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Chocolate Surprise Cookies Recipe

Chocolate Surprise Cookies Recipe

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. YIELD:15 servings


  • 3/4 cup peanut butter*
  • 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, 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


  • 1. In a mixing bowl, cream peanut butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Roll into thirty 3/4-in. balls. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, cream butter, peanut butter and sugars. Beat in egg white and vanilla. Combine flour, cocoa and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture. Roll into thirty 1-1/2-in. balls.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. For icing, in a small mixing bowl, cream shortening and confectioners' sugar. 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.

Nutritional 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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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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