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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies with Dark Chocolate Ganache

In cooking and baking, there are just certain combinations that are a match made in heaven. One such combination is peanut butter and chocolate. I hope whoever created the first recipe to combine these two ingredients was deemed a cooking genius.

Since I live quite a distance from my family, I wanted to send my mom something special for Mother's Day. I knew she loved the chocolate and peanut butter combination (how can you not?) and wanted to find a recipe that was out of this world. After my usually browsing on Foodgawker, I came across these decadent little sandwich cookies. What I really loved about them is that they use dark chocolate ganache as the filling. I also love that these are super easy to make. I made mine a little smaller than the original recipe, mainly because I live the look of these little bite-sized cookies. Since the ganache can be rich, having them this size is perfect. Make sure you have a glass of milk or nice cup of coffee to pair these with!

-3/4 cup peanut butter
-1/2 cup butter, softened
-1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
-1 egg
-2 teaspoons vanilla
-1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
-3/4 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
-2/3 cup heavy cream

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together peanut butter, butter, and brown sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Beat in egg and vanilla.

3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Beat into cookie dough until combined.  Using a teaspoon, scoop 1 teaspoon sized amount of dough and drop onto prepared baking sheet. Use a fork to form a criss-cross pattern on top of cookies. Bake  7-9 minutes. Do not over bake!

4. Over a double boiler, heat heavy cream. Add chips and stir to melt, being careful not to overheat. Cool slightly and
spread chocolate filling on bottom of each cookie then top with another cookie form sandwich.

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