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Great gifts for giving
The perfect addition to any gift basket
Great idea for the holidays or any special occasion


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~ Chocolate Peanut Butter Volcanoes ~

~The Lava~
3 oz (1/2 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 t vanilla extract

~The Cookie~
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 t plus 1/8 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
11 T unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup plus 1 T light brown sugar, lightly packed
6 T granulated sugar
3/4 t pure vanilla extract
1 large egg

Preheat the oven to 350F.
Line several baking sheets with parchment paper, or lightly
grease them with vegetable oil. Make the lava: Melt the
chocolates together in the top of a double boiler placed
over simmering water (do not let the bottom of the double
boiler touch the water). Combine the evaporated milk and
the vanilla in a medium-size bowl. Using a whisk, stir the
melted chocolate vigorously into the milk until the mixture
is smooth and well blended. Set it aside. Make the cookie
dough: Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together into
a small bowl and set aside. Using an electric mixer on
medium speed, cream the butter, peanut butter, both sugars,
and the vanilla together in a medium-size mixing bowl until
light and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Stop the mixer twice
during the process to scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula.
Add the egg and beat on medium speed until blended, about 1
minute. Scrape the bowl. Add the flour mixture and mix on
low speed until blended, about 15 seconds. Scrape the bowl
and mix several seconds more. Measure out heaping tablespoons
of the dough and roll them into balls with your hands, Place
the balls 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Using
your thumb, press a deep hole into the center of each ball,
and plop a heaping teaspoon of the lava mixture into the hole.
Pinch the opening together just a little bit so the lava will
not overflow, but so that it is still visible. Bake the cookies
until they are lightly golden, 16 - 18 minutes. Cool the cookies
on the sheets or serve warm. Store the cookies in an airtight
container in the refrigerator for 1 day. After that, store
them in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. Bring them to room
temperature before eating.
Makes 30 cookies

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For gift giving decorate a plate with enamel or
ceramic paint. Let dry. Wrap cookies and plate
with Saran Wrap. Add Christmas greenery, ribbon
and gift tag.


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