Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies

Well hello lovelies, time for another recipe! Cookies again, I’m just crazy for these chewy biscuity treats right now.
I baked these for my boyfriend’s parents when I met them for the first time this Easter. It always helps to sweeten people up (yep, I will happily bribe people into my favour with baked goods).

I went to my local vegan cafe and they had some peanut butter pillows for sale. They were very crunchy (slightly burnt even) and the peanut butter was dried out in the middle, hmmm. I decided to try and make my own version of these. Something softer, chewier and moist. Here’s my recipe…

 

You will need.

125g of vegan spread.

125g of soft brown sugar.

200g of self raising flour.

1 tsp of baking powder.

25g of cocoa powder.
1tsp of pure vanilla extract
A small jar of peanut butter (crunchy or smooth, it’s up to you, I used smooth).

1 tbs of water.

Preheat oven to 200’C. Line a cookie sheet with baking parchment.

Ok, so here’s what you need to do…

1. Cream the sugar and spread together in a large bowl until they are light and fluffy.

 

2. Add the flour, baking powder, cocoa and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated. Add the tbls of water to form the dough.

3. Use a dessert spoon or melon baller to measure out the dough and place the balls onto the baking sheet with a bit of space between them (they will expand as they cook).

4. Squish each ball of dough down with the palm of your hand (you may need to dust it with a wee bit of flour or cocoa if it sticks).

5. Place a teaspoon of peanut butter in the centre of each cookie.

6. Measure out a slightly smaller piece of dough than that used for the base, squish it flat in your hands and lay it gently on top of the cookie (be careful not to tear this top layer, it’s quite delicate).


7. Gently dent all the way round each cookie with your finger tip to close it.


8. Place in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.


9. Take out of the oven and leave to cool for 5 minutes.

10. Transfer to a wire rack to cool then enjoy the peanutty yumminess :)

Here’s the finished cookies in their box and ready to go. Unfortunetly I forgot to take a picture of how they look on the inside when we got to my boyfriend’s parent’s house. Next time I bake these I will make sure I get a snap of the peanut butter filling for you.
Until next time, happy baking dollies.