Leap Day Luck: Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

Legend has it on Leap Day a stroke of luck will find you. It’s also the one day every four years in Ireland when women propose marriage to their boyfriends, but we’re not in Ireland tonight, so back to finding a stroke of luck.

I spent today searching and waiting for my luck. I tripped up the stairs, I dropped a stack of 300 papers and I didn’t win a free coffee. Needless to say, I searched high and low to find my big Leap Day break only to give up hope… until I drove home in a freezing rain storm.

While ice pelts bounced off my windshield and I recounted how much work I did today, and then how much more I have left to do, I realized that maybe the luck of Leap Day isn’t about winning a coffee or making it up the stairs without falling. Maybe the luck of Leap Day is realizing how lucky we are every day and passing a little luck someone else’s way.

After my Leap Day revelation amidst an ice storm, I decided the best way to spread a little luck is by sending care packages of double chocolate chip cookies stuffed with peanut butter to the people in lucky enough to know, even on non-Leap Days. So, I hope you found your stroke of luck, and if you don’t think you did, whip up a batch of these and send them to everyone you’re lucky to have. I guess what I’m trying to say is that if Leap Day is about being lucky, if we just look around a little we will realize everyday is Leap Day.

Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Cookies

Yields 16-20 cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar

Assembling the cookies

  1. In a bowl, combine 3/4 cup peanut butter and icing sugar. Place in refrigerator.
  2. Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a seperate bowl, whip butter and peanut butter. Mix in sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla.
  4. Gradually mix in cocoa powder, baking soda and all-purpose flour.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Remove peanut butter mixture from refrigerator. Roll peanut butter into 16-20 balls.
  7. Roll and flatten a ball of chocolate dough, place peanut butter ball in center and wrap chocolate dough around. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool.




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