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SALTED PEANUT BUTTER & NUTELLA SANDWICH COOKIES

 Salted Peanut Butter & Nutella Sandwich Cookies | sweetpeasandaffron.com

Technology and I, we are not very good friends right now.  Last night I had this entire post written & edited.  The recipe written up.  The photos all posted.  All I had to do was press ‘publish’

Then poof!  It disappeared.  I thought I had a back-up.  I did not.  Technology fail.  Ugh.

It’s incidents like this that remind me to get out that old external hard drive and back up my computer!  I always assume my trusty old MacBook Pro is invincible, but it really is not.

So.  I have learned my lesson.  You actually cannot hit ‘save draft’ enough times.

Salted Peanut Butter Nutella Sandwich Cookies |sweetpeasandsaffron.com

You know what makes learning hard lessons like this {on a Monday, no less!} a little easier to stomach?  Peanut butter.  Nutella.  Sea salt.  These cookies.

Confession…I am a total peanut butter addict.  I love it on my toast…or on a spoon…but best of all in cookie form.

Looking at my recipe index, you wouldn’t have a clue of my peanut butter love…there isn’t a single peanut butter recipe.  Well.  Clearly, this situation  needed to be remedied.

Salted Peanut Butter & Nutella Sandwich Cookies | sweetpeasandaffron.com

Salted Peanut Butter & Nutella Sandwich Cookies | sweetpeasandaffron.com

For these cookies, I started out with the Better Homes and Gardens classic peanut butter cookie recipe, but for me, they were far too crispy and thin.  So I increased the flour and added some cornstarch to up the chewy factor and reduce the spreading.  I sprinkled the tops with coarse sea salt.

The resulting cookie retains the awesome peanut buttery flavor of the BHG cookie, but is a touch more chewy.  And perfect for Nutella smooshing!

These cookies are so yummy, they {almost} make me forget about my technology mishap.  This is heaven in a cookie: gooey, chocolatey, hazelnutty Nutella, squished between two layers of sweet and salty {and chewy} peanut butter cookies.

And.  When you get a big old grain of sea salt, wow.  It is like peanut butter and Nutella X 1000!

Salted Peanut Butter & Nutella Sandwich Cookies | sweetpeasandaffron.com

Salted Peanut Butter & Nutella Sandwich Cookies | sweetpeasandaffron.com

Some Notes for Perfect {Chewy} Peanut Butter Cookies:

  • Don’t exceed 1 tbsp-sized balls
  • Chill your dough for at least 2 hours
  • Remove from the oven when *bottoms* are golden brown, not sides {when the sides were brown for me, the cookies were too crispy}.  They will look puffy and under-baked but they firm up while cooling on the cookie sheet.

Salted Peanut Butter & Nutella Sandwich Cookies
 
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Gooey chocolatey Nutella is sandwiched between salty & sweet chewy peanut butter cookies.
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Serves: 16
Ingredients
Cookies
  • ½ cup butter {113g; unsalted; at room temperature}
  • ½ cup peanut butter {at room temperature, or 20 seconds in the microwave}
  • ½ cup granulated sugar {100g}
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar {110g}
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour {188g; or fluffed, spooned and leveled}
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • granulated sugar {for rolling}
  • coarse sea salt {for sprinkling}
Assembly
  • 1 cup Nutella
Instructions
Cookies
  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and peanut butter until well combined. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla.
  2. In a separate small bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking powder and baking soda. Mix into wet ingredients.
  3. Scrape down from sides of bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Pre-heat oven to 375 F. Line cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  5. Roll dough into 1 tbsp sized balls, roll in the granulated sugar to coat. Place on baking mat and press down slightly with a fork. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  6. Bake for 7-9 minutes until bottoms are golden brown. Cookies will look under-baked when removed from the oven but will set up on baking sheet. Cool for 5 minutes, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Assembly
  1. Spread 2 or so tsp of Nutella on the bottom of one cookie. Top with another cookie. Smoosh. Eat.
Notes
I tested this recipe with both creamy and crunchy Kraft peanut butter; both worked.
Chilling is an essential step for this recipe to reduce spreading.
Cookies will look under-baked but will set up on the cookie sheet while cooling.
Assemble cookie sandwiches just prior to eating.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

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{ 26 comments… add one }

  • Alanna May 27, 2014, 5:09 pm

    Ugh, technology fails are the worst! But these cookies are stunning and so worth the re-write – thanks for powering through! I bet the sea salt takes it over the top. Beautiful photos.

