Magic Middle Cookies
When I was in college, this really eccentric husband-wife team oversaw my dining hall. They looked like a sweet older couple, but he always made really dirty jokes and she would shoot you the evil eye forever if you so much as left a scrap of food on your plate. But they fed me, so I was grateful.
Every now and then, they’d serve the best slice and bake cookies in the universe. No, I’m not exaggerating, so leave me alone. They were really the best. And I’ve hunted them down for years without any luck. It’s so sad!
They were rich chocolate cookies, huge ones, with an amazing peanut butter center that reminded me of a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Can you wonder at all why these were my idea of perfection? Years later, I learned that this kind of cookie is called a Magic Middle. And while they are magical, they can take a while to make with both the cookie dough and the peanut butter center dough. So I made up a shortcut, a cheat, a whatever. And they taste even better than the labor-intensive ones!
Yep, I used cake mix and actual Reese’s cups. I don’t care. I’m brilliant. It saves a ton of time, there’s no butter involved, and I get to have a giant Reese’s in the middle of my cookie. Plus, I added peanut butter chips for extra fun. I have not been able to stop eating these! They’ve been lunch for two days. Don’t even try to tell me I’m not a healthy person!
In fact, these are so good that I will probably not be able to make them again because it’s just too dangerous. I took myself on a date to the movies the other day and actually hid these in my purse for snacking. That’s so not me. But it was glorious! All I needed to complete the perfect moment was a Coke Slurpee.
I promise you that I never lie about the recipes that I’m really enthusiastic about. This is one of them! If you love peanut butter and chocolate, you must make this. You will never regret it! Just make sure you have a ton of people who want to share around you, or…yep. You’ll eat them all!
As usual, this is a super-quick recipe. I have some serious sun worshiping to do this time of year! With sunscreen, no worries. But there’s always time for cookies. Enjoy!
- 1 box devil’s food cake mix
- 1 box (3.4 oz.) chocolate pudding mix
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup peanut butter chips
- 12 regular-sized Reese’s peanut butter cups
Preheat the oven to 350. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients and mix thoroughly until a smooth cookie dough forms. Add the peanut butter chips and mix again.
For each cookie, make a flat disc of dough. Put the unwrapped peanut butter cup in the middle and then cover with another flat disc of dough. Pinch the sides together so the entire peanut butter cup is covered in cookie dough.
Place the cookies two inches apart on the baking sheets. Press additional peanut butter chips into the tops of the cookies to make them prettier.
Bake for 10 minutes. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.