Magic in the Middles

April 9th, 2009

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I will meet my friend next week, and I’d like to bring her a gift, I have few ideas such as:

1. A novel titled “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” by Lisa See ,I love this novel, it talks about friendship.

2. Coffee mug.

3. I want to bake something for her, but I don’t know what?

Any suggestions? ideas?

Back to cookies, Let’s make Magic in the Middles:

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Preheat the oven to 375 °F (190 °C). Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.

Chocolate Dough

1. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.

2. In another medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the sugars, butter, and peanut butter until light and fluffy.

3. Add the vanilla and the egg.

4. Beating to combine.

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5. Stir in the dry ingredients.

6. Blending well.

Peanut Butter Dough

7, 8. In a small bowl,stir together the peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth

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9. With floured hands or a teaspoon scoop, roll the filling into 26 one-inch balls.

10. Scoop 1 tablespoon of the dough (a lump about the size of a walnut).

11. Make an indentation in the center with your finger and place one of the peanut butter balls into the indentation.

12. Bring the cookie dough up and over the filling, pressing the edges together cover the center.

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13. Roll the cookie in the palms of your hand to smooth it out. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.

14. Roll each rounded cookie in granulated sugar, and place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies.

15. Grease the bottom of a drinking glass, and use it to flatten each cookie to about 1/2-inch thick.

16. Bake the cookies for 7 to 9 minutes, or until they’re set and you can smell chocolate. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a rack.

King Arthur Flour’s Tip

So it’s up to you: easier to handle, no extra liquid. Ready for their beauty-queen closeup, add an extra yolk or a tablespoon or two of milk.

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Magic in the Middles

From: King Arthur Flour / Servings: 26 Cookies
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Chocolate Dough

1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose
flour

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup granulated sugar (plus
extra for dredging)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup smooth peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 large egg

Peanut Butter Dough

3/4 cup peanut butter, crunchy or smooth, your choice

3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

Preheat the oven to 375 °F (190 °C). Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.

Chocolate Dough

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.

In another medium-sized mixing bowl, beat together the sugars, butter, and peanut butter until light and fluffy.

Add the vanilla and the egg.

Beating to combine.

Stir in the dry ingredients, blending well.

Peanut Butter Dough

In a small bowl, stir together the peanut butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth

With floured hands or a teaspoon scoop, roll the filling into 26 one-inch balls.

Scoop 1 tablespoon of the dough (a lump about the size of a walnut), make an indentation in the center with your finger and place one of the peanut butter balls into the indentation.

Bring the cookie dough up and over the filling, pressing the edges together cover the center;

Roll the cookie in the palms of your hand to smooth it out. Repeat with the remaining dough and filling.

Roll each rounded cookie in granulated sugar, and place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between cookies.

Grease the bottom of a drinking glass, and use it to flatten each cookie to about 1/2-inch thick.

Bake the cookies for 7 to 9 minutes, or until they’re set and you can smell chocolate. Remove them from the oven, and cool on a rack.

King Arthur Flour’s Tip

So it’s up to you: easier to handle, no extra liquid. Ready for their beauty-queen closeup, add an extra yolk or a tablespoon or two of milk.

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24 Responses to “Magic in the Middles”

  1. Gilang says:

    how about making her a brownies cake? seems delicious

  2. Kevin says:

    Those cookies look so good!

  3. kentuckygetaway says:

    Dimah, Greetings from Illinois, U.S.; I can’t want to make these cookies–they look delicious. Thank you for posting the recipe, and I am so glad I found your blog.

    Linda
    http://kentuckyhideaway.wordpress.com/

  4. savoryandchives says:

    These look good. Naughty, but good. Added you to my blog roll.

  5. kate says:

    Those look so yummy! Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate together?!?

    I just did a similar chocolate cookie with caramel filling that you might like:

    http://adashofsass.com/2009/03/29/chocolate-caramel-cookie-bites/

  6. pinkslipdesigner says:

    Hello Dimah,

    Greetings from the Big Apple (aka NYC) !
    I seldom baked but these sweet treats look really yummy and I cannot wait to give them a try!
    Thank-you for posting your receipe for us all.

    Pink-Slip-Designer

  7. adcollins says:

    Dimah,

    I just started a blog and really came to yours to learn. You are listed in top growing blog and I liked the name very much… soothing. Thought I would reply while I am here. As far as ideas for your gift to a friend, books are treasure, in my opinion. I recently read a very good book “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini (author of Kite Runners) about the lives of two Afghanistan women. It was tragic, but honest and mostly what I took away from it was how minuscule my own suffering was as compared to others in this world and the beauty of women period. Under duress, the harshest of conditions, even horrific pain we somehow find a way and many times reach out to help others. I can’t know what your social/political viewpoint concerning Afghanistan might be but from a human perspective I think it is an eye opener worth sharing. A lighter read but no less profound is “The Five People We Meet in Heaven” by Mitch Albom which illustrates the impact we each, in our tiny daily acts, unknowingly have on each other. Be well. : ) ANGELa

  8. seasofsilver says:

    Snow flower and the secret fan was FANTASTIC!!! Definitely give her that!

  9. finsmom says:

    I am bookmarking this recipe to make soon. So cool!
    Love the chocolate and peanut butter combo!
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. oneordinaryday says:

    Wish I had a stack of these right now!
    michelle
    http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

  11. Kelsey says:

    These are absolutely delicious. I think I made mine too big but they taste amazing. Just make sure you have milk.

  12. Dimah says:

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments!
    Thanks for the ideas and suggestions! and I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I did!
    Thanks for visiting :)

  13. Laila says:

    Greetings from Brazil, it is so nice to see syrian recipes in a blog. My greatgrand mother also came from Syria like a 120 years ago, but we still cook the same recipes. Great pictures!!!

  14. Maya says:

    Cookies and a book sounds like a perfect day!

  15. Tracey says:

    Those cookies sounds wonderful! I love chocolate and peanut butter together. Can’t wait to try them!

  16. Dimah says:

    Laila, Maya, Tracey: Thanks for stopping by!

  17. kentuckygetaway says:

    Hi Dimah! Well, I made these cookies and they are fabulous–they lasted about ten minutes in my house. I think it’s so funny that I found out about a U.S. company’s website (King Arthur Flour) from a baker in Syria. What an amazing world we live in. :-D Thank you and I look forward to trying more of your recipes.

    Best regards,

    Linda
    kentuckyhideaway.wordpress.com

  18. These look amazing! And, now I need a snack!

  19. Jude says:

    This looks like the perfect thing to bake for your friend. I know I’d be happy.

  20. justcooknyc says:

    these look awesome.

  21. Dimah says:

    Linda: Thank you so much, I’m so happy that you made these cookies and enjoyed them, please stay in touch.

  22. Dimah says:

    lisa, Jude, justcooknyc: Thanks for the comments!

  23. megan says:

    I love the cookies. They are beautiful and would go perfect with a book and a coffee mug. I say give her a batch of these and send a batch my way too! :)

  24. Ammoon says:

    Dima, these cookies look so good. I can’t wait to try them.

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