    • Denise May 28, 2014, 3:08 am

      Thanks, Alanna! I have been pressing ‘save draft’ a lot more now :)

  • Andj May 27, 2014, 5:42 pm

    I feel for you, that is the worst!! Peanut butter cookies are one of my all time favorites. Now I need to try them with nutella! Yummm

    • Denise May 28, 2014, 3:08 am

      Andj, peanut butter + nutella is a match made in heaven!

  • Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! May 27, 2014, 10:10 pm

    These look absolutely beautiful, Denise. Peanut Butter & Nutella – it doesn’t get much better than that :). I could probably devour that entire stack in no time. Yummy!

    • Denise May 28, 2014, 3:09 am

      I definitely ate my fair share of these guys :D

  • dina May 27, 2014, 11:14 pm

    they look yummy!

  • Jessica @ Sweet Menu May 28, 2014, 6:49 am

    What beautiful looking cookies! Your photography is amazing. I just love the peanut butter and chocolate combo!

    • Denise May 29, 2014, 1:51 am

      Thanks, Jessica! Peanut butter + chocolate is a can’t-go-wrong kind of situation :)

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks May 28, 2014, 9:46 am

    Losing an entire post is the worst thing ever, but these cookies look like they could remedy the situation :)

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice May 28, 2014, 11:58 am

    I hate it when something goes wrong with publishing a post! Happened to me several times before too, so I know how you feel. But I’m sure these cookies made you feel better. They look amazing! Anything with peanut butter and nutella, sign me up! Pinned!

    • Denise May 29, 2014, 1:54 am

      Thanks, Gayle! I have been having the worst writers block lately so I was pretty mad.

  • Mary Frances May 28, 2014, 12:56 pm

    That is the worst feeling ever. But I can’t tell you had to scramble with this one! You always post incredible photos and recipes and this one is no exception. Salted peanut butter – ohmygosh, where has this been? Love how you piped the filling in between the cookies, it makes these look so professional!

    • Denise May 29, 2014, 1:56 am

      That is the nicest comment ever, Mary Frances, thank-you :) Salted peanut butter cookies are just so amazing on their own, even without the Nutella. I wonder if I should start putting sea salt on my peanut butter toast LOL!

  • Gintare May 28, 2014, 9:04 pm

    Reading your post I’m also making a mental note to back up my laptop too :) Loosing work is no fun… These cookies on the other hand are just fabulous!

    • Denise May 29, 2014, 1:59 am

      Yes! Back-up your computer! I am the worst at that stuff, I always assume the best. At least it was just a post and not a hard drive. Thanks, Gintare :)

  • Krystle(Baking Beauty) May 30, 2014, 3:19 am

    I love cookie sandwiches (built in excuse to have 2 am i right!). :)

    That is such a bummer about your original post. I like to do my posts in google docs as it saves things automatically ever minute or so. Something to consider! :)

    • Denise May 30, 2014, 3:51 am

      Thanks, Krystle, I’ve never heard of Google docs before. And that’s totally what I always say about sandwich cookies: 2 cookies, but it only counts as one…yay!! :)

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks June 2, 2014, 10:12 pm

    These are my perfect cookie – PB & Nutella in one and those Nutella swirls, you don’t miss a beat with your attention to EVERY detail. Love that! Pinned

    • Denise June 3, 2014, 8:21 pm

      I’m glad the cookies ended up looking good, because it was messy trying to get it into the piping bag, it was everywhere ;)

  • sue/the view from great island June 2, 2014, 11:45 pm

    This might be the best looking cookie I’ve seen all year!!

    • Denise June 3, 2014, 8:20 pm

      Wow, Sue, what a huge compliment! Thank-you :)

  • Sarah @ Running On Brie June 4, 2014, 1:53 pm

    Peanut butter and nutella?! Sounds amazing! I have a Costco size jar of nutella in the pantry right now…I think I might give these babies a try.

    • Denise June 5, 2014, 7:49 pm

      These cookies could help you put a serious dent in your nutella jar ;) Hope you like them!

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