Last week I made cupcakes with peanut butter filling. I knew when I made the recipe for the filling, that there would be leftovers, and indeed there were. So, now I'm using up the leftover filling on some cookies.
Many years ago, I came across a recipe in The Friend magazine for filled cookies. I like to call them home made Oreos. Usually I make them at Christmas and fill them with cream cheese frosting. Always a hit. I've tried the recipe with different flavors of cake mix with great success (lemon cake mix, yum). Anyway, I had a cake mix and the filling. 20 minutes later, I have some serious temptation in the kitchen.
1 pkg devil's food cake mix
1/3 C. vegetable oil
Preheat to 350. You'll need a sturdy mixer to get this thick dough to come together. Takes about 1-2 minutes is all. The dough dries out, so be ready to go with the filling.
Peanut Butter filling:
6 oz softened cream cheese
1/2 C. smooth peanut butter
1/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. milk
Mix until smooth and fluffy.
Now the fun part. Stuffing the cookies. Normally, I just make 1 inch balls, put them on the greased cookie sheet and flatten them slightly with a cup and bake for 8 minutes (then make sandwich cookies by adding frosting between 2 cookies). But not tonight.
Tonight, for these lovelies, I made about 1.5" balls. Then I flattened them in my palm. I added about 1 tsp of filling. Wrap the chocolate dough around (I kinda did a potsticker shape) then re-roll the whole thing into a ball shape. Place on cookie sheet and flatten slightly with a cup.
Bake for about 9 minutes. You don't want to over-bake, otherwise you don't get the chewy/gooey texture that is so delicious. You should get about 2 doz cookies.
That's it. Valentine's Day is tomorrow and my office is going to love me (or hate me), either way, good cookies.