Chocolate and peanut butter is by far my favorite combo. I am a sucker for anything that combines these two wonderful joys of life! So coming up with a cookie recipe that consisted of my favorite combo was a no brainer. The trick was to achieve that gooey peanut butter center within my favorite cookie flavor - triple chocolate. If you love this combo too, we know you will love these Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies.
Can I use any cookie recipe for the outside?
I don't see why not! We have tried these with regular chocolate chip and double/triple chocolate and both are winners. Adding chopped pecans is delicious as well. As long as peanut butter makes sense with the other cookie flavors, you can make this work.
What's the trick to getting that perfectly gooey center of these Triple Chocolate Surprise Cookies?
The trick to this recipe is the peanut butter filling itself. It needs to be thickened and sweetened slightly. To do this, you will mix powdered sugar into the peanut butter with a touch of honey. We prefer to use a hand mixer to get it nicely combined and slightly whipped, but feel free to mix by hand if you are confident that you can get it to be smooth. Once combined, you need to take dollops of the peanut butter mixture and freeze them for a minimum of 30 minutes before using them in the cookie dough. This will allow the center to cook slower than the outside cookie layer and leave you with the perfect melty center. You also want your dough to be chilled, so don't skip this step in the recipe!
How do I get the peanut butter inside the dough?
Once the peanut butter has been in the freezer for a while, getting it inside the dough is pretty easy. You simply roll the dough into balls and chill in the fridge for 15 minutes, then take the frozen peanut butter mixture and press it right into the center of each dough ball. You will then shape the dough around the peanut butter ensuring that it is completely covered. Once all your dough balls are shaped, place your cookie tray back in the fridge for about 5 minutes prior to bake.
We hope you enjoy these Triple Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies! If you give them a try, leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!
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