One of my favorite junk food cookies as a kid was the “Magic Middle,” a wonderful creation by the little Keebler Elves. It was a vanilla shortbread type cookie with a chocolate ganache-like center. Would it hold up if I had one today? Probably not. But that doesn’t take away from the special place it resides in my fondest childhood memories. It’s also given me an idea to recreate my own version, and this time around use peanut butter cookies.
I posted a recipe for peanut butter cookies somewhere back in the history of DFK. I’m a fan of them, and I still think – as I wrote back then – that they don’t get their due in the pantheon of great cookies. I figure if there’s anything that may lift peanut butter up to greater heights, it’s chocolate. Peanut butter & chocolate is a legit heavy-hitter in the flavor combo world, and I thought it would be the perfect one to use for this recipe.
As always, I’m adding some elements to this dessert to elevate it just a bit. We’ll be making a peanut butter ganache to “fill” the center of each cookie, and my method of cookie/ganache construction will be both consistent and produce a slightly cleaner look than the traditional rustic cookie shape.
All in all, I’m pretty happy with these guys. They’re no Magic Middle, but they hold their own. Hope you give ’em a try!
Cheers – Chef Scott