Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
Prep:
35 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
20 to 24 sandwich cookies
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • Peanut Butter Molasses Buttercream, recipe follows
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cream the butter and peanut butter together in a large mixer on high. Add the sugar, brown sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until the mixture is fluffy. Add the egg and beat until combined. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and oats together in a separate bowl and add to the butter mixture. Mix until well combined.

Place the batter onto a sheet pan by the tablespoonful, leaving about 2 inches between each cookie. Bake in the top half of the oven until the cookies are golden, about 10 minutes. Remove and let cool.

When the cookies are completely cool, put a teaspoonful of the butter cream or simply just some peanut butter and strawberry jelly, or chocolate-hazelnut spread into the center of half of the cookies. Top with the remaining cookies, pressing down until the filling squeezes out a bit. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Peanut Butter Molasses Buttercream:

1 stick butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup peanut butter

3/4 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons molasses

1 tablespoon heavy cream

Pinch salt

Cream the butter and peanut butter together using an electric mixer. Add the sugar and molasses and beat until thick and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the heavy cream and salt and beat one additional minute. Spread on the cookies immediately.

Yield: about 2 cups

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jam Filling:

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

3/4 cup strawberry jam


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These were the most bland tasting cookies I have had in a long time. I have no idea why anyone here rated these high. They were soft, and actually if I cooked them slightly longer than in the recipe the texture was better. Still bland though, and I will not make this again. Sorry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are great, crunchy on the outside and a chewy sweet center. I substitute old fashioned oats for quick oats. Seems to have a nuttier taste. The only issue is that the ratio of filling to cookies is off. I make a double batch of cookies and a single batch of filling, this works perfect. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Agreed with everyone else that the actual cookie great regardless of the filling. I also agree with Kelly's comment that the molasses was all she could taste in the filling. I thought it was overwhelming, and on my next attempt with these cookies am going to cut WAY back on it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Don't get me wrong, the cookies were great-not too sweet or peanut buttery, the dough starts out dry, so be careful not to over bake. But the frosting is amazing and really makes the cookie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved the fluffy/ crunchy/ delicious cookies. I made them bite sized and filled with buttercream and jam since I was out of powedered sugar and molasses. They are awesome. I ran out of vanilla so I put butterscotch schnapps in them and were still awesome. They were really easy. I'm 11 and although I am a really advanced chef for my age, it was still nice to have a quick and delicious go-to recipe. TOTALLY a SWEET recipe (nobody had to know how easy they were) ;-) item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are so delicious and easy to make. I used nutella, and it is a sugar overload, but sooooo yummy! I flattened them out a bit on the baking sheet to make them easier to smoosh together as a sandwich. As others have said, though, even by themselves these pb cookies are fantastic. The oats definitely add some goodness that the usual pb cookie lacks. I'm making these for a bake sale fundraiser, but I will be sure to make more for my family soon. Kudos gentlemen! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! I gave this recipe four stars (instead of 5) simply because I did not like the Pb icing. The molasses was all I could taste, and was unaware of my dislike for that taste until now! But the cookies without the icing were great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been going through a home made chocolate chip cookie phase, so last night when I wanted to bake again, my frend was like, will you try to make something else! I had everything on hand which was super convenient. These were really easy to make, quick, and the oats give them a chewy, hearty texture. I didn't make the filling or try to sandwich them, they were good as a single cookie. I made them last night and they're almost gone today. Will def add this recipe to my regimen and try them again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are so good! Good as a single cookie, but as a sandwich cookie, they are the best! My husband kept the leftover frosting to eat on Ritz crackers for a snack. I even used extra crunchy peanut butter and still turned out wonderful. Next time I need to get out of the doghouse, I am gonna whip out these cookies!! The look on his face as he was eating them was priceless! Thank you Dan and Steve!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these as just straight up peanut butter cookies bcz Im not a fan of sandwich cookies and they were awesome! Soft but not crumbly with just the right amount of peanut butter flavor. Super easy to make too, i managed to throw them together at 5am before a long run. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a must-have for the peanut butter fan! I wound up making three batches in three days because my family (oldest son in particular) couldn't get enough of them! I sent my husband out for more peanut butter and eggs -- he came back with "natural" creamy peanut butter, which turned out to be a fortunate thing. While the "regular" peanut butter did the trick just fine for my first batch, I found the texture of the cookie that had the natural peanut butter to be more moist and chewy. My first batch of cookies came out much too big so when I sandwiched them, they were ridiculously huge! Now I use a tablespoon measuring spoon and the cookies are still a little on the big side. I wind up with more filling than cookies (almost a 2:1 ratio), but that's OK because the filling tastes great just scooping up with a spoon (yum). The last batch of cookies I wound up making in advance and then baking off the following day. Though not really planned, I think the dough benefited from being chilled before baking. Definitely an easy recipe that I'll be making regularly from now on. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just ate one plain and it was delicious. My husband loved them also. They come out soft so if you want a little crispiness, give them a minute or two longer. I think next time I will spread them with Nutella and make them into sandwiches as suggested. This is a keeper. Thank you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I knew going into this recipe that using TJ's natural Peanut Butter I might have problems, but in an effort to save $ I used what I had instead of buying the sugary/processed stuff. The cookies still came out yummy (so they weren't a total flop) but there was no way that I could have made them into sandwiches - they pretty much fell apart as you picked them up. Another factor might have been that I used oats (just normal Quaker) that didn't specify quick cooking -- but I think it was the PB. I rated them a 5 only because I can see that there is potential for greatness in this recipe (not based on my experience)! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't made this before, but am trying it out in a couple of days for a family dinner. I can't use molasses for the buttercream, so I'm a little stumped about what I should use instead. Help? item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really great recipe. I decided to add a cup of semi-sweet choc-chips instead of the buttercream filling but will try the full recipe in the future as well as keep this for the best-basic peanut butter cookie I've ever made. I agree with the reviews that mention just the right amount of crispy outside to soft & chewy inside. In my oven I preferred baking them a few minutes longer to really accentuate the crispiness and found it VERY helpful to bake them in the top half of the oven. I also think it's really important to whip up the butter and sugars until light and fluffy and not to overbeat after that point. I used old-fashioned oats but i gave them a spin in the food processor which seemed to work very well. I used a natural peanut butter. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I first made the cookies without the filling and thought they were delicious. Decided to give the filling a try the next time I made them. Just excellent both ways! Great texture. I've made a lot of different recipes and this is now my favorite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love peanut butter cookies. I usually use the betty crocker recipe but I decided to try something new. I absolutely love these cookies. The texture was wonderful. They were the perfect balance between crunchy and soft. Great recipe!! Definitely 5 stars item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are the perfect balance of chewy and cakey. My husband was unsure when I told him that I was making peanut butter cookies with oatmeal. But when they were done, he scarfed down about nine of them. Two notes, I used old-fashioned oats, not quick and they came out fine. Also, I didn't use any of the suggested fillings. Maybe I'll try the buttercream when I have time. Ice cream might also be really good as a filling. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was wary before I made these because most peanut butter cookies are hard and dry. I made the cookies just as the recipe says except I used chunky peanut butter and didn't make the filling. They were soft and moist, too. I will definitely make these again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have tried several recipes in the past for peanut butter cookies and i never really liked them because they ended up too crunchy or too cakey. This recipe is by far the best because the texture comes out close to like a chocolate chip cookie. It's really excellent. I used crunchy peanut butter instead of creamy to add a little extra somethin. I also had like 7 or 8 leftover miniature reeses cups that i chopped up and threw in there. They came out great and I didn't even make the buttercream for them. They were great alone!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
they weren't as good as i had expected - i was disappointed :( very dry and just not good. bummer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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I don't even like peanut butter cookies and I couldn't stop eating these! My oh my... Looked so pretty in my cookie jar. The first time I made them HUGE bc I didn't know they would puff up so much. So the next time I'll make them smaller. I could eat the filling with a spoon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
