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Chocolate Surprise Cookies

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
    2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • CHOCOLATE DOUGH:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Using floured hands, flatten chocolate balls and shape one around each peanut butter ball, sealing edges. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 333 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 191mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.
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