Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

If I were stranded on a deserted island and could only bring three things with me I would choose Ryan Gosling, sun tan lotion, and these Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sandwich cookies.

Actually I might just scratch the first two and only bring my sandwich cookies. Then I wouldn’t have to share.

One of my favorite Christmas cookies my mom and I bake every year is this classic chewy peanut butter cookie with a hershey’s kiss on top. You all know this one, right? It’s on the back of the hershey’s kiss bag. I swear you can find some of the best recipes on the back of food packages. Nestle tollhouse cookies? YUM. Quaker oatmeal cookies? Libby’s pumpkin pie??

But sometimes even a classic needs a little facelift.

These peanut butter and chocolate sandwich cookies take the best food combo in the world – PEANUT BUTTER AND CHOCOLATE and somehow magically make them even better. Ridiculously better. Obsessively better.

These are soft peanut butter cookies with smooth semisweet chocolate filling smushed in-between them. It’s such a simple combo, but the balance of texture and flavor is out of this world.

And! As if these couldn’t get any better…. these are so easy to make. The peanut butter cookie is only 5 ingredients, mixed in only 1 bowl! Also, you can freeze the rolled balls of dough before baking for up to a month so you can make a batch now and have them all ready to go to bake for Christmas.

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Ingredients:

2-1/2 cups smooth peanut butter, at room temperature
1-1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 large eggs
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Filling:

10 oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
4 oz. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

Preparation:

For the Cookies:
1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350ºF. Line four cookie sheets with parchment or nonstick baking liners.

2. In a large bowl beat the peanut butter, brown sugar, and baking soda on medium speed until well blended, about 1 minute. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix on low speed until just blended, about 25 seconds.

3. Shape level  1/2 tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls about 1/2 inch in diameter. Arrange the balls 1-1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Do not press down. Bake one sheet at a time until the cookies are puffed and crackled but still moist-looking, about 11 minutes. Transfer the cookie sheet to a rack to cool about 10 minutes. Using a spatula, move the cookies to the rack and let cool completely. Repeat with the remaining cookies.

For the Chocolate Filling:

Melt the chocolate and the butter in the microwave or in a medium heatproof bowl set in a skillet with 1 inch of barely simmering water, stirring with a rubber spatula until smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside until cool and slightly thickened, 20 to 30 minutes.

How to Assemble the Sandwiches:Turn half of the cooled cookies over so they are flat side up. Spoon 1 tsp. of the chocolate filling onto the center of each cookie. Top with the remaining cookies, flat side down. Press gently on each cookie to spread the filling almost to the edge. Set on the rack until the filling is firm, 20 to 30 minutes.

Yields about 60 sandwich cookies.

Note* I made these cookies half the size as the original recipe calls for. Because they are so decadent I liked these better as smaller cookies. If you would like to make larger ones just use a 1 tablespoon measure to form the balls of dough and use 2 teaspoons of chocolate filling instead of 1 teaspoon.

Nutrition per sandwich cookie; Calories: 125, Fat:8

Adapted from Fine Cooking

Comments

  1. I’ve been on a cookie-making jag, and my family has requested peanut butter cookies next! Yay!!! I found a recipe!

  2. These certainly do look like some of the softest most chewy cookie sandwiches I have ever had the pleasure to see – yum! And your right about the milk necessity (though I think chocolate milk would go best :P)

    Cheers!

  3. You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate :D Your cookies look so yummy and I like that they’re not the usual chocolate chip kind but have a chocolate filling to make it a cookie sandwich.

  4. I love that you only need a few ingredients to make something this delicious! PB & chocolate truly are a magical combo.

  5. This could be the perfect way to celebrate national peanut butter day!

  6. Oh wow am I glad I stumbled on this post. Yup, peanut butter and chocolate is the best combo in the whole entire world! And I am curious about the soft PB cookies, mine always come out crispy (good, but crispy) so the soft would be perfect for the sandwich cookies.

  7. can the chocolate filling be replaced with nutella instead?

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