Peanut Butter Cream’wiches*


‘Twas the night before the Cookie Swap and all through the kitchen;
I was cooking and baking and moanin’ and bitchin’.
I’ve been here for hours, I can’t stop to rest.
This rooms a disaster, just look at this mess!

Tomorrow I’ve got three dozen cookies to send.
Will the hunt for the perfect cookie ever end?
My feet are both blistered, I’ve got cramps in my legs.
The cats just knocked over a bowl full of eggs.

There’s a knock at the door and the telephone is ringing;
frosting drips on the counter and the timer is dinging.
A dozen cookies in the oven, this batch is almost done;
my cookbook is soiled with butter and crumbs.

I’ve had alI I can stand, I cant take anymore;
Then in walks my husband, spilling rum on the floor.
He weaves and he wobbles, his balance unsteady;
then grins as he chuckles, “The eggnog is ready!”

He looks all around and with total regret,
says, “Whats taking so long…aren’t the cookies done yet??”
As quick as a flash I reach for a knife;
“Don’t push me right now, I’ll go full on Desperate Housewife!”

He flees from the room in terror and disdain
and screams, “MY GOD WOMAN, YOU’RE GOING INSANE!!”
Now what was I doing, and what is that smell?
Oh, shit! It’s the cookies!! They’re burned all to hell!!

I hate to admit when I make a mistake,
but I put them on BROIL instead of on BAKE.
What else can go wrong?? Will I ever get ahead??
Can I send store bought cookies to my matches instead?

After a good cry, back to the trusty mixer I went;
I mixed, and I scooped, and I baked with intent.
I placed the cookies in the oven, and waited in fear,
And I’ll be damned, but 12 perfect cookies finally appeared!

I wrapped them in packages and tied them with red bows;
and on the side of each box I wrote, deliver these pronto!
As I drove away from the post office, fingers still crusted in dried dough,
I thought to myself, Merry Christmas to all, now pass me a Cosmo!

Now that you know how much of a dork I am, for sitting here trying to make that rhyme all night, let’s talk cookies. Peanut Butter Cream’wiches to be exact. When my girlfriends Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen told me they were planning The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, I told them to count me in! I had planned to make a new version of the now famous Fruity Pebble Macarons for whoever I got as my matches…but then it turned out, all 3 of them live in California!! I was just too nervous that those delicate Macarons would not make the long journey, from Florida to California, in one piece. So I started the long process of recipe testing.

I baked multiple flavors of cookies. Flash froze them for 30 minutes. Placed them in an airtight container. And then let them sit in my pantry for 3 days. On day 3, I tried them all again to see which cookie had held up the best. I was not surprised to find that these Peanut Butter Cream’wiches were almost exactly the same as they were on day one. When working on this cookie recipe, I specifically made it with shortening to create a softer cookie. I also made sure the filling had no milk or cream, so it would be safe for shipping (butter does not have to be refrigerated). And lastly, I had hoped that the filling would help to keep the cookies moist over many days of sitting…and thankfully it did! So I baked up a big batch and mailed them off to my 3 matches: The Cooking Vent, Patricia’s Patticakes, and Damn Delicious.

I want to take a second and thank Lindsay and Julie for putting together such an amazing Food Blogger Cookie Swap! This was the very first time anyone has done anything like this. They were in charge of getting everyone’s information, assigning matches, and helping to ensure everything ran smoothly. Which was a lot to take on, when over 600 food bloggers signed up! But these two wonderful ladies took it in stride and made the swap completely seamless for the rest of us. If you would like to participate with us next year, and yes -there will be a next year-, enter your info to receive an email reminder!

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Peanut Butter Cream'wiches

Yield: 3 1/2 dozen (42) small cookie sandwiches

Total Time: 40 minutes

These little bites of heaven are the perfect mix between too rich and just right. They are the perfect 2 bite size of peanut butter goodness!

Ingredients:

Cookies:
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening, butter flavored
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar, plus additional sugar for rolling
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Peanut Butter Filling:
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1 cup confectionars sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Cookies:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In bowl of stand mixer, beat together shortening and peanut butter. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar, cream together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add in eggs and vanilla extract, beating till combined. Add flour mixture to peanut butter mixture and stir until combined, scraping down the bowl as needed. The dough will be a soft dough.

Place a few heaping tablespoons of granulated sugar in a shallow bowl or saucer. Then roll 1 tablespoon worth of dough into balls, toss in sugar, and place on prepared baking sheet. Using the bottom of a flat glass, or the palm of your hand, evenly press on the dough balls to flatten till about 1/2 inch thick. Leave about 1 inch between each cookie for spreading.

Bake for 8 minutes, rotating half way through, or until the cookies have slightly spread and risen a little. They will not brown or change much color because of the peanut butter. Let cookies rest on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely...then fill!

Peanut Butter Filling:

Place all the ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer. Beat to combine, about 2 minutes.

