Is anyone else looking as forward to summer as I am? I seriously can’t wait for sunshine, pool outings, family vacations, and fun summer picnics!
Speaking of picnics, I like to make sweet simple treats to for fun summer outings. These peanut butter sandwich cookies are perfect for summer picnics. They are easy to make and loved by adults and kids alike. In fact, I love to see the look on my kid’s faces when they see these beauties. I know they are thinking; “TWO cookies, with frosting in between? No way!!” Seriously, it’s fun to watch people’s eyes bulge when they see these jumbo sandwich cookies!
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Did I mention how easy these Peanut butter Sandwich cookies are to make? The dough comes together in minutes. No need to refrigerate the dough. Just preheat your oven, mix up the dough and use a cookie scoop to drop onto a lined cookie sheet.
I always line my cookie sheets with silicone mats like Silpat. There are a few reasons why you should use Silpats. They protect the bottom of your cookies from burning and they make clean up SO simple. Your cookie sheets will stay clean, and all you have to do is wipe off the Silpat with a wet cloth. Easy-peasy!!
Once you drop the dough on the Silpat, you will use a fork to make the typical criss-cross pattern. Throw them in the oven for 7-8 minutes and allow to cool.
While the cookies are cooling, you will make the filling. Again, this really couldn’t be easier to make.
Though I often use my Kitchen Aid mixer for blending most doughs, when it comes to something like fillings or frostings, I will often just use my Oster Hand Mixer. Sometimes it seems more simple to use the handmixer rather than pull everything out for the big mixer.
I also just like the feel of mixing the filling myself sometimes. Oh, and my kids like using the hand mixer too because it makes them feel more part of the process. AND there are TWO beaters for them to lick when we are finished. What can be better than that! 😉
After the cookies have completely cooled, you can frost them and sandwich them together.
Again, this is a fun part to let kids help with though, of course, they might get more filling in their mouths than in the cookies, but oh well, that is part of the fun of baking with kids right?! 🙂
I hope you have a lot of fun summer picnics to attend this summer! Make sure you bring some fun sweet treats like these fabulous Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies. Fun for adults and kids alike, you might want to make a double batch, because they won’t last long! 🙂
Hey, if you need any other ideas for a picnic, you should go check out my friend Julie’s blog at Julie’s Eats and Treats. Did you know that I am a contributor there? Today I posted an amazing Potato Salad Round Up that will blow you away! Just in time for Memorial Weekend! Go check it out!!
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- 3/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 c. peanut butter
- 2 1/3 c. powdered sugar
- 6 Tablespoons milk
- 1 t. vanilla
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the peanut butter and vegetable shortening. Add the brown sugar and mix until well blended. Add the milk, vanilla, and egg and mix thoroughly.
- In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the peanut butter mixture in two additions, blending thoroughly and scraping the bowl each time.
- Using a medium cookie scoop, drop onto a cookie sheet lined with a silicone mat and use a fork to press a criss cross pattern in each cookie.
- Bake for 7-8 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for a few minutes and then move the cookies to a cooling rack to cool fully.
- In the meantime, make the filling by placing the peanut butter in a medium mixing bowl. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and 3 TBLS of milk and blend together. Add another cup of powdered sugar, 2 TBLS of milk and the vanilla and blend together. Add the final 1/3 c. of powdered sugar and the final TBLS of milk and blend thoroughly.
- Using a spatula, put a heaping tablespoon of filling on a cookie and sandwich them together. Continue until all cookies are filled. Should make approximately 18 sandwich cookies.
Recipe adapted from Jif