Monday, November 3, 2014

Dark and Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Dark and Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies

Welcome to Cookie Week.  Several of my fellow food bloggers and I have some great recipes for you and an awesome giveaway.  Scroll down past the recipe for prize and entry information. And, as a bonus, I'll have an additional, extra special giveaway (hint: it involves free cookies) for you tomorrow.
Dark and Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies
One of our giveaway sponsors is Peanut Butter & Co. and they were also kind enough to send me their crazy good flavors to play around with. They definitely chose the right person because I made these cookies with not one but two different peanut butter flavors.

Rather than a typical, flourless PB cookie, I wanted something with a little more substance and crunch. And since I'm also now officially addicted to the Old Fashioned Crunchy flavor, it was an easy match.

Dark and Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies
Quite honestly I debated about using the Dark Chocolate Dreams in the filling because I'm a milk chocolate lover.  In fact, I'm going to take this opportunity to start an official campaign for Peanut Butter & Co. to come out with that flavor. Are you listening, PB&C people??

Despite that, when I mixed it with the powdered sugar and milk needed to make a creamy filling, it toned down the dark a bit and was a good counter to the sweet cookies. I ended up with a little extra filling and it was either use it to glaze the cookies or just eat it with a spoon. I glazed and dipped in chopped peanuts but I won't promise a few spoonfuls didn't also meet a different end. Enjoy!

by Hungry Couple
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ingredients (Yields 1 Dozen Sandwich Cookies)
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter Cookies:
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup white sugar
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 Cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/4 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt

  • Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Filling:
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 Cup chocolate peanut butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 Cup chopped roasted peanuts for coating (optional)
To make the cookies, cream the egg, white sugar, brown sugar, butter, peanut butter and vanilla until smooth. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and fold into the wet batter.

Use a 1 oz. scoop to drop cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and keep them spaced a couple of inches apart to allow for spread. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes and allow to cool before removing them from the baking sheet. I used two baking sheets and alternated them in the oven.

While the cookies are cooling, make the filling by whisking together the confectioner's sugar and milk. Mix in the peanut butter and salt until smooth. When the cookies have cooled, spread a couple of teaspoons of the filling on half of them and top with the other half. This recipe should yield approximately 2 dozen cookies which will make a dozen sandwich cookies.

If you like, drizzle a bit of the filling on a third of of each cookie sandwich and roll in the chopped peanuts.

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  1. Filled and dipped peanut butter cookies? You're a genius, Anita!!!

  2. I can only imagine how good these dipped peanut butter cookies tasted.. your images have just got me drooling over here! Pinned!

  3. Oh I have a jar of the dark peanut butter and am a huge dark chocolate fan. Looks like I'm one ingredient closer to making these cookies.

  4. I love PBCO and these cookies are such a perfect way to show off their peanut butters! LOVE the crunchy peanuts and everything about them!

  5. PB&Co. has the best peanut butters!!! I got some samples from them as well and my five housemates and I went through six jars of peanut butter embarrassingly quickly! I'm going to need to get some more Dark Chocolate Wonderful to try these cookies, they look incredible. Pinned!

  6. Two types of peanut butter AND chocolate = total bliss as far as I'm concerned.

  7. Oooooh, I love that dipped end, Anita! Personally, I much prefer dark chocolate over milk but I'll sign your petition because you make fabulous cookies and you deserve to have exactly what you need to create more.

  8. I want to make a vat of these. I mean seriously, look at these gorgeous cookies. You take the prettiest photos. I think you should teach classes. If you need an apprentice in trade for some "learning" I'm your gal.

    So happy you joined us for Cookie Week. It's such a fun, and slightly fattening, week.


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