I think I am in love.
It’s cold outside (ok 15 degrees, but that’s freezing for here!), rain is lashing at my windows, I am burrowed in fleece and have put socks on. And yet, I am happy and blissfully satisfied. I have found the one.
I have never really been a reveller on the cookie bandwagon. I kind of straggled alongside every now and then and baked them for the sake of, or for a family treat. It was a casual interest and nothing serious on my part. I could take or leave a cookie.
This Magic in the Middle, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookie is an entirely different matter. Delicious is a thoroughly inadequate word. In this case, imitating the truth in life, it’s not about the looks but what’s inside that counts. This is genius. Fact. I like a chewy cookie, which this is, not too sweet, which it isn’t and definitely not crumbly. There should be a squidge factor of some sort. Demanding? Me?
I have been salivating at the photos and the sound of this cookie that I found on this blog. It was always there, mulling around in the back of my mind. It comes under the rainy day baking category and I guess I have been waiting for the right time. Don’t do it if you are crunched by the clock. Enjoying the process is part of the fun and I promise you, it will be more, much more, than just the sum of its parts. For me, a overcast sky and a quiet house, with lots of free time on my hands was the opportune moment. There are a few steps to this, but its like making meatballs. It’s not technical neither is it labourious. Just a bit fiddly and takes a bit of time. Personally, I found the repetitive action of making 56 identical balls of dough rather soothing.
Make two doughs. Roll both seperately, the chocolate one being bigger than the peanut one. Make an indentation into the chocolate dough and place in a ball of the nut dough. Gently wrap the chocolate dough around the nut one, covering it completely. The chocolate dough is extremely maleable and easy to work with. Oh, CSI style disposable gloves come in very handy. Don’t get too uptight about making a perfectly covered ball of dough. Perfection in execution is not a requirement here. It will still taste absolutely fantastic even if some of the gold dough pokes out. Try, at least, not to get too hung up about it.
Bake, for seven minutes, which gives you enough time to get a warm glass of milk and ready a chair to swoon into nearby. When you get the heady scent of chocolate, the cookies are done. Warning; these are soft when they come out. By all means, take the risk of burning your lips while hot crumbs trail its way into your top. I did and I couldn’t care less. If you can wait, like a sensible person, it would be the better, more calm inducing method.
Now I have fiddled with it a bit. I reduced the original sugar content from 100g down to 75g. It’s not essential, just a personal preferance. For the peanut butter filling, I added as much icing sugar as I wanted, in the sense, I stopped when I found it sweet enough. I used the Whole Earth brand of peanut butter as that is all I had. The texture of the middle will depend entirely on the brand of PnB you have. Also, it occurs to me, that you can leave out the nut butter called for in the chocolate dough. I didn’t find that it overpowered the chocolate flavour and indeed you can bake it straight off as it is. It’s all about personal preference. At least one can exercise the right of choice through cookies. I have given the recipe in both cups measure, as per the original recipe and in metric units, which I measured as I went along. You could use either.
As for the taste, it is magic. The depth and bitterness of the chewy chocolate cookie is perfectly contrasted against the salty, sweet and nutty filling. Truly, no cookies or biscuits have ever been devoured in such a speedy fashion in this house. Best pal who was visiting, along with her little girlie, my own kids and TheScotsman mumbled and mmmm-ed and aaaaah-ed their approval. Never and I say it again, never have cookies been demolished at such a rate. The Scotsman also asked for this to be baked for his workmates. Two days and the biscuit tin lies empty.
Which just means that I have to make another batch. Truly, such a torment!
For recipe please click here