Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies

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The recipe for Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Cookies was created by Tiffany Isaac from Buttercream Bakeshop in Washington, D.C., and excerpted with permission from Desserts: More Than 140 of Our Most Beloved Recipes.
MAKES: 1 dozen sandwich cookies
TIME: Active 40 min; Total: 1 hr 30 min
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
1/4 cup chopped honey-roasted peanuts
1/3 cup creamy natural peanut butter
5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
¼ tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
¼ cup seedless jam, such as Concord grape, raspberry or strawberry
Tiffany MacIsaac of Buttercream Bakeshop in Washington, DC, gives her irresistible PB&J sandwich cookies extra nutty crunch by sprinkling honey-roasted peanuts on the dough before baking.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°.
Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda and salt. In another medium bowl, using a hand mixer, beat the butter with both sugars at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla, then beat in the dry ingredients in 3 batches, mixing well between additions. Fold in the peanut butter until it is fully incorporated.

Step 2

Scoop 24 one-inch balls of dough onto the baking sheets, at least 2 inches apart. Press the balls down slightly; they should be about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Sprinkle the tops with the chopped peanuts. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges are light golden brown and the tops are slightly cracked; rotate the baking sheets halfway through. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Step 3

In a medium bowl, using a hand mixer, whip the peanut butter with the butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and salt at medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Refrigerate for about 45 minutes, until chilled.

Step 4

Spoon 1-1/2 tablespoons of the filling on the underside of 12 cookies. Spread 1 teaspoon of jam on the underside of the remaining cookies. Sandwich the halves together and serve.
The assembled cookies can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Step 5

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