You cannot make these cookies without the filling! It's the best part! If you need a peanut butter fix, this is your recipe! Great and easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I modified this recipe a tad. I added a few tablespoons of Hersheys special dark baking cocoa about 1/2 C of chocolate chips and for the oats I just used 1 packet of the quaker weight loss oatmeal because thats all I had and these cookies came out very light and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a very quick and good recipe. I haven't made it with the filling, but the peanut butter cookies are great alone. I also added a quarter cup of toffee chips to the last batch, which added a nice crunch and sweetness to the cookies. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this cookie gluten free by simply substituting an all-purpose gluten free flour for the wheat flour. I also added an extra 1/4 cup of peanut butter. This is now my "go-to" peanut butter cookie recipe. They were fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Never got to try with the filling, grandkids were eating them plain out of the oven! They are light, crispy and yet soft chewy center. Absolutely delcious! Miss these guys on TV :( item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these for the holidays. Fantastic flavor and texture! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are the best peanut butter cookies I have ever tasted. Love the oatmeal. Easy and fun to make. The molasses butter cream is amazing and should not be skipped. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband wanted me to make him something sweet to eat during the Superbowl (GO PATS!) that wasn't chocolately. I know he likes peanut butter, so I tried this cookie recipe. These cookies are FABULOUS. Remind me of the Do-si-do girl scout cookies, without the filling and soft. I used old-fashioned oats instead of the quick cook and used half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose. We don't use butter but I've found Soy Garden works great in baking. I didn't make the filling or anything else. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used Nutella to make this recipe for some friends. It was so easy and they were all gobbled up before the end of the night. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was very excited to try these cookies since there were so many great reviews. However, I was quite disappointed. I thought the cookie itself was dry and bland. The buttercream with the peanut butter and molasses was a nice change from typical buttercreams, which is why I gave this recipe 3 stars. But I felt the cookies themselves were only worth 2, so I will have to continue my search for a great peanut butter cookie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made these cookies twice. The filling is delicous, but they are just as yummy without the filling. It makes a huge cookie when filled. I would definately make these again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband called these the best peanut butter cookies he has ever had. I made them every three days for two weeks straight eating them both fresh out of the oven, room temp, cold and with a fruit salad/medley. I even made them vegan and the recipe still worked fantastically! Brandy item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies were really good peanut butter cookies and the presentation looked great as a sandwich. I did really like the frosting, but a lot of people said that they liked the cookies fine without it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think this recipe is very easy, cheap, and almost everything is already in my pantry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
they were amazing. the topping was very creamy and the cookies were soft. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just happened to make some pumpkin pie filling as custard (no crust) while I was making these. I'm allergic to molasses so I ended up putting the pumpkin custard between the cookies and topping them with a peak of whip cream and a cinnamon sprinkle. They're now fancy enough for guests. They are so great, I had to get up and eat more for breakfast! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made my first batch today, and after reading several of the reviews, I decided to make half into sandwiches and leave the other half as plain cookies. I think both are wonderful, but having grown up in the Deep South, I chose to use the old kitchen staple of Blackstrap molasses, which added such a strong flavor to the buttercream as to almost taste like mocha. Good, still, but very rich and somewhat distracting from the peanut butter theme. I'll have to make it again with a light molasses instead, but regardless, I will be making this recipe again. Not sure how some of the reviewers messed it up. Simple and delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't said this in years, but sell my clothes, I've died and gone to heaven! These cookies are TO DIE FOR. The PB/molasses buttercream is an absolute must. My husband, who isn't a big PB fan, couldn't stop making yummy noises....as for me, I'm a certified PB junkie, and I let you know how I felt in the first sentence! A delicious cookie, and easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are great, if you love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches you'll love these cookies. easy and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The buttercream was SO good. I really was surprised. I was skeptical at first but tried it because another review said they liked it even they they were skeptical too. I think you could use this buttercream as a frosting for cake, it's a bit on the sweet side but creamy and good. I had trouble with the cookies (it could very well be the fault of the old horrible oven that i have in the place I'm currently renting). But my cookies burnt on the bottom despite temperature and time decrease from the recipe and they didn't spread out. But besides the technical problems, I didn't like the flavour of them or the texture. My friends liked that they were soft and liked the flavour but I prefer crunchy peanut butter cookies and I prefer MORE of a peanut butter taste. I felt that the other ingredients made the cookie taste washed out almost. I like the buttercream filling but prefer the cookie recipe on the back of the Kraft jar. Hope this helps. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies were a hit with my family. Instead of making a sandwich cookie I added chocolate chunks and m&ms to the batter and served them individually- came out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
From a peanut butter cookie lover - these are the best peanut butter cookies I have found. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were very good. I'm not much of a peanut butter cookie fan...I know, so why make peanut butter cookies, right? Well, I had guests who like pb cookies so I thought I'd give these a try and I'm glad I did. Excellent. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Found the recipe by accident looking for a peanut butter cookie to bake. Wasn't keen on the frosting idea, but tried it and WOW! If you like nutter-butters - that is what this cookie brought to mind for me. Rest of the family just ate them up. The buttercream frosting is divine, and the whole recipe was so easy my 4 yr old could help! A hit with the family! item not reviewed by moderator and published
While the taste was good, this recipe didn't do what it was suppose to. There was absolutely no way that I could have spread any type of icing on it. It was too crumby when removed from the oven. I double check the ingredients, and the only conclusion I came to was, something must have been omitted on the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were the best peanut butter cookies I ever tasted. I think I ate 98% of them. I'm ready to make another batch. I enjoy this show so much. Keep up the good work. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are incredible. Make sure you try the molasses buttercream. It really puts them over the top. Thanks Guys. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sooo good and easy to make, as well. Thank you, Dan and Steve, we really love your show! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw the show with these sandwiches, and I thought what a great combo. Gave them a try today and I now have a new favorite cookie. I have always loved oatmeal in cookies, but I never thought about adding it to a peanut butter cookie. I used a cookie scooper to make the job faster, and I did the sandwiches with just strawberry or blackberry preserves on one side and peanut butter on the other. They are fabulous!!!! I have to admit though, I think I like them best all by themselves! Thanks for sharing a great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies were so delicious. I followed the recipe exactly as written and they were SO tasty! I brought them to a party and the entire tray was devoured...even the children loved them! Thanks so much for your great recipes and your fantastic show. I look forward to your show and would love to see you on Food Network daily!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
As just a peanut butter cookie, these are great! They actually taste like peanut butter. I do admit to adding 1/4 cup extra peanut butter though. And then I chilled the dough, which is standard for me. Not sure if the extra PB and chilling were the reason I had to cook these 13 minutes rather than the stated 10. I wasn't keen on the filling idea in the recipe, or the PB&J or Nutella they had on the show so I did my own thing. I made a PB filling with 1/2 cup PB and 1 t butter melted in micro for 30 seconds, then I added about 2T powdered sugar and created the PB filling. THEN I made 1/2 recipe chocolate ganache (see Dan & Steve's chocolate brownie recipe) and used both fillings in the cookie sandwiches. Put them in the fridge for about 10 minutes for the fillings to firm up and they are much more stable than PB&J and Nutella...perfect as a new addition to my Christmas cookie gift tins this year! Easy to make and sooo good. I highly recommend you make these, even just the cookies alone. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These cookies are great - I think they could stand on their own without the filling. In fact, the next time I make them, I think that's what I'll do. I used Nutella for the filling and that gave a nice contrast to the peanut butter/oatmeal. I'll be making these again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were a winner with my family. The next time I will make them with a smaller scoop since they make huge cookies when put together with the Nutella. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of the simplest and most fool proof cookies I've ever made. The results were very pleasing. If you have an hour free, you should try this one out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It's a shame this site has become one for spewing hatred instread of rating and reviewing recipes. GYPSY...who cares of you're a christian or a Republican. Don't be so hateful....get a life. I found this recipe to be delightful and I know my grandchildren will enjoy it. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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