Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Remember when Chels and I were hanging with Tom Colicchio and Kelly Ripa a couple weeks ago?

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist posting the photo again :) Well, Chef Tom happened to bring some cookies from his ‘wichcraft restaurant for us to snack on. And snack on them, I did. I seriously died and went to heaven when I took a bite of the peanut butter sandwich cookie. But then I came back to life in time to eat another one. Thank goodness.

And I’ve been thinking about those cookies every day since. I wouldn’t normally purchase an entire cookbook of sandwiches, but It turns out Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft is not your typical book of sandwiches. Trust me. I’m always game for a sandwich, but every one of these is blowing my mind. Martha Stewart had ‘wichcraft’s co-owner and executive chef, Sisha Ortuzar, on her show and he was pretty fabulous. They made these peanut butter sandwich cookies on the show and you can watch their video if you need extra help envisioning the steps.

So, I do have a short list of things for you to do this weekend:

#1) Make these peanut butter sandwich cookies.

#2) Buy Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft cookbook and make every sandwich and cookie in it.

#3) Thank me on Monday. But probably don’t go near a scale. Still, thank me.

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies (makes 12):
Adapted from Tom Colicchio’s ‘wichcraft
(as seen on Martha Stewart)
Print this recipe!

• 1/2 C (1 stick) plus 4 T butter, room temperature
• 1 C old-fashioned oats
• 1 C all-purpose flour
• 1 t baking soda
• 1 t salt
• 1/3 C granulated sugar
• 1/2 C packed brown sugar
• 1/2 C peanut butter
• 1 recipe for peanut butter filling

(Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees)

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In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the 4 T of butter. When it’s melted, pour in the oats and stir for about 5-7 minutes, until browned and toasted.

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Lay a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and when the oats are done toasting, pour them on the parchment paper.

Toasted oats are the KEY to this cookie and you do not want to miss this step. In fact, I might add toasted oats into all my cookies from now on.

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In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of a mixer, combine 1 stick butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar with the paddle attachment.

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Add peanut butter and continue mixing until well-combined. And delicious looking.

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Now, add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.

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Add in the oats, too, and combine. But don’t mix too much or the oats will break.

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Now, here’s a new little trick that I learned and love. Put the dough on a piece of parchment paper.

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Put another piece of parchment paper over the top.

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Now roll the dough out with a rolling pin, until it’s about 1/4 inch thick and even.

Slide the dough onto the back of a cookie sheet and stick in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes.

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When the dough is done chilling, place it on the counter and take the top sheet of parchment paper off.

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Using a 2-inch round cookie cutter (or biscuit cutter), cut 24 cookies out of your dough.

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Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and place cookies about 1 inch apart on sheets.

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Look at those delicious toasted oats!

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Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through, at 350 degrees.

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Transfer the cookies to wire racks so they can cool completely.

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Now you’re ready to make the most amazing cookie filling ever.

Peanut Butter Filling:
Print this recipe!

• 4 T unsalted butter, room temperature
• 3/4 C peanut butter
• 1/4 C confectioners’ sugar
• 1/2 t salt

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Put all the ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer.

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And combine.

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Fill a pastry bag (or ziplock bag with the corner tip cut) with the peanut butter filling.

Flip every other cookie over and fill the cookies with the bottom facing up.

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Put the other cookie on top and admire the beautiful sandwich you have created.

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Legitimately the best cookie I’ve ever had. If I had to compare them to anything, I guess it would be the Girl Scout’s Do-Si-Dos. But these are so much more delicate and peanut buttery. They melt in your mouth and taste fresh-baked even when they’ve been sitting out for hours.

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You’ll likely die if you eat one. But don’t worry because you’ll come back just in time for another one. And it will all be worth it.

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These cookies have been the perfect end to a busy week. Though they won’t likely make it through Friday.

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And now I just have one task for Tom Colicchio this weekend: Please open a ‘wichcraft here in Boston. I’ll even run it for you. I’m pretty much an expert at your peanut butter sandwich cookies… And that meatball and bacon sandwich is next on my list.

If you’re reading this blog and have a ‘wichcraft near you, I am insanely jealous. Please go right now and eat every sandwich for me.

As usual, I could use a weekend, even though this one is going to be pretty packed. Tomorrow night is the American Craft Beer Fest. Chris and I have made it a tradition to go with Beth and Adam every year and I’m incredibly excited to spend the evening trying new beers (if you’re going, too, check out the ACBF app Chris made. Open the link on your phone and you can see all the beweries and beers that will be at the fest! You can even add notes to the different beers and tweet out what you’re drinking). Saturday is the wedding of one of our childhood friends, so Chels and I will be partying it up with all of our long-time friends. I’ve known Erin since we were in the same kindergarten class and am so excited she and Mike are getting married!

Are you up to anything fun this weekend? Besides making these cookies, obviously.

What’s the best cookie you’ve ever had?

[Sues]

25 Comments

  • I cannot begin to tell you how great these look! Love the photo!

    June 3, 2011 3:52 am
  • oh that does look amazing and I would definitely eat one for you right now if I could!

