Since Valentine’s Day fell on Cookie Making Day (aka Sunday), I let the wife pick out what I should make. With one stipulation – that she help make them. She selected her favorite Girl Scout cookie:
Homemade Tagalongs (a.k.a. Peanut Butter Patties)
The Girl Scout website includes the following “description” of the Tagalongs: “These are round cookies with a layer of peanut butter on top, and covered in chocolate. These cookies come in a red box.”
Original Source: BakingBites.com (Don’t be confused by this site’s name – It means all of the recipes are small things like cookies, not that the author does not think highly of baking)
1 cup butter, soft
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk
Filling + Coating
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter (natural or regular)
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar*
generous pinch salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
about 8-oz semisweet chocolate
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
Mix in flour, baking powder and salt at a low speed, followed by the vanilla and milk.
The dough should come together into a soft ball.
Take a tablespoon full of dough and flatten it into a disc about 1/4-inch thick. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough. Cookies will not spread too much, so you can squeeze them in more than you would for chocolate chip cookies.
Bake cookies for 11-13 minutes, until bottoms and the edges are lightly browned and cookies are set. Immediately after removing cookies from the oven, use your thumb or a small spoon to make a depression in the center of each cookie.
Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a small bowl, whisk together peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, salt and vanilla.
When the mixture has come together, heat it in the microwave (again in short intervals, stirring frequently), until it is very, very soft. Working carefully with the hot filling, transfer it to a pastry bag (or plastic bag with the tip cut off) and pipe a generous dome of the filling into each cookie’s “thumbprint”. Chill cookies with filling for 20-30 minutes, or until the peanut butter is firm.
(Forgot to take a picture of the peanut butter mixture – but this what the bowl looked like when we were done!)
Melt the chocolate in a small, heat-resistant bowl. This can be done in a microwave (with frequent stirring) or on a double boiler.
Dip chilled cookies into chocolate, let excess drip off, and place on a sheet of parchment paper to let the cookies set up. The setting process can be accelerated by putting the cookies into the refrigerator once they have been coated. Makes about 3-dozen.
This is what happens to my recipe print-outs when a certain someone helps me make cookies:
And this is what you can do with the extra peanut butter fillin’ while the cookies are chillin