Peanut Butter Again? Yes! Cookies on Steroids.

October 10, 2011 at 9:15 am | Posted in Cookies, Dessert, Gluten Free, Secret Recipe Club | 56 Comments
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Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches with Cinnamon Peanut Butter Cream Filling

I just realized something, this is my third post in less than two weeks.  It’s a very unfamiliar feeling – since I usually only post about twice a month, give or take a little. There have been two new blog challenges that I simply couldn’t resist, the Love Bloghop and the Secret Recipe Club, which is part of the reason.  The latter is the focus today.  Ack, what a dull beginning to this post!

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches with Cinnamon Peanut Butter Cream Filling
First off, I’m sick.  I caught a bug last week, and it’s worsened.   I was hoping it would be one of those quick 2 1o 3 day deals, but no such luck – come Friday I was feeling completely lousy. The slight upside was, fasting for Yom Kippur, on Saturday, was a cinch. The downside, I couldn’t eat a bit of a beautifully prepared Yom Kippur dinner – couldn’t even be near the table since the smell of food was enough to start the nauseous sweats.  Have you seen the dress fitting/food poisoning scene in Bridesmaids? Sexy, huh?

OK, enough about my sickness (and I won’t mention that looking at these photos, as I put this post together, is making queasy again – oops.).  For this month’s Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned the blog, Sweetie Petitti .  I know Susie from back in the day when she participated in the Daring Bakers.  Last month, I was happy to see she was a member of the Secret Recipe Club.

That said, when I was assigned her blog, I wasn’t surprised.  If you factor weird ju-ju into situations, you can turn them into an equations.  Haven’t seen Susie in ages + joined the SRC + See Susie = Her blog is mine this month!  Kind of like the peanut butter appearing on my doorstep last week.  OK, I won’t make an equation out of that.

Bear with me, I have a fever..things may not seem as they should.

Having rambled about all that, love Susie’s blog.  She decorates a mean cookie – I don’t, so that was out of the question.  I had a hard time choosing between 4 recipes.  1) Her pumpkin bread, which I was going to make into a bundt with swirls of cream cheese and Nutella. 2) A Spicy Buccatini with Rapini, Pancetta and Clams, which I was going to call Spicy BOOcatini, in honor of Halloween, although the name was about all Halloween it was going to be.  How do you make a yummy pasta dish scary?.  3) A Mile-High chocolate cake – but then I started feeling run down, a preface of what was to come, soo..I decided to go with something a little more simple, and pump it up a bit –  4) Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookies. Would you believe, me, a self -confessed/obsessed peanut butter freak, has never had a flourless peanut butter cookie?

They’re great as is, but I couldn’t resist sandwiching them with the Bouchon Bakery’s peanut butter cream from their famous Nutter Butter cookie.  I added cinnamon to it for a little kick of warm spice, but that’s it.  I kept Susie’s recipe as is, except to make bigger dough balls, therefore, less cookies.  Next time I’m going to make the balls smaller, like maybe a scant tablespoon, because it is a bit much ‘cookie’ for a cookie sandwich – it needs to be thinner. But hey – if you like a lot of cookie, in ratio to the cream, why not?

These are heavy in weight, super rich, and pretty darn good.  They’re also kind of delicate with all that cream, so if it falls apart while you’re eating it, just put it on a plate and use a fork ;D.

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peanut Butter Cinnamon Cream

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup (packed) brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Peanut Butter – Cinnamon Cream Filling
Recipe from the Bouchon Bakery (I added cinnamon)
1 stick butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 2/3 cups confectioners’ sugar ( I used 1 1/3 cup)

Melted chocolate or caramel, (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix first 6 ingredients in a bowl. Stir in chocolate chips. Roll heaping tablespoons (or a scant tablespoon for thinner cookies) of dough for each cookie into ball.

2. Arrange on a large (I used a 12 by 17 half sheet pan), parchment lined baking sheet – 2 inches apart. You should have 16 dough balls (more if using scant tablespoon). Use the bottom of a glass to flatten each dough ball.

