Peanut Butter Polka Dot Cookies

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My cookie monster husband requested a peanut butter cookie this week, but I didn’t feel like making the same old criss-cross type.  I remembered this cookie from long ago and wanted to see if they were as good as I remembered.  They are.  The delicate butter cookie holds a peanut butter-brown sugar filling that has to be chilled before placing in the center.  Resist the temptation to take a bite of the warm cookie; they are better after they cool.


Polka Dot Peanut Butter Cookies with napkin

Peanut Butter Polka Dot Cookies
Recipe type: Cookie
Serves: Makes 4-5 dozen
Rich butter cookie with a peanut butter center.
  • Cookie:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Filling:
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup chunk-style peanut butter
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons hot water
  1. For cookies: In large bowl of electric mixer, cream together butter and granulated sugar until well blended. Beat in egg and vanilla. Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into butter mixture on medium speed until well blended. Form dough into a ball, wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. For filling: In a small mixing bowl stir together all filling ingredients until well mixed into a paste consistency. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  3. To make cookies: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using your hands, form dough into 1-inch balls (no larger) and place 2-inches apart on prepared cookie sheet. With your finger, make a depression in the center of each ball. (note- if you have long fingernails, you can use the handle end of a rounded wooden spoon). Bake cookies for 6 minutes. Remove from oven and place about ½ teaspoon of the chilled peanut butter filling in each depression. Continue baking until topping just starts to bubble, about 4-5 minutes. Watch carefully the last minute that it doesn't bubble over onto cookie sheet. Remove from oven and let cookies sit on sheet for a couple minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

4 Responses to Peanut Butter Polka Dot Cookies

  1. September 19, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    These are so cute!

    • September 20, 2014 at 5:29 am #

      Thanks, Megan! I recently found your grandmother’s baking book with a dust jacket. I was so excited because the one I have had for years did not have a cover. Still one of my favorite cookbooks.

  2. September 23, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    I look forward to trying these; they look delicious!
    Where did you get the recipe?

    • September 23, 2014 at 11:06 pm #

      The recipe has been in my recipe box for at least 25 years. I have no idea of the original origin, but they have always been a family favorite. Hope you like them, too!

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