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Chocolate has been flying around the blogosphere over the last week. If you haven’t heard, (which I’m sure you have), Culinate is hosting a Death By Chocolate contest. I received an email last week that said that someone had nominated me, and most of my favorite blogs have also received nominations. I have been reading through other blog entries, and I’m drooling from all of the wonderful chocolate concoctions that have been entered. So I am bringing you a little bit of chocolate from over in my blog world. But here’s the catch. I’m asking you NOT to vote for me! (In fact, I’m not even going to enter – but I will be voting!) Let me explain… The grand prize is “a day of chocolate and wine tasting, demonstrations by pastry chefs, and other sessions with chocolate aficionados and experts.” The thing is – I don’t drink, and I would feel unappreciative to have to turn down part of the prize. Not that I would ever win with all of the other fantastic bloggers and entries that have been entered so far. But I’m mentioning this because I really want everyone to go and vote! In fact, as of this morning, 5 of my favorite blogs are in the top 10. So support those bloggers you love, and support the love of chocolate!! You can find the contest here.

Speaking of chocolate, I can’t leave you without a decent dose of it!! I have been going back to this recipe for a few weeks now, and I finally got around to making them this weekend. I really shouldn’t have waited so long – these cookies are fabulous!! If you are a fan of chocolate and peanut butter, you will love these!! And the saltiness that the peanuts on the outside of the cookie adds is just perfect if you are a lover of sweetness and saltiness like I am. And just enough chocolate to satisfy that chocolate craving!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies
from Chocolate and Vanilla

For the Cookies:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, chopped
1/4 cup chopped, skinless peanuts

For the Filling:
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons corn syrup
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter. Add the sugar and continue creaming, then add the vanilla and mix. Mix in the flour and salt. Add the milk and chopped chocolate and mix. Roll into 1 1/2-inch balls and dip the top of the ball in chopped peanuts. Place on a cookie sheet 1 1/2 inches apart and push your thumb in the middle to make a depression. Bake until light golden brown, about 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool while you make the filling.

To make the filling, over hot water melt the chocolate then stir in the remaining ingredients. Cool 5 minutes then fill the centers of the cookies. Allow to slightly set, approximately 10 minutes.

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40 Responses to Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprint Cookies

  1. Big Boys Oven says:

    it is he chinese new year on the 7th February and you cookies look so delicious and just wish I can get some and put them in my cookie jar!

  2. Emiline says:

    I love, love, love, sweet and salty. Isn’t is cool that adding peanuts to peanut butter baked goods makes them even better. More peanut-ier.
    Your food always looks delicious to me. I could say it’s your camera, but I think it’s the recipes you select.

    Have a great day full of chocolate!

  3. Brilynn says:

    Those look so good! I was just looking at that cookbook in the store the other day and wondering if it needed to come home with me…

  4. Maryann says:

    I’m in love with these cookies..haha

  5. Jenny says:

    Now I’m in the mood for some cookies! These look delicious!!

  6. Kristen says:

    Oh how funny… yeah… you could always go for just the chocolate tasting 🙂

    These look like fantastic cookies. What a great idea!

  7. Ellie says:

    What adorable little cookies!

  8. Sagari says:

    everybodys favvvv peanut butter and chocolate ,those cookies look yummm

  9. Peabody says:

    Those remind me of being a kid again…my mom always made them…yum.

  10. Suzana says:

    Those look so yummy! I wished I could have some in my cookie jar.

  11. Tarah says:

    They look fantastic and delicious!

  12. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Yum! Sounds like my type of cookie.

  13. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Yum! Sounds like my type of cookie.

  14. Arfi Binsted says:

    hey, congrats for the nominations! wish you luck. those thumbrints look great!

  15. glamah16 says:

    I dont like peanut butter but those cookies look sensational!

  16. Kevin says:

    Those cookies look great! Nice twist on the classic jam thumb print cookie. Chocolate and peanutbutter…mmm…

  17. Tiffany says:

    those look yummy. what kind of camera do you use?

  18. Shandy says:

    WoW! These cookies look absolutely delicious! I am putting them on my soon to bake list right now! I have to start practicing with my camera more because your pictures are absolutely perfect and I would love to have my pictures turn out half as nice! Hugs,

  19. Gigi says:

    Holy cow! I didn’t think peanut butter and chocolate could get any better. These cookie look amazing!

  20. KJ says:

    Peanuts are not my thing, but even I could be tempted by these.

  21. Katerina says:

    I have never made thumbprint cookies as they always seemed a little fussy but this recipe doesn’t look that hard! And they sure are lookers.

  22. The Caked Crusader says:

    These look goooooood! I wonder if it would work with nutella instead of peanut butter?

  23. Bellini Valli says:

    When I saw these decadent morsels I also thought of another event for Nutella Day. Wouldn’t they also be delcious filled with Nutella 🙂

  24. Amanda at Little Foodies says:

    These look incredible! I think Valli is right with the nutella filling too.

    My slow cooker arrived. I’ve yet to test it.

  25. Mary says:

    Those look delicious! You always pick the best recipes!

  26. April says:

    these look so good! I have this book and love it! I will have to make these soon!

  27. sher says:

    I would gladly, gladly risk death by eating those gorgeous cookies! But, I wouldn’t share!

  28. Tracy says:

    Ah ha! The Gale Gand recipe, right?
    Those look awesome.

    I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the wine tasting, either. Unfortunately, being in New York’s Finger Lakes every food event seems to include a wine tasting component that I can’t enjoy.

  29. Meeta says:

    Oh I can imagine how these taste. crunchy and chocolaty. Beautiful!

  30. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Those look AWESOME!

  31. bbaking says:

    Wow, this is the most delicous looking thing I have seen all day! I will definitly try making these!

  32. Tiffany says:

    How honorable of you. Seriously. We don’t drink either, and people look at us as if we have three heads. So it’s nice to read that we aren’t the only ones!

  33. Pixie says:

    I’m bookmarking this recipe, I have such a craving for peanut butter cookies!!!!!! and this sounds perfect

  34. Ann says:

    Your cookies look fabulous!

  35. Pearlsofeast says:

    Oh my god . they look divine. I have bookmarked them.


  36. Marge says:

    I saw this picture on your blog heading and just had to find the recipe! These look wonderful and I’ll be baking them soon!

  37. Anonymous says:

    has anyone tried making these yet? I want to but there is no egg, and no baking soda or baking powder so just wondered if it was left out or if anyone has tried and maybe they just dont need those things?

  38. Deborah says:

    Anon – I rechecked the recipe – and it’s right! I loved these cookies and they worked great for me!

  39. shaikhah says:

    thaaaaaaanx alot
    i already do it , this is the first time i used the peanut butter in cooking
    very soon am gonna do it again & post the pic in my blog coz the first time the pics doesn't look good :S

  40. Shelley says:

    Just made these. Wow. They are like candy. Thanks!

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