Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

peanut butter sandwich cookies on a white ground

These soft sandwich cookies are a peanut butter lover’s dream! A creamy peanut butter filling is sandwiched between plush sugar coated peanut butter cookies ~ how could they be anything but fabulous?

holding peanut butter sandwich cookies with milk

better-than-Nutter Butter peanut butter sandwich cookies!

That’s what I should have called them…if you’ve only ever had the crunchy grocery store peanut butter sandwich cookies, prepare to be converted. These soft and chewy cookies are downright pillowy, and you can pile on the creamy filling as high as you like.

They’re so satisfying I could stop at one, but so good I had to go in for more. Make sure to have that cold milk handy.

peanut butter sandwich cookies on a rack

ingredient list for peanut butter sandwich cookies

The simple ingredient list means you can make these on a whim.

  • granulated sugar for making the cookie dough and rolling the cookies in before baking to give them that pretty and tasty sugary coating
  • brown sugar adds flavor and moistness to the cookies
  • peanut butter ~ I like Jif creamy, it has good flavor and texture for baking.
  • butter
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • flour
  • vanilla extract gives the filling extra flavor
  • powdered sugar
  • milk or cream for thinning the filling (half and half or a non-dairy milk works too!)
peanut butter sandwich cookies with peanut butter filling

tips for uniform, soft, chewy (aka perfect) sandwich cookies

How do I make sure my cookies are all the same size?

I like to use a small scoop to make sure all my cookies are a uniform size, which is especially important for sandwich cookies. You can also use a tablespoon.

What is the best kind of cookie sheet?

My favorite baking sheets are aluminum, non-insulated baking sheets.

What kind of peanut butter is the best to use in baking?

I definitely prefer a creamy style peanut butter like Jif. “Natural” brands can sometimes be problematic because of their oilier texture and tendency to separate.

What else can I use to fill these cookies?

You might use plain peanut butter, Nutella, or any chocolate frosting you like. I think a thick jam would be wonderful ~ peanut butter and jelly never tasted so good!

Can I freeze these cookies?

Yes, they’ll freeze well. Freeze them solid on a baking tray first, then pop them into a heavy duty zip lock freezer bag and push out the excess air before zipping closed. Use with in 3 months for best quality.

holding soft peanut butter sandwich cookies, with a glass of milk

who doesn’t love peanut butter?

Peanut butter so often has to share the stage with chocolate, it’s easy to forget sometimes how delicious it can be on it’s own! These cookies follow in the footsteps of my delicious peanut butter pudding, and old fashioned peanut butter cake, focusing all your tastebuds on creamy, nutty, rich peanut buttery flavor.

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5 from 6 votes

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

These soft sandwich cookies are a peanut butter lover's dream! A creamy peanut butter filling is sandwiched between plush sugar coated peanut butter cookies ~ how could they be anything but fabulous?
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Yield 24 cookies
Calories 195kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more for rolling cookies
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

for the peanut butter filling

  • 6 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp milk or cream, plus a little more if needed
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a stand mixer, or with electric beaters, cream together the sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, softened butter, and egg until smooth.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and fold together until there are no streaks of flour left.
  • Scoop the dough into 1 tablespoon-sized balls, and roll in sugar. Place on the prepared baking sheet, leaving 2 inches of space between all the cookies.
  • Bake for 8 minutes. The cookies will still look fairly pale and be puffy. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack to fully cool.
  • While the cookies are cooling, make the filling by adding all of the filling ingredients to a bowl and mixing together with the back of a fork (you can also use a stand mixer for this if you prefer) until creamy and smooth.
  • To assemble the cookies, place a generous amount of the filling onto the back of one peanut butter cookie (about 1 tablespoon), and then sandwich with a second cookie, pressing lighting together.

Nutrition

Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 132IU | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Carolyn
    May 14, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    5 stars
    Sue, do these cookies spread out on their own? They don’t have to be pressed with a fork like most peanut butter cookies before baking?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      May 14, 2022 at 3:37 pm

      These cookies are very different from the cross-hatch kind. They don’t spread as much as puff up and then sink down a bit, but I think you’ll love them.

      • Reply
        Carolyn
        May 14, 2022 at 6:07 pm

        5 stars
        Sue, thanks for your reply! Going to be making these for the kids at our next family gathering. Maybe I’ll make a double batch so I can leave some at home for myself to enjoy with a large cold glass of milk the next day. YUM!!

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