Peanut Butter Cream’wich Cookies

This is it, the last day to enter my give away for a copy of The ‘Wichcraft Cookbook! Just go ahead and comment with something about sandwiches, or in this case, cookies! You favorite cookie, a story that reminds you of cookies…whatever! This is my final ‘Wichcraft post, so I figured it would be fitting to do a dessert. So far, I’ve done Slow-Roasted Pork Sandwich with Red Cabbage, Jalapenos, and Mustard, the Roasted Pork and Prosciutto Sandwich with Pickled Pepper Relish, the Meatloaf Sandwich, the Smoked Salmon with Avocado, Mango, and Basil, and Salsa Verde Brisket, which has a marinade that I also found in the book. See how versatile it is? I also have a very special surprise for the winner that I will reveal next week, but trust me, you are going to want to enter this give away now more than ever!

These are now my husband’s favorite cookies. He was sneaking them this way and that – I honestly had to hide them from him because I wanted to share them with our friends! He kept begging for “just one more,” and it was hard to say no because they really are amazing. They taste a lot like a Nutterbutter, if Nutterbutters were fresh and homemade. The cookie is just slightly crisp; not too crumbly and not too soft, and the filling is packed with stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth peanut butter goodness. My favorite part about these cookies that they travel insanely well, and they will last out, at room temperature, in an airtight container, for a few days, which you can’t say about a lot of cookies. The ‘Wichcraft Cookbook says that this is their most popular cookie at the restaurant, and I believe it! Trust me, I am going to be making these again and again and again.


Peanut Butter Cream'wich Cookies
Your cookie ingredients.

Peanut Butter Cream'wich Cookies
First, toasted your oats with 4 tablespoons of butter until golden.

Peanut Butter Cream'wich Cookies
Then spread out onto a baking sheet to cool.

Peanut Butter Cream'wich Cookies
Mmmm…peanut butter.

Peanut Butter Cream'wich Cookies
Beat together your butter and sugars, then add in your peanut butter and mix until combined.

Peanut Butter Cream'wich Cookies
Add in your oats, then the flour, baking soda, and salt. Chill the dough in the freezer for 5 minutes.

Peanut Butter Cream'wich Cookies
When your dough is ready, roll it out between two pieces of parchment, flour one side, then flip it over.

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Cut out circles of your dough.

Peanut Butter Cream'wich Cookies
Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes (mine were smaller, so they went for 10-11 minutes).

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Allow the cookies to cool slightly, then move them to another surface to finish cooling.

Peanut Butter Cream'wich Cookies
Now make your filling!

Peanut Butter Cream'wich Cookies
Just combine all of the ingredients.

Peanut Butter Cream'wich Cookies
And beat until smooth.

Peanut Butter Cream'wich Cookies
Flip half of the cookies over and pipe or spoon dollops of the filling onto the flipped over cookies.

Peanut Butter Cream'wich Cookies
Now just sandwich ’em together.