Scrape filling into piping bag with a plain circle tip, or in a ziplock baggie with the top cut off. Pipe filling into the center of every other cookie, and then sandwich together.

Store in an airtight container for up to 5-6 days.

TNCB

If you like this, you might like these:

Fluffernutter Cookies or Trifecta Cookies by TNCB
Puffy Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips by How Sweet It Is
Wholemeal Peanut Butter Cookies by Fuss Free Cooking
Peanut butter Buckeye Bars by My Kitchen Addiction
Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies by Handle The Heat
Flourless Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies by With Style & Grace

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63 Responses to “Peanut Butter Cream’wiches”

  1. 1

    Caitlin — December 11, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

    Mmm, these look delicious! A nice twist for the future would be having jelly in the center. Once can never be too old for PB&J!

  2. 2

    Shawnda — December 11, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

    Best version of The Night Before Christmas ever! I think we all can relate :)

  3. 3

    amanda @ fake ginger — December 11, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

    hilarious! and the cookies look delicious too! all these cookie swap posts are making me wish I had participated!

  4. 4

    Bev Weidner — December 11, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

    best.thing.EVER!

  5. 5

    Ann — December 12, 2011 @ 12:49 am

    BEST POETRY EVER! What a fun post….Thank you!

  6. 6

    Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious — December 12, 2011 @ 1:26 am

    Loved the poetry. Loved the cookies. Thanks again. I’m sharing them with the boyfriend and he loves them as well!! It’s amazing how even after a week, they still taste absolutely freaky-deaky-amazing!!

    Happy Cookie Swap!

  7. 7

    branny — December 12, 2011 @ 6:56 am

    Um, maybe you should quit blogging and be a poet. Fabulous!

  8. 8

    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — December 12, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    I can imagine that Julie and Lindsay did a fabulous job on the exchange…and I cant imagine coordinating 600 entries??! That’s a FT job!

    And I would like the FT job of eating your cookies….yum!

  9. 9

    Blog is the New Black — December 12, 2011 @ 7:16 am

    Hahahaha love the rhyme!

  10. 10

    Mackenzie — December 12, 2011 @ 7:54 am

    I love the poem!! You are so clever!! And the cookies look fab!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 12, 2011 @ 7:58 am

    I LOVED that poem!! That’s so awesome you made that up!! I really like the staging of the cookies — the candy canes and ribbons — so pretty! :)

  12. 12

    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — December 12, 2011 @ 8:18 am

    How fun! Love that you tested them all after three days–dedication! Next year I HAVE to participate :)

  13. 13

    Jessica @ How Sweet — December 12, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    OMG I’m dying… this is one of the best posts I’ve read all year. I love you even more now.

  14. 14

    megan @ whatmegansmaking — December 12, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    You are awesome! Not only for writing that rhyme, but also for testing your cookies after 3 days. GREAT idea :)

  15. 15

    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — December 12, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    Wonderful poetry and you didn’t even have to start with ‘there once was a man from Nantucket…’

    Would it be wrong to make the filling alone, sit in a corner and eat the bowl? Oops, did I say that out loud?

  16. 16

    Kita — December 12, 2011 @ 8:48 am

    This post rocks. I would never have been able to come up with a rhyme that good. I can’t even make a 3 like haiku! I also love how you tested these cookies. I will have to use the 3 day pantry test when baking and shipping in the future.

  17. 17

    Joanne — December 12, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    (a) this rhyme totallly made me fall head over heels for you. Again.

    (b) Your taste scheme is awesome. Totally doing that next year.

    (b) Your cookies are awesome squared. TOtally making them for Christmas. My brother, the peanut butter fiend, will love me for it.

  18. 18

    Deborah — December 12, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    That was so awesome – and these cookies are awesome as well!!

  19. 19

    Cookbook Queen — December 12, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    Hilarious!! The cookies look FAB!!!

  20. 20

    Lindsay — December 12, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    I love you.

  21. 21

    Erin — December 12, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    Haha best post ever! And what great cookies :-)

  22. 22

    Cookin' Cowgirl — December 12, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    AAAWWWWESOME!!! :) How much fun! Love these cookies and your smooth rhymes! I just posted some peanut butter cookies too. I’m pretty sure there is nothing better!! :)

  23. 23

    Natalie from Oven Love — December 12, 2011 @ 10:46 am

    Too funny. I would have loved these in my mailbox!

  24. 24

    Kelly Senyei — December 12, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    These are absolutely stunning and I can practically taste them through my screen!

  25. 25

    Tina @ mylifeasamrs — December 12, 2011 @ 11:06 am

    i. love. you. seriously – I was on homecoming court senior year, and my entire speech was a rhyme… haha total nerd ;) LOVE. THIS.

  26. 26

    nat@thesweetslife — December 12, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    yum yum yum! love the creative post!

    i just made similar cookies last week except filled them with a hot chocolate buttercream :)

  27. 27

    Cassie @ bake your day — December 12, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    You are the best, this is totally priceless! The cookies look incredible too!

