Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Prep 32 mins
Cook 8 mins
Add'l 4 mins
Total 44 mins

These Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies are the perfect recipe for when you want to mail treats to family or participate in cook swaps around the holidays! These cookies are easy to make and stay soft and fresh for days.

Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

‘Twas the night before the Cookie Swap and all through the kitchen;
I was cooking and baking and moanin’ and bitchin’.
I’ve been here for hours, I can’t stop to rest.
This rooms a disaster, just look at this mess!

Tomorrow I’ve got three dozen cookies to send.
Will the hunt for the perfect cookie ever end?
My feet are both blistered, I’ve got cramps in my legs.
The cats just knocked over a bowl full of eggs.

There’s a knock at the door and the telephone is ringing;
frosting drips on the counter and the timer is dinging.
A dozen cookies in the oven, this batch is almost done;
my cookbook is soiled with butter and crumbs.

I’ve had all I can stand, I cant take anymore;
Then in walks my husband, spilling rum on the floor.
He weaves and he wobbles, his balance unsteady;
then grins as he chuckles, “The eggnog is ready!”

He looks all around and with total regret,
says, “Whats taking so long…aren’t the cookies done yet??”
As quick as a flash I reach for a knife;
“Don’t push me right now, I’ll go full on Desperate Housewife!”

Easy Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

He flees from the room in terror and disdain
and screams, “MY GOD WOMAN, YOU’RE GOING INSANE!!”
Now what was I doing, and what is that smell?
Oh, shit! It’s the cookies!! They’re burned all to hell!!

I hate to admit when I make a mistake,
but I put them on BROIL instead of on BAKE.
What else can go wrong?? Will I ever get ahead??
Can I send store bought cookies to my matches instead?

After a good cry, back to the trusty mixer I went;
I mixed, and I scooped, and I baked with intent.
I placed the cookies in the oven, and waited in fear,
And I’ll be damned, but 12 perfect cookies finally appeared!

I wrapped them in packages and tied them with red bows;
and on the side of each box I wrote, deliver these pronto!
As I drove away from the post office, fingers still crusted in dried dough,
I thought to myself, Merry Christmas to all, now pass me a Cosmo!

Holiday Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

These Cookies Are Easy To Make For Cookie Swaps

Now that you know how much of a dork I am, for sitting here trying to make that rhyme all night, let’s talk cookies. Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies to be exact. When my girlfriends Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen told me they were planning The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, I told them to count me in! I had planned to make a new version of the now famous Fruity Pebble Macarons for whoever I got as my matches…but then it turned out, all 3 of them live in California!! I was just too nervous that those delicate Macarons would not make the long journey, from Florida to California, in one piece. So I started the long process of recipe testing.

How Long Do These Peanut Butter Cookies Stay Fresh?

I baked multiple flavors of cookies. Flash froze them for 30 minutes. Placed them in an airtight container. And then let them sit in my pantry for 3 days. On day 3, I tried them all again to see which cookie had held up the best. I was not surprised to find that these Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies were almost exactly the same as they were on day one. When working on this cookie recipe, I specifically made it with shortening to create a softer cookie. I also made sure the filling had no milk or cream, so it would be safe for shipping (butter does not have to be refrigerated). And lastly, I had hoped that the filling would help to keep the cookies moist over many days of sitting…and thankfully it did! So I baked up a big batch and mailed them off to my 3 matches: The Cooking Vent, Patricia’s Patticakes, and Damn Delicious.

I want to take a second and thank Lindsay and Julie for putting together such an amazing Food Blogger Cookie Swap! This was the very first time anyone has done anything like this.

They were in charge of getting everyone’s information, assigning matches, and helping to ensure everything ran smoothly. Which was a lot to take on, when over 600 food bloggers signed up! But these two wonderful ladies took it in stride and made the swap completely seamless for the rest of us.

Yield: 3 1/2 Dozen Small Cookies

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Easy Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie Recipe

These Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies are the perfect recipe for when you want to mail treats to family around the holidays! So easy to make, these cookies stay soft and fresh for days.

Prep Time 32 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Additional Time 4 minutes
Total Time 44 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening, butter flavored
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, plus additional sugar for rolling
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup confectionars sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Cookies: Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.

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

In bowl of stand mixer, beat together shortening and peanut butter. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar, cream together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in eggs and vanilla extract, beating till combined. Add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture and stir until combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. The dough will be a soft dough.

Place a few heaping tablespoons of granulated sugar in a shallow bowl or saucer. Then roll 1 tablespoon worth of dough into balls, toss in sugar, and place on prepared baking sheet. Using the bottom of a flat glass, or the palm of your hand, evenly press on the dough balls to flatten till about 1/2 inch thick. Leave about 1 inch between each cookie for spreading.

Bake for 8 minutes, rotating half way through, or until the cookies have slightly spread and risen a little. They will not brown or change much color because of the peanut butter. Let cookies rest on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely...then fill!

Peanut Butter Filling:

Place all the ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer. Beat to combine, about 2 minutes.

Scrape filling into piping bag with a plain circle tip, or in a ziplock baggie with the top cut off. Pipe filling into the center of every other cookie, and then sandwich together.

Store in an airtight container for up to 5-6 days.

