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Chocolate candy surprises in the center of these chewy peanut butter cookies.

Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

  • 2½ cups unbleached, all-purpose flour

  • 1½ tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1 tsp salt

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces, at room temperature

  • ½ cup non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • 1½ cups peanut butter (creamy or chunky)

  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 45 milk chocolate or caramel filled chocolate candies, each about ¾ inch square*

  •  sugar for dusting cookies

*Use candies such as Dove Promises®, Mini Rolo® Bites, squares of Cadbury® Caramello® or filled Perugina® chocolates.


  1. Place flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir with a whisk to blend. Reserve.

  2. Place the butter and shortening in the Cuisinart™ mixing bowl. Insert the flat mixing paddle. Turn to speed 1 and blend for 1 minute, increase to speed 4 and cream for 2 minutes. Scrape the bowl and paddle. Cream for one minute longer on speed 4. Add both sugars, and cream for 2 minutes on speed 4. Add peanut butter, creaming for 1 minute on speed 4. Scrape the bowl and paddle. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing on speed 2 for 15 to 20 seconds after each egg is added. Add vanilla and mix for 15 seconds. Scrape the bowl and paddle. Add half the dry ingredients; mix using speed 1 for 1 minute. Scrape the bowl and paddle. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix using speed 1 until blended in, about 45 seconds.

  3. Scoop out the dough into walnut-sized balls (you may use a #40 ice cream scoop), shape each around a piece of chocolate and form into balls. Roll in granulated sugar. Refrigerate for 2 hours or longer before baking.

  4. Fifteen minutes before baking, preheat oven to 375°F. Line baking sheets with parchment. Roll chilled cookie dough balls in granulated sugar again. Arrange evenly spaced, at least 2½ inches apart, on prepared baking sheets.

  5. Bake in preheated oven for 14 to 16 minutes. Let stand 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Let cookies cool for 10 minutes or longer before eating so that the melted filling does not burn the tongue and has a chance to set.


Servings: 45 Cookies

Nutritional information per serving

No nutrition information available

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