peanut butter munchies*

These cookies are so delicious! They are just like a Reese's, only in cookie form. Reese's are Landon's favorite candy, so I will need to make these for him sometime soon! He has been suffering from the flu as of late (which by the way he has passed on to me - thanks honey), so I should make these when he is eating again :). These were made for a baby shower for one of my staff whom was working while I made them, so I couldn't do anything that was too obvious since her baby shower was a surprise! I would highly recommend eating them straight out of the oven while they are still warm. They are melt in your mouth amazingness! But they are good cooled down, too.

Peanut Butter Munchies
from Better Homes and Gardens

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda; set aside.

2. In a large mixing bowl beat together butter, the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and the 1/4 cup peanut butter with an electric mixer until combined. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. 
Beat in as much of the dry ingredients as you can with mixer. Stir in remaining dry ingredients by hand with a wooden spoon.
Form chocolate dough into 32 balls about 1-1/4 inches in diameter. Set aside.

3. For peanut butter filling, in a medium mixing bowl combine powdered sugar and the remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter until smooth. 

At first it will look like this. Keep beating until it ends up looking like this:

Shape mixture into 32 (3/4-inch) balls.

4. On a work surface, slightly flatten a chocolate dough ball and top with a peanut butter ball. 
Shape the chocolate dough over the peanut butter filling, completely covering the filling. Roll dough into a ball. 
Repeat with the remaining chocolate dough and peanut butter filling balls.

5. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Lightly flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in the 2 tablespoons granulated sugar.

6. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 8 minutes or until they're just set and surface is slightly cracked. Let cookies stand for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool. Makes 32 cookies.
YUMMY! These things are SO good! I could literally eat the whole batch right out of the oven! I can't wait to make these again when we get feeling better in the Cundy household :)



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