Let’s take a walk, my friends. A walk down memory lane. When our biggest worries included things like a spelling test or possibly getting picked last for dodge ball. When sites such as Twitter or Facebook didn’t exist. Heck, the internet wasn’t even around. When there was such a thing as appointment television. When slap bracelets, Trapper Keepers, and having your bangs do the wave were all the rage. When, besides mac & cheese, a peanut butter sandwich was your favorite thing to eat.
I’m not really sure what it is about peanut butter that gives it such mass appeal. Perhaps it’s the way that it hits your taste buds in just the right way. It’s sweet, salty, smooth, and sometimes crunchy all at the same time.
Something that I enjoy doing today, as much as when I was a kid, is eating peanut butter straight out of the jar. It’s so good. Some other foods that I thoroughly enjoy eating straight out of the jar: Nutella and Speculoos. Now some of you may be saying to yourselves, What the heck is she talking about? I’ve never heard of those. Well, mes amis, they are two foods that, unless you have a nut allergy or just don’t like sweets, everyone should try.
Nutella is a chocolate hazelnut spread. I first tried it when my family lived in Germany, over twenty years ago, and have been a fan ever since. It’s perfect for spreading on toast, pancakes, and waffles. Dipping strips of crispy bacon into it is also really good. A little unconventional, sure, but delicious. Oh and nutella marshmallow fluff sandwiches are the bomb diggity, yo.
My most recent spreads-in-a-jar obsession is Speculoos. You may know this by other names like Cookie Butter or Biscoff Spread. Holy moly. Talk about addicting. It’s made from crunchy, spiced Belgian cookies that have been blitzed into a heavenly spread. I don’t even know how many jars of this stuff I’ve eaten. Sometimes I’ll eat spoonfuls of this stuff instead of a cookie or cupcake. I know, I know. I may need help. But seriously, get yourself a jar. You won’t be sorry.
Although I adore Nutella and Speculoos, peanut butter will always be number one. I can go back to it time and time again and it never disappoints. Case in point: These peanut butter creme sandwich cookies. Oh. Em. Gee. Super easy peanut butter cookies with a smooth peanut butter filling? Oh yeah. Total winner.
Give these a whirl. Fair warning: You may be tempted to eat the whole batch. Hidden in the kitchen. So you don’t have to share with your spouse or children.
Not speaking from experience or anything.
Peanut Butter Creme Sandwich Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350⁰F.
In a large bowl add sugars and egg. Whisk thoroughly. Add peanut butters and stir to combine. Fold in chocolate chips.
Scoop 1 tablespoon portions of cookie dough onto parchment lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart. Lightly press down on cookies using a fork or the back of a spoon.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Let cookies cool 2 minutes before removing from pan to wire racks. Cool completely.
Peanut Butter Filling
¼ cup (half a stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
⅓ cup peanut butter
1 ¼ cups powdered (confectioners) sugar
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
Cream butter and peanut butter for 1-2 minutes.
Add powdered sugar a little at a time while mixing with a hand mixer. Once all sugar is incorporated, beat for 1-2 minutes more.
Add vanilla and milk. Beat for another minute.
Take one peanut butter cookie and spread about 1-2 tablespoons of filling onto the flat side.
Top with another peanut butter cookie.
- Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.
This recipe first appeared on My Shiny Life.