Chocolate Peanut Butter Puddle Cookies

Sometimes the best things come out of a craving for a specific ingredient. I came up with these little gems out of a great love for thumb print cookies and the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. I later thought of peanut butter and jam thumb prints but have yet to make them. The are just as easy to make as any other cookie but look special.  Also they are not the best travelling cookie, but if appearances do not matter, they make a tummy happy.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Puddles

  • 1 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • a sprinkle of salt
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (not the natural kind)
  • a handful of chocolate chips

Method

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Combine dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, cream sugars, eggs and butter. Add dry ingredients into butter and sugar mix.

Roll into balls the size of a walnut, place on cookie sheet. Press in with your thumb to create a well, spoon in a scant 1/2 tsp of peanut butter, it doe not have to lie flat. Top with a few chocolate chips and repeat. Bake for 9-12 minutes .

Watch these because  like all chocolate based cookies, it’s hard to tel when they are done, usually closer to 9 minutes then let them rest out of the oven on the pan for a few minutes before placing them on the cooling rack. Let cool completely before eating because the peanut butter will run and could burn you.

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