Magic Peanut Butter Middle Cookies

I found this recipe on This Week for Dinner who found it somewhere else, who found it somewhere else, etc., so I thought it would be okay to post the actual recipe on my blog too.  I made these cookies tonight since we were feeding the missionaries.  They disappeared pretty fast (the cookies, not the missionaries).  Even though I vowed last weekend that I wouldn't turn the oven on this summer, these cookies were worth heating up the kitchen.

Magic Peanut Butter Middle Cookies
recipe from several blogs, originally traced back to all-recipes  (if you want to make pretty cookies, check out this site for better directions)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softenened
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar (I only used 1/2 c.)
3/4 cup peanut butter (I used 1/2 c.)

In small bowl blend flour, cocoa and baking soda. Mix until well blended.

In large bowl beat sugar, butter or margarine and 1/4 cup peanut butter, until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg, beat. Stir in flour mixture until blended. Set aside.

To make Filling: Combine confectioner’s sugar and 3/4 cup peanut butter. Blend well.

Roll filling into 30 – 1 inch balls. For each cookie, with floured hands, shape about 1 Tablespoon of dough around 1 peanut butter ball, covering completely.  (I just grabbed a small ball of chocolate dough and flattened it and stuck a little pb filling on it.  Then folded it in half and rolled it into a nice ball).

Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 7-9 minutes. When cookies are done, they should be set and slightly cracked.