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Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies Recipe

I'm a busy mother of two young children. I work in our school office and help my husband on our hog and cattle farm. When I find time to bake a treat, I like it to be special. The creamy filling gives traditional peanut butter cookies a new twist. —Debbie Kokes, Tabor, South Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling YIELD:44 servings


  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons milk


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • 2. Shape into 1-in. balls and place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten to 3/8-in. thickness with fork. Bake at 375° for 7-8 minutes or until golden. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. For filling, in a large bowl, beat the peanut butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Spread on half of the cookies and top each with another cookie. Yield: 44 sandwich cookies.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 197 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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Nancy User ID: 3099765 269844
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2017

"I made these cookies, but instead of making the peanut butter filling, I used Dulce des Leches caramel spread. Absolutely delicious and not an overpowering peanut taste!"

2124arizona User ID: 845443 265755
Reviewed May. 8, 2017

"This is our favorite peanut butter cookie of any type!! They are loved by all!!!!"

rena 55 User ID: 1935799 249799
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2016

"My SIL loves peanut butter cookies and I tried these and he LOVED them. They are a fun twist on an old stand-by cookie~"

the pink baker User ID: 4281712 237105
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2015

"Oh my soul these are awesome. Use chunky pb for a bit of a bite."

Matzo1012 User ID: 7851780 228247
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2015

"I found this a little too sweet also. I cut the quantities of each sugar in half and the results were great! I may try swirling Nutella in with filling, had a lot of requests to have chocolate in there somewhere."

mtuttle User ID: 3205485 228134
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2015

"Two of my sons have chosen this as their new favorite cookie. I use half butter, half shortening for flavor."

2princesses2luv User ID: 4369472 216323
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2014

"These were really good!"

tammycookblogsbooks User ID: 7112115 6179
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"These cookies are yummy! The peanut butter cookie by itself is good, very moist. I used half margarine & half shortening for my dough. Adding the peanut butter flavored filling between two cookies just makes them even better."

CaspersLady User ID: 7747629 7752
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"Love, Love, LOVE these! I found this one in the TOH Cookbook that hubby bought for me and made them on a whim late one morning. The only adjustments I made were that I used butter instead of the shortening, and did not make them into sandwiches.

My family raved! The cookie alone isn't too sweet. I can't comment on the filling, though, as I didn't make it. I will definitely be making these again.
HIGHLY Recommended!"

[email protected] User ID: 2507541 8214
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2014

"Nobody liked them in my family. Similar opinion as mom-in-michigan, too sweet."

wasoongu User ID: 1077273 8793
Reviewed May. 15, 2013

"I made two batches of these cookies -- one with butter and one with butter-flavored shortening. Shortening gives the cookies a softer, chewier texture and allows them to hold a nice shape. But as far as flavor, butter wins all the way. If you chill the dough before baking them, you can keep butter-based cookies from spreading or becoming too crunchy (providing you don't overbake!)."

mom-in-michigan User ID: 7083157 8613
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2013

"obscenely sweet - my kids didn't even finish ONE. I guess if you like super sweet stuff, they would be good - but I actually had to make scrambled eggs with salt just to get the sugar taste out of my mouth. Even after brushing."

jeanemed User ID: 1512060 8213
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2013

"Only peanut butter cookie recipe I've ever like. They are so good!"

Rikku User ID: 3386142 9070
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"My mom made these for us and they were incredible! Now we have them all the time!"

delowenstein User ID: 3766053 8792
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"I am going to try this recipe! These cookies look delicious!"

Cookiemaster13 User ID: 5422007 8705
Reviewed Apr. 4, 2012

"What a great recipe. I had to fend off my husband and kids while the cookies cooled on the baker's rack. My husband did mention after I sandwiched them together that they tasted great plain, all on their own. This is definately my new plain peanut butter cookie recipe."

Jusa User ID: 4250350 8790
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"Kids loved them!"

carce User ID: 1280074 8211
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2012

"just made these cookies for my husband to welcome him home from hunting camp and they are awesome. i did not have butter-flavored shortening so i just used 1/2 shorting and 1/2 butter. there were a little lighter than the picture. but still great.."

allaboutcookies86 User ID: 4740624 14976
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2011

"I was in the mood for peanut butter cookies and wanted to try something different and I believe I have discovered my favorite peanut butter cookie recipe. These are SOOO good! The only complaint I have is for some reason mine didn't come out the size they show in the picture they turned out HUGE and flat. I didn't make huge cookie dough balls either. They are a little hard, but still taste GREAT with the frosting and as others said they are perfect by themselves. I debated whether not to make the frosting, but I wanted to see how good the recipe is when you do it up all the way. The frosting REALLY adds a lot lot too them. I may use the frosting to make some regular chocolate chip cookie sandwhiches with a hint of peanut butter flavor! There are so many ways you can alter this recipe. I look forward to playing with it. Next time I want to make them fancier and drizzle some chocolate on top. Thank you for the GREAT recipe I know it will be one I go to again and again!"

htempleton User ID: 6122834 9285
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2011

"Amazing cookies, simply one of my favorites! I saw someone ask if you can use butter instead of shortening: YES!! It turns out even better, in my opinion, as I am not one to like the smell or flavor of shortening. Butter worked perfect and made the cookies all the more incredible!"

