Saturday, 9 September 2017

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Inspired by the popular Oreo biscuit, this Chocolate & Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie recipe is certainly one to try!  The recipe produces a cookie style biscuit which is packed with peanut butter and chocolate flavour, they're easy to make, and will satisfy the fussiest of cookie fans!

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies recipe

It was biscuit week in the GBBO tent this past week and the signature bake of 'sandwiched biscuits' was far more appealing to Mr E & I than the fortune cookies and the biscuit board game the bakers were challenged with making. 

After all a double biscuit, or sandwich biscuit, is effectively two for the price of one!

How to make Chocolate and Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Continuing to bake along with the Great Blogger's Bake Off hosted by Jenny at Mummy Mishaps, I spent a few too many minutes perusing the biscuit aisle of our local supermarket searching for inspiration for our sandwich biscuit bake.  There were so many sandwiched biscuits to choose from. Custard Creams.  Bourbons.  Jammie Dodgers.  But the one which caught my attention the most was Oreo's peanut butter flavour biscuits!

I mean, who doesn't love a peanut butter and chocolate flavoured biscuit?

Chocolate Cookie recipe sandwiched together with an easy peanut butter frosting

Wanting to create more of a cookie style bake with the wonderful softness and chew that they bring rather than the snap of a traditional biscuit, I added melted chocolate rather than just cocoa powder into the cookie dough mixture.  And with the whopping 300g of melted chocolate in these sandwiched cookies, along with some cocoa powder to bring even more more depth of flavour, there's no denying that these are chocolate cookies!   

How to make chocolate and peanut butter sandwich cookies inspired by the Oreo biscuit

The peanut butter frosting used to sandwich together these chocolate cookies was full of peanut butter flavour, simple to make and used just 130g of smooth peanut butter (along with some butter and icing sugar!)

One of the challenges of this bake, as explained by Paul and Prue, was to ensure the biscuits were uniform in size as well as not producing a sandwich cookie where the filling squelches out when bitten into.   Although the cookie dough for these chocolate cookies was hand shaped rather than cut with a biscuit cutter as you might with a shortbread for instance, by being a little OCD and weighing the dough portions before rolling it into a ball each of the biscuits have that uniform appearance - which of course made pairing them up child's play!  The frosting, as you may be able to tell from the images, was also fairly thick to prevent it from oozing out when bitten into, and yet was soft enough to 'give' with the delicious nature of the cookies.

Chocolate and Peanut Butter sandwich cookie recipe
             
    

So, here's how to make Chocolate & Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies.






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Chocolate & Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
Inspired by the popular Oreo biscuit, this Chocolate & Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookie recipe is certainly one to try!  The recipe produces a cookie style biscuit which is packed with peanut butter and chocolate flavour, they're easy to make, and will satisfy the fussiest of cookie fans!

Details
Hand on time: Bake time:     Yield: about 20 sandwich cookies
Ingredients
For the Chocolate Cookie Dough
  • 110g Butter, unsalted
  • 150g Milk Chocolate
  • 150g Dark Chocolate
  • 100g Granulated Sugar
  • 130g Light Muscovado Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 220g SR Flour
  • 40g Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Corn Flour
  • small pinch of Salt
For the Peanut Butter Frosting
  • 130g Butter, unsalted & softened
  • 130g Peanut Butter, smooth (we used SunPat)
  • 160g Icing Sugar

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180℃ / 160℃ Fan / Gas 4 / 350℉2. Prepare a baking sheet(s). Line a large baking sheet with greaseproof paper.3. Melt the chocolate and butter. Break up the chocolate and place into a large heat proof bowl. Cube the butter and add to the chocolate. Build a bain marie by setting the bowl over a pan of water. The water level needs to be shallow enough so that it doesn't touch the base of the bowl. Set the bain marie on the hob over a medium heat. Allow the chocolate and butter to gently melt. Stir with a spatula regularly. Once completely melted, remove the bowl from the pan and allow to cool for a couple of minutes.4. Make the cookie dough. Lightly beat the two eggs and egg yolk together in a cup. Add the beaten eggs to the melted chocolate mixture with the sugars and vanilla extract. Stir well with a wooden spoon to combine. Sieve the flour, cocoa powder, corn flour and salt into the batter. Mix together well, checking the bottom of the mixture to ensure there are no pockets of flour. Leave the batter for 4 or 5 minutes to allow it to firm up a little. 5. Shape the dough. Use a teaspoon to create balls of dough, of roughly equal size. (see note b below). Place onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them well apart. Slightly flatten the cookie dough balls with your hand to create thick discs. 6. Bake. Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. The cookies will puffed up and will be soft at this stage. Allow the cookies to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet. By this point the cookies will have flattened and will be starting to firm up. Use a pallet knife or fish slice to carefully transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling and firming up.7. Continue shaping and baking the cookie dough. Depending upon the size of your oven, it's likely that you will need to batch bake the cookies. You may also need to change the greaseproof paper if reusing the same tray. 8. Make the peanut butter frosting. Place the butter into a good sized bowl. Beat to ensure it is nice and soft. Add the peanut butter and mix well to combine. Sieve a third of the icing sugar into the buttery mixture and mix together. Continue adding the icing sugar and mix  until it is well combined. 9. Assemble. Once the cookies have completely cooled and firmed up, pair them to those of equal size and shape. Half fill a piping bag fitted with a plain round nozzle with the peanut butter frosting. Turn a chocolate cookie over.  Pipe a circle of frosting around the circumference of the cookie, about 3 - 4mm from the edge.  Pipe a spiral of frosting within the circle.  The underside of the cookie will now have a coating of frosting. Sandwich the cookie with its pair. Repeat until all of the cookies have been sandwiched together. 10. Enjoy! 
Notes: a) Although the biscuits only take 10 minutes to cook, it's likely that you will need to batch bake them depending upon the size of your oven. The whole bake could take around 40 - 50 minutes. b) You may want to weigh the balls of raw cookie dough to ensure equal size, this will aid matching them up when they are sandwiched together. Our balls of dough weighed 26 - 27g.








