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Peanut Butter and Jelly Jewels but made with Chocolate


Peanut butter and chocolate is a classic combination – and I’m not really talking about Reese’s…  but more in the classic sense of the two.  This recipe offers chocolate as an alternative to cherry preserves when making these thumbprint cookies – for me it wasn’t the alternative it was the way to make them.  And it’s the only way I ever have.  This recipe is by Rose Levy Beranbaum and I found it in her cookbook, Rose’s Christmas Cookies, which is a great cookbook!  However you can also find the recipe online here
Now I cheated just a bit this year.  Normally I follow her recipe and make the chocolate filling.  This year a jar of Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Kisses just happened to be sitting in front of me as I started forming the peanut butter cookies.  And I decided to bake them using the kisses for the chocolate filling instead of making my own.  They worked really well.  When I pulled the cookies out of the oven I used an offset spatula to just smooth and spread the chocolate bit.  And then they were perfect… 

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