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Marbled Chocolate Gems
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3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled slightly


1/2 cup granulated sugar

48 milk chocolate candy stars or candy pieces

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Combine butter, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Add egg and vanilla; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour, baking soda and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed.

  2. STEP 2

    Remove half of dough; set aside. Add peanut butter to remaining dough in bowl. Continue beating until well mixed. Remove peanut butter dough from bowl; wrap in plastic food wrap. Place reserved half of dough into bowl; add melted chocolate. Continue beating until well mixed. Wrap chocolate dough in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate both doughs 2 hours or until firm.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  4. STEP 4

    Place 1/2 cup sugar in bowl; set aside.

  5. STEP 5

    Press about 1/2 teaspoon of each dough together to create marbled effect; roll into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in sugar. Place 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set and cookies just begin to crack.

  6. STEP 6

    Press 1 chocolate star in center of each cookie immediately. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to cooling racks. Cool completely.

Tip #1

Chocolate candies will melt after pressing onto hot cookies. To cool chocolate quickly, refrigerate cookies about 20 minutes until chocolate is firm.

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