Notes

TNCB

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

42

Serving Size:

3

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 217mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 5g

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Comments

56 Responses
  1. Julia

    Ha, you’re a poet and didn’t even know it! “Merry Christmas to all, now pass me a cosmo.” THAT is my new Christmas mantra, beautifully said!

  2. Leah | So, How's It Taste?

    If I didn’t adore you, I would totally hate you. You’re pics are awesome and you’re so creative…I love that poem! You also make the best sweet treats. Why you don’t have your own show yet is baffling.

  3. Krissy @ Krissy's Creations

    I love that you picked a “sandwich” cookie to send. These looks incredible! And I love that little poem… such an inspiration 🙂

  4. Suzanne

    I’m not sure how I found your website, but I wanted to tell you that I think the design is brilliant! I am in the process of completely gutting mine and re-doing it and yours is a true inspiration. Love it!

    Also, the photography is spectacular, and the recipes look divine.

    Did you design this yourself or have a little bit of help?

  5. Chiara @ The Wandering Cook

    How wonderful! I guess it’s time for me to start baking some cookies… it’s the 13th already and I haven’t even started!

  6. Bridget

    I can’t decide if I’m more impressed by the poem or by the fact that you did a freshness comparison to make sure you chose the best cookie for shipping! That’s so thoughtful.

  7. Paula

    You are not only a talented cook and baker but an excellent writer! Love this post, love the look of these cookies 😉

  8. nicole {sweet peony}

    this.is.AWESOME! i love this & i love you! i’ve never read a better post!

    aaand these cookies sound amazing. they kind of remind me of those girl scout cookies. tagalongs? do-si-dos? anyways, i must make these soon!

  9. shelly (cookies and cups)

    I wish I could have gotten my act together and participated in the cookie exchange! Because I would kill for one of these right about now!

  10. Monica

    Chica.. you made me laugh so hard, that people at work were like.. what!?!?! and then I read your post, and everyone thought you were the BOMB! You may have a couple of new followers.

    And those cookies look delish… I’m thinking I may give them a try before the week is out (I have to bake some for a cookie exchange at work ).

  11. Katie

    mmm these sound delish as well! Love your poem & agree big thanks to LIndsay & Julie for putting together such an amazing event!

  12. Marilyn, Forkful.net

    Most unique recipe post ever! That poem is genius. By the end of my baking spree, I was ready for a Cosmo too. 😉

  13. Elizabeth @Mango_Queen

    What a loveable post! How cute and so poetic! And I love these delish cookies you made. Yes, kudos to Julie & Lindsay for putting this cookie swap together. Thanks for sharing your recipe & Happy Holidays!

  14. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    First of all, love the poem! Second, I’m so impressed at how you picked which cookies to send! So thoughtful!

    Oh, and I am extremely jealous of all of your recipients!

  15. nat@thesweetslife

    yum yum yum! love the creative post!

    i just made similar cookies last week except filled them with a hot chocolate buttercream 🙂

  16. Tina @ mylifeasamrs

    i. love. you. seriously – I was on homecoming court senior year, and my entire speech was a rhyme… haha total nerd 😉 LOVE. THIS.

  17. Cookin' Cowgirl

    AAAWWWWESOME!!! 🙂 How much fun! Love these cookies and your smooth rhymes! I just posted some peanut butter cookies too. I’m pretty sure there is nothing better!! 🙂

  18. Joanne

    (a) this rhyme totallly made me fall head over heels for you. Again.

    (b) Your taste scheme is awesome. Totally doing that next year.

    (b) Your cookies are awesome squared. TOtally making them for Christmas. My brother, the peanut butter fiend, will love me for it.

  19. Kita

    This post rocks. I would never have been able to come up with a rhyme that good. I can’t even make a 3 like haiku! I also love how you tested these cookies. I will have to use the 3 day pantry test when baking and shipping in the future.

  20. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

    Wonderful poetry and you didn’t even have to start with ‘there once was a man from Nantucket…’

    Would it be wrong to make the filling alone, sit in a corner and eat the bowl? Oops, did I say that out loud?

  21. megan @ whatmegansmaking

    You are awesome! Not only for writing that rhyme, but also for testing your cookies after 3 days. GREAT idea 🙂

  22. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

    How fun! Love that you tested them all after three days–dedication! Next year I HAVE to participate 🙂

  23. Julie @ Table for Two

    I LOVED that poem!! That’s so awesome you made that up!! I really like the staging of the cookies — the candy canes and ribbons — so pretty! 🙂

  24. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    I can imagine that Julie and Lindsay did a fabulous job on the exchange…and I cant imagine coordinating 600 entries??! That’s a FT job!

    And I would like the FT job of eating your cookies….yum!

  25. Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious

    Loved the poetry. Loved the cookies. Thanks again. I’m sharing them with the boyfriend and he loves them as well!! It’s amazing how even after a week, they still taste absolutely freaky-deaky-amazing!!

    Happy Cookie Swap!

  26. amanda @ fake ginger

    hilarious! and the cookies look delicious too! all these cookie swap posts are making me wish I had participated!

  27. Caitlin

    Mmm, these look delicious! A nice twist for the future would be having jelly in the center. Once can never be too old for PB&J!

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