Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies are some of my favorites. Don’t you just love peanut butter? And, when it’s in cookies–oh, my goodness, it’s incredible! Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies have double the peanut butter taste because they’re a peanut butter cookie with a delicious peanut butter filling sandwiched between two cookies.
These cookies are fairly easy to make, though spreading the icing on half of the cookies takes a little bit more time than a normal cookie. I always prefer spreading the icing by hand rather than piping the icing on and making it look too professional–like it came out of a bakery or something. While I don’t want the cookies to look ugly, I want each one to have a homemade look to it rather than looking like I bought it some place! I guess I’m old-fashioned that way!
I had seven, yes, that’s right, SEVEN jars of peanut butter in my pantry and decided it was time to use up some of the jars and combine others so I could fit OTHER baked goods in my pantry! I did manage to eliminate two of the jars between this recipe and another I’ll share tomorrow. But I still have five jars that I need to go through soon!
I was looking through my cookbook recipes trying to find some way to use up creamy peanut butter. It seems most recipes use peanut butter chips and not peanut butter or BOTH items rather than just the one. But I finally stumbled across this recipe from Taste of Home’s Best Loved Cookies and Candies, 2010, that I had been wanting to make for some time.
These cookies turned out wonderfully–the peanut butter filling really makes these cookies special. As with just about any recipe I make, there were a few changes. I never buy butter-flavor Crisco, so I used regular Crisco shortening and added a teaspoon of butter extract to help bump up the butter flavor.
I would not recommend using butter because the cookies will flatten out too much. I also had to use more milk in the frosting to get it to a spreading consistency. Anyone who follows my blog knows I never use bleached flour in anything since it tends to toughen baked goodies. But those were pretty much all of the adjustments I made.
If you’re looking for a great Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie (and you’re trying to use up too many jars of creamy peanut butter in your pantry!), then consider this delicious cookie recipe sometime soon. These cookies are great for after-school snacks, potlucks, or just to fill up your cookie jar. If you love peanut butter in cookies (and most people do!) then these tasty cookies with a sweet peanut butter filling are just the ticket. They will certainly satisfy your cravings for peanut butter!
Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies are a delightful way to get your peanut butter fix for the day!
I placed a couple of tablespoonfuls (2-3) of filling between each cookie. These cookies held their shape really well due to being made with shortening instead of all butter. Butter flavoring provides a nice kick of butter to the taste of the cookie.
These cookies are amazing and are sure to hit the spot with a glass of milk by your side! These rich, decadent cookies are enjoyable treats for office parties and Christmas Cookie Exchanges, too.
Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies are so filling you won’t need more than one at a time! These are great cookies to take for parties at your kid’s school.
Here’s what I did.
Measure Crisco shortening into a glass measuring bowl. Add creamy peanut butter and brown sugar.
Add white sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Add butter flavoring. This replaces the Butter-flavor Crisco shortening in the original recipe.
Add baking soda, and salt.
Cream with an electric mixer until smooth.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour. Bleached flour toughens baked goods.
Stir ingredients with a wooden spoon to combine.
Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. Roll dough into balls and place on cookie sheets. Press cookies down with a fork in a criss-cross fashion.
Bake at 375 about 10 minutes or until done.
Here’s the pan right out of the oven. Allow the cookies to cool completely on wire racks.
While cookies are cooling prepare Peanut Butter Filling: Place creamy peanut butter in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Add vanilla.
Add powdered sugar. Add enough milk to make of spread consistency. Start with a few tablespoons at a time. Don’t add too much or the filling will be runny.
Mix Peanut Butter Filling ingredients with an electric mixer to combine.
Spread filling on the bottom of one of the peanut butter cookies. Place another cookie of similar shape and size on top of the filling.
These two cookies have very similar shapes and sizes so they fit together really well.
Here, the cookies are all filled and ready to serve!
Don’t Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies look scrumptious?
The Peanut Butter Filling is what sets these cookies apart. It really adds oomph to the cookies! I like a lot of Peanut Butter Frosting on my cookies and there was plenty with this recipe.
These tasty treats are great cookies for holiday baking. One batch made up 28 cookies of this size.
Here’s the recipe.
PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH COOKIES
- 1 cup Crisco shortening
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. butter flavoring
- 3 cups Gold Medal UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods)
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- ¼ tsp. salt
- In a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla, butter flavoring, baking soda and salt until light and fluffy.
- Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon.
- Shape into 1-1 ½-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on baking sheets that have been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
- Using a fork, press a criss-cross pattern into each cookie.
- Bake at 375˚ for about 10 minutes or until golden.
- Remove to wire racks to cool.
- Frost bottom of a peanut butter cookie with peanut butter icing and place another peanut butter cookie on top of the icing to make sandwich cookies.
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 8-9 tbsp. milk
- For filling, in a large bowl, beat peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve a spreading consistency.
- Spread on half of the cookies and top each with another cookie.
For those of you who love peanut butter–don’t miss out on these rich, decadent sandwich cookies! Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies fill you up fast! These cookies are also great for tailgate parties or to share with a neighbor or friend.
Take a tray of these to your next summer potluck and they will be gone before you blink your eyes!
Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies are crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. Wonderful!
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