Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

Cuisinart original

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



Makes about 66 cookies


3¾       cups unbleached all-purpose flour

2¼       teaspoons baking soda

1½       teaspoons baking powder

1½       teaspoons salt

¾         cup unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces, at room temperature

¾         cup non-hydrogenated vegetable shortening

1 1⁄8     cups (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons) packed brown sugar

1 1⁄8     cups (1 cup plus 2 tablespoons) granulated sugar

2¼       cups peanut butter (creamy or chunky)

3          large eggs, at room temperature

1½       teaspoons pure vanilla extract

66        milk chocolate or caramel-filled chocolate candies, each about ¾-inch square*

           granulated sugar for coating cookies

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

Nutritional information

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

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. Scrape the bowl and paddle. 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.

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.

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.

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.