Recipe 34: Peanut Butter Surprises

I’ve been eyeing these ones for a long time and it’s finally time to bake them!

SURPRISE! There’s peanut butter in the middle of them! Martha is such a trickster.

You’ll notice a new setup in my pictures today because I moved! I love my new kitchen. There is way better lighting and it even has COUNTER SPACE!

Step 1: Gather ingredients: Chocolate chips, eggs, cocoa powder, peanut butter, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, butter, brown sugar, sugar, vegetable shortening, flour.

Vegetable shortening?! Ew, why?

Step 2: Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder.

Step 3: Beat butter, both sugars, and shortening until light and fluffy.

Step 4: Add eggs, one at a time.

Step 5: Add flour mixture.


Step 6: Stir in chocolate chips, then refrigerate dough for 1 hour.

Ugh. Waiting for dough to chill is agonizing!

Step 7: Mix peanut butter and brown sugar with a rubber spatula.

This is good for you.

Step 8: Drop a tablespoon of dough onto baking sheet and press a thumbprint in each one.

Step 9: Fill thumbprint with 2 teaspoons of peanut butter mixture.

Hell no! These were full with 1 teaspoon of peanut butter mixture.

Step 10: Cover with another tablespoon of dough. Mold together.

These are going to be huge!

Step 11: Bake for about 12 minutes.

These look great!

Link to original recipe

Yields: 30
I got: 24

Start time: 8:45
End time: 10:45 (2 hours)
Martha’s estimated time: 2 hours, 10 mins (I beat her!)

What did I learn?

  • Peanut butter is messy! Wait, I knew that.
  • I can bake and watch the Olympics at the same time without screwing up!

What do I need to learn?

  • What is the purpose of shortening? It’s so greasy and, really, just gross.

Aren’t you glad I made chocolate cookies? Wait, what?! SURPRISE! There’s peanut butter in there!

I’m so stupid.

15 responses to “Recipe 34: Peanut Butter Surprises

  1. Who eats all the things you bake? This is a problem for me when I try new things. If my brothers don’t eat it, I end up throwing it away and most times, I can’t be bothered to cook for one.

  2. These look amazing!! Kinda sort like these that I made:

    Look at all that counter space!! I’m so happy for you. 🙂

    Also P.S. 2 posts in one morning?! You’re spoling me.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the idea of these 😀

  4. Randi

    Look good! I miss getting to eat your treats, These I may have to bake & share with my new group.

  5. You make very gorgeous bakes, lovely! =)

  6. Nicole

    Vegetable shortening makes things better… it is gross but try banana bread with butter and then try it with shortening. The one made with shortening is WAY better!!!

  7. jenn

    MMMMMM! These are SOOOOO good! I was wondering what you did with the PB to make it so creamy…congrats on the counter space and keep em comin buddy 🙂

  8. Lindy Jordan

    Omg they were so good and I got to help!

  9. Ahahah this food blog is awesome! I actually love it, and I’m not just trying to flatter you!
    I’ve never cooked anything by martha stewart before, but you’re kind of inspiring me.
    I’ve just started a bit of a food/fashion blog. I’d love you to check out my blog, and I promise food photography and awesome recipe links!

  10. These look great! I love chocolate and peanut butter together!

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