Chocolate Surprise Rounds

These delicious cookes are a wonderful way to use up left over peanut butter play dough.  They are so good, however, that you may find yourself making them just to enjoy!  Adults and kids alike enjoy the peanut butter surprise inside the tasty chocolate.  If you are using left over peanut butter dough, make sure you have about half of the recipe remaining.  Otherwise, you may need to make extra filling.

You will need:

1 1/2 c. flour                                      
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. salt                                       
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c cocoa                                      
1/4 c. peanut butter
1/2 tsp. baking soda                       
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. sugar                                     
1 egg

If you aren't using left over peanut butter dough, you will also need:

Filling:

3/4 c peanut butter (creamy will give the best texture)

3/4 c powdered sugar

 Peanut butter suprise cookies on a plate
 The dry ingredients for peanut butter suprise rounds 1.  Mix the flour, salt, cocoa and baking soda.
 Yummy dough 2.  Mix the sugar, butter, and peanut butter until it is fluffy.  Beat in the vanilla and egg.  Mix in the dry ingredients.  Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
 Mix the wet ingredients 3.  Mix the filling ingredients if you need to make the filling.  Add a bit of water or some extra sugar if needed to get a stiff, but pliable dough.
 

4.  Roll the peanut butter filling in little balls, about 3/4 of an inch in diameter.  For perfectly sized cookies, use a cookie scoop.

Roll the chocolate dough into balls, about 1 inch in diamter.  Flatten each ball between your palms and drape it over a peanut butter ball.  Then flatten each cookie with a glass dipped in sugar.  Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes.

Peanut butter has been around for centuries, though our classic peanut butter sandwich is recent.  Patents for machines making peanut butter were issued in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Peanut butter is high in protein, relatively inexpensive, tasty, and easy to use -making it a favorite among lunch packing people everywhere!

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