Take two peanut butter cookies, spread a layer of peanut butter filling on one, top with the other and viola! - a peanut butter sandwich! The cookie recipe is the same peanut butter cookie recipe presented earlier (see Cookie Recipe #2) with the addition of the filling. Very simple to make and brings lots of compliments.
Ingredients: 1 cup butter-flavored shortening, 1 cup creamy or crunchy peanut butter, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, packed, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 eggs, 3 cups flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt. Filling: 1/2 cup peanut butter, 3 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 5-6 tablespoons milk.
Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large mixing bowl, cream shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture gradually and combine thoroughly. Shape into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten each cookie with a fork dipped in flour in a crisscross design.
Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 7-8 minutes or until cookies are just lightly browned. Allow to cool on baking sheet for a minute for transferring to cooling racks.
To make filling: put all ingredients in medium mixing bowl and combine well, adding more milk as necessary to a spreading consistency.
To assemble: Spread 1-2 tablespoons of filling on underside of one cookie, then top with underside of another; press lightly together and serve.
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen sandwiches.