If you love peanut butter and chocolate then these are just for you. They need to spent a bit of time in the fridge or freezer before they are baked but are really worth of waiting.:-)
Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
Yield: 15 to 20 sandwich cookies
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 to 20 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 30 minutes, or overnight /I put the dough into the freezer for about 15 minutes/
2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed in
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3/4 cups creamy peanut butter, all natural
Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside. Mix together butter, peanut butter, and all sugars in an electric mixer on medium high speed until light and fluffy. About 2 – 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix until combined. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture until all combined. (Low speed).
Divide dough in half; roll out between two sheets of parchment paper to a 1/4-inch thickness. Stack on a baking sheet, and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. (I was in the rush so I put the sheet in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes and it worked like a charm)
Preheat the oven to 325℉. If the dough has been refrigerated overnight, let dough stand at room temperature to soften. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to a 1/4 thickness. Using a pizza cuter, cut dough into 2 1/2 by 1 inch rectangles. Using the floured tines of a fork, score the top of each cookie. Or you can use a cookie cutter like I did which works just as fine.
Place the cookies on a baking sheet (covered with butter or butter and flour etc). Place 1 1/2 inches apart, and refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until lightly golden around the edges and firm in the center for about 15 – 20 minutes. Let cookies cool completely before assembling, at least 30 minutes.
2/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup chocolate /mixed bittersweet+milk/
Peanut Butter....several TBS just enough to get the slight peanut butter taste of the ganache.
Make the chocolate ganache..let cool. add peanut butter and combine well.
Sandwich cookies and enjoy.
These make for a wonderful gift as well.
Here is a cute and quick gift packaging idea using small paper doilies.