Peanut Butter Cream Sandwich Cookies

by Cate on July 9, 2009

PB Cookies

OMG, don’t you just want to lick your screen? I know I do. What I’d really like to do is head downstairs to the kitchen and snack on one of these babies while I tell you about them, but I can’t. They’re all gone.

I had pulled this recipe out of my to-try pile a few weeks back, putting it more towards the top of the pile because I thought it would be a good recipe for Nick to make (and eat!). A friend mentioned recently that he is partial to sweets that have peanut butter in them, so I remembered this recipe and finally got Nick busy baking.

The recipe comes from the November 2008 issue of Better Homes & Garden magazine.  The cookie part is your basic criss-crossed fork tine peanut butter cookie recipe, nothing out of the ordinary there.  But smack two of them together with some creamy peanut butter filling in between and you have a whole different animal.

The farmer’s market that we go to has a bakery that sells their goods there and they make a Nutter Butter cookie that is to-die-for.  I mean, honestly, it illicits moans with the very first bite.  Their cookie is much flakier, lighter and has oats in it.  This filling could definitely pass for what they use, so I’m on a mission (all in the name of research for you guys!) to find a recipe to recreate the cookie part.  This isn’t it, but still delicious nonetheless.

PB Cookies Take 2

People’s tastebuds always interest me.  More so in how different they can be.  I took a plate of these to the office, and they were gone the same day.  I think that might be the fastest something has disappeared from there.  But the peanut-butter loving friend’s feedback?  He said they were good, but rich.  I don’t know if rich is the word I would use to describe these, but you definitely have to like peanut butter.  I mean, really,  two peanut butter cookies sandwiching a layer of peanut butter cream, there’s no getting away from it.  But as long as you’re a pb fan, you’re golden.  Nice crunch to the cookie, creaminess from the inside, just all around good.  Happy munching!

Peanut Butter Cream Sandwich Cookies
Recipe courtesy of November 2008

  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1  tsp. baking soda
  • 1/8  tsp. salt
  • 1-1/4  cups all-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • 1  recipe Peanut Cream Filling, below

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In bowl beat peanut butter and shortening with electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl. Beat in baking soda, salt, and as much flour as you can. Stir in any remaining flour.

2. Form dough into balls, using a level teaspoon each. Place 1-1/2 inches apart on ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheets. Flatten by making crisscross marks with tines of fork dipped in sugar.

3. Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheet 1 minute. Transfer to wire rack; cool.

4. Spread one teaspoon Peanut Cream Filling on flat side of half of cookies. Top with remaining cookies. Store in airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days. Freeze unfilled cookies up to 1 month. Makes about 4 dozen sandwich cookies.

Peanut Cream Filling:In medium bowl whisk together 3/4 cup chunky peanut butter, 3/4 cup marshmallow creme, 3 tablespoons milk, 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon; and 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin (I confess I skipped the cumin.  Just couldn’t bring myself to add it). Gradually whisk in 3 tablespoons powdered sugar.

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Starnesfam July 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm

How decadent! I can’t wait. May try them this weekend.


chris July 10, 2009 at 8:12 am

2 words for you. CARE PACKAGE


Cathy July 10, 2009 at 8:58 am

Hubby and his best friend love peanut butter cookies… much so that when S sees me haul out the kitchen aid, flour and pb he quickly texts his friend that the cookies are imminent. I’ll have to try these ones on them next.


Joanne July 10, 2009 at 10:32 am

I am a PB addict! I am SO making these.


Marta July 10, 2009 at 10:58 am

Oh wow! I’m a PB fan, so richness wouldn’t be a problem for me, it’d be an asset. These looks fantastic. The cooki looks really nice and crumbly… but those crumbs would be held together by the delicious cream and neatly be brought to your mouth. Delicious!
I’m glad you skipped the cumin! I’d probably replace it with ginger.


Cate July 10, 2009 at 11:02 am

Chris – did you get the last care package?


Sara @ Our Best Bites July 10, 2009 at 11:03 am

I make something similar and I can only make them about once a year because I go crazy and can’t stop myself from eating them! Yours look amazing, in fact- yes, crap. I did just lick my screen. Doh! ;)


Ramona July 10, 2009 at 11:25 am

I always go for the PB cookie over anything else. I love them. The FM cookie sounds good. Nutter Butter’s are one of my favorite store bought cookies.

Post if you find a FM cookie that goes with the filling.



Lynda July 10, 2009 at 11:42 am

Oh, these look so decadent, which is a good thing! : )
My daughter and I must try these as we both love PB!


Deborah July 10, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Yes – I do want to lick the screen! These look incredibly delicious!


Lauren B July 10, 2009 at 12:14 pm

WOW, I might try to degluten these. They look THAT good. Found you on Tastespotting! That creme filling… :O


Sarah Caron July 10, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Oh my goodness, the way you described them to me earlier in the week didn’t begin to do them justice. Those look sooo delish. Totally droolishious.


Talita July 10, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Yummy!! Those cookies look delicious! Filled with peanut butter sounds amazing!


Jenn July 10, 2009 at 5:43 pm

OMG I am STILL drooling over those cookies – looking at them makes me want to go to the store right now to buy some marshmallow creme just to make those cookies!


Christiane July 10, 2009 at 8:25 pm

I’m not a PB fan, but I think I actually have to give these a try since they look so friggin’ awesome!


Patsy Kreitman July 10, 2009 at 9:06 pm

yep, I’d love a whole plateful of those cookies right now… YUM!


Claire July 10, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Yum! That looks so good. I love me some peanutbutter!


Jess July 11, 2009 at 10:20 pm

I could eat PB cookies every day of the week! Yes, I almost licked the screen…in fact I think that I drooled on the keyboard.


Katrina July 12, 2009 at 12:17 am

Lick the screen, bite the screen, whatever it takes. Those do look de-lish! And your Wed. photo is too cute!


Cynthia July 12, 2009 at 3:44 am

You make me want to bake!


Laura July 12, 2009 at 7:55 pm



maris July 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm

I was on a plane this morning and therre was a family across the aisle giving the kids Nutter Butters (the kids were SO loud but they turned out to be adorable so you couldn’t help but smile – and I’m pretty certain their parents had them on a sugar high). I’m not a fan of Nutter Butters but these looked good and yours look even better!


ttfn300 July 13, 2009 at 9:56 am

i LOVE pb, so these certainly made me drool :)


pamela July 19, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Oh, yeah…these definitely are going into my “to try” pile! Fabulous.


mandy July 23, 2009 at 8:41 am

I have a weakness for all things peanut butter!


Meg July 28, 2009 at 9:30 am

Absolutely want to lick my screen… gah! Those look incredible!


linda August 1, 2009 at 1:15 pm

these are the best cookie ever! do add the cumin oh my so very tasty it works well the other ingred. especially w/the cinnamon. Thank you for this recipe.


Bryn Adamson March 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

This is totally my favorite PB recipe and I am soo tickled to find it here, because it has become LOST in my unmanagable pile of recipes and I could NOT remember what besides the cinnimmon to put in the filling. DO NOT leave out the cumin! It’s the most divine filling EVER… make extra and dip graham crackers in it! OR your finger!


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