Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

Peanut Butter Thumbprints

The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is a classic. This cookie brings those two flavors together perfectly. The cookie itself has a wonderful outer crunch, but is also tender and melts in your mouth. The addition of a dollop of chocolate finishes the cookie just right.

While making cookies for this holiday season I came upon this recipe. I couldn’t remember the last time I had made them, so I decided to bake up a batch.

I forgot just how much I loved these cookies. I am definitely going to be making them more often.

Of course, you could also use a spoonful of jam or jelly to fill in the cookies. Peanut butter and jelly are also a classic combo. No matter what filling you use, these thumbprint cookies are going to be a big hit.

Peanut Butter Thumbprints

1 c. butter, softened

2 c. packed light brown sugar

1 1/2 c. peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

2 eggs

1 t. vanilla

2 1/2 c. flour

1 t. baking powder

1/2 t. baking soda

1 3/4 c. finely chopped unsalted, dry roasted peanuts

Melted chocolate, about 2 cups

In mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar and peanut butter. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour with dry ingredients and mix into butter mixture. Stir in peanuts. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are just set. Press thumb gently into the middle of each cookie and cool on rack.  Spoon about a teaspoon of melted chocolate into each cookie. Makes about 8 dozen.

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