Although National Peanut Butter day has come and gone this article goes out to one of my tried and true favorite condiments, Peanut Butter. I don’t know if peanut butter is technically considered a condiment but it is a spread that often goes in sandwiches so I’m going to say it is. Growing up I never really liked any condiments, I hated ketchup, never was big on jam, butter is kind of boring and I have only recently started to like mustard and cream cheese (I feel like those two words should never be next to each other, let alone in the same sentence) but peanut butter always got a thumbs up. It had a special place in my heart, especially since it was more of a ‘special occasion’ food. I couldn’t bring it to school, so that ruled out most lunches, and my mother always prepared elaborate dinners meaning that a PB sandwich was out of the question so that only left breakfast. The only problem with that was that I hardly ever woke up in time to eat breakfast, but when I did my first choice was always peanut butter toast (on leftover Challah of course!)
Although peanut butter can be a tricky savory ingredient, because it doesn’t go with much besides jam and bread, it had made a name for itself in the sweet world. If you need further evidence go buy yourself a pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, my mother favorite candy bar. Chocolate and Peanut Butter have been a classic combo for centuries so I decided to give it a whirl on my own and make these cookies! I have to admit I was a little worried, I’ve tried the whole hidden surprise thing before with the web famous oreo-stuffed-inside-a-chocolate-chip-cookie and was underwhelmed by the results. Safe to say that the results of these cookies were far superior. These cookies have everything you can want, a complex but complementary flavor combo, a crisper outside and even a gooey middle, truly something for everyone.
Although these cookies do look a little complex once you get the hang of it they are pretty easy, although I will admit they are rather time consuming. I created an assembly line of sorts. First is formed the chocolate balls and flattened them. Then I placed little peanut butter balls on top of all the flattened circles. Finally I encased the peanut butter, making sure to seal the chocolate batter on all sides and flatten slightly before baking. I know this seems like a bit of a process but trust me these cookies are worth it!
Also once again, this amazing photos was taken by amazingly talented mother but were made 100% by me. Enjoy!