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Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside peanut butter cookies with an irresistible peanut butter filling.
Ingredients
For the Cookies:
  • ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out the cookies
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
For the Filling:
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Melt 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add in the oats and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 to 7 minutes, until lightly toasted. Pour the toasted oats onto a sheet pan and allow to cool to room temperature. Combine the remaining ½ cup of butter, the brown sugar, and the granulated sugar in a stand mixer and beat with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add in the peanut butter and mix until well combined. On low speed, add in the oats, scraping down the sides of the bowl as you go. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt, then gradually add it to the peanut butter mixture. Chill the dough in the freezer for 5-8 minutes to make it easier to handle.
  3. Transfer the dough to a large work surface covered with a layer of parchment paper (if you don't have any parchment, just make sure you flour your surface very well and work carefully - I suggest maybe chilling the dough in the fridge for an hour or so if it's still too soft to roll out directly). Top the dough with another layer of parchment and gently roll the dough into a ¼-inch thick sheet. To prevent the cookies from sticking as you cut them, carefully remove the top layer of parchment paper and sprinkle a light coating of flour over the sheet of dough, then replace the parchment paper on top, flip the dough carefully, and release the parchment on the other side.
  4. Cut the dough into 2½-inch round cookies (I used a shot glass to cut my cookies out, so they were about half this size - hey, more cookies for me!) and space them about ½ inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet (I lined my cookie sheets with parchment paper and the cookies came off beautifully). Gather up any leftover scraps of dough (if you haven't eaten them all already) and roll and cut until you have no more dough. Bake the cookies for 18-20 minutes (mine were smaller, so they went for about 10-11 minutes), turning the pan once through baking time, until golden in color and set. Be careful not to burn these, as the color won't change much - they become just slightly golden. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack or another surface to finish cooling completely before filling.
  5. To make the filling, beat together the butter, peanut butter, confectioners' sugar, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on medium speed until the filling is smooth and creamy. If you need to add more confectioners' sugar, do so a bit at a time (I didn't add anything more than the recipe indicates, but sometimes you may need to to get it to a good piping consistency).
  6. Flip half of the cookies upside down and using a piping bag or a spoon, evenly distribute dollops of filling onto each cookie. Using the other half of the cookies, sandwich the cookies together and gently press down. Serve immediately or store in a cool place for up to 3 days. I kept my cookies out for about 6 hours after I made them, then stacked them in tupperware between sheets of parchment and kept them in the fridge overnight, then took them out during the day and just stored them on my counter the following night. This seemed to work well and the cookies remained fresh tasting for 3 days.

 

108 Responses

  1. These cookies look amazing and your photos are fantastic as usual!

  2. Sara G says:

    These look amazing!! I have fond memories of eating homemade peanut butter cookies and making them with my grandmother. I can’t wait to try this updated recipe! Wichcraft is awesome, and I can’t believe I hadn’t tried these before, but hopefully in the next week, I will be making them 😉

  3. Mandy says:

    These cookies look amazing! My fiance has been wanting me to make him some peanut butter cookies and I think these might just satisfy that craving. Also I can always use more cookbooks 😉

  4. Jessica says:

    Does the fact that sandwiches are my favorite food qualify me to win the cookbook? I love the “cookie-as-sandwich” twist to include dessert recipes too, and these look amazing!

  5. Jane M says:

    I live/LOVE to bake! Wish I could eat all my baked goods without adding on the poundage – sadly that’s NOT THE CASE! These cookies look really really yummy! Still don’t know how you stay so thin with all this cooking and baking. Any hints?

  6. Megan Wallace says:

    My husband loves sugar cookies with that hard royal icing. It goes back to his childhood. My childhood cookie, however, is peanut butter kiss cookies. Still love them! My aunt always brought them for the holidays. Nothing like PB and chocolate!

  7. Mary says:

    These cookies sound and look terrific! My fondest memories with cookies are of Snickerdoodles with hot chocolate in the winter ~ Yum!

  8. Nick says:

    These look awesome (how can you go wrong with 2 sticks of butter!). The other recipes you’ve highlighted have been very tempting, but this is the one that got the body moving! The cookbook looks like it would be a joy to have and a great repeatedly used resource.

  9. Laura L. says:

    Wow…this morning I thought I should give up sugar for a week and then I see this recipe. Husband LOVES Nutter Butters. A homemade version would make his week. Thank you, Sydney!!!

  10. Nancy F says:

    I grew up with sandwiches… peanut butter and jam most days of my school life… and sandwich cookies.. well, who can say enough about them? The bestest being cookies with ice cream filling. nom-i-licious.
    Homemade cookies: I recently discovered someone (daughters bf) who ACTUALLY likes cookies that are soft! (We like semi-crunchy: 1/2 marg, 1/2 shortening). Will have to make him some this weekend. Maybe two batches are called for to avoid an argument. Hubs loves the PB cookie as well.

  11. Sandi says:

    Great timing! My boyfriend has been begging for peanut butter cookies… now I have to decide between these and your Baked chocolate chip pb cookies.

    We always joke that my name being Sandi, I obviously love sandwiches. Which is true, so I’ve been loving this sandwich installment ;D

  12. Katie says:

    Those cookies look amazing!!

