Monday, September 19, 2011

In the Kitchen With Jason: PB&J Sandwich Cookies


Normally, Jess and I go for the recipes that you can at least pretend are healthy. Not so with this one. Even though each sandwich cookie has enough calories to count as a lunch, that didn't stop us from eating a whole batch in a weekend, and we would have ate more if there were any. Make these at your waistline's risk.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1/3 cup jam
Directions
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper. 
  • Whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. 
  • With an electric mixer on medium speed, mix 1 stick butter and chunky peanut butter until well mixed. 
    • The recipe says until smooth, but we are using a mixer, not a blender. How do they expect smooth when you just added crunchy peanut butter?
  • Beat in sugars until well blended.
  • Beat in egg and vanilla.
  • Turn mixer to low and beat in flour, just until mixed.
  • Stir in oatmeal.
  • Make 32 even sized balls of the cookie dough and place 2 inches apart on the cookie sheets.
  • With a floured fork, smoosh each cookie twice, making a checkerboard like design.
    • Once flattened, the cookies will be about 1/4 inch thick. 
    • The important thing is that the cookies are all approximately the same size, surface area and thickness.
  • Bake the cookies for about 10 - 12 minutes.
  • When cookies come out of the oven let them cool for about 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • With mixer on medium, beat remaining non-jam ingredients until super smooth.
  • Once cookies have cooled, spread peanut butter mixture on the 'bottom' of 1/2 of them and the jam on the 'bottom' of the other half.
  • Combine the cookies to make the most delicious snack ever invented.
This recipe originally appeared in Delish magazine.

Please enjoy!

-Chef Jason

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