Chocolate Surprise Cookies Recipe
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Chocolate Surprise Cookies Recipe

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Chocolate and peanut butter are popular with our clan, so I roll them together in this recipe. It's fun watching folks' faces when they bite into the middle.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES:15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ICING:
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 333 calories, 17 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 191 mg sodium, 42 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat peanut butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Roll into thirty 3/4-in. balls. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in another bowl, cream butter, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg white and vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture until blended. Roll into thirty 1-1/2-in. balls.
  3. Using floured hands, flatten chocolate balls and shape one around each peanut butter ball, sealing edges. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  4. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until cookies are set and tops are cracked. Cool for 1 minute. Before removing to wire racks.
  5. For icing, in a small bowl, beat shortening and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla and enough milk to reach spreading consistency. Spoon into a resealable plastic bag or pastry bag; cut a small hole in corner of bag. Pipe icing over cookies in a zigzag pattern. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Reduced-fat peanut butter is not recommended for this recipe.
Originally published as Chocolate Surprise Cookies in Country Woman March/April 2001, p29

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Reviewed Jul. 19, 2015

"These are amazing! They do take some time, but are definitely worth it. I usually put in just a teeny bit less flour than it calls for to help with the dryness. I never bother with the icing either - they don't need it."

Reviewed Jun. 7, 2014

"I did something wrong. My dough was dry and the cookies were dry. I cook with recipes and don't know a lot of technique. Maybe if I added some drops of water to the dough? These are A LOT of work, took a very long time. I will not the try to make these again, just because of how long it took. I don't want to waste time just for them to turn out the same way."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2012

"These are amazing!! We left the icing off the top. It taste like a soft buckeye. Or my husband said if reese's made a cookie this would be it."

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"Wonderful!!! I make these for gifts or just to have around the house! I don't use the drizzle on top and they still turn out great!"

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