Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

When you see their is lots of peanut butter in the fridge and you really want to bake. The first thing that pops into your head is old fashion peanut butter cookies, right? They are delicious and simple to make, but sometimes you get bored of the same simple cookie over and over and you want to change it up. Well here I wanted to mix it up a bit too and make a recipe of something I have never made myself before with peanut butter. Many probably have made a version of this or even use the exact same recipe as me. Its all a learning experience for me first hand.

I have never attempted until now to make sandwich versions of peanut butter cookies because most of the time I had scarce ingredients or the length of time just did not work. But I had the time now to put my whole self into the recipe. No distractions for a new recipe.

 I actually started off with this recipe with a missing ingredients. But don't fear I didn't leave it out I just made a homemade version of it. Can you guess what ingredient it was. Well it was brown sugar. I saw this information in my mother's Betty Crocker book to make your own.Only two ingredients needed and most people that bake always have theses on hand. One is white sugar and the other is molasses, plus it can be light or pure whatever you like. Its that simple and all you do is mix those ingredients together in a bowl and you have your homemade brown sugar. Plus it seems I had extra brown sugar leftover in the recipe which would be great to towards another recipe. If your not into leftover sugar you can just add the two ingredient straight into the batter and that's it.

There are a lot of people out there that don't like the strong flavor or smell of molasses. I understand how you feel I hate the smell of  when measuring this ingredient. I do however recommend holding your nose in this process and I grantee if you make this recipe you will not taste the flavor. Peanut butter mask its wonderfully. Any other recipe where molasses or dark brown sugar are a main flavor in a recipe and you hate it. You might want to brow out of the treat or just quickly replace it with a light brown sugar. If no complaints to any of these well I wish I had your nose and taste :).

This sort of cookies do take a little of a fragile hand to create and everyone that attempts the recipe should give themselves more time then they planned to finish them. You never no what can happen in a recipe or kitchen.These are a freezer box cookie so you should give at least an hour for the freezing process to take affect and make a perfect shape cookie.

This step you shouldn't be afraid of  because its quite simple. You basically half the dough, roll both into a log and wrap in saran. For me I had no saran so I use a large freeze bag and place one log on the bag, roll it up, press the sides and place in the fridge.You can even tape the ends.Its that easy and you can use the freezer bag again along as you wash it. Its actually a really fun step.

Another fun step is the slicing. When you see those Pillsbury commercials with the cookie tube and they slice it. This is basically the same just homemade. All you need is a flour surface and sharp large knife.That's it :).

The filling is really easy and oh so creamy. This is I guess the best part of the whole recipe and a very kid friendly step too. Just watch their intake on the filling:) Its great to get children involve in baking and let them learn something fun.After that you can eat them or place them in the freezer. They will taste even better cold.These cookies will go quick so you better make another batch soon after.

These cookies are chewy and crunchy with a great creamy filling. Best balance ever!

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies ( Adapted from Martha Stewart's, Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies)

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup margarine
1 cup light brown sugar or Homemade Brown sugar:1 cup granulated sugar + 2 tbsp molasses)
1 1/2 cup Kraft smooth peanut butter
1 lg egg

Peanut Butter Filling:
1/2 cup 1% milk
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp all purpose flour


In medium bowl,whisk flour,baking soda and salt. Set aside
In sm. bowl, mix 1 cup granulated sugar and 2 tbsp of molasses till sugar turns brown and combined.(Bits of molasses is fine they will breakdown in the beating step)
In a large bowl, Cream margarine, brown sugar and 1 cup of peanut butter. Until fully combined. Beat in egg.
Beat on low, slowly add flour mix. (dont overmix). Form dough into a ball. Cut in half.

Roll each piece of dough into a log  about 8 inch length. Wrap in saran or parchment paper. ( If you don't have any of those you can wrap the cookie logs with a plastic freezer bag)

Freeze for 1 hour or until harden.

350F oven. Remove one log and unwrap.Place on flour surface and cut about 1/4 inch slices and place on a nonstick cookie sheet or a parchment paper prepare cookie sheet.Bake the cookie till their puffed and set.
Will be a light golden color.Cool on cookie sheet about a minute. Remove and place on a cookie rack. Repeat with the second cookie log.

Peanut Butter Filling:

Prepare: Take 1 tbsp or less of filling. Spread flat side of half cookies.Press the other cookies on top. Cool in fridge.

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I think I'll take a dozen of your yummy looking cookies, please. Oh second thought, make that two dozen. Thanks for linking this up to Sweets for a Saturday.


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