I surprised Matt with these cookies! They were his treat of the month for April. I think peanut butter is his favorite thing ever… well maybe after honey nut cheerios, but I think it’s a close second. When I saw these show up in my google reader last week, I think I made them almost the same day! He was up in his office working on something, so I thought I would surprise him! However, I wanted picture of how to make the cookies look like peanuts, so I needed to get him to help… But he was still pretty excited! He even did some of the criss crosses on the cookies!
These cookies are pretty rich. It’s two soft peanut butter cookies sandwiched together with a sweet peanut butter frosting. How could you go wrong with that? I thought the peanut shaped cookies were a little putsy, and I wasn’t super happy with how some of them were turning out, so I made most of the batch as circles, but they taste the same… I also only made half the batch of the frosting, because this is an excellent peanut butter cookie recipe without making it into sandwiches. I had about 6 cookies that didn’t get sandwiched, but I didn’t end up with a ton of extra frosting (sometimes that’s not a bad thing though…)
How to shape the Cookies:
Use your cookie scooper (about 1 Tbsp of cookie dough) and form it into a ball: Then roll your ball into a log: Coat your log in sugar: Use a fork to make criss cross pattern: Then pinch in the sides to make a peanut!:
I found I needed to reshape them a bit when they came out of the oven to keep their peanutty shape. If you want to do that, be careful. The cookies are hot! Once they cool they are not soft enough to reshape.
Recipe (From Cookies and Cups)
For the Cookies
- 1 cup room temperature butter
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- About 1/2 to 1/3 cup extra sugar (for coating the cookies)
For the Frosting
- 1/2 cup room temperature butter
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1-2 Tbsp milk
Cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars together. You can use a mixer for a few minutes; I made the dough by hand. Mix in eggs and vanilla. Then add in flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Refrigerate dough for at least one hour.
Preheat the oven to 375F. Scoop about 1 Tbsp of cold cookie dough and form it into a ball. Then roll the ball into a log and coat it in sugar. Use a fork to make the criss cross pattern. Then pinch in the sides to make a peanut! I only baked 6 cookies per sheet to allow enough room for them to expand a bit. Bake for 6-8 minutes. Wait 2-3 minutes before removing from pan then allow cookies to cool.
Cream the butter and peanut butter together and incorporate in the powdered sugar. Add milk 1 Tbsp at a time until you are happy with the consistency. Then spread a layer of peanut butter on the back of half the cookies and sandwich them together!
I made about 25-30 sandwich cookies. Matt wanted more...