. says

    Oh my goodness, I have to make these! And I love your post, I was laughing and drooling all the way through it! My husband loves choc/pb combination so I really will have to make these for him!

  13. says

    Yummy. Thanks for sharing,…I think…must stay on diet…must stay on diet…so HARD to stay on diet. Your pictures are great!

  14. says

    I don’t think “magic in the middle” is sufficient enough to describe these cookies. The minute I read this, I thought HEAVEN and that I want to make these now (if only I weren’t at work). I love love chocolate and I love PB, so putting them together is just amazing (my favorite sandwich is Nutella and PB!!)

    I will definitely be baking these!

    Congrats on being featured on Freshly pressed!

  15. says

    I think that maybe even I could make these cookies… and I’m kind of dangerous in the kitchen whether I’m cooking or even using the microwave. These look so delish though!

  16. says

    LOL @ eating them right out of the trash! They must be good! Peanut butter and chocolate is usually a good combo. Speaking of, you should try dark chocolate peanut buttter….I forget the brand that makes it but they sell it at Wal Mart.

  17. says

    What a pretty cookie… and all the right flavors! I just found your blog, so glad I did! Can’t wait to read through some other recipes:) (and I have eaten cookies for breakfast as well;)

  18. says


    I do not/cannot eat chocolate because it makes me mean. (ok, maybe a Timbit every six months….!)(a Timbit is a donut hole filled in!!).

    When I used to be able to eat chocolate, I would NEVER combine it with peanut butter, (I wouldn’t even smell a Reese’s pieces!!

    BUT, I now have a deep craving for one of your cookies!! Seriously, I may need to harm someone….. (which will be a lot easier once I eat the chocolate and turn into a me I never want to be!!)

    On another, yet related, note… I am NOT, NOT, NOT a cook, or a baker. Yet, running through my mind are thoughts of:
    Do I have any of these ingredients?
    Am I too much of a perfectionist to handle these misshapen oddities?
    What does she mean: “1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk” ? Does a large egg not already come with a large yolk?
    Small bowl? Medium bowl? Who the heck knows??
    Preheat the oven?? Is that the thing that would be a heck of a hidden bookshelf?

    AND, my family will be so shocked when I bring these out?
    What am I thinking? I must be hallucinating!
    I’ve got to get back to my blog…………..

    Congratulations, A Sweeter Thing, on being Freshly Pressed!!
    You have a beautiful blog! You have a knack with pictures!


  19. says

    These look absolutely amazing! My stomach almost jumped out of mouth just at the sight of them! This is definitely something I’m going to have to bake soon :] Chocolate and peanut butter are my favorite things and when they’re mixed together…Words can’t describe how wonderful it is

  20. says

    Damn … Didn’t eat breakfast this morning, so I KNOW I would eat those out of the trash right now. They look so good! I’m going to use this recipe if time this holiday season allows me – and I get properly motivated – to do holiday cookies. Thanks!

  21. says

    Reading this was SUCH a bad idea… PB and chocolate is the best combo ever. Most definitely magic. Now I want those cookies. Will you make some for me? ;)
    Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  22. says

    I am….speechless, and drooling all over my keyboard. YUM. Yum, oh yum. I must get home and make these…and someone mentioned Nutella?!?!!!! I have Nutella at home, oh this is going to be dangerous!!

  23. says

    I have actually been looking for a peanut butter cookie recipe to try this week so I will give this a go, thanks. And I feel you pain, sometimes you can make the yummiest food and you just cant get the right lighting for the shot, its so frustrating, but these look great. Well done :)

  24. says

    Oh my goodness, these are absolutely lush! Thankyou for posting about them! I hatched a batch myself after reading this post and I can tell you, no other cookie has ever disappeared at such a rate as these have! I have blogged about them too, they were so good, i just had to! I love these cookies :-)

  25. Marathon Gal says

    The first time that I came across thie blog post I didn’t book mark it. As a result, I have just spent the past hour going through my computer history to find it again. This time I don’t intend to lose it again. I will instead be trying the recipte out for myself.


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