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Author Notes: My brother in law has a reputation for loving peanut butter. The first Christmas after our wedding, I packed up a tin of homemade cookies to send out to my now expanded family. Garry's reaction to these cookies was 'WOW',. Since then, I send the standard mixed cookie tin to his family, and a separate tin with a dozen peanut butter sandwich cookies just for him. They are ethereally light, crispy and mmmmm-inducing. Make them small - they are very rich. I use a teaspoon sized scoop. The recipe came to me from a friend of a friend, so many years ago I can't even recall. It is easily the most popular of the 20 or so types I make. —MrsWheelbarrow
Makes 4 dozen
Peanut Butter Cookie
- 6 ounces unsalted butter, best quality
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter (I use Jif - do not use natural peanut butter)
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 vanilla bean, scrape seeds
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment.
- Cream butter, peanut butter and sugar together until lightened.
- Add egg, beat to combine, then add vanilla bean. Beat well until combined and lightened.
- Sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Fold into butter mixture thoroughly, but gently.
- Place rounded teaspoons of dough on the sheet pan, about 2" apart, and press down gently with a fork or with two floured fingers.
- Bake about 10-12 minutes, until barely golden on top, and golden brown on the bottom. The cookies will be very soft, so don't fuss with them until they cool.
- Allow the cookies to cool completely while you make the sandwich cream.
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups confectioners sugar
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup finely chopped semisweet chocolate or miniature chips
- 4-6 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Beat the sugar, butter and peanut butter together.
- Stir in vanilla and chocolate. Add cream until smooth enough to spread.
- Put the little cookies together, gluing one half to the other with a very generous schmear of sandwich cream. If you are very lucky, there will be broken halves, or uneven numbers - as that means a little snack for the baker.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Holiday Cookie
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