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Chocolate and Peanut Butter sandwich cookies, also referred to as double cookiese, made with a generous amount of real chocolate and filled with a frosting with a clear peanut butter flavour.




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26 comments:

  1. These look so amazing Angela. You really should be on Bake Off xx

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    1. Aw thankyou so much Charlotte, but no I really can't see me going on Bake Off Charlotte!
      Thankyou for your lovely comment,
      Angela x

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  2. These look incredible. Love your recipe and photography. I made chocolate and peanut butter sandwich cookies this week and trying to make them all even in size, I scooped out portions using a tablespoon. Your idea of weighing the dough is a far better idea to make sure each cookie is an even size and your finished product is definitely worth the extra effort!x

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    1. Thankyou so much Cat :-) I must admit that I started just scooping the dough with the spoon but I soon realised that the cookie dough balls were getting larger...and larger!! Weighing the cookie dough was actually just as quick, and I have to admit I actually weigh cupcake batter too!
      Angela x

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  3. another peanut butter delight! Again, I would happily inhale a lot of these in one sitting! I am such a piggy when it comes to biscuits! And I agree with Charlotte, you would be amazing on GBBO! they look so professional.
    thank you for linking to #GBBOBloggers2017 x

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    1. Haha, peanut butter is just so yummy isn't it! Thankyou Jenny, everybody has been so generous with their comments about my bakes and GBBO - to be honest I think I would hate to go on the show. I love baking yes, but I'd hate baking to such tight time limits with those cameras and everybody watching.
      You're welcome Jenny, it's such a great linky :-)
      Angela x

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  4. These have got my mouth watering, what a delicious combination and I do like a chewy chocolate biscuit. Well done.
    #GBBOBloggers2017

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    1. Lovely soft chewy cookies are always popular :-)
      Thankyou Anne,
      Angela x

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  5. I am all about getting two biscuits for the price of one—particularly if said biscuits contain a whopping amount of chocolate. These look positively decadent!

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  6. These are most definitely Star Baker worthy. They look perfect I want to make them but I with a different filling as im not keen on peanut butter. But I know the cookies them selves will be absolutely delicious with all that chocolate in them.

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    1. Thankyou so much Jacqui :-) Those cookies are, in the words of my Mum, wicked! As you say it's all of that fabulous chocolate which does the trick :-) When I was devouring my cookie (Ok, there may have been more than one consumed!) I was imagining the cookies would be amazing with a simple vanilla filling too.
      Angela x

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  7. Wow they sound amazing!! Peanut butter and chocolate is my favourite! Thanks for linking up to #TreatPetite

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    1. Aw thankyou. They were so good Kat, they didn't hand around for long!
      Angela x

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  8. Oh yummy! I love the Oreos peanut butter sandwich cookies but the fact that the cookies in these are still soft and chewy as well makes them sound even better! Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice x

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    1. Aw thankyou Corina :-) The soft chewy cookie got me too - so very yummy!
      Angela x

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  9. oh my goodness, they look so good Angela - and so neat! I also weighed my dough - 28g each biscuit!
    I love making cookies as they are so easy, but yes, the batch cooking does usually take a while.

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    1. There's something about being a little OCD, lol - it definitely helps the uniformity ;-) Ah, your biscuits are a tiny bit more generous than mine were then, haha
      Thanks for your lovely comment Helen
      Angela x

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  10. You definitely should apply for the Bake Off next year Angela. These cookies look absolutely fabulous. Commenting as BritMums Baking Round-up Editor. :)

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    1. Aw you're far to kind Julie. I have the luxury of baking at home in my own familiar surroundings, I can imagine that baking in 'the tent' is quite stressful especially the tight timeframe they have to complete the bake in.
      Angela x

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  11. These are perfection Angela!! Intensely chocolatey cookies sandwiched with peanut butter frosting! Yumm!

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  12. These look gorgeous Angela and so much yummier than an Oreo! I love the sound of the icing made with peanut butter, must try it out, one of my girls is a big peanut butter fan. Gorgeous photos too, love the styling, it is something I struggle with!

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    1. Thankyou Lucy, they didn't hang around for long, that pb frosting with the chocolate was far too tempting! I have to admit I struggle with the styling sometimes too. Sometimes the 'stage' seems to come quite easily, and then othertimes it's a lot more difficult and I feel as though i don't do the bake justice. I honestly think some foods are just a lot easier to photo than others.
      Angela x

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  13. wow wow wow - these are ultra professional looking! And some of my favourite flavours too. x

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    1. aw thankyou so much Rebecca, that's so lovely of you :-)
      Angela x

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