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.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Big Boys
Original recipe idea from Seeded at the Table
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
2 tablespoons milk
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
3/4 cup icing sugar
Peanuts or cashews for topping (optional)
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!