Saturday, November 28, 2009

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

I recently stumbled upon a blog called Our Best Bites. It has the most clever and delicious recipes and amazing photos to go along with them. While everything sounds so appetizing - I already made sweet potato fries I found on the site, I wanted to make something easy and enjoyable for everyone to take along to Thanksgiving dinner at Adam's sister's house. I stumbled across peanut butter sandwich cookies and they sounded devine. I whipped them up while keeping a watchful eye on our new puppy who walked around the living room and eventually came over and decided to take a nap with his head resting on my feet while I formed the cookies.

1 cup butter flavored Crisco
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup real butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar (I used about 3 1/2 cups. You be the judge)
2 teaspoon vanilla
5-6 Tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream shortening, peanut butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add in vanilla and eggs one at a time. In a separate bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and salt and add to the dough. Mix to combine.

Roll into balls about the size of a quarter, roll in sugar, place on cookie sheet (I lined it with parchment) and make the fork criss-cross print. Remember to keep the cookies small because they will be sandwiched. They can be placed pretty closely together on the baking sheet.
Bake cookies for 6 to 7 minutes. I baked mine for 6 minutes and that seemed to be perfect. Remove from pan and place on cooling racks.

To make filling, whip the peanut butter and butter together until smooth. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Then add milk one tablespoon at a time. You may not need it all. You want the filling to be on the thick side; it should just have enough milk to make it spreadable.

Once cookies are cool, place a generous amount of filling on one cookie and sandwich it with another. Store in airtight containers.

Cookies ready for the oven.

Waiting to turned into sandwiches.

The finished product!

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