Grandma Winnie’s Magic Middles – chocolate cookie with peanut butter center – recipe

Cami’s grandmother always had magic middles for us (and anyone else) when we would visit. They were so good. Cami got the recipe and does a great job carrying on the tradition.

Magic middles cookies

Cookie Dough:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 cup dry cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup, or 2 sticks, margarine or butter – soft
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter – creamy
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs


  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Mix filling and roll into 1″ balls. Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix flour, cocoa, and baking soda. In a large bowl, beat sugars, margarine, and the 1/2 cup peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs. Beat well. Stir in flour mixture.

For each cookie, shape about 1 Tbsp of dough around 1 peanut butter ball, covering completely. Place 2″ apart on un-greased cookie sheet. Flatten with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-9 minutes, or until set an slightly cracked. Carefully remove to cool on wire rack. Makes 3 1/2 dozen big cookies.