Happy New Year!!! I hope you all had a great Christmas and a fantastic New Years. Now, you've probably been thinking about those New Years Resolutions...getting fitter, losing weight, finding a boyfriend, dumping a boyfriend, but I've decided to take a stand in 2012 and say bye-bye to resolutions.
Sure, it's great to have some direction and an idea of what you want to achieve, but forcing all this to happen on January 1st is way too much pressure! Every day is a new day and along with every new day comes a new chance to achieve your hopes and dreams.
So in defiance of all those New Years fads I came up with these totally chocolatey, utterly more-ish chocolate and peanut butter cookies. A sweet, naughty, nutty, peanut butter dough wrapped in a gloriously chewy, chocolate cookie; they may not be completely virtuous, but what's a fab New Year without a naughty little treat (or two?).
Bye-Bye Resolutions Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies
225g plain flour
70g cocoa powder
1/2tsp bicarbonate of soda
125g unsalted butter, softened
60g smooth peanut butter
115g caster sugar
100g soft brown sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
for the peanut butter filling
140g icing sugar
170g smooth peanut butter
Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4 and lightly grease a large baking sheet with butter.
In a bowl add the flour, cocoa powder and bicarbonate of soda and mix well with a wooden spoon.
In a large separate bowl add the butter, peanut butter and sugars and beat well until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla and milk and mix until well combined.
Carefully sieve over the flour mixture into the bowl and beat until the mixture starts to come together. Use your hands to start bringing the dough together, it should be soft and a little sticky, leave to one side.
For the peanut butter filling; add the icing sugar and peanut butter to a bowl and mix together, you may need to use your hands to bring the mixture together. Add the milk and continue to bring together until smooth and even coloured.
Break off some of the chocolate dough and roll between your palms to make a ball then flatten, repeat this again so you have two disc shapes. Roll a ball of the peanut butter filling and sandwich between the two chocolate discs, ensuring the peanut butter dough is covered. Carefully roll the whole thing into a ball, flatten between your hands and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Repeat the above process until you have approximately 12 cookies (you may need to use another baking sheet) evenly spaced and place in the oven for 15 minutes. When ready remove and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. The cookies can be eaten straight away or left to cool and stored in an airtight container.
Belle's Top Tip
Why not make these cookies into a delicious, fuss-free dessert. Simply sandwich two warm (not hot) cookies together with a generous scoop of ice-cream, carefully roll in chocolate sprinkles and serve...utterly irresistible!