    June 3, 2011 6:01 am
  • I can see why you love these, they look amazing!! I love peanut butter and I love sandwich cookies so I’d pretty much be in heaven:-)

    June 3, 2011 6:06 am
  • How can you possible go wrong with peanut butter cookies and peanut butter filling?! Fantastic.

    It would be very difficult for me to choose a favorite cookie… but the best I’ve ever made would have to be the coconut-oat macaroons I posted a little while back. They disappeared too quickly!

    Have fun this weekend! The weather is supposed to be gorgeous, so John and I are headed into the city for an al fresco meal, Pinkberry fro yo, and aimless urban wandering :) .

    June 3, 2011 7:32 am
  • Oh me oh my those sound and LOOK amazing! Seriously, anything with PB rocks.

    June 3, 2011 7:56 am
  • The best cookie you’ve ever made. Well that means I’m going to have to add them to my must-bake list! I don’t think I could chose just one favorite cookie…

    June 3, 2011 7:57 am
  • Shannon said:

    These look great! I love the Girl Scout Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies! But I love Tom too so I’ll be making these soon! My favorite cookie is the old standard peanut butter cookie with a hershey kiss. YUM!

    June 3, 2011 8:26 am
  • oh WOW do these look good. i am a fan of peanut butter anything!! best cookie i ever had is a tough one – i’ve had a lot! :) anything gooey in the middle gets my vote.

    June 3, 2011 8:48 am
  • brandi said:

    These DO look fantastic! I love the toasted oats idea.

    Favorite cookie ever? Tie: hot out of the oven chocolate chip cookies and my mom’s no bakes :)

    June 3, 2011 9:14 am
  • Erica said:

    Gosh, those look amazing. Peanut Butter? I’m pretty much in whenever its involved. Droooooool. Have so much fun this weekend! Can’t wait to hear about both the Beer Fest and the wedding. This weekend for us? a little up in the air- a couple nice workouts, a date night, otherwise?? Favorite cookie- sugar sugar!

    June 3, 2011 9:30 am
  • I was having a hard time visualizing what this sandwich would look like until I saw it…obviously. And I think it’s a great idea – I would freeze mine before snacking on it. Yum.

    It’s hard to say what my favorite cooking is. The one that I’m eating at that moment? I guess I enjoy all cookies a little too much.

    June 3, 2011 11:16 am
  • Daisy said:

    I still can’t get over the fact that you met Collicio and I will forever be jealous.

    June 3, 2011 11:17 am
  • Sharlene said:

    Sometimes it’s hard for me to imagine that any kind of dessert that’s all the same flavor could be delicious. These, however, are making my mouth water as I sit here and I’m determined to have them in my stomach ASAP!

    June 3, 2011 2:36 pm
  • I <3 peanut butter cookies! These look great. I made banana and chocolate chip cookies once and they were deeeeelish. Have a great weekend!

    June 3, 2011 3:10 pm
  • Elizabeth said:

    ‘wichcraft has the BEST sandwich cookies. I’m a sucker for any sort of sandwich cookie. I think I had a lemon one there once.

    June 3, 2011 3:54 pm
  • Reeni said:

    How did you know I have been craving something sweet and peanut buttery all day long? I am SO making these! How delectable. Hope you’re having a great time at the Beer Fest!

    June 3, 2011 7:27 pm
  • Barbara said:

    I’m loving those cookies, but I’m thinking about somethings else. Be honest. Is Tom as cute as I think he is? And as nice?

    June 3, 2011 8:42 pm
  • sophia said:

    I love biscottis and macarons, the best cookie I’ve had was a Malaysian-style tea latte macaron.

    You know, I have a crush on Tom. He’s damn cool. Even if he’s bald, somehow he just makes it look dashing! I want his book now!

    June 3, 2011 11:08 pm
  • emily said:

    thanks for enabling my pb cookie addiction, sues. :)
    i’ve been LOVING smitten kitchen’s chocolate chip cookies lately. they are really supposed to be oatmeal raisin, but i add chocolate chips instead. deelish.
    http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/02/thick-chewy-oatmeal-raisin-cookies/

    June 4, 2011 10:24 am
  • Mmm, that’s peanut buttery goodness right there.

    June 6, 2011 6:28 am
  • Cara said:

    I love Peanut Butter cookies so I will definitely be giving these a try. I’m so jealous you met Tom!

    June 6, 2011 10:24 am
  • Susan said:

    Even the cookies without the peanut butter filling sound delicious!

    June 6, 2011 1:02 pm
  • linzo said:

    So I was in Vegas this weekend and saw ‘wichcraft at the MGM…couldn’t remember why it looked familiar but now as I am catching up on all my blogs today, I realize I think it was somewhere on your blog in the past. Sad I didn’t get to go and try a sandwich but I was merely booking it to the nearest ATM and on my way to Wet Republic. Next time I’m in Vegas (in September) I’ll have to stop in! :)

    June 7, 2011 1:05 pm
  • Vanessa said:

    Yum!!!!!

    June 8, 2011 12:21 pm
  • Shannon said:

    i want. now. please? :)

    June 9, 2011 9:11 pm

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