3. Bake cookies about 10 – 12 minutes. Cool on sheets 5 minutes. Transfer to racks; cool completely.

4. Beat together cream filling ingredients until smooth, then scoop into a pastry bag with a plain tip or a zip-lock bag.

4. Using the pastry bag with a plain tip, or the zip-lock bag with the end snipped off, pipe cream filling evenly on to 8 cookies.  Drizzle with melted chocolate or caramel, if desired.  Top with remaining 8 cookies.

This recipe makes 8 sandwich cookies.  You can double it for 16 sandwich cookies. You might have some cream filling leftover ( i overfilled each one, so not much left over), so double the recipe or umm, eat it with a spoon, like I did.

Be sure to check out Susie’s blog when you get a chance.  She really is a sweetie!  Don’t forget to click on the blue frog below to see a ton of mouth-watering SRC creations!

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  1. OMG, those look to die for! That could possibly be one of my favorite treats…



  2. Oh my goodness that looks incredible! I’m bookmarking this recipe- thank you!

    And feel better soon!

  3. They look irresistible. Funny I just read an article about flourless peanut butter cookies yesterday.

  4. hope you feel better – and wishing you a late L’Shana Tova! Those biscuits would be perfect for breakfast 🙂

  5. I’ve never had flourless peanut butter cookies either, I’ll have to think about that one and give them a try. I adore the cinnamon cream filling, that sounds wonderful.

    Sorry that you’re not feeling well, hopefully you’ll be back 100% very soon.

    If you haven’t already, please check out my SRC recipe this month you may see something familiar there: Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

    Happy New Year.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  6. Lisa, those look delicious!!!! I might have to make them, like, right now… LOL
    Hope you are feeling better soon!

  7. So glad you got the ju-ju this month…and hopped to my blog. Your cookies look far more delicious than mine did…I may have to try these out. So great to reconnect with you. After I move I may jump back into DB!

    • I really hope to see you pop into a DB challenge again, soon!

      • So I was showing my daughter my post in her dorm room,(as I delivered the cookie from it) and she asked to see what was made off my blog. Ha! Thanks a lot! She was terribly impressed and can hardly wait for me to tackle my recipe with your twists! Buttercream…it’s like her favorite thing! You clever girl! Hope you’re feeling better!

  8. I’m sick too but more of a cold… so these pictures do not make me nauseous at all. I really want big gobs of that peanut butter filling! And the cookies look so moist. I need a good pb cookie recipe that doesn’t come out dry. Will have to make these. Hope you feel better soon!

  9. You are my cookie hero, what with your copycat Levain being the recipe I use when I REALLY need a Levain and don’t live anywhere near NYC. These look great. Love flourless cookies, makes them that much more better for you, right? Steriods for cookies should definitely be legal.
    Hope you feel better soon.

  10. I am having the opposite feelings re: blogging… I have no time/inspiration to post since I’m working all day developing recipes and making menus for my clients. Looove these cookies, they look delicious with that filling 🙂 hope u feel better soon xoxo

  11. Oh LORD these look absolutely amazign!!

  12. My son loves sandwich cookies… and so do I! next on my to-bake list…

  13. Feel better! I’m so sorry you aren’t feeling well…what a lousy time to get sick. Adding the pb filling is such a great idea . . . and I like the idea of a touch of cinnamon.

  14. Oh wow these look amazing!!! My husband would just love them, need to make soon!

  15. These are some monster cookies Lisa! I have been making those peanut butter cookies for years and never even realized they were gluten free (duh..)

  16. Dessert doesn’t get more perfect than these.

  17. Wow these look amazing! Seriously like something you’d buy at the store. Great job!

  18. Poor you with you cold, I’ve coughing for 3 weeks for no real reason. Blame it on fall. So yeah now I ma in group A with you, woohoo. Great choice of cookie, looks great. Surprised only 1 egg considering no flour

  19. These look great and that frosting is something else. Bookmarking this one and hope you’re feeling better.

  20. Another way to eat peanut butter and chocolate together!

    I’ll bet this little guy will love these cookies:

    Thanks for the recipe.

