Where to begin with these sugary, gooey chocolate delicacies? First, dear reader, I need you to properly understand what exactly this biscuit is, and why it’s so special. Humour me for a second and imagine a typical chocolate brownie. Rich, dark, dense, and full of chocolatey deliciousness. Now picture that brownie with a pocket of creamy peanut butter nestled in its centre and coated in a layer of sugar crystals – and you’ve got yourself a chocolate peanut butter surprise biscuit.
When I saw the recipe for these chocolate peanut butter biscuits on Smitten Kitchen, I told myself then and there that I would be baking them that coming weekend, no matter what plans I had. And bake them I did, and then binge eat my way through them I did, too.
I was apprehensive about the recipe at first, because the biscuits looked so good and I was terrified of making a mess of it somehow. The trick is to take your time when assembling them, to get into a rhythm and then stick with it. Once you’ve got that down, it’s really very simple.
Enjoyed with a glass of milk or a piping mug of coffee, these chocolate peanut butter surprise biscuits are one of my new favourite treats. They’re the perfect hybrid of a fudgey brownie and a velvety nut spread, all rolled into one heavenly biscuit.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Biscuits
- ½ cup smooth peanut butter
- ½ cup icing sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp caramel essence
- ½ cup softened butter
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup smooth peanut butter
- 1 whisked egg
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 1⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp white sugar (for coating)
Spray a small baking tray or plate with non-stick spray
In a medium bowl, beat together peanut butter, icing sugar, salt and caramel essence
Once evenly mixed, scoop out level teaspoon-size portions of the mixture and shape them into small balls
Spread them out on prepared tray or plate, then put them in the freezer whilst you make the biscuits
In a bowl, beat together butter, peanut butter and sugars. Add vanilla, egg and salt, and mix well
Sift in baking powder and cocoa powder, and stir, then sift in flour. Mix until everything is properly combined
Line a baking tray with wax paper or a silicone mat and preheat oven to 190°C. Place the 2 tablespoons white sugar in a small bowl and set aside
Scoop a level tablespoon-size portion of the chocolate biscuit dough and flatten it out in your hand. Take a peanut butter ball and flatten it out slightly, then place it in the middle of the chocolate dough. Wrap the dough around the filling, pinching and molding the dough to a typical biscuit shape. Roll the biscuit in the white sugar, ensuring its properly coated. Repeat with remaining dough
Place cookies on baking sheet with enough space between and bake for 8-10 minutes. Allow to cool before tucking in!