Magic in the Middle Cookies and Neighborhood Traditions

The neighborhood that we live in has the best tradition- a couple of times each summer, they have a “Sunday Neighborhood Walk Around”. A couple of families are the “hosts” and they set a table out in their front lawn. Other neighbors then bring cookies to the host families and leave them on the table to share. Then all the neighbors just walk from host family to host family, talking and hanging out with neighbors (and eating cookies!!). We still feel kind of new in our neighborhood and this was the best way to meet lots of people. We had such a good time! I highly recommend starting this fun tradition in your neighborhood!
One of my neighbors brought these cookies and they were amazing!! As I have mentioned before, I am a sucker for anything that has chocolate and peanut butter and these are definitely on my favorite cookies list!

Serves: 24

Magic in the Middle Cookies and Neighborhood Traditions

15 minPrep Time

7 minCook Time

22 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (plus extra for dredging)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
  • Peanut butter filling
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter, crunchy or smooth, your choice
  • 3/4 cup confectioners? sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease (or line with parchment) two baking sheets.
  2. To make the 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, then stir in the dry ingredients, blending well.
  3. To make the filling: 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.
  4. To shape the cookies: 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.
  5. 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.



174 cal


36 g


5 g
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8 Responses to “Magic in the Middle Cookies and Neighborhood Traditions”

  1. We have made that recipe and those cookies are awesome! LOVE them! I think that tradition in your neighborhood is a wonderful idea. We've lived in our neighborhood for a year and I still feel like I don't really know any of my neighbors. Also, I wanted to invite you to stop by tomorrow and share your recipe at These Chicks Cooked Recipe Spotlight. Have a good one :)
  2. Just made these. Doubled the recipe (so I still would have enough for my cookie swap after eating most of them!) and they were great. I did 3 eggs. So yummy. My kids decided these are the best cookies ever and we should make them every time we make cookies. Thanks for the recipe and the yummy picture that put them on the top of my to make list.
  3. McKell Coleman
    It was taking forever to make each one into a cookie and shape it perfectly so I just made one huge cookie pizza! It worked out great! I spread out 1/2 of the chocolate dough, then put the filling on top and covered it in the rest of the dough and it worked out perfectly! I think I added a few minutes cooking time however! (: great recipe!

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