Cream first 6 ingredients until well blended. Add salt and soda, mixing well. Stir in flour forming dough.
Molly loves peanut butter and hopes she can get a sample but alas she will have to settle for a Milk Bone treat this time.
I use my melon baller oftentimes for scooping uniform amounts of dough.
Roll into uniform compact balls about 3/4 - 1" diameter. Place in bowl of sugar and roll to coat evenly.
This dough has excellent consistency for rolling. I like to be sure to coat balls uniformly and generously with sugar. This makes the cookies extra good!
You will be baking sugared dough balls 8 min. @ 350°, remove & IMMEDIATELY be pressing chocolate stars into each hot cookie, then returning to oven to bake 1 more minute before cooling on wire rack.
Bake 8 minutes at 350°. Have chocolate stars handy.
Stars must be placed quickly while cookies are hot. Don't be afraid to press down in. (NOTE: my apologies if video won't load. It's been working sometimes)
Back into the oven for just 1 more minute.
Remove after 1 minute. Chocolate stars will be set in and soft but still hold their shape.
Cool slightly then carefully remove with spatula and transfer to wire rack to finish cooling. It will take some time for chocolate to harden. Sometimes I speed that up by placing in frig or freezer.
Crisp outside, soft inside.... Peanut butter and chocolate combination make these very popular cookies. They freeze well too.