Five Days of Christmas Cookies (DAY 2): Peanut Butter Crème’wiches

When I’m assembling my cookie tins for Christmas, I like to make a number of different cookies.  So, when you open up the tin, there is a little something for everyone.  I always include mini chocolate chip cookies, biscotti and tricolors.  For a peanut butter lover, I make these peanut butter sandwich cookies from Tom Colicchio’s sandwich chain ‘wichcraft.  These taste like the cookies peddled by your local Girl Scout troop but so much better.

When I was working at Martha Stewart Living, the ladies in the test kitchen had a really fun practice of baking cookies every Friday.  An editor there made these one day - I was hooked!  I asked her for the recipe and she simply directed me to the site.  So, thanks Martha for introducing me to Tom. 

 

Peanut Butter Crème’wich Sandwich Cookies - Martha Stewart.com

Ingredients

1/2 cup plus 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided (1 1/2 sticks)

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter

Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

Peanut Butter Filling

3/4 cup peanut butter

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt
 

Mix all ingredients together until fully incorporated.  Set aside until cookies have cooled.

DIRECTIONS

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oats and cook, stirring, u minutes. Spread oat mixture onto prepared baking sheet and let cool.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. In bowl of anelectric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together remaining ½ cup butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Add peanut butter and mix until well combined.

Add oat mixture and flour mixture; mix on low speed until combined. Turn dough out onto a piece of parchment paper. Cover dough with a second piece of parchment paper and roll out dough, between parchment, to 1/4 inch thick. Carefully slide rolled dough onto baking sheet and transfer to refrigerator until chilled, about 20 minutes.

Remove to layer of parchment paper; cut out cookies using a 2 inch round cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on prepared baking sheets; sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

Transfer baking sheets to oven and bake until golden, rotating baking sheets halfway through baking, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on baking sheets.

When cookies have cooled completely, snip end of a pastry bag and squeeze peanut butter filling in a spiral motion on bottom side of half the cookies. Top with remaining cookies to form sandwiches.

PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH COOKIES, STEP BY STEP.

PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH COOKIES, STEP BY STEP.