1/21/09

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie

For a person who doesn't care for sweets as much as vegetables, cookies sure do sound good this week! They must to my family too because last night I made a batch and there are only about 12 cookies left from about 45. Ah, teenagers.

I'm not a fan of peanut butter cookies in any form, but I my family is, and others are. I tucked this one away in my home files a year or two ago. I've never made it, but the mixture of peanut butter and oatmeal is a good one and I know my husband and kids will eat them! They are supposed to be similar to Girl Scout cookies, although I haven't bought GS cookies for about 4 years and I have no idea what kinds they have anymore. Our family has our own favorites that I'll buy if a GS corners me, but their newer cookies? Haven't a clue. I'm told these taste like theirs though!


Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie


2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups butter, room temperature
3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats

Filling

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, cream together butter and peanut butter. Beat in the sugars until fluffy, add the eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla extract.

Blend in the flour and oats. Drop onto parchment lined baking sheets and form into balls about 3/4" large. Bake for about 10 minutes, until cookies are a light golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes while making holes in the tops of half the cookies (to be the tops). Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


Filling:

In a large bowl, cream together peanut butter, butter and confectioners' sugar until very smooth. Spread 2-3 teaspoons onto half of the finished cookies and sandwich with the remaining halves. Use the cookies with holes for the tops.
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