We were invited to a friends how for dinner last night, and I offered to bring dessert. AGAIN!
That’s two nights in a row we got to enjoy good food with friends, and we just had to show up 🙂
I was inspired to try to recreate Grandma’s peanut butter sandwich cookies with chocolate filling. She didn’t make these for a very long period of time, but while she did, we loved them! Sadly, I waited too long to ask for the recipe. Happily, I like to bake.
I didn’t find any recipes online that struck my fancy, so I struck out on my own. I knew that the key would be to have a very soft cookie, and that’s where I began.
The Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (Aka the Red and White Checked Cookbook) has a peanut butter cookie recipe very similar to the one we usually bake. I substituted Crisco for half the butter, and replaced half of the white sugar with brown sugar (resulting in 25% granulated sugar, 75% brown sugar). I didn’t want to end up with a crumbly mess (although I had a backup plan to make a dessert with a peanut butter cookie crust if that happened), so I stopped making changes there.
I baked 1″ dough balls for 7 minutes, 2″ dough balls for 8-1/2 minutes. This was perfect in our oven. The cookies were just cooked through, but still very soft. And not a crumbly mess! I can’t believe I got the cookie right on the first try! I won’t be adjusting the recipe any further.
Sorting the cookies into pairs by size- I like it.
Next, for the filling. I didn’t have clear memory for how chocolate-y the filling was, and used a basic frosting recipe from Lauren’s Latest. I needed to add a lot more milk than the recipe calls for, but it was a nice frosting, otherwise. The recipe instructed me to sift the cocoa powder over the butter before creaming;
I’m certain Grandma wouldn’t have take the time to do that, but I did. Probably a good step.
Once I added extra milk (almost double) to the frosting, filling the cookies was a dream.
Eating them was also dreamy.
I think I prefer the 1″ cookies over the 2″, just because the filling is so sweet, but I’m not certain, yet. Much more testing required.
Feedback about the filling was positive. It’s a great cookie this way, but I’m contemplating a fudgier filling.