  13. sara says:

    YUM, these cookies look amazing! Love peanut butter sandwich cookies. :)

  14. Jill_R says:

    These look so good!

  15. Kim says:

    My God, just looking at the pictures make my mouth water for a cold glass of milk…and a sizeable pile of those cookies. I can’t wait to make this!

    And also, that book sounds awesome – sign me up, please! :)

  16. Emma says:

    These cookies sound amazing!! I am a high school student and I’m crazy about your blog. I use your recipes almost every night to make dinner or snacks for my family, I can’t wait to make these! Thank you!

  17. Jacque-Lynne says:

    MMMMMM… I imagine these would taste just like “pirate” cookies I ate when I was little :) Only yummier and better for you because they are homemade.
    Thanks for the yummy post and all the great pictures Sydney. I’ll be making these in Vancouver this weekend!

  18. Nutterbutters are my favorite, I can only imagine how great a homemade version will be, thanks for sharing this recipe!

  19. Julia S. says:

    One of my favorite childhood memories is of making cookies with my mom and sister at Christmas. We would make sugar cookies, cut them out and decorate them like most families do. It was such a great experience and a time of togetherness, something I really miss now that we are in 3 different parts of the country.

  20. N. Monnette says:

    Wow–I would love to try these cookies and win the cookbook, too! I wonder how they’d be dipped in chocolate….

  21. Tina says:

    I need to get this book just based on the name. In my family we all call each other witches but its not in a bad way its more like an honor. So we all try to find witch objects and one our most treasured is a hand made broom from old sturbidge village in mass that my mother had all her grandchildren at one time believing she traveled on that broom. We are big italian family that loves to cook and bake so I will be purchasing this witchcraft cookbook for Christmas it will be an honor to add it to our witch collection

    • Sydney says:

      Aw, I love that! If you’re Italian, you’ll especially like the book – many of the recipes are American classics with a traditional Italian spin.

  22. MMMMM! I can’t believe how amazing these look! Nutterbutters, freshly homemade?! Oh man, you really don’t get much better than that!

    Speaking of peanut butter sandwiches… My favorite has to be a freshly toasted roll slathered in peanut butter and packed with super thinly sliced apples… Perfection.

  23. christina says:

    I love vietnamese sandwiches. Love the french baguette.

  24. Rose Jones says:

    These peanut butter sandwich cookies look fabulous! I can’t wait to try them! Your photography is awesome!

  25. Tonya says:

    Those homemade nutter butters look really good. I’m going to give those a try and hopefully win the cook book because all of your posts using the Whichcraft book look SO good!

  26. sara cee says:

    I think I am going to have to make these today.
    best ‘sandwich’ Ive seen all week!

  27. alexis says:

    There are cookies I grew up eating and I recently started making at christmas. Where I am from they are called biscochos (translates to biscuits) but in other regions of Texas they can be called other things like hojarascas or pan de polvo or mexican wedding cookies. They are made with shortening, flour, eggs and cinnamon and anise and then rolled in a mixture of cinnamon sugar right when they come out of the oven. They are mostly served at weddings or quinces, but now I get to enjoy them at the holidays. When I renewed my wedding vows with my hubby, my grandma made some for us to have at the party. Knowing her crinkly soft hands worked and made those cookies for our special day is something I will cherish forever.

  28. I adore peanut butter, so these cookies are right up my alley!

  29. Emily says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. These look amazing! Definitely have to make them.

  30. Jen M O says:

    We love peanut butter so this is the perfect cookie for us! I guess we will be baking this weekend! Thank you.

  31. Meryl says:

    Those cookies look great!

  32. Elizabeth says:

    My favorite cookies at this time of the year are pumpkin cranberry. They have oats, so they make a really great and filling breakfast cookie, and are great with morning coffee!

    Hubby is a hug fan of peanut butter cookies, so I suppose I’ll be making these for him. They look delicious!

  33. Katie G. says:

    These cookies look so yummy! I will be making these very soon. Peanut butter in cookies is my favorite! Thanks for the recipe!

