Thursday, April 25, 2013

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies




Cookies are like the poor middle child of the dessert world; Not nearly as elegant and grand as a layer cake, or cute and charming like a pie. When asked to make something special for a celebration, I almost always rely on cake or pie. April has been such a busy, busy month filled with birthdays that I just haven't had time for my usual celebration cakes. 


Cookies take far less time to bake up. And if they need to gussy up a bit (they are going to a party after all!) I like to whip up a frosting, filling, or spread to sandwich inside them. Sandwich cookies are feel just that much fancier than any plain cookie can. 

These cookies are a combination of my favorite flour-less peanut butter cookie and a quick and delicious peanut butter and milk chocolate spread. You will have extra filling and you will eat it from the jar on a spoon in private.  


Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
makes about 15 sandwich cookies

For the cookies:
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Milk chocolate and Peanut Butter Spread, recipe follows 

Heat the oven to 350˚F. 

Beat together the peanut butter and sugar in a large bowl until well combined. Add the egg and baking soda and beat again thickened slightly. Scoop into 1 ounce rounds onto parchment paper lined half sheet pans. Use a fork to flatten the round to 1/4 inch thickness. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the cookies look dry. 

Cool completely on the half sheet pans. Sandwich about a tablespoon of Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Spread between cookies. 

Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Spread 
Makes approximately 2 1/2 cups

3 cups unsalted roasted peanuts
2 cups milk chocolate chips (one 11 ounce bag) 
Kosher salt 

Puree the peanuts in a food processor for 5 minutes. Add the chocolate and salt and process until smooth. Store at room temperature in an airtight container. 


4 comments:

  1. Girl..there is no flour in these? I need them like now.. and that chocolate peanut butter spread has my soul doing the Harlem Shake..

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    1. The spread will change your life - seriously!

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  2. Your cookies look so cute and I love the sound of that milk chocolate and peanut butter spread!

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    1. Thank you - You really should try the spread - its even easier than any version of Nutella I've tried and, dare I say, tastier?

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