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The Best Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies Ever

Updated on June 25, 2017
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I love to cook, bake. and share my favorite recipes. Food brings our families together to talk, celebrate, and create memories.

Whether they've been baked for a cookie exchange, a potluck supper, or a "welcome to the neighborhood" offering, these cookies have served me well for three decades. The unbeatable combination of chocolate and peanut butter makes them a favorite among family and friends.

How to Make "Magic Peanut Butter Middles" for the Person who Craves the Peanut Butter and Chocolate Combination

If you're like me, there nothing better than the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. That's why these cookies are my favorite!
If you're like me, there nothing better than the combination of peanut butter and chocolate. That's why these cookies are my favorite! | Source

Magic Peanut Butter Middles: The Early Years

Can a cookie recipe tell the story of your life? If so, Magic Peanut Butter Middles tells mine. I first made these cookies when I was a rookie kindergarten teacher. I needed a fabulous treat for our monthly faculty potlucks -- something to make the veteran teachers drool with delight and fall to their knees, begging for the recipe. I was a single gal in my 20s who'd consume a bag of microwave popcorn and call it dinner. I didn't have a file box jammed full of time-tested recipes passed down from great grandma like other teachers did. I had just finished college and my culinary experience was limited at best (but I could whip up a mean plate of Ramen).My recipe for Magic Peanut Butter Middles was it for me and, thank goodness, it proved to be enough.

Even though we were overtaxed educators working long hours at an inner-city school, the female teachers still judged one another by their adeptness in the kitchen (so much for the feminist movement). Once a month we traveled back in time to the 1950s and were homemakers like June Cleaver in perfectly pressed dresses with pearls around our necks and every hair in place. Our worth as human beings was determined by the food we presented -- how it looked and how it tasted. I wanted to take a lofty position beside Kay, the darling of the potluck. Her cinnamon rolls were gushed over all day long -- in the faculty room before the morning bell when they were first brought forth, during recess break when they were wolfed down by the hungry pack, and at the lunch hour when everybody reminisced about how excruciatingly delicious they were.

However, I secretly longed to be like Peg -- the no-nonsense, no frills eighth grade teacher who refused to get caught up in this monthly cooking competition. She'd plop down a bag of store-bought rolls next to the homemade chicken-cheese enchiladas, the seven layer gelatin salad, and the pumpkin-butterscotch gingerbread trifle without a twinge of guilt. She was there to teach science, math, history, and language arts -- not impress with her cooking know-how.

I, on the other hand, wanted to be accepted by the other teachers. I'd stay up late after completing my lesson plans, dog tired from teaching both morning and afternoon kindergarten classes, and bake Magic Peanut Butter Middles. I'd listen to Whitney Houston and Teddy Pendergrass sing of romantic love, hoping it really existed but starting to have doubts : "I'll hold you, and touch you/And make you my woman/I'll give you my love with sweet surrender/Tonight our hearts will beat as one/And I will hold you and touch you/And make you my woman tonight."

The next day it all seemed worth the lack of sleep when I scored brownie points (well, cookie points) with the faculty for my Magic Peanut Butter Middles. Nobody seemed to mind that I made them again and again. In fact, I was getting requests to do just that!

Snagging Me a Man with Magic Peanut Butter Middles

When I started dating a young man from South Dakota, I would bake cookies for him and leave them outside his apartment door on my way to work. In a short period of time, he declared the Magic Peanut Butter Middles his favorites. Just as other couples have a special song to share or a favorite movie to watch, we had a special cookie to bond us together through the good times and bad. Yes, you're right; it led to marriage. How could it not!

When we were newlyweds, my father died suddenly. I couldn't sleep one night -- a million thoughts of my dad darted through my mind -- this man who'd been such a responsible provider but not a loving daddy. I wandered into the kitchen and mindlessly assembled the ingredients for Magic Peanut Butter Middles. My husband walked in and we began making the recipe together -- saying very little as he added one ingredient and I added the next. These cookies that had brought us together in love we're now comforting us in grief.

