DIY Recipe: Magic in the Middle (Peanut Butter) Cookies

There is this one place in Long Beach called Deli News that I enjoy going to- not for the pizza, or the pasta, but for Magic in the Middle Cookies. They are amazingly delicious and are, in fact, magic. I decided to make them myself and I always seem to choose the greatest day to bake...meaning the very few days a year my apartment feels extremely hot.

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SERVINGS: ~15 COOKIES            PREP TIME: ~30 MIN 


For Chocolate Dough:
1/2 C (1 stick) softened, unsalted butter
1/4 C peanut butter
1/4 C granulated sugar
3/4 C brown sugar
1 tsp of vanilla bourbon extract (from TJs, just vanilla extract is OK too)

1/4 tsp espresso powder
1 large egg
1-1/2 C all purpose flour
1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Optional: sea salt to sprinkle on the top of the cookies

For Peanut Butter Filling:
1/2 C peanut butter
1/2 C confectioners sugar
1/4 tsp honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Make peanut butter filling mix by mixing peanut butter, confectioners sugar, honey and cinnamon together.

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3. Roll peanut butter mixture into ~1 inch diameter balls. (I originally used, 3/4 C peanut butter and 3/4 C sugar and I had too many balls left over compared to the dough). I placed them in the refrigerator while I made the dough.

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4. In mixer, cream soft butter and peanut butter together. Then add sugar, followed by vanilla mixed with a little espresso powder and the egg.

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5. Make sure to sift all the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon) and then add it slowly to the the mixer.

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6. Take a spoonful of the dough and place it in your hand. Pat it out and make a thumb imprint in the middle.

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7. Place a peanut butter ball in the middle of the dough  and cover the ball with the dough until it isn't seen!

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8. Flatten it out to look like a cookie and place on a tray with parchment paper. Sprinkle some sea salt on top of the cookies.

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9. Put them in the oven and wait 7-9 minutes before taking them out!

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And, voila! You are done and have some delicious cookies to eat.

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These cookies are pretty delicious and hit the spot. I modified the recipe from what I've seen traditionally, by adding ingredients like honey, cinnamon, espresso, and sea salt. I felt like the flavors blended well together. Another ingredient I was contemplating to add was semisweet chocolate chips to the cookie dough, but I wasn't sure if it would be too rich. These cookies were so good that  I couldn't stop eating them and had to bring them into work to share with others because I didn't trust myself to be alone with the cookies anymore. 

And boy oh boy are taking quality photos of food difficult. I really admire food photographers now.


  1. YUMMY!!!! These looks so delish!!! I bet I just can't eat one or two of these cookies.


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