Magic in the Middle Cookies

Magic in the Middle

I am due to have a baby any day. My fourth, actually. Fourth boy to be exact. (UPDATE: this was posted almost eight years ago…so no, I’m not pregnant or about to deliver these days, but it’s kind of insane to think I was blogging way back then.)

Because of this and the amount of recipes I have to share with you, I’ve been torn about whether to rush and post them all now or spread them out to be posted after I have the baby, since I know not much cooking and baking will be done for a while once this baby arrives.

I haven’t quite decided what to do but I have a feeling I’ll be posting more frequently for the next couple days in order to get the word out about some amazing recipes, because I’m not sure I’ll have much time to even post for a while after the baby arrives.

In honor of that goal, here is a fabulous cookie recipe I have had bookmarked from King Arthur Flour for a while now.

I made these a few months ago, and they were phenomenal.

I love the chocolate peanut butter combo and the cookies came out perfectly soft with a yummy, warm peanut butter center. This has definitely made it on my favorite cookie list!

Magic in the Middle Cookies

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Chocolate Dough:

  • 1 1/2 cups (6 3/8 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar (plus extra for dredging)
  • 1/2 cup (3 3/4 ) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk

Peanut butter filling:

  • 3/4 cup peanut butter, crunchy or smooth, your choice
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) confectioners’ sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
  2. To make the dough: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In another medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the sugars, butter, and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and the egg, beating to combine, then stir in the dry ingredients, blending well.
  3. To make the filling: In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter and confectioners sugar until smooth. With floured hands or a teaspoon scoop, roll the filling into 26 one-inch balls.
  4. To shape the cookies: Scoop 1 tablespoon of the dough (a lump about the size of a walnut), make an indentation in the center with your finger and place one of the peanut butter balls into the indentation.
  5. Bring the cookie dough up and over the filling, pressing the edges together cover the center; roll the cookie in the palms of your hand to smooth it out. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling. Roll each rounded cookie in granulated sugar, and place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies. Grease the bottom of a drinking glass, and use it to flatten each cookie to about 1/2-inch thick. Bake the cookies for 7 to 9 minutes, or until they’re set and you can smell chocolate. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a rack.
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Recipe Source: from King Arthur Flour Blog