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Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprints

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling

Makes

about 3 dozen

The popular combination of chocolate and peanut butter is hard to beat...and the cream filling in these cookies takes them beyond the ordinary!—Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania
Chocolate Peanut Butter Thumbprints Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • FILLING:
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Beat in the egg yolks, milk, melted chocolate and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Roll into 1-in. balls.
  2. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each ball. Bake at 350° for 11-13 minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, for filling, in a small bowl, beat peanut butter and shortening until combined. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Fill cookies with filling. Store in an airtight container.

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