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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Flourless Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies and Adopt a Blogger!

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Kristen at Dine and Dish has a wonderful project called Adopt a Blogger. New bloggers are paired up with bloggers who have been blogging at least a year to provide help, encouragement and blogger love to new bloggers. I wish I would have know about this project when I started blogging!!  To Read More, Click On The Recipe Title.
I'd like to introduce you to Melissa from Baking For the Boys my adopted blogger. Here's a little background on Melissa:

I've been blogging since 2006 when my husband and I moved to Idaho. It was a great tool to keep friends and family posted on our adventures there. We now live in Texas (our home state) and have an eight month old boy. He keeps me on my toes!
I love to bake and cook. . . love everything food. I am a graduate of The Art Institute of Houston's International School of Culinary Arts and have worked in restaurants, specialty food stores and bakeries. I've taken a sabbatical from the food industry and am staying home to raise my son. My food blog is my outlet to the culinary world. Being that my time is limited having a new baby (he is a very intense little baby). . . it takes me forever to get a post out. I try to post at least twice a month.


Melissa with that kind of a culinary background I should be your adopted blogger!! Please go visit Melissa and spread the blogger love, she absolutely deserves it! Her blog is filled with wonderful recipes that you'll absolutely love. She makes me proud to be an adopt a blogger mamma!


Flourless Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

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Does this every happen to you.... you have an idea in your head of what you want something to be like, in my case peanut butter cookies. I wanted a soft peanut butter cookie, a cookie like the Archway cookies I bought years ago. I've been searching and trying recipes to try and create something that would come close to that cookie for awhile now. After trying lots of flour cookies a light bulb went on in my scary little head,....flourless cookies. I loved the flourless chocolate souffle cake I made, I needed to at least try this concept. I went on a search that yielded many flourless peanut butter cookie recipes, but fell in love with this one from Fine Cooking. Oh yes this cookie is good! My taste tasters at work loved this cookie!! It was peanut buttery with just the right amount of chocolate in between. After the staff had their taste I told them they were flourless. What??? This tender melt in your mouth cookie is flourless?? I even had a customer ask me if I was going to make them for the restaurant. The chocolate filling recipe makes a lot of filling, I had tons left over, next time I'll half the recipe. Other than that, this is the perfect peanut butter sandwich cookie!!

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Flourless Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
Fine Cooking

Ingredients;

2-1/2 cups smooth peanut butter, at room temperature
1-1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 large eggs
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

For the chocolate filling:

10 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
4 oz. (8 Tbs.) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces

Tip:
Substitute semisweet chocolate for the bittersweet in the filling for a sweeter kick.
Make the cookies:

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350ºF. Line four cookie sheets with parchment or nonstick baking liners.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), beat the peanut butter, brown sugar, and baking soda on medium speed until well blended, about 1 minute. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix on low speed until just blended, about 25 seconds.

Shape level tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Arrange the balls 1-1/2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Do not press down. Bake one sheet at a time until the cookies are puffed and crackled but still moist-looking, about 11 minutes. Transfer the cookie sheet to a rack to cool about 10 minutes. Using a spatula, move the cookies to the rack and let cool completely. Repeat with the remaining cookies.

Make the filling:

Melt the chocolate and the butter in the microwave or in a medium heatproof bowl set in a skillet with 1 inch of barely simmering water, stirring with a rubber spatula until smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside until cool and slightly thickened, 20 to 30 minutes.
Assemble the sandwiches:

Turn half of the cooled cookies over so they are flat side up. Spoon 2 tsp. of the chocolate filling onto the center of each cookie. Top with the remaining cookies, flat side down. Press gently on each cookie to spread the filling almost to the edge. Set on the rack until the filling is firm, 20 to 30 minutes.

Make Ahead Tips:

The balls of dough may be frozen before baking for 1 month. Thaw them overnight in the refrigerator before proceeding with the recipe.

52 comments:

♥peachkins♥ said...

i love anything with peanutbutter and I wish I could have one of those cookies for midnight snack tonight.

Lori said...

Those look really delicious. I have seen the recipe for these before and I am always skeptical about the "no flour" thing. I think I need to try them now.

Karen said...

No flour... how does that work!? They look delicious, especially with the choc between! I'm hopping over to say hello to Melissa!

Melissa said...

Awww! Thanks for the blog shout out and love, Blogger Mama!

Barbara Bakes said...

I'm amazed that they don't have any flour - they look delicious!

HoneyB said...

Great looking cookies. Yumm. Chocolate and peanut butter! I have seen Melissa's site and will keep visiting!

Gloria said...

Bunny I love your cookies recipes and Im amazing that dont have flour.
I went to Melissa and I really love her blog I add to my favorites!!! xxxGloria

pigpigscorner said...

PB and melt in your mouth! Love the sound of it. I've got to try this!

Erin said...

Hi, Bunny, I saw the Adopt a Blogger thing after it closed and didn't quite understand it. I headed over to Melissa's and she's amazing.

As for your flourless peanut butter cookies, I have one question...I assume bittersweet is not the same as unsweetened or semi-sweet...where do you find it?

Thanks!

Erin

Sharon said...

I'm so hungry right now and would give anything for one of these pb sammies! I love Melissa's blog as well!

Katy ~ said...

Bunny, peanut butter cookies are among my favorite favorites. Will definitely give these a try! Your cookies look FAB!!

finsmom said...

Love the idea of these! They sound melt-in-your-mouth fantastic!

Risa said...

Bunny, these cookies look so delicious I want to run to the kitchen right now and make them!!!