  34. Jenn H. says:

    These cookies look absolutely scrumptious! I grew up with nutter-butters! I’d get one little peanut-shaped cookie wrapped up alongside my sandwich, and I would always zoom through my lunch so that I could get to my dessert. And these are just a classy version of my childhood treat :) Can’t wait to make them!

  35. Rose says:

    My husband has been looking through your blog and has asked me to try these out – he loves peanut butter!

  36. Yum!! These look delicious! I’ve never thought about doing a sandwich cookie with peanut butter!

  37. Rose Robinson says:

    These look fantastic. Definitely will give these a try

  38. Karen says:

    I can’t wait to try these! Peanut butter is my weakness!!!

  39. Lisa says:

    As an admitted peanut butteraholic, I love these cookies, even more so than the ones I just made because there’s a higher ratio of peanut butter to butter in the filling. Gorgeous step-by-step photos!

  40. Jessica says:

    Oh I just LOVE sandwich cookies! And these look amazing!

  41. Madelaine says:

    My husband would eat everything in sandwich form if he could, and I would eat everything in dessert form if I could. Can’t wait to try these!

  42. Lindsay says:

    Oh, these sound so delicious! My daughter has a peanut allergy but we use a soy butter that makes amazingly nutty-tasting “peanut butter” cookies – I may have to try it in this recipe!

  43. Cadence says:

    Yesss my pretty come to me…what? I mean the cookies, I swear! I mean the cookbook sounds awesome too and all but those cookies…WOW! They look so good that I wanna lick my computer screen!

  44. Cadence says:

    Can I also add that these would make awesome mini pb&fluff sandwich cookies?

  45. Melanie says:

    These seriously look awesome. I have just recently found your website (thank you, stumbledupon) and I must say it has come at a perfect time. I am a college senior and this is my second year living off-campus. No meal plan for me. I’m trying to avoid last year’s dietary mistakes which included pretzels and diet coke for dinner. It was neither healthy or satisfying. All of your recipes have simple ingredients and are typically quick to make, which is necessary for a college student. Most importantly, they’re healthy, which I think a lot of college students (including myself) oftentimes forget when it comes to eating. I love these sandwich recipes because what is more convenient than a sandwich? I also have a small crush on Tom Colicchio, so cooking from his cookbook is pretty awesome. I’m so happy you have this blog, because I have a feeling this will be a huge resource for me when it comes to dinner. It will be a huge step from the ramen I used to eat. Thanks!

    • Sydney says:

      I’ve definitely been in your shoes – I started getting really into cooking my second year of school, too! Best of luck to you and I hope you find your culinary passions :)

  46. Andrina Hayden says:

    My favorite cookie is a simple sugar cookie with or without frosting.

    Every christmas, when I was much younger, my cousin and I would bake cookiies for the Christmas party we’d have every year.

    On top of the baking, we’d also frost the cookies with our own designs and at the end of the night there would be no more cookies.

    I love Christmas and the memories it brings of when I was a kid- with no worries in the world.

  47. Lauren says:

    Those cookies sandwiches look delicious. I was just saying how peanut butter cookies are the best with there sweet and salty combo, but these take that too a whole new level.

  48. Cody says:

    Looks AWESOME!!!

  49. Kelly says:

    Mmmm, those look perfect! I’d love to blend them into a milkshake too!

  50. Omar M says:

    This looks excellent. I’ve been wanting to surprise my girlfriend next time I see her with some baked goods and she loves pb. I think this is perfect.

  51. sexyLAMBCHOP says:

    I will gladly sit at the “peanut eating” table if I can devour each and every one with an ice cold glass of milk. Drooling…

  52. Jacque-Lynne says:

    yummy! my first batch turned out too thin too bother making into a sandwich but my husband and I were more than happy to eat them as they were..going to tackle the real sandwich cookie tonight :)

  53. Maureen Rosin says:

    These peanut butter cookies are awesome.

  54. Zanne says:

    These look awesome. I have tons of people coming over for a haunted house this weekend, these might have to go on the menu!

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