Martha Stewart Living, February 2000


Recipe Summary

Makes about 3 1/2 dozen


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda. Set aside.

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, shortening, granulated sugar, and 1 cup light-brown sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until fully combined between each addition. Add vanilla, and beat to combine. Gradually add dry ingredients, and mix on low speed until fully combined. Remove from mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in chocolate chips. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and chill until firm, about 1 hour.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with Silpats (nonstick French baking mats) or parchment paper.

  • In a small bowl, using a rubber spatula, stir together peanut butter and remaining 1/4 cup light-brown sugar.

  • Using a 1 1/4-inch scoop or heaping tablespoon, drop dough onto prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Make a thumbprint in the center of each cookie. Fill thumbprint with 1 teaspoon peanut-butter mixture. Top with a second scoop of dough, and carefully mold dough to cover "surprise."

  • Bake until firm, about 12 minutes. Transfer sheets to wire racks to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to racks.


Reviews (21)

21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5.0 stars
We loved this recipe! They were a really big hit with my family!!! I used a large scoop so only produced 2 dozen chewy cookies and increased the baking time to 16 minutes. Only suggestion would be to add a 1/2 tsp salt to the recipe to enhance the chocolate flavor.
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These cookies look good, and I followed the recipe and used a heaping tablespoon top and bottom with the PB in the center but it only made a dozen cookies. Not three and a half dozen! But they are Huge cookies. I baked them 15 min and just took them out of the oven. I hope that it was long enough and they are completely baked. I don't know how to tell. I don't eat cookies but am baking them for hubby. He loved the MS chocolate chip cookies I made recently, so hoping these are a hit too.
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As everyone says: delicious. Made them with my 10 y.o. son and he's in heaven. 'Those cookies are too good for this world!" Almost more like brownies? We made them a bit too big, but overall they live up to the hype.
Rating: 5 stars
I love chocolate & peanut butter so I had to make this recipe. It is one of the best cookies I've ever had. They're dangerous b/c you can't stop eating them and the recipe makes so many. Absolutely amazing. My family made ice cream sandwiches with them too. Definitely making these again and again and again.
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I used these cookies to make ice cream sandwiches for a dinner party. They were a fun, nostalgic and not to mention utterly decadent hit!
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love this cookie family and friends love it. Best cookie yet
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These turned out very well. I did not have Dutch Cocoa, only Ghiradelli, and did not have shortening so I used another stick of butter. The cookies may have been a bit moister I'm guessing with shortening, but were still great. I also used organic creamy peanut butter. Will make these often, loved them!
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I have made these cookies everything Thanksgiving and Christmas for last 4 years. People are obsessed with them and heaven forbid that I ever decide NOT to make them, I might be facing an angry mob. I use the mini chocolate chips because it is easier to make the wells for the peanut butter filling. My in-laws think I am some kind of culinary expert and they are not that difficult to make. Viva la Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprises!
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I use a cookie scoop and make an indent, insert the peanut butter and roll the cookie in my hands - perfect little balls and hidden peanut butter - also roll them in sugar before baking .
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Hi everyone! I must say I LOOOOVE these cookies-they have NEVER failed to please the people I've made them for-I've made them many times over now.. I always use the Ghiradelli chocolate chips-wish I could use their cocoa but it wasn't Dutch. :( My biggest challenge is being able to perfectly hide the peanut butter within the cookies. But these are completely yummy--you won't go wrong with it--- I give them five stars!!
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these were soooo yummy!! not that hard to make either!!! i think i put too much on the cookie sheet, becuase mine came out huge!! but they are still delicious!!!
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WOW, some of the very best cookies around! Was a little tedious to make, but worth the effort!
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We made these and used natural peanut butter instead of processed peanut butter. They were delicious! The whole family was fighting over the last one!
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These cookies are extremely yummy! I am usually not a fan of chocolate cookies, but these are the exception. The brown sugar that is added into the peanut butter makes it taste like Reese Peanut Butter Cups
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Yum!!! I made these today and everybody loves them. I followed the exact recipe
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Delicious! These are easy and everyone I've offered them to loved them. Most want the recipe. If you're looking for a "healthy" cookie recipe (an oxymoron if I ever heard one!), don't bake these and don't complain when others do.
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I just baked these for the first time...of course they aren't healthy- are you kidding? They are AWESOME, especially if you like peanut butter cups, it tastes similar but with a warm, rich homemade spin. I thought they were fun to make too (I even did it with my kids!).
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I think it's too sweet. Surely, it's not healthy recipe.
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These are great. I used them on a dessert bar at my wedding--there were none leftover.
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Wow, this sounds so yummy! I was wondering though, would it be possible to replace the peanut butter centres with something else? Like something fruity? Or because it's not as viscous or "gooey" as peanut butter it might ruin the recipe?
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i just baked these Surprise cookies. it is so delicious.tastes good.Nice to bake a different cookie
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Just got the first batch out of the oven, these are so good. Soft if not baked too long, These are great especially when wanting something a little different than the standard chocolate chip cookie. The second tray I doubled the peanut butter mix and when cooled I topped some with a bit of buttercream icing.