Peanut butter ‘surprise’ cookies


Recipe amended from Mrs. Cake

Makes approx. 30 medium biscuits


  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 150g butter, softened
  • 1 ¼ cup crunchy peanut butter, divided into ¼ cup and 1 cup
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup icing sugar


  1. Line baking trays and preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a large bowl cream the white and brown sugars, butter and ¼ cup of peanut butter until light and smooth. Add the vanilla and egg, beating until well combined.
  3. Sift together flour, cocoa and baking soda and add to wet mixture. Mix until well incorporated. Set chocolate dough aside.
  4. In a separate bowl cream together the icing sugar and 1 cup of peanut butter. If the mixture looks a little dry, add more peanut butter by the teaspoon – the finished dough should form a small ball without crumbling.
  5. Roll a tablespoon of chocolate dough into a ball and flatten into a thin circle with your fingers. Scoop a small teaspoonful of the peanut butter mixture and place in the center of the chocolate dough.
  6. Fold the chocolate dough over the peanut butter mixture and pinch the sides together – it should look a bit like a dumpling. Tuck the corners underneath the cookie and gently roll into a ball. Place of baking tray and gently flatten.
  7. Bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until they spring back slightly when pressed. Allow to cool on tray for about a minute, then transfer to cooling rack.

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  • Alison

    Oh boy – I am trying not to bookmark this recipe but fear I will give in!

  • Cjay

    Made these tonight! Omg, they taste amazing! haha…. been so tempted to make them for so long, well worth the wait 😀 I ended up only getting 19 out of the mixture, and lot’s of the centre mixture left over. When I tried to make them smaller I had trouble fitting any mixture inside and still closing it up. Any tips lol? Thanks again for the awesome recipe!

    • Kirsten

      Glad to hear you liked them! I hope you managed to eat a few while they were still warm… heaven! The trick to getting them to close up is making the chocolate mixture thin and large enough to cover the filling, but not so thin that it breaks… a bit of tricky balancing! I also had lots of the filling left over – but you can make another amazing peanut butter treat with it in next to no time! Just roll it into small balls, then stick a toothpick in and half-dip each one in some melted chocolate. Chill the balls in the fridge then eat – I promise, they don’t last long! xx