This is a recipe that is in my book, and since I've had development of that on hold while the rest of my life carries on I thought I'd at least share a few recipes with you all.
This one is a recipe that my biscuit mad older brother, and a not-so-sweet-tooth younger brother have declared the best cookies ever.
They are rich, semi sweet chocolate with a smooth nutty centre and a total crowd pleaser for those that love that perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter.
125g softened unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla paste
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup icing sugar
Preheat the oven to 180 deg C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
Cream butter, 1/4 of the peanut butter and the sugars together until light and creamy.
Add the egg and vanilla and beat until mixture is really fluffy.
Stop mixing, add sifted flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa and stir it in until it is well combined. Set aside.
Next in a separate bowl stir together the icing sugar and remaining peanut butter until it is smooth and even consistency.
Take a tablespoon size portion of the chocolate cookie dough and form a circle, indent the centre with your thumb and fill with about 1/2 teaspoon of the peanut butter mix. Carefully wrap the rest of the cookie dough around this and place on the baking tray as a slightly flattened cookie.
Do this until you have used up all the mixture, sometimes I have a little peanut butter left over.
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until set.
Also, a tip: Use smooth peanut butter if you can as it works much better. Also, if the peanut butter mixture looks too dry just add a teeny tiny bit of oil to soften it.