  28. 28

    Celestine — December 12, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Loved the poem. It completely rocked. Go on with your talented self!

  29. 29

    Katrina — December 12, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    These are lovely. They’d be even lovelier in my mouth. I need to make this happen.

  30. 30

    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl — December 12, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    Girl, you are a hoot! And these cookies look a.ma.zing!

  31. 31

    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — December 12, 2011 @ 12:50 pm

    First of all, love the poem! Second, I’m so impressed at how you picked which cookies to send! So thoughtful!

    Oh, and I am extremely jealous of all of your recipients!

  32. 32

    Elizabeth @Mango_Queen — December 12, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    What a loveable post! How cute and so poetic! And I love these delish cookies you made. Yes, kudos to Julie & Lindsay for putting this cookie swap together. Thanks for sharing your recipe & Happy Holidays!

  33. 33

    Mindy — December 12, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Maybe the greatest food blog post EVER. I’m still laughing! Well done!

  34. 34

    Kelsey | K&K Test Kitchen — December 12, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    Love love love the poem. It’s perfect! These cookies sound pretty perfect too!

  35. 35

    Marilyn, Forkful.net — December 12, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    Most unique recipe post ever! That poem is genius. By the end of my baking spree, I was ready for a Cosmo too. ;)

  36. 36

    Maria — December 12, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    I love sandwich cookies-posted a recipe today:) And I LOVE the poem:)

  37. 37

    Katie — December 12, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

    mmm these sound delish as well! Love your poem & agree big thanks to LIndsay & Julie for putting together such an amazing event!

  38. 38

    Monica — December 12, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    Chica.. you made me laugh so hard, that people at work were like.. what!?!?! and then I read your post, and everyone thought you were the BOMB! You may have a couple of new followers.

    And those cookies look delish… I’m thinking I may give them a try before the week is out (I have to bake some for a cookie exchange at work ).

  39. 39

    JulieD — December 12, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    You already know that I love you! :)

  40. 40

    Christina @ ovenadventures — December 12, 2011 @ 3:42 pm

    this had me tearing up laughing so hard. I love, love this poem. You’re a rockstar.

  41. 41

    shelly (cookies and cups) — December 12, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    I wish I could have gotten my act together and participated in the cookie exchange! Because I would kill for one of these right about now!

  42. 42

    Alison @ Ingredients, inc. — December 12, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    These rock girl!

  43. 43

    nicole {sweet peony} — December 12, 2011 @ 6:24 pm

    this.is.AWESOME! i love this & i love you! i’ve never read a better post!

    aaand these cookies sound amazing. they kind of remind me of those girl scout cookies. tagalongs? do-si-dos? anyways, i must make these soon!

  44. 44

    Paula — December 13, 2011 @ 12:27 am

    You are not only a talented cook and baker but an excellent writer! Love this post, love the look of these cookies ;)

  45. 45

    Bridget — December 13, 2011 @ 12:27 am

    I can’t decide if I’m more impressed by the poem or by the fact that you did a freshness comparison to make sure you chose the best cookie for shipping! That’s so thoughtful.

  46. 46

    Chiara @ The Wandering Cook — December 13, 2011 @ 4:18 am

    How wonderful! I guess it’s time for me to start baking some cookies… it’s the 13th already and I haven’t even started!

  47. 47

    Carolyn — December 13, 2011 @ 5:56 am

    Peanut butter upon peanut butter, that is my kind of cookie!

  48. 48

    Suzanne — December 13, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    I’m not sure how I found your website, but I wanted to tell you that I think the design is brilliant! I am in the process of completely gutting mine and re-doing it and yours is a true inspiration. Love it!

    Also, the photography is spectacular, and the recipes look divine.

    Did you design this yourself or have a little bit of help?

  49. 49

    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — December 13, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    Love. This. Post. Would it be too tall an order to request cookie poems on a regular basis??

  50. 50

    Krissy @ Krissy's Creations — December 13, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    I love that you picked a “sandwich” cookie to send. These looks incredible! And I love that little poem… such an inspiration :)

  51. 51

    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — December 13, 2011 @ 3:16 pm

    If I didn’t adore you, I would totally hate you. You’re pics are awesome and you’re so creative…I love that poem! You also make the best sweet treats. Why you don’t have your own show yet is baffling.

  52. 52

    julia { see you in the morning } — December 13, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

    OH heck yes

  53. 53

    Julia — December 13, 2011 @ 5:31 pm

    Ha, you’re a poet and didn’t even know it! “Merry Christmas to all, now pass me a cosmo.” THAT is my new Christmas mantra, beautifully said!

  54. 54

    Brooke (Baking with Basil) — December 16, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    Love the poem!! Need to try these cookies…they look divine!

  55. 55

    ErinsFoodFiles — December 18, 2011 @ 11:00 pm

    I’m not sure which sounds better, these cookies, or your poem!

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