Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies or as my family calls them, Homemade Nutter Butters!! These taste like a Nutter Butter only better. The peanut butter filling is a light and fluffy peanut butter cream that is to die for!! I love making these, not only because they are so yummy but also because everyone is always so impressed by them. Little do they know, these are super easy to make. There you have it...my secret is out!
I found this recipe in a Martha Stewart cookbook years ago and my boys and I have been hooked ever since. I make them exactly as she does, including the shape, but if it seems like too much work to cut them into rectangles, feel free to use shaped cookie cutters. I am sure that would be very cute!
Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies (Homemade Nutter Butters)
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 ½ sticks butter, room temperature
¾ cup smooth peanut butter
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cups packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Place butter, peanut butter and both sugars in bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment; beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl. With mixer on low, add reserved flour mixture and beat just until incorporated, about 1 minute.
Divide dough in half and shape into two flattened disks. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough to ¼ inch thickness. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 2 ½ by 1 inch rectangles. Using the floured tines of a fork, score the top of each cookie. Transfer cookies to baking sheets, placing 1 ½ inches apart, and refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
Bake until edges are lightly golden and firm in the center, about 15 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
¾ cup smooth peanut butter
3 tablespoons heavy cream
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine all ingredients. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Use immediately, or transfer to refrigerator for 3 days.
Using an offset spatula, spread 1 tablespoon filling onto the flat side of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies, keeping the flat sides down. Once filled, cookies are best eaten the same day, but can be kept in refrigerator for a week.
Makes 3 dozen cookie sandwiches