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Magic Peanut Butter Middle Cookies

Magic Peanut Butter Middle Cookies
(Chocolate Cookies with Peanut Butter Filling)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup margarine, softened
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
3/4 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
- In small bowl combine flour, cocoa and baking soda, blend well. In large bowl beat sugar, brown sugar, margarine and 1/4 cup peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg., beat well. Stir in flour mixture until blended; set aside. In small bowl, combine filling ingredients; blend well. Roll into 30 (1-inch) balls.
- For each cookie, with floured hands shape about 1 tablespoon dough around peanut butter ball, covering completely. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with bottom of glass dipped in sugar.
- Bake at 375 degrees F oven 7 to 9 minutes or until set and slightly cracked. Cool on wire racks. Decorate if desired. Makes 30 cookies.

Magic Peanut Butter Middle Cookies
Recipe Notes
Magic Peanut Butter Middle Cookies
May 12, 2018

You will be deliciously rewarded when you make these chocolate peanut butter cookies. The recipe is from an old magazine clipping I've had for many years.

My cookies came out alittle different than the ones pictured in the magazine article. I had 2 less cookies (28) than the 30 cookie yield from the recipe, however mine appear to be much thicker than the cookies pictured in the clipping. Below are the steps I took for this recipe.

Magazine clipping of Magic Peanut Butter Middles Cookie recipe
  1. Mix the ingredients for both the chocolate dough and the peanut butter filling
  2. Chill both the dough and the filling in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  3. Once chilled, make peanut butter balls weighing about 9-10 grams. Yield - 28 balls.
  4. Scoop balls of chocolate dough using small cookie scoop. Yield 43 balls. (Slice 14 of the chocolate dough balls in half to top peanut butter filling)
  5. Flatten chocolate dough into about 2-inch circle. Place peanut butter ball on top and flatten to about 1 1/2inch. Use 1/2 chocolate dough ball flattened to cover the peanut butter filling. Work the bottom dough up the sides to cover the filling. Smooth into a disc.
  6. Roll in sugar. (Use cookie press, if desired, for a fancier cookie)
Peanut butter filling and chocolate cookie dough balls, part of prep for cookies
Peanut butter filling placed on top of chocolate cookie dough
Cookie assembly with peanut butter filling sandwiched between choclate cookie dough
Magic Peanut Butter Middle Cookies on cookie sheet before baking with cookie press
Nutrition Information
Magic Middle Peanut Butter Cookies
Serving Size:
Amount Per Serving
Calories 4237.50
Calories from Fat 1776.50
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 86%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 14%
Iron 121%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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Measuring spoons

When you want to reduce a recipe, a set of these measuring spoons are good to have on hand.
  • Tad = 1/4 teaspoon
  • Dash = 1/8 teaspoon
  • Pinch = 1/16 teaspoon
  • Smidgeon = 1/32 teaspoon
  • Drop = 1/64 teaspoon