Sunday, May 22, 2011

Peanut Butter Peek-a-Boo's

Again I am making a dessert with peanut butter and chocolate together.  Well, of course I am, those two ingredients together can never go wrong!  And it only seems natural to use peanut butter spread and chocolate hazelnut spread together.  They are so similar, yet so very different.  Each others perfect compliment. 

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter flavored shortening (I use the sticks for an easy, mess-free, precise measurement)
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
4 T milk
1 T real vanilla extract
1 large egg (stand at room temperature for 30 minutes or so, then beaten)
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup of Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread)

-Preheat oven to 375*. In a large bowl combine peanut butter, shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer just until well blended. Mix in beaten egg. In a small bowl mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into peanut butter mixture in small batches, thoroughly combining before each new addition; stir well.  Make small 1-2" balls with the dough, and taking your pinkie finger, push it down to create a deep well in the center of the ball.  Place about a 1/4 tsp. (this is a little tricky and extremely messy-but oh so worth it!) of Nutella in the well.  Take the outer edges and press it over the opening, recreating the ball shape (it's OK for it to be unsealed-this gives you the whole peek-a-boo thing).  Bake one sheet at a time for 10 minutes or so, watching not to over brown. Makes 4 dozen. Enjoy!

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