Now that it is September, football season is under way. You know what that means? Tailgating time! I’ve never actually tailgated before, but I have stuffed my face in front of the tv watching the Steelers play. That’s close enough, right? #SundaySupper is bringing you a big menu so full of food that you’ll need your stretchy pants. Of course you can’t have a party without dessert. When you’re tailgating, you’re eating and mingling at the same time. You need something portable, something you can eat with one hand. Something like a cookie. Of course I couldn’t do just a plain cookie. I did Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies. That’s right – I stuffed cookies.
Growing up, I collected a lot of recipes. First, I started with my mom’s magazines. Then as I got older, I started printing from websites. Stuff that I want to make but never got around to it, especially with the 300+ cookbooks that I have (I haven’t counted in a long time. I’m assuming I’m still around there). These Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies have been in my binder forever. Every time I flip through, I stare at the picture of that peanut butter filling shoved into a chocolate cookie. Finally, I had enough. I wanted cookies. I wanted that chocolate goodness. I wanted that peanut butter surprise. I wanted a plate full of heaven.
It’s no surprise that chocolate and peanut butter make the perfect couple. I made fudge. I made ice cream. I made cake. Now it’s time for cookies. I’ve made stuffed cookies before but failed. The filling oozed out everywhere, so I was a bit hesitant. Will these cookies turn out as planned? Will I cover the filling completely? Or will there be peanut butter (and a mess) everywhere? As you can see, they were stuffed beautifully. The peanut butter filling is stiff enough that even if it wasn’t covered completely, it probably wouldn’t make too much of hot mess.
These Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies are sturdy enough to mail, so add these to your holiday mailing list. I sent my friend a dozen of these as a very belated birthday gift. Pretty sure she didn’t mind since I sent cookies. Just make sure you pack the box well with padding (bubble wrap or plastic air bags) and wrap the cookies in plastic wrap. Also, mail them on a Monday or Tuesday so they aren’t sitting in the post office over the weekend. Depending on the location, it usually takes about 3 days to arrive.
- 1 1/2 cups flour, sifted
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- For the cookies: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, cinnamon and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter. Add egg, milk, and vanilla, beating well. Beat in half of the flour mixture. The batter will be really thick. Finish adding the rest of the flour by hand with a spoon. Form the dough into 32 balls, roughly 1 inch. Set aside.
- For the peanut butter filling: In a medium bowl, beat together the powdered sugar and peanut butter for 2-3 minutes. The filling will look like little beads. If it doesn’t become a smooth mixture automatically, turn off the mixer and knead by hand until it all comes together. Form the filling into 32 balls.
- Preheat the oven to 350F°. Slightly flatten one chocolate dough ball and place a peanut butter filling ball in the middle. Shape the chocolate dough completely around the filling and roll into a ball, sealing in the filling. Repeat with remaining dough. Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto an ungreased baking pan. Lightly flatten cookies and sprinkle a little bit of sugar on top.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until set and are slightly cracked on top. Cool on pan for a few minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Source: Adapted from Bake or Break
Planning a few football parties this year? Here is a menu of must-have foods:
Pre Game Warm-ups:
- Sausage Balls by My Catholic Kitchen
- Edamame Hummus by Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Slow Cooker Rueben Dip by The Meltaways
- Buffalo Wing Hummus by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Smokey Guacamole with Bacon by Family Spice
- Pepperoni & Mozzarella Pull Apart by In the Kitchen with KP
- Boneless Honey BBQ Chicken Wings by Juanita’s Cocina
- Candied Pecans by From Fast Food to Fresh Food
- Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips with Sweet Chili Sauce by Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
- Swabian Mini Meatballs (Schwaebische Mini Fleischkuechle) by Galactosemia in PDX
- Joe Montana’s Touchdown Guacamole by Noshing with the Nolands
- Cheddar Cheese Jalapeno Bites by Mama.Mommy.Mom.
- Hot & Spicy Popcorn Chicken by My Trials in the Kitchen
- Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites by Family Foodie
- Soft Pretzels with Spicy Beer Cheese Sauce by girlichef
- Game Day Loaded Nachos by The Messy Baker
- Buffalo Chicken Dip by Home Cooking Memories
- Southwestern Spring Rolls by Supper for a Steal
- Pepperoni Pizza Puffs by Comfy Cuisine
- Roasted Garlic Bacon Dip with Easy Homemade Tortilla Chips by Daily Dish Recipes
- Beer Battered Spiced Sweet Potato Lentil Fritters by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Indian Spiced Chicken Meatballs by Soni’s Food for Thought
On the Sidelines:
- Anne’s Best Potato Salad with Bacon and Peas by Webicurean
- Simple Roasted Purple Potatoes by Ruffles and Truffles
- Spicy BBQ Baked Beans by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Papa’s Potato Salad & Baked Beans by Kwistin’s Favorites
- Gluten Free Breakfast Sandwich by Cooking Underwriter
- Pollo Adobado con Papas (Adobo Chicken with Potatoes) by La Cocina de Leslie
- Poor Man’s Burrito by Shockingly Delicious
- Ham and Mushroom Handpies by Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Individual Muffuletta Sandwiches by Magnolia Days
- Far East Steak Salad by Diabetic Foodie
- Italian Sloppy Joes by The Weekend Gourmet
- Hot Chicken Chili by Momma’s Meals
- Louisiana Sloppy Joes by Sustainable Dad
- Hawaiian Chicken Wraps by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Grandpa Sal’s Sausage and Peppers by Daddy Knows Less
- Fancy Filet Chili by I Run for Wine
- Homemade Italian Sausage by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Jalapeno Crockpot Chili by Mama’s Blissful Bites
- Flavorful Fall Marinade by Midlife Road Trip
- Moose Chili by Mrs. Mama Hen
- Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies by Chocolate Moosey
- Streusel Topped Pumpkin Bread by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Zucchini Cupcakes by In the Kitchen with Audrey
- Oven-Baked Churros by Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Swirl Nutella Cupcakes by Basic N Delicious
- Peanut Butter and Pretzel Truffles by Gotta Get Baked
From the Cooler:
Wine Pairings by Wine Everyday
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