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Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

 Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
Sandwich cookies are always a hit, and homemade ones like these that feature peanut butter and chocolate are guaranteed to please! Whenever we visit out-of-town friends, they ask if we'll bring a batch of these cookies. —Vickie Rhoads, Eugene, Oregon
33 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup chunky peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 11 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large saucepan melt butter and shortening over low heat, Remove
  • from the heat; stir in the cocoa, chocolate syrup and peanut butter
  • until smooth. Cool.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until lemon-colored. Beat in the
  • chocolate mixture and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and
  • salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture.
  • Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets.
  • Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350° for 10-12
  • minutes or until surface cracks. Cool for 2 minutes before removing
  • to wire racks.
  • In a large bowl, beat peanut butter and butter until fluffy. Beat in
  • milk and vanilla. Gradually add confectioners' sugar; beat until
  • smooth. Pipe or spread onto the bottoms of half of the cookies; top
  • with remaining cookies. Yield: 2-3/4 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 sandwich cookie equals 417 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 211 mg sodium, 69 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.