Chocolate Peanut Butter Big Boys


There's a ongoing joke in my house that my cookies, no matter what recipe, flavour, or technique I use, will always turn out perfectly plump (envision the late Chris Farley in cookie form).  My mother-in-law affectionately calls them "big boys".  But this time I really outdid myself.  These chocolate-peanut butter sandwich cookies are so exceptionally round that they are hard to maneuver into your mouth.  Nothing bite-sized here, folks.

These cookies, to me, symbolize the perfect ending to an overly indulgent weekend.  A weekend in which I ate lobster-eggs bennie, drank cheap champagne, and rode the escalator at Holt Renfrew whilst sipping on hot cocoa and allowing their fake-snow machine to lightly douse me in holiday spirit.  Yep, a weekend like that can only be followed up by a massive cookie and a shot of milk on Monday morning. Here's the recipe:


Chocolate Peanut Butter Big Boys
Original recipe idea from Seeded at the Table 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, soft
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk

1 cup crunchy peanut butter
3/4 cup icing sugar

Peanuts or cashews for topping (optional)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (or 325 if your oven is as insanely hot as mine).
Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. 

1- Combine your dry ingredients in a bowl (cocoa powder, flour, baking powder and salt) and set aside.
2- In another bowl, mix together your brown and granulated sugar, butter and 1/4 cup of your peanut butter until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla until well combined. Add in your flour, little by little, kneading until a dough forms. I added two tablespoons of milk to soften the dough, as I found it a bit hard. You be the judge. Set aside.
3-To make the cookie's filling, combine the rest of the peanut butter (3/4 cup) and your icing sugar until blended.
4-To form cookies, roll a scoop of your chocolate dough into a ball and flatten until it form a cookie base. Take a half ball of peanut butter filling and flatten over the base. Roll another ball of the chocolate dough and flatten on top of the filling, forming a chocolate sandwich with a peanut butter centre.  Repeat this process until all the dough is finished.  Top with a peanut or cashew.
5- Since these cookies are monstrous, I ended up leaving them in the oven for 15 minutes before they were done.  The top will look and feel a bit crumbly when they're ready.
6- Let cool and make sure that you leave room for dessert, or rather make room. You can do it, champ!