These biscuits came about after I had experimented with making a homemade version of Reece’s cups – more on that later. They combine an almost brownie-like rich chocolate exterior with a slightly salty peanut butter centre and they are damn delicious. You can throw these babies together in under half an hour – no rolling out the dough, no stamping out shapes and no chilling needed. If you don’t finish entire batch in a day I will eat my hat!
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I am in the midst of a little love affair with peanut butter at the moment. Actually, it’s more of a ménage à trois since chocolate has to also be heavily involved. I am addicted to Reese’s Peanut Butter cups – but generally any chocolate/PB combination makes me a little weak at the knees.
For the peanut butter centres
100g smooth peanut butter | 3.5 ounces – about 1/3 of cup
20g rolled oats | one heaped tablespoon
70g icing sugar | heaped 1/2 cup
2 tbsp runny honey
For the biscuits
150g plain flour | 1 1/4 cups
130g light brown sugar | 3/4 cup
40g cocoa powder | 2 1/2 tbsp
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
75g unsalted butter, cubed | half a stick
1/2 tsp vanilla paste
100g dark chocolate chips | 1/2 cup
Chocolate drizzle (optional)
70g milk chocolate chips, melted | 1/3 cup
Process the icing sugar and oats until finely ground. Add the peanut butter and honey and pulse until the mix just comes together.
Take scant teaspoon sized pieces and shape into little balls by rolling dough in your hands. The mix should be pliable like play doh. Set aside.
Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the sugar and salt and mix briefly to combine using the paddle attachment.
Add the cubed butter, peanut butter and egg and mix until dough forms a ball. Add the chocolate chips and mix in.
Take a heaping tablespoon of the dough and flatten into a disk. Place a ball of peanut butter in the centre and enclose it in the cookie dough forming a ball. Place on a lined baking tray and flatten into a large disk.
Repeat with the remaining dough, spacing apart on the tray. Bake for 14-16 minutes at 180 °C / 350 F. The biscuits may look a bit soft when you take them out but they will harden as they cool so don’t be tempted to bake for too long. Cool completely and drizzle with melted chocolate. Eat one or two or three. I won’t tell.