Two-Bite Buckeye Cookies

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Author Notes: These tiny sandwich cookies pack a one-two heat punch, the first comes in the peppery snap of the chocolate icebox cookies, the second in the slower, smoky burn of chipotle in the peanut butter cream filling. The flavor combo was inspired by the PB&C bar from Sweeteeth, an awesome chocolatier here in Charleston, SC. These are best the same day they’re made, but allow time for the ganache to chill. - MidgeMidge

Food52 Review: WHO: Midge, a well-rounded, well-traveled journalist, and beloved veteran FOOD52er.

WHAT: Buckeye-inspired sandwich cookies -- a kiddy treat for grown-up tastes.

HOW: Smooth peanut butter made that much creamier by the addition of, well, cream, smooshed between spiced cocoa cookies.

WHY WE LOVE IT: With all that cayenne and ancho bringing a pleasantly slow but undeniable burn from the cookie side of things, the creamified peanut butter filling presents a welcome, soothing contrast.
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Makes roughly 2 dozen filled cookies

Ganache Filling

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter, like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle puree* --or more depending on your heat tolerance.
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste depending on the saltiness of your peanut butter

Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cup AP flour
  • 3/4 cups natural cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ancho chiles
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Place peanut butter, chipotle puree, and salt in bowl of standing mixer (with whisk attached). Gently warm cream in small pan over low heat. Pour cream over peanut butter mixture and whip until smooth. Taste and adjust for salt and chipotle. Chill until firm, a couple hours or even overnight.
  2. Sift together flour, cocoa, salt, pepper, ancho, and cayenne.
  3. In bowl of standing mixer, cream butter. Add vanilla, sugar, and beat thoroughly. Beat in egg and gradually add dry ingredients. Blend only until mixed.
  4. Turn dough out on lightly floured cutting board/silpat/counter and shape dough into two cylinders about 1 ½ to 2 inches in diameter. Wrap cylinders in wax paper and place in freezer until firm, about 20 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 375. Unwrap dough and cut into slices 1/8-inch thick. Place about 1 1/2 inches apart on parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake about 8 minutes. Watch carefully; cookies are done when they are firm to touch. Cool.
  6. Gently spread chilled ganache on cookies and top with another cookie to make a sandwich.
  7. *chipotle puree: empty the contents of a can of chipotle chiles in adobe sauce into your food processor or blender and pulse until smooth. The remainder will keep in a glass jar in the fridge for at least a month. Delicious stirred into scrambled eggs, mayo, hummus, and butter (to spread on corn on the cob, yum)
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about 2 years ago Lisa Wagner

Can you swap the AP flour out for another non-gluten variety? Also with the cream, a non dairy option? Have I just destroyed this recipe? Ha. Thanks! / Lisa

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over 2 years ago MIGirl

Yum Midge!

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over 2 years ago Midge

Thanks MIG!

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over 2 years ago MIGirl

Yum Midge!

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over 2 years ago Ms. T

Congratulations on being a finalist! These look evil delicious ;)

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over 2 years ago Midge

Thanks Ms.T!!

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over 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Oh wow! These look wonderful. One of my very favorite combinations is peanut better and chocolate, but have never added chipotle to the mix. I can't wait to try them. Many congrats on being finalist this week!!

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over 2 years ago Midge

Thanks ChezSuzanne! It's one of my favorite combos too.

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations, Midge! Love these cookies.

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over 2 years ago Midge

Thanks BKR!

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over 2 years ago healthierkitchen

These sound terrific! congratulations

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over 2 years ago Midge

thanks hk!

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over 2 years ago Midge

Wow! I'm totally honored. Thanks so much everyone!

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over 2 years ago Huckelberry

Wiow Midge! Simply divine.

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over 2 years ago Midge

thanks Huck!

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over 2 years ago vrunka

yum yum! congrats, midge!

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over 2 years ago Midge

thanks vrunka!

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over 2 years ago arielleclementine

yay Midge! these are absolutely perfect!!

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over 2 years ago Midge

thanks so much ac!

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over 2 years ago Panfusine

Congratulations Midge!

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over 2 years ago Midge

thanks Panfusine!

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over 2 years ago PistachioDoughnut

Congrats!

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over 2 years ago Midge

thank you Devangi!

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over 2 years ago mrslarkin

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yay midge!

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over 2 years ago Midge

thanks mrsl!!

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over 2 years ago EmilyC

Congrats Midge!

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over 2 years ago Midge

thanks EmilyC!!

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over 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Ahem, did I call that or what?! :) Huge congrats Midge!

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over 2 years ago Midge

Ha! Thanks so much fiveandspice!

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over 2 years ago Bevi

Congrats, Midge!

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over 2 years ago Midge

thank you Bevi!

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over 2 years ago gingerroot

Yippee!! Congrats, Midge! I'm thrilled these are a finalist.

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over 2 years ago Midge

thanks so much gingerroot! I'm thrilled too!

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over 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

I have a suspicion these will be a finalist. That's just my guess... :)

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over 2 years ago Midge

Wow, thanks fiveandspice. That means a lot coming from you!

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about 3 years ago arielleclementine

what a delightful little cookie! love the combination! saved!

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about 3 years ago Midge

thanks arielleclementine!!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

Oh wow, Midge! These sound amazing. I love chili and chocolate but adding peanut butter to the mix is brilliant.

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thanks gingeroot! It sounded over-the-top to me at first but the flavors really work together.

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about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

this might make an interesting switchup for our Christmas cookie exchange. HMMM how many days left in July? Christmas in July, anyone?

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thanks lorigoldsby. What a good idea!

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about 3 years ago checker

Well I would have loved these as it is, but as someone born and raised in Ohio I simply can't resist a Buckeye!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thanks checker! I'm currently hooked on buckeye ice cream.

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about 3 years ago EmilyC

Yum! These are adorable!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thanks so much EmilyC!

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about 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Oh yum, what a combination of flavors. I like to dip chili spiced chocolate bars into peanut butter so I know I'll love these!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thanks BKR!!

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Ooooooooooh. So awesome!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thanks a million fiveandspice!

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about 3 years ago wssmom

Sweet and spicy, great combo!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thanks so much wssmom. Your west-enders got me through the heat wave last weekend;)

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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This sound awesome! Think you could ship me a box?

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Me too!!!!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Sure! I'll swap you for a bottle of shrub hla;) and maybe lapadia could box up one of her pizzas for me? Thank you both!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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These sound wonderful!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thanks so much sdebrango!

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about 3 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yum Midge! I have been noodling a sweet application as well but yours sounds so delish!!

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about 3 years ago Midge

Thanks so much aargersi. I'm sure whatever sweet application you come up with will be amazing!