MaryBeth said...

I love a good peanut butter cookie, I have never put them together with chocolate in the middle. What was i thinking... Fabulous looking cookies!

Reeni♥ said...

This is just the perfect combo, ever!! Your customer was onto something. You should package them and sell them - I would buy them!! They look soft and so delicious!

Jacque said...

Oh man, another recipe I HAVE to try. mmmm, those look delish!

CookiePie said...

Oh me oh my -- those look AMAZING!!!!

Donna-FFW said...

I adore peanut butter and chocolate. These cookies look absolutely amazing. I am so trying them. Ill go visit your new adoptee also:)

Kerstin said...

Your PB cookie sandwiches look SO good with the chocolate nestled inbetween the cookies - yum!

Lisa said...

Sounds just wonderful! I will have to try this. Peanut Butter cookies are the men's favorite at my house.

Amanda said...

First of all, kudos to you for adopting a blogger :) That's great, she will have a fab teacher!

Second, these cookies look delish. It's funny, but this week or next (whenever I have time to post them!) it will almost be an "Ode to Bunny's Oven" week as I have made several things you have posted recently, all with rave reviews :)

The Chocolate Latte in a blender with additional ice is our homemade Frappacino now! ;)

Leslie said...

I adore flourless cookies. I love them even more with the chocolate in the middle

Sewing-Chick said...

Oh my gosh, this sounds to-die-for! I might just have to break the diet for a day and make these!

Ingrid said...

Oh, yes, these sound and look like my kind of cookie! Just need some milk!
~ingrid

Lynda said...

These sound amazing- whats better than peanut butter and chocolate together! I have the recipe for the flourless cookies and haven't made it in ages-I need to remedy that!

Grace said...

yes ma'am--that's my kind of sandwich! and good for you for adopting a blogger, even one with such impressive credentials. :)

Sara said...

Oh yeah, is there a better combo than PB and Chocolate. I just don't think so. I have never made a flourless cookie before, I will have to try it out.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Wow. Those look like a very intense PB experience.

Thanks for showing us a new blogger!

Debbie said...

Those cookies look great. I love snacking on a good cookie...those will do the trick!!!!

Theresa said...

They look delicious and no flour. I like that.

Maria said...

Love the cookies!! PB is always so good!

Katherine Aucoin said...

i am a peanut butter freak, I wish my children were. These look amazing! Adopt me!

Claudia said...

When Melissa is done being adopted could she please adopt me???? And those cookies - just love how you got something in your head and wouldn't rest until you made it come to fruition. I love peanut butter in all of its guises and thiese cookies look fanatastical.

Jeff said...

I wish I knew about this program when I started blogging. Heck I still need a ton of guidance.

This sounds amazing and I love the simplicity the best. Nicely done!

Katrina said...

pb&c---MMMMM!

Nanny said...

Grazie per essere passata nel mio blog ,così ho avuto il piacere di conoscere il tuo.Buona la ricetta dei tuoi biscotti ummmm

Cyndy said...

Melissa, you had me at "Melt in your mouth" Love peanut butter cookies and you kicked it up a notch with chocolate!!

Ivy said...

Unbelievable that they do not have any flour. They look lovely and delicious.

Marie said...

Those look so yummy Bunny. If something has peanut butter in it,I'm right there! Love, LOVE the stuff!

Denise said...

Peanut butter anything works for me. I will go give melissa a visit now.

Suzanne said...

that is my go-to peanut butter cookie recipe! I like them so much better than the ones with flour!

tastestopping said...

I will definitely have to try the peanut butter sandwich cookies. With or without flour, they look divine!

I actually found your site via a comment you left at ButterYum a while back, regarding FoodGawker. I am actually getting in touch with you to let you know about a “blog” of sorts that I’ve started, called TasteStopping.com. It’s a place where those of us who have had our photographs declined from TasteSpotting, FoodGawker or Photo Grazing can submit and have that same work published to help drive traffic to our sites. I hope you will check it out and give me your feedback. Even better, send me your photos!

The current home is: www.tastestopping.wordpress.com (until the official site is up and running). I look forward to hearing (and seeing) from you soon!

Thanks,
Casey

Jaime said...

i have a really similar flourless PB cookie recipe (may be the same, not sure) and i love them!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

My husband adores peanut butter. He's sure to love these.

What a nice thing "Adopt a Blogger" is. I'm not familiar with it but I'm fairly new and it must be wonderful to be adopted. She will have a terrific teacher.

Thanks for stopping by my kitchen today. It gave me the opportunity to find your great blog. We even have some of the same ironstone dishes - the blue and white plate with the apple cake on it is one of my everyday patterns we use a lot.
Sam

The Blonde Duck said...

I LOVE these cookies!

Dragon said...

These sandwich cookies are gorgeous!

burpandslurp said...

I'm an adopted blogger, too! I'm mad envious of Melissa's culinary background.
and the PB cookies sound absolutely rich and delish!

Cristine said...

YUM YUM YUM!

RecipeGirl said...

These look amazing. I was browsing pb cookie recipes the other day, saw a flourless recipe and skipped it. For some reason I have it in my head that it will be dry and icky. I guess I'll have to give it a chance! (And throw some chocolate in there too!!)

Sophie said...

OOOOOH Bunny, these lovely filled cookies look terrific!!!
I am drinkung a cup of coffee right now & now i want to eat a lot of them,....Yummie!

Nazarina A said...

Thanks for the info on the new blogger program! I have missed coming to visit you.As usual you had this delicious peanut butter treat for me!

mikky said...

looks so yum... :)