Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies


More cookies today!

I've been craving peanut butter lately so earlier this week I whipped up a batch of these cookies cute little sandwich cookies.

Since I baked these cookies late in the evening, when the lighting is terrible for food photography, I boxed them up and tossed them into the freezer. I will often freeze things this way, since not only does it preserve the food until I'm ready to photograph, it usually deters would-be-snackers who pass through the kitchen.

Key word here is usually.

As it turns out, freezing these cookies is no deterrent. When a half dozen sandwiches went missing, I questioned the usual suspects and learned that they're quite good straight from the freezer. I tried them and discovered they're indeed terrific frozen and everyone I give them to agrees.

Crisp, frosty peanut butter wafers, a cool silky smooth filling, it almost makes peanut butter... refreshing?!

I know it makes no sense, you'll just have to try them to understand.




Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook with slight modifications
yields three dozen sandwiches

Cookie
2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature but still firm
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Peanut Butter Cream
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature but still firm
3/4 cup confectioners sugar
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
3 tablespoons heavy cream (optional)

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.

In the bowl of your mixer, using the paddle attachment (or hand beaters), beat the butter, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy (3-4 minutes). Reduce your mixer's speed to low and add the egg and vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed to combine (1 minute).

Divide the dough in half and wrap each blob in plastic wrap. Flatten the dough into disks and chill for at least a hour or overnight.

Once chilled, pre-heat your oven to 325°F. Pull out a single batch of dough from the refrigerator and roll out the cookies on a well floured surface. Using a cookie cutter, cut the desired shapes and place them onto pans lined with parchment or silicone baking mats. For this batch I'm using a Shortbread Cookie Cutter. If the dough gets a little soft while collecting and recombining scraps, re-wrap in plastic and transfer it to the freezer to chill, begin working on the second piece of chilled dough.

Bake the cookies for 20 minutes until crisp.

Transfer the cookies to a wire wrack to cool completely before filling.

Filling:
In the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment (or using hand beaters), combine the butter, peanut butter and sugar. Beat on medium high speed until uniform and fluffy. If the mixture seems overly dense, add a little of the cream. However, I find adding the heavy cream in this recipe makes my filling too thin and I tend to omit it entirely.



To assemble the cookies, fill a piping bag (or snipped-corner plastic baggie) with the peanut butter cream and pipe a line of filling onto the bottom of one cookie and top with a second.

The cookies are now ready to eat. Though I do recommend you try them chilled. Store them in the freezer and pull them out to eat as needed.

The cookies will keep at room temperature for 3 days in an air tight container. If frozen, they'll keep for up to 4 weeks.

19 comments:

  1. I think I may very well try this one and dip them in chocolate. (No peanut butter anything is as good as it could be with chocolate. Ever.)

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  2. Oh yes!

    I wanted to dip them in chocolate too, or sandwich them with a little peanut butter cream and chocolate ganache. They would be so good.

    However this is supposed to be my "low-fuss baking detox week" and I am trying to be good.

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  3. My daughter would just love these and they are so so adorable

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  4. i am definitely going to be baking these & finishing with dipping one side of cookie in dark chocolate ganache!

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  5. Cute!! Love the cookies they look so simple and beautiful, I just love simple things they sometimes are the best!

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  6. Those are so pretty! The prettiest peanut butter cookies I've ever seen - so neat!!

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  7. Do you find a particular peanut butter works best? I know in the past when making peanut butter cookies I've avoided overly processed brands and stuck with more natural versions, but this recipe is different than my previous ones so what do you like to use?

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  8. You never ever fail to make me drool on your food blog. Yummmmm.

    xo Mavy

    PS: I am throwing a giveaway on blog, come check it out when you get a chance! =D

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  9. there is nothing better than a frozen creamed filled cookie! i want to eat these off the page!

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  10. I may try making these this weekend, though I will probably add a touch of molasses to the batter and the filling...I always find that a little bit of molasses takes peanut butter to the next level. :)

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  11. You are so talented it isn't funny! Everything looks so delicious not to mention cute too :) I am looking forward to more recipes!

    Kerri
    NewParent.com

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  12. I am new to your blog, and I do think I gained some weight while reading some of the yummy recipes. I have the dough to these cookies chilling over night. Tomorrow I shall bake and fill. I can only hope they last long enough to take them to work on Tuesday.

    Kathie

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  13. Just finished a batch at my house--they're sooooo yummy. We tried dipping some in chocolate--definitely a good idea. :D

    Btw Artemis, I used Jiff for mine (I've never been able to get into "organic" peanut butter), and it worked out great--although I definitely *didn't* need the cream for the filling.

    P.S. Hope it's okay to say brand-names in here...

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  14. Artemis,

    I used organic peanut butter (nothing special, just Kirkland Signature) and yes of course Eilastri, you can post brand names here. I'm absolutely fine with folks discussing products--provided it isn't Viagra spam.

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  15. You forgot to post the another "dangerous" part of making this cookie - the dough is as addictive as the finished product!

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  16. Just beautiful. Do you think I could make it with almond butter? We have peanut allergies in the family - hence no peanut butter for us. I recently made a peanut-free almond butter wrap - delic! http://cuceesprouts.com/2010/09/almond-butter-pear-honey-pocket/

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  17. I finished making the dough when I realized I used up all my parchment paper. For this recipe, I don't know if it's okay for me to forgo the paper, and use grease the sheets. So I stopped temporarily XP I have dough in the fridge.
    The recipe looks delicious, and I hope to either get paper or find out if greasing is okay so that I can finish it.

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  18. they were delicious. my 70 year old grandma was even licking the paddle for the filling. =)

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