Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies {Guest Post}

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In the midst of my crazy life, I am so thankful for other food bloggers!  It never ceases to amaze me how many of you there are that are willing to lend a hand when things get crazy.  A couple of weeks ago, a few wonderful bloggers volunteered to guest post on Keep It Sweet and I can’t wait to share their delicious recipes with you.  The first post is from Samantha at The Little Ferraro Kitchen.  Her blog is pretty new, but she already has some delicious looking recipes like her recent Fresh Raspberry & Apple Crumble and Chicken Pot Pie!  These cookies are no different.

Hello everyone! I am Samantha from The Little Ferraro Kitchen and I am soo excited to guest post for the beautiful Lauren from Keep It Sweet!

When she asked for fellow guest-posters recently, I jumped at the chance! See…I am a pretty “new” blogger and have only been blogging for a few months now. Keep It Sweetwas one of the first blogs I started to enjoy and I just knew this was the perfect start!

So because this is officially my first guest post ever! (wow!)…I present to you…Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies!


This is the best batter I have ever worked with. The combination of the creamy peanut-butter and butter creates the softest cookie. Mini peanut-butter-cups (need I say more?) snuggle their little cute sweet selves into their peanut butter pillows of perfection. If you have the patience to wait the few minutes until these cuties are done, take a messy bite and allow all that melting chocolate to ooze out of the center from it’s cozy home and just enjoy. I promise you, this will be your absolute favorite cookie.


Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen

Adapted from Martha Stewart


1/2 C creamy peanut-butter

4 TB unsalted butter, room temperature

1 C brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 c all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 c granulated sugar (for rolling dough)


1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Cream peanut butter and butter until well combined.


3. Add brown sugar and beat until well combined, scraping down bowl as needed.

4. Add eggs (one at a time), vanilla and beat until well incorporated.

5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. I’ve gotten in the habit of using a sifter to get any “lumps” out.

6. With mixer on low, add flour mixture in 2 batches.

* At this point I’ll use my spatula and do one last “mix” with the spatula and make sure everything is incorporated, but not to over mix.

7. Take the mixture out of bowl and wrap in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 30min.

* I do this for all my cookie dough.

8. When dough is ready, unwrap from plastic wrap and scoop dough by the tablespoon, rolling into balls. A melon-baller is perfect for this!

9. Roll balls in granulated sugar and place on non-stick baking sheet.


10. Bake cookies until just about to puff up, about 5-7 minutes. (My oven is pretty fickle and is done at 5 min.)

11. When times up, take trays out of oven and work quickly! Place each peanut-butter cup in the center of each cookie and return to oven.

12. Bake for about 6 minutes more (again, my oven is no more than 5min), until cookies are golden brown and chocolate has begun to melt.

13. When done, let cool on baking sheet for at least 10 minutes before transferring to wire wrack to cool.




Thanks for having me, Lauren! I had so much fun making these fabulous cookies and I hope all of you do too!


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21 Responses to “Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies {Guest Post}”

  1. Kim - Liv Life October 11, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    Good to see you here! And these cookies?? Just so tempting.. I’m SO sure that I wouldn’t be able to stop at 3 though!!

  2. Tracey October 11, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Oh man, these cookies combine all of my favorite things into one completely irresistible treat. They look fantastic!

  3. Samantha @ Ferraro Kitchen October 11, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

    Thank you for having me!!! Ahh these cookies are soo tempting! I just can’t stop “snacking” on them..haha!

  4. Simply Life October 11, 2011 at 9:25 pm #

    oh wow! those look way too good!

  5. Anne@frommysweetheart October 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    These look so much better than the traditional cookies with the kisses in the middle! Because who doesn’t love peanut butter cups! The more peanut butter, the better! A great post ladies…and I look forward to following both of your blogs! : )

  6. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    I think you are right – this might become a new favorite! Can NEVER go wrong with peanut butter cups!

  7. Ann October 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm #

    Delicious! A terrific flavor combination of peanut butter and chocolate that everyone loves! Nicely done!

  8. Brooks at Cakewalker October 11, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

    Lauren, I’m glad I stopped by for the introduction to Samantha. It’s nice to meet you Samantha, and the cookie recipe you shared with us looks terrific. I would definitely toss back several of these bad boys…still warm from the oven!

  9. Lauren from Lauren's Latest October 11, 2011 at 11:46 pm #

    Oh my good gravy these look divine!

  10. Kathryn October 12, 2011 at 4:24 am #

    What a great guest post! These cookies look so adorable!

  11. Sandra October 12, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Oh wow a peanut butter cup in each cookie is a bonus! Nice to meet you Samantha.

  12. Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 12, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    These look so good!!!

  13. alyssa - fashion fitness foodie October 12, 2011 at 8:54 am #

    Favorite type of cookies is anything with chocolate AND peanut butter! These look amazing.

  14. Ashley October 12, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    My mom makes something similar to this and I know she’d love this recipe! I was sold at peanut butter!

  15. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray October 12, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    I brought these cookies to homecoming at my alma mater last year, and they were a huge success! I’ll definitely vouch for their deliciousness. :)

  16. Lacy October 12, 2011 at 11:58 am #

    Mmmm!! These look like the peanut butter cookies we make at Christmas time but instead of hershey’s kisses you’ve got peanut butter cups, even better!! I can just imagine how delicious these are!

  17. Jen at The Three Little Piglets October 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    You had me at peanut butter cups! Headed over to check out your blog now…

  18. Baking Serendipity October 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    These are my all-time favorite cookie :) Excited to check out your blog now!

  19. Veronica Miller October 13, 2011 at 3:56 am #

    This is like the new and improved peanut butter blossoms! Love this idea. *drool*

  20. Eating Deliciously October 13, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Peanut butter and chocolate are my favorite flavors! Adding these cookies to my must make list.

  21. Katie @ BloomEveryday October 15, 2011 at 9:52 pm #

    I would love these! They are so yummy looking – I love peanut butter and chocolate.

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