  21. Holy yum! These look fabulous. You poor thing. I hope you start feeling better soon.

  22. Not a big peanut butter fan but these certainly look appetizing. Your photos are great too… .nice work…again :).

  23. The cookies look fantastic, I hope u feel better real soon!

  24. Wow! These sound absolutely amazing! I just love sandwich cookies!!

  25. These look so delicious – I’m going to make them for the boys to watch the rugby with this weekend! Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather…but doesn’t seem to have stopped you turning out another gorgeous post. Hugely impressed, and hungry, as always 🙂

  26. Ooh! These look so delicious! Surely want to try these!

  27. Wow, I can’t wait to try that peanut butter cream filling on everything!

  28. Lisa, I love the “cookies on steroids”…they look delicious, and awesome with the cinnamon filling 🙂
    Hope you are having a great week and thanks for this super cookies!

  29. Wow – this look amazing – going to save to make one day.

  30. These look perfect! I am intrigued that the cookie stayed perfectly round with so few ingredients. If my oven wasn’t broken, I would be all over these tonight! 🙂

  31. Mmm these look so good! Especially the filling =).

  32. oh my gosh.. those cookies look seriously delicious! that cream especially… i have to have some! 🙂

  33. Wow Wow Wow!!! LOVE peanut butter (as I think I said last post) and even better with chocolate chips. And that filling is so sexy. Or should I say sexilicious??? Gorgeous and I want! Now please get better soon! Chicken soup for you! And if you don’t behave and take care of yourself instead of all the traveling and baking I’ll be forced to send you naughty-girl snacks and you know what I’m talking about! And since you can’t eat the cookies sick, send them to me.

  34. YUM!!

  35. Sandwich cookies are my favorite! I made some similar to these before, and I loved them, but I think yours look even better! What delectable beauties!!!

  36. Amazing post,this is great blog and delicious recipes,thanks for sharing this recipe blog…..

    Gluten Free Recipes

  37. All I can say is OH. MY. GAWD. Fantastic pick for the SRC.

  38. I made these last night and followed your recommendation to make the cookies smaller. Oh my gosh, soooo good! The peanut butter cream with the cinnamon is luscious! Thank you!!

  39. You’re so welcome, Bobbie – glad you liked them!

  40. Hope you’re feeling better Lisa. Oh by, these look amazing! I ate a Nutter Butter when in NY and swooned. I’d love to know how to make their TKO too. It’s quite unbelievable that these cookies are flourless.They look amazing!

  41. Oh yummo! I love how there are on “steroids”! If only I could bring myself to pipe the cream onto the cookies, as opposed to straight into my mouth… =)

  42. Yum, I made some of these flour-less pb cookies in the Summer for my mom since she is gluten free and they were great. But this is over the top with that butter-cream yum. Glad you are feeling a better. luv, Suz

  43. I like my cookies to be on steroids and I like cookies when I inject my steroids.

  44. I seriously just had a food-gasm 🙂 Your cookies on steriods sound and look too good to be true!! I MUST make these! My fiancee will thank me and love me even more 🙂

  45. Sorry to hear that you were sick! These look fantastic! I love flourless PB cookies, especially when there’s chocolate, and I bet the PB cream just sets them over the top. Also, I love the idea of this club! May need to sign myself up. 😀

  46. These GF cookies look great, will be linking back to them on my Monday post 🙂

  47. Thanks, Marla! So flattered! 🙂

  48. Generally I find cookies sweet enough on their own without a filling but these would tempt even me as the flavors sound dynamite!

  49. OMG, I die! This is my kinda sandwich!!!
    *kisses* HH

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  51. YUM, this looks super delicious…

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  54. I could eat the whole plate…

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