Move Over Girl Scouts: Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie

I haven’t posted a splurge-worthy recipe in a LONG time so look away if you are trying to fit into a bathing suit by the summer time. Look away if you are watching what you’re eating. You’re going to want one of these cookies now. And you will make a batch and want to eat them all and you will hate me for it. So if you like cookies, just look away. Pretend like you never saw this.

For those of you who are accepting of the splurge, these cookies were awesome. They resembled the Girl Scout Peanut Butter Sandwich cookie, only WAY, WAY, WAY better. First off, they are much bigger, the texture of the cookie is both soft and firm enough to bite into the sandwich without it breaking or falling apart and the filling is SO yummy. I was “forced” into making them because I am working my way through the pantry. Peanut butter, flour, sugar, butter, nuts, chocolate chips, etc. It all got used! Yay me!

Luckily I had Bunco the following night so I was able to share with the ladies. They were a big hit and I got several requests to post the recipe. Interestingly I thought my husband would’ve eaten them all before I was able to package them up because he adores peanut butter. Although he thought they were “great” I quote him saying “they didn’t knock my socks off”. “What do you mean?!” I asked and he immediately clarified saying that he really liked them, they just didn’t fall into his top 3 favorite dessert recipes I make. Whatever. I loved them and I’ll make them again and eat them all. So there.

I followed the directions exactly for this one. I did, however, end up with less cookies- 13 sandwiches instead of the 18 stated in the original recipe. I used a heaping tablespoon and baked them 15 to 16 minutes (a little over) what the recipe called for since they were thicker. I ALWAYS end up with less cookies than what is stated in recipes so I guess I just have a heavy hand with the spoon, but they turned out fabulous nonetheless.

If you feel like a splurge or need to bring dessert to a party, these are a super fun, super tasty cookies! Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie

Yield: 13-18 (2 1/2 inch) sandwich cookies

INGREDIENTS:

    For the cookies:
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (2 ounces) cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) unsalted butter, completely softened at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup suger
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • For the filling:
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (3 ounces) unsalted butter, soften at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 3 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped roasted unsalted peanuts
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips or coarsely chopped semisweet chocolate

DIRECTIONS:

    For the cookies:
  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, sift together the two flours, baking soda and salt.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer using the paddle attachment, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg, continue creaming until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes with an electric mixer.
  3. Add in the flour mixture slowly just until it's incorporated; don't over-mix or the cookies will be tough. Drop heaping tablespoons of batter, spaced 2 inches apart onto the lined baking sheets. Using your fingers, flatter each cookie into a 2 inch round. Bake ~12-15 minutes or until puffed and golden, rotating the sheets if needed for even baking. Transfer the cookies to a rack to cool.
  4. For the filling:
  5. In a small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, butter, and peanut butter and cream until smooth. Add the heavy cream and continue creaming until smooth and fluffy.
  6. Stir in the chopped peanuts and chocolate.
  7. To assemble: flip half of cookies over and using a offset spatula, spread some of the filling over them (~2 teaspoons). Top with another cookie and press down lightly. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to a few days.

Notes

You can make these ahead of time. They hold up extremely well and will not get soggy even with filling. For best results, use a smooth "processed" peanut butter such as Skippy Natural to get the right texture.

Recipe from the Best of Fine Chocolate, with very little modifications

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Comments

  1. Bree says:

    Haha! These look awesome. It’s funny–now that summer is approaching I am eating more fatty stuff than ever. What’s up with that?! :)

    • Melanie Flinn, MS, RD says:

      Seriously! That is not supposed to happen. :) I think in my case I’ve upped the exercise and then as a result get so hungry and crave fatty stuff. Oh well I try not to bake too frequently! and everything in moderation, right? That is why I bake and bring the treats to parties!

  2. Oh my gosh, these look incredible!!
    Definitely worth the splurge!! :)

  3. eatingRD says:

    Definitely a yummy splurge! peanut butter has to be my favorite kind of cookie because I’m a pb fanatic :)

  4. No kidding these look better than Girl Scout cookies! I am so over GSC this year, they are tiny and not as delicious as normal. I would take these over the PB GSC any day!

  5. Cassie says:

    These are too awesome, Melanie! Any cookie with oatmeal (but not raisins) is my favorite. I have a go-to oatmeal cookie recipe that is probably my favorite. But I also love snickerdoodles and no-bake cookies. This is a great recipe!

  6. These sound amazing! Lucky hubby… I think he gets a little spoiled :)

  7. These sound amazing! Lucky hubby… sounds like he gets spoiled with treats :)

  8. Simply Life says:

    oh those are my favorite girl scout cookie- these really do look even better!

  9. Yummy! These cookies look scrumptious. very cute!

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