What does it take to make a perfect peanut butter sandwich cookie?
Is it just the right about of crispy crunch without crumbling?
Could it be a smooth, sweet, creamy filling that doesn't ooze out the sides when you take a bite?
Maybe it's the robust peanuty flavor? I think this cookie is all those things and more.
It is perfectly delicious.
You don't need a mixer for this recipe. Just blend the dry ingredients together and in a separate bowl combine the butter, peanut butter, sugar, milk and an egg. Fold the dry ingredients into the peanut butter mixture and you're almost done.
Gently fold in finely chopped peanuts for an extra crunchy peanuty punch.
Drop the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet using a cookie scoop or tablespoon measure. Gently press each into a 2 inch round.
Bake and cool before filling.
The filling is a simple combination of peanut butter, butter and confectioners' sugar.
Sandwich the cookies together and press gently to spread the filling to the edges.
Store in an airtight container in a cool place for up to three days.
No worries, I don't think they will last that long anyway.
See all those lovely little peanuts?
My husband said these are the best peanut butter cookies he's ever had and his mom used to make them all the time. I agree - they are outstanding and will be a favorite in our house for years to come. I hope you give them a try and love them as much as we do.
Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
For the Cookie:
1 1/4 cups dry roasted peanuts, unsalted
3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
3 tablespoons whole milk
1 large egg
For the Filling:
1 cup creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Place peanuts in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Don't over do it - you don't want to make peanut butter. Set aside.
In a small mixing bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt until blended. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, peanut butter, sugars, milk and egg. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture and blend using a spatula. Fold in the chopped peanuts gently, just until blended.
Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon measuring spoon, place 12 mounds on one prepared baking sheet. Make sure they are evenly spaced, not to close together. Lightly dampen your fingers and gently press the mounds to a 2 inch diameter cookie. Bake for about 12 minutes (rotate the pan halfway through baking) or until lightly browned and firm to the touch. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat using the cooled cookie sheet baking 12 at a time. (These cookies do best if you use a cold cookie sheet for each new batch. If you only have one cookie sheet, use a new piece of parchment paper placing the dough on the parchment and then all together on the cookie sheet. As with most cookies, they will spread too much if you use a hot cookie sheet.)
To make the filling microwave the peanut butter and butter together just until melted and warm. Stir together until blended. Using a rubber spatula fold in the confectioners sugar until combined.
Place half the cookies upside down on the wire rack or clean work surface. Place 1 rounded tablespoon of the warm filling in the center of each cookie. Using a knife spread the filling until it's almost to the edge. Then place a second cookie on top and gently press down until the filling spreads to the edge.
Store in an airtight container for up to three days.
Makes 22-24 sandwich cookies
(Recipe adapted from America's Test Kitchen)
I sat down last week to write a pita bread post but got a surprise visit from my grandson. You know I put the computer away so I could play with my little cutie pie. I'll get it up this week so thanks for your patience.
We had a good weekend and went out with friends Saturday night. It had been a long time since we went out on a date - so you know I had tons of fun. I hope you have a great week and thanks so much for stopping by!