{ppk’s peanut butter chocolate pillows}

by Cait on March 24, 2013

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Those of you that have read the blog over the years know my weakness for peanut butter and chocolate.  It is possibly one of my favorite flavor combinations in existence.

I found the recipe for these babies yeeeaaaarrrrsss ago when I first started blogging and they immediately made my  “recipes to make” list.

Well, I’m happy to say that four years later, I’ve finally gotten around to making them

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And boy were they ever worth the four year wait!

Even better perhaps than being chocolate and peanut butter is that these fluffy pillows of goodness are also vegan.

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That might not be exciting to some of you who are well versed in the vegan baking world, but for me it’s super exciting.  I haven’t experimented nearly as much as I would have liked to with vegan baking but this recipe has certainly lit a fire under me!

A recipe that contains no eggs, no butter and tastes as good as these do are A-OK in my book.

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PPK’s Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Pillows (source)
makes 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

Chocolate dough:

  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons non-dairy milk (I used soy milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons black unsweetened cocoa or more dutch processed unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling:

  • 3/4 cup natural salted peanut butter, crunchy or creamy style
  • 2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons soy creamer or non-dairy milk (I used soy milk)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl combine oil, sugar, maple syrup, soy milk and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Sift in flour, cocoa powder, black cocoa if using, baking soda and salt. Mix to form a moist dough.

Make the filling. In another mixing bowl beat together peanut butter, confectioner’s sugar, 2 tablespoons of soy  milk and vanilla extract to form a moist but firm dough. If peanut butter dough is too dry, stir in remaining tablespoon of non-dairy milk. If dough is too wet knead in a little extra powdered sugar.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Shape the cookies. Create the centers of the cookies by rolling the peanut butter dough into 24 balls. Scoop a generous tablespoon of chocolate dough, flatten into a disc and place a peanut butter ball in the center. Fold the sides of the chocolate dough up and around the peanut butter center and roll the chocolate ball into an smooth ball between your palms. Place on a sheet of waxed paper and repeat with remaining dough. If desired gently flatten cookies a little, but this is not necessary.

Place dough balls on lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart and bake for 10 minutes. Remove sheet from oven and let cookies for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to complete cooling.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 24, 2013

I used to make something like this all the time. It was a recipe from Cooking Light… totally forgot about it! Maybe I need to make them again to satisfy my Tagalong cravings. ;)

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Cait March 24, 2013

Definitely do it – it completely satisfies the peanut butter/chocolate craving (though I’m not sure anything can quite beat a Tagalong ;) ).

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Erica @ For the Sake of Cake March 24, 2013

Wow, this look delicious! I’m a big fan of the chocolate + pb flavor combo too!

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Cait March 24, 2013

It combines the two flavors in one of the best ways I’ve ever had in a baked good. Definitely worth giving them a try :)

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Erica March 24, 2013

First of all- yayyy for another post :) Second…gah! Its like a baked reese’s cup! Amazing! So yum

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Cait March 24, 2013

Haha – you are too cute :) And yes! It literally is like a baked reese’s cup – soooo good!!

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Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 24, 2013

Those look INSANELY good!

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Cait March 24, 2013

They’re seriously good…and pretty easy to pull together (though that might actually be to my detriment with the rate at which I’m going to go through them…)

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Best Natural Peanut Butter March 25, 2013

Wow, never heard of these peanut butter and chocolate pillows (I wonder why), but they look absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe because I have to try them.

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Cait March 25, 2013

Enjoy! Isa is a total genius – she completely hit the nail on the head with this one :)

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Eva March 25, 2013

Totally agree with you there– chocolate & peanut butter anything is my favorite anything. have already bookmarked this recipe, will have to try sometime when school’s not kicking butt. also, glad to see a blog update, would love to hear abt your chobani (?) internship :)

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Cait March 25, 2013

I hear ya on school kicking your butt! I’m in the same boat so I totally understand…after all, it took me 4 years to successfully try these! My internship with Chobani is going great! I can’t talk about the specifics of what I’m working on but suffice it to say it’s an incredible company and every one I have come in contact with is just as awesome as they seem! Thanks for asking! :)

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Shannon V. March 25, 2013

Cait- Im definitely going to make these – yum! Do you have a good recipe for granola? Rick and I are trying to find something good that we wont burn this time. Thanks!

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Cait March 25, 2013

Yay! Let me know what you think if you try them – I thought they were just delicious :)

As for granola…I haven’t experimented nearly as much as I would like to but here are a couple I’ve tried and liked in the past: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/homemade-granola-recipe/index.html, http://www.joyofbaking.com/breakfast/HomemadeGranola.html, http://articles.latimes.com/2012/nov/24/food/la-fo-calcook-rec1-20121124 – let me know how they come out if you try any! :) (Hopefully they are healthy enough for Rick to approve ;) )

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Shannon March 26, 2013

Thanks so much! : )

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Cait March 26, 2013

Of course!!

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Katie March 25, 2013

I’ve been waiting for these (mushrooms) since yesterday! Yeehaw, I’m so excited about what is inside these puppies!

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Cait March 25, 2013

They’re the best dang mushrooms ever! :)

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Sue March 26, 2013

Can these be made with gluten free flour? I’m always looking for something like this that I can enjoy.

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Cait March 26, 2013

Hmm, I’m not sure how GF flour would work (maybe brown rice flour?) as I haven’t experimented using it with this recipe – if you give it a try let me know how it comes out!

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen April 5, 2013

Oh my ever-loving peanut butter.

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Cait May 9, 2013

;) My thoughts exactly!

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Jan April 8, 2013

these look delicious!! question: can i use skim milk? i want to make them today and unfortunately, i’m out of soy — and i don’t have the energy to go to the store!

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Cait April 11, 2013

I think you should be able to!

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Ellen @ The Baking Bluenoser May 5, 2013

Omg..these look freaking incredible!!

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Cait May 7, 2013

They were AMAZING!

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la fourmi Elé May 31, 2013

Definitly extra yummy!! oh my god!!!

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Cait May 31, 2013

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