I'm Not Saying "Magic Peanut Butter Middles" Will Guarantee You a Husband, but They Can't Hurt!

My husband and I make a good team, just like peanut butter and chocolate!
My husband and I make a good team, just like peanut butter and chocolate! | Source

Two Little Boys and Magic Peanut Butter Middles

When our two sons were little, these cookies proved magical once again. They're the ideal cookie to make with kids for two reasons: 1) You most likely have all the ingredients on hand -- no need to pack up the kids in the car and schlep to the store. Hooray! and 2) They're easy and fun to make and the kids can help with every step. They especially like rolling the peanut butter/powdered sugar balls and covering them with the chocolate dough.

My boys loved making these cookies at Christmas along with several other favorites. We then presented them as gifts to those who had shown us love and support throughout the year: teachers, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. For the sake of variety, we changed cookies each year. Only one became a permanent fixture on our holiday plates -- the Magic Peanut Butter Middles, of course! Now my sons are teenagers and no longer help me bake the cookies. However, they continue to devour them!

Well, I now feel quite exposed as I've shared my long history with Magic Peanut Butter Middles. I hope you'll try this recipe and let it shape your life as it has shaped mine.

These Are My Go-To Cookies Because I Always Have the Ingredients on Hand

Sometimes I want to make cookies without making an extra trip to the store. That's why these cookies are great!
Sometimes I want to make cookies without making an extra trip to the store. That's why these cookies are great! | Source

Let's Get Started!

Peanut butter on top of chocolate -- yum!
Peanut butter on top of chocolate -- yum! | Source
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Magic Peanut Butter Middles

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 8 min
Ready in: 53 min
Yields: 30 cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter, for filling
  • 3/4 cup confectioners sugar, for filling
  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Blend well.
  2. In a large bowl, beat sugar, brown sugar, margarine, and 1/4 cup peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg. Beat well. Stir in flour mixture until blended. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine filling ingredients (peanut butter and confectioners sugar). Blend well. Roll into 30 (1 inch) balls.
  4. With floured hands, shape about 1 tablespoon of dough around 1 peanut butter ball, covering completely. Place 2 inches a part on an ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.
  5. Bake in 375 degree oven for 7-9 minutes or until set and slightly cracked. Makes 30 cookies.
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Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories 153
Calories from Fat63
% Daily Value *
Fat 7 g11%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Unsaturated fat 6 g
Carbohydrates 19 g6%
Sugar 12 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 7 mg2%
Sodium 103 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

This Is the Ideal Set to Have on Hand!

Don't get caught without a cookie sheet! I use these all the time and they come in handy for so many baking projects. Best of all, my cookies come out perfect every time – no burned ones!


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    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 16 months ago from Arkansas USA

      Mmm, sounds so good!

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      McKenna Meyers 2 years ago from Bend, OR

      Thanks for sharing, Peggy. Enjoy the cookies!

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I loved reading your personal story related to this good sounding cookie recipe even though the part about your dad's death brought a tear to my eye. Will have to make these to share with neighbors and friends. Pinning to my recipe board and happy to share with HP followers.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Glad to have been your inspiration. Recipe hubs are popular. If you have more recipes , keep them coming. Your personal story is what sold it for me.

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      McKenna Meyers 2 years ago from Bend, OR

      Thanks, Catherine. You inspired me to do a recipe with your bread pudding hub. Now I'm ready to try another.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      You told a beautiful story and capped it off with a scrumptious recipe. I love peanut butter. Kudos. voted up++

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      McKenna Meyers 2 years ago from Bend, OR

      Thanks so much for voting me up. This is my first recipe hub so I appreciate the encouragement.

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Now you're speaking my language! Peanut Butter middles. Yummy. With your recipe these cookies will be a winner. Voted up useful and interesting. Thanks.

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