we had a craving for peanut butter...

Decadent Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

With a craving for something sweet, we were perusing a few great foodie blogs before we stumbled upon this recipe from Jacob's Kitchen, a favorite fellow food blogger of ELZ's.  We were excited to whip up a batch of his peanut butter cookie sandwiches based on the original recipe from the Betty Crocker Cookbook. (We highly recommend heading over to his blog.)

Total prep & cook time: about 2 hours and 45 minutes
Makes about a dozen cookie sandwiches (dough yields about 24-30 cookies)

Ingredients for the peanut butter cookies:

  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/2 of softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Ingredients for the peanut butter filling:

1 cup of confectioners' sugar
1 cup of peanut butter, creamy
5 tablespoons of unsalted butter (at room temperature)
3/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup of heavy cream

- Mix ingredients for cookie dough: combine sugars, peanut butter, butter and egg in large bowl. 
- Stir in the remaining ingredients to complete the cookie dough (flour, baking soda & powder, and salt). 
- Cover and refrigerate dough for about two hours (until firm).
- Heat oven to 375ºF.
- Shape the cookie dough into 1 1/4-inch balls, placing on an ungreased cookie sheet, about three inches apart.
- Flatten with a fork that is covered in sugar, creating a pattern of your choosing (the crisscross pattern is popular)
- Bake for about 9 or 10 minutes, until cookies are light golden brown. 
- While baking, make the peanut butter filling: Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, mix the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt on the medium-low speed, scraping the sides down with a rubber spatula, until creamy.
- Add the heavy cream & beat on high until the mixture becomes light & smooth.
- Refrigerate for a couple minutes if you'd like. (Use your judgement depending on how far along your cookies are)
- Once cookies are done, remove from oven and cool directly on cookie sheet for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.
- Spread a generous tablespoon or two of the peanut butter filling on a cookie and sandwich with another for a deliciously decadent peanut butter cookie sandwich!!

ELZ & PAB's review: These cookies are sweet sweet sweet!  Now we know what some of you are thinking...these are way too much for me!  But we also know that every once in a while, you have to indulge...right?? So maybe you won't make these tonight or tomorrow...but one day, when you have that craving or need a hostess gift or are planning ahead, this recipe just may come in handy!  And plus, since they are so sweet...maybe you'll eat less...unless of course you are PAB and you will eat too many.  But ELZ interprets this as a job well done. 

Waste not, want not
elz + pab

Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches on Foodista


Megan said...

Thanks for the link. Those peanut butter cookies look so good... especially with that filling!

embraceyourskin said...

I am loving all the sandwich cookies people have been posting lately!
These look fabulous!

jacobskitchen said...

Yay! They are totally simple but delicious cookies, and perfect for that occasional indulgence. For those who find the filling too sweet, which I can understand, I find that creamy peanut butter (especially honey roasted)on its own makes for a rather decadent filling. They end up tasting kind of like a soft, chewy, nutter butter. Enjoy! =)

Free as a Bird: Adventures in Italia, 2009 said...

Do you guys ship to Italia/Belgium ?? I'd like to order 1 of everything you have cooked since you started the Bottomless Kitchen blog...
BRAVISSIMI! keep up the good work
(and care packages welcome, no joke)

BakingWithoutABox said...

Oh yum! Love this classic sandwich PB spin.

sweetpeaskitchen.com said...

Oh yeah..these look amazing! I love peanut butter cookies, but you just took it to another level! :) I have to make these soon! Thanks for sharing!

sweetpeaskitchen.com said...

Oh yeah..these look amazing! I love peanut butter cookies, but you just took it to another level! :) I have to make these soon! Thanks for sharing!

May Ling Wu said...

My boyfriend loves PB cookies. Will have to try these. Never tried with a filling. YUM!

Rosemary said...

Since I was lucky enough to actually eat some of these cookies I can tell you that they are, without a doubt, the BEST peanut butter cookies I've ever tasted! This recipe is a definite keeper!