Monday, December 19, 2011
Chocolate Peanut-Butter Thumbprints
A wonderfully different peanut butter and chocolate cookie that is a glorious blend of two favorites.
2 cups flour
1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
Pre heat oven 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda.
In the bowl of an electric mixer cream butter, shortening, sugar, and one cup brown sugar on medium until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until fluffy and combined. Add vanilla betting until combined. Gradually add dry ingredients, mix at low speed until combined. Add chocolate chips mix until combined. Cover bowl and chill about 1 hour.
In a small bowl stir together peanut butter and remaining 1/4 cup sugar.
Roll 1 tablespoon of dough into a ball. Place on baking sheet spacing cookies about 2 inches apart. Make an indentation in center. Take teaspoon of peanut butter mixture. Roll into ball and place in center of chocolate ball. Bake for 12 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes then transfer to wire rack and cool completely.