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Peanut butter sandwich cookies with nutella filling

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I’ve spent so much time thinking about and cooking Fall and Thanksgiving recipes, I did not even notice that the Christmas season was slowly creeping up on all of us! Don’t you feel like you have to urgently switch gears now and get yourself into a Christmas mode? I do! And, conveniently, these peanut butter sandwich cookies with Nutella filling and colorful sprinkles seem like a perfect way to kick of a Christmas cookie season around here! :) I love Christmas for many reasons, not the least of which are the cookies! You have to check out the Christmas cookies I’ve made last year – they all became my family’s favorites!

Peanut butter sandwich cookies with Nutella filling, Christmas cookies recipes, Christmas desserts, Holiday cookies, Holiday desserts

Here, I am using a recipe from a wonderful Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. I’ve already made these cookies before, and this time instead of making a chocolate filling from scratch, I am taking a shortcut and using Nutella spread. Cookies did not suffer a bit – Nutella is delicious with these crumbly, light-textured, melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter cookies! Dress them up with sprinkles, and they become perfect, easy-to-make Christmas treats!

Peanut butter sandwich cookies with nutella filling

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 40 sandwiched cookies

Peanut butter sandwich cookies with nutella filling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature (let the butter from refrigerator sit on the counter for about an hour or so)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted or aerated (*see important note below!*)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • Nutella spread

Instructions

    Important note about properly measuring flour using measuring cups:
  1. The proper way to measure flour using measuring cups is to aerate it first. This is done either by sifting flour, or aerating it by fluffing it up and whisking it well, then spooning it into the measuring cup, then carefully removing any excess flour with a knife. If you just stick that measuring cup in the bag of flour and scoop some out, you will get a lot more flour than what the recipe calls for. Do aerate the flour, or you will end up with dry dough! :)
  2. To make the cookies:
  3. Beat butter and peanut butter in a large bowl until well combined and fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until combined. Add egg and beat until smooth.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt).
  5. Add dry ingredients from step 2 to the wet ingredients from step 1 and beat on low speed until just incorporated.
  6. Divide dough into 4 parts: the dough will be crumbly. Form a rectangular shaped log out of each cookie dough part and wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze for 30 minutes until cookie dough firms up.
  7. Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly greased aluminum foil.
  8. Slice each log of cookie dough (after it’s been in the freezer for 30 minutes) into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  9. Carefully place sliced cookies onto the prepared baking sheet (remember the dough is very crumbly). You don’t have to space them too far apart because these cookies won’t flatten. Bake for 10 minutes until lightly puffed and just a little bit golden brown at the edges.
  10. Transfer to the cooling rack and cool completely before filling.
  11. To assemble:
  12. Place about 1 teaspoon (or more) of Nutella spread on top of a cookie and place a second cookie on top of the Nutella filling. Press 2 cookies together. Repeat with the rest of cookies. Easy!

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{ 27 comments… add one }

  • Monique December 5, 2013, 10:14 pm

    I just started my baking today:-)
    I want to add these..so cute with the sprinkles and my alphabet boys love Nutella..thank you.

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen December 5, 2013, 10:51 pm

    Beautiful cookies, Julia! Happy Christmas cookie baking, my friend. :) Pinned and will pin some more! xo

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu December 5, 2013, 11:52 pm

    Nutella AND sprinkles? These are totally my kind of cookie!

  • Mom's Dish December 6, 2013, 12:08 am

    You are making me want to grab those straight off the computer screen!!! They look heavenly :)

    • Julia December 7, 2013, 3:13 am

      Thanks, Natalya! ;)

  • Consuelo @ Honey & Figs December 6, 2013, 4:20 am

    I love Christmas cookie baking, but I like it even better if it involves nutella, sprinkles and peanut butter. These look delicious :D x

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef December 6, 2013, 4:43 am

    These are adorable – almost like fairy cookies!

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes December 6, 2013, 6:04 am

    Peanut butter and nutella…these are definitely the perfect holiday treat.

  • Krista December 6, 2013, 6:16 am

    I love the sprinkles you added. They make the cookies so cheery and festive. :-)

  • Denise Browning@From Brazil To You December 6, 2013, 8:25 am

    Julia: They look fabulous and playful…My children would be crazy over them!!!! I am so sharing these cookies.

  • Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking December 6, 2013, 9:28 am

    Did you say shortcut?! Yes, please! I feel exactly how you do – where did Christmas season come from? I feel like I am still recovering from Thanksgiving!

    These cookies look chewy and amazing! I’ll have to give them a try!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) December 6, 2013, 11:31 am

    SOOO pretty and omg they sound sooooooo yummy!! PB shortbread?YUM. Nutella filling? DOUBLE YUM!

  • Deb December 6, 2013, 11:39 am

    Oh yes! The Christmas season has arrived! The beautiful Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies would be a scrumptious way to begin the cookie baking frenzy!

  • Laura Dembowski December 6, 2013, 2:50 pm

    Love pb cookies! The sprinkles on these make them so festive!

  • Kumar's Kitchen December 6, 2013, 6:57 pm

    wow…these cookie sandwiches are absolutely addictive…heavenly good :-)

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy December 6, 2013, 7:53 pm

    Peanut butter cookies are my favorite :)

  • Suzanne Perazzini December 7, 2013, 1:53 am

    These look amazingly decadent.
    I am going to unsubscribe but don’t worry, I have added you in Bloglovin. I am trying to keep my emails clear but will read your posts through Bloglovin as I really love them.

    • Julia December 7, 2013, 3:06 am

      I am with you on this! I don’t do well with email subscriptions myself! :)

  • Rika December 7, 2013, 12:34 pm

    Yes, I feel the same way about getting into a Xmas mode, and I can’t believe it’s already December and nearly Christmas. In a week, I head to France in time for the holidays and now I’m really stressed about Xmas shopping, and what to bring back to the States for the families, and talk about luggages! I love peanut butter sandwiches, I wish I can eat them instantly (I can make them vegan with some coconut-chocolate cream) and I used to like Nutella way back in my University years. I just started my baking two days ago – made some interesting alfajores ;)

  • Rika December 7, 2013, 12:34 pm

    Yes, I feel the same way about getting into a Xmas mode, and I can’t believe it’s already December and nearly Christmas. In a week, I head to France in time for the holidays and now I’m really stressed about Xmas shopping, and what to bring back to the States for the families, and talk about luggages! I love peanut butter sandwiches, and I used to like Nutella way back in my University years. I just started my baking two days ago – made some interesting alfajores ;)

  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen December 8, 2013, 10:27 am

    I am loving the sprinkles! Makes them look so festive and fun. And what’s not to love about peanut butter and nutella? Happy Christmas baking Julia!

  • Natasha @ The Cake Merchant December 8, 2013, 7:19 pm

    These look so good! Peanut butter and nutella are a great combo, and I love the sprinkles. Pinning these now!

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook December 9, 2013, 3:08 am

    I saw these sandwich cookies on Pinterest and immediately knew it’s yours! Such a beautiful photography… I really want to take a huge bite onto these cookies! My kids love sprinkles and these cookies make everyone happy. :)

  • Dina December 22, 2013, 5:34 pm

    they are so cute and look yummy too!

    • Julia December 23, 2013, 3:01 pm

      Thank you, Dina! :) Happy Holidays!

  • Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures December 22, 2013, 8:48 pm

    So cute! They look like little sandwiches.

    • Julia December 23, 2013, 2:56 pm

      Don’t they? :) They look even cuter in real life! :)

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