Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

Really, it’s too hot to be spending any large amount of time in the kitchen with the oven on… But, I am way overdue taking in my birthday cakes, so I thought I would use up the remains of the peanut butter I bought to make the quadruple layer Peanut Butter and Salted Caramel Billionaire’s Shortbread for my friend Kat (someone has posted the recipe here), and make some more Peanut Butter Cookies.

Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies Recipe – adapted from


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter, slightly softened

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

Chocolate buttons


Preheat oven to 180C/350F

Sift flour, soda and salt with a wire whisk and set aside.

Beat together butter and peanut butter, then add sugar and beat until fluffy.

Add egg and vanilla.

Add flour mixture and combine.

Roll dough into 1 to 1-1/2 inch balls, put a chocolate button into the centre and reform the ball around it. Roll in sugar, then place on parchment paper covered baking sheet and press down with a fork.


Bake for 8-10 minutes.


…and they are done!


I didn’t try one, as as previously mentioned…… I hate peanut butter. Yuck. But Mr M volunteered for the task, and said they were tasty.

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