Peanutfantasy User ID: 6100858 8210
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2011


kimpossible07 User ID: 5806187 200233
Reviewed May. 4, 2011

"These are my one of my husband's absolute favorite cookie. He asks for them all the time!"

Elizabeth0085 User ID: 3429078 7664
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"These cookies are my go-to for Peanut Butter cookies. The recipe makes a lot! So sometimes I make just half. Great Recipe!"

mamasquish User ID: 4901222 9059
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"This is a very good recipe and as another writer said, the cookies are good enough without the icing!

I did make the icing and it is delicious but I found 5 tablespoons of milk to be a little much and made the icing a little thinner than desired so I added a touch more sugar and thickened it to the consistency I wanted.
Someone else asked if regular shortening would work...that is what I used and the cookies are yummy!
My absolute favorite thing about this recipe is if you exclude the icing, it is dairy free which means my dairy allergy daughter can enjoy it as well. I considered making the icing with soy but since this was my first run I went with the milk.
Happy baking!"

Daisy Dew User ID: 5576735 7663
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2011

"Very good!!! Did them just as the recipe called for. My only complaint is I ran out of frosting! :) (Must have put too much on some of them.) Also did some with grape jelly as some suggested and my husband loved them! I'm sure it would be just as good if you used regular shortning. I have done that in some recipes before and it turned out just as well."

Wendy0015 User ID: 3567118 4533
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"OMG This is the best peanut butter cookie I've ever had! I made it without the frosting, it didn't need it! This is the perfect cookie!"

lsal86 User ID: 5361202 14954
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"Can you use regular shortening? Thats all I have in the pantry"

Melissa2189 User ID: 5502079 200232
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2010

"Just made these for my boyfriend and he loves them. Very good recipe. I will definitely make these again!"

Danipooh02 User ID: 1679122 8612
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2010

"Ok, I'm personally not a big peanut butter fan, but these are delicious! The cookie alone is very tasty, but you add the filling and shazam! I made this w/ crunchy peanut butter and added extra chopped peanuts because we like the consistency much better. Trust me, these are GREAT!"

kimheath User ID: 3417538 10998
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2010

"I just made the cookies without the filling and they are excellent! Everytime I go put the next batch in, the one I just took out is gone!"

kmu021 User ID: 3347263 9284
Reviewed May. 24, 2010

"I make these a lot! Everyone just LOVES them!"

baker1950 User ID: 4174583 6178
Reviewed May. 22, 2010

"This is an excellent peanut butter cookie...if you love peanut butter, you will love these! I added peanutbutter extract to the dough and the frosting...Yum!"

ohiocook User ID: 3758696 7662
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2010

"I skipped the filling and these were still amazing. This is going to be my go-to peanut butter cookie recipe from now on. They'd be delicious with some strawberry jam!"

pwa User ID: 1007905 8611
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2010

"These are the best! They, also, travel well and are good for mailing to loved ones far away."

msdosty1941 User ID: 2683910 14953
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

"Husband has to have his cookies! He loved them & say's to make them so we don't run out!"

orphanlady User ID: 3628660 7748
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

"This recipe is in my "keeper" section and I make them not only at Christmas, but for our small group, and friends who specifically request this cookie. It is PERFECT as written and doesn't need alterations. Thanks for submitting it!"

stone481064 User ID: 2583157 8209
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"First, these are exellent. Can't go wrong with peanut butter in my book.

Second, in reference to the person from Austrailia, it is vegetable shortening, such as Crisco, that is butter flavored."

mamacubed User ID: 4379822 6829
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"Very good! Everybody loved them. I added a thin layer of grape jam (you could use your favorite) along with the peanut butter filling and that was excellent also."

tamellaf User ID: 1509537 3036
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"I just made the peanut butter cookies without sandwiching them with frosting and added a 12 oz bag of white chocolate chips! They were excellent!"

mnlorraine User ID: 3622880 7661
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2009

"can butter be used instead of butter-flavoured shorting"

therats666 User ID: 3560706 8500
Reviewed Oct. 17, 2009

"These are by far the best peanut butter cookies they taste like home made nutter butter Cookies .You cant eat just one."

paddy74 User ID: 4386271 6828
Reviewed Sep. 17, 2009

"I haven't tried these yet.I am from Australia,what is butter flavored shortening please?"

lorispencer User ID: 4245502 8610
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2009

"its so good!!! this is my favorite peanut butter cookie things!!!! you will love it!"

bergadine User ID: 177804 14935
Reviewed May. 19, 2009

"This ookie is my fav of them all! Try drizzling a small amount of chocolate on top of each cookie .....oh, so yummy!"

liliammatteo User ID: 3725867 10997
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2009

"These cookies are AMAZING! If you taste the filling alone it's too sweet but in the cookie it's perfect!"

kposton User ID: 2838004 8608
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2008

"Very good. The icing makes these cookies an extra special treat."

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