You guys… I made cookies. I filled them with happiness and I packed them away for West to take to work. Well… not before I had like 6 sandwiches. NOM.
I love chewy cookies, but what’s great about these is that you can leave them in a bit longer for that yummy crunch. They’re super versatile. I originally tried to make a PB filling but only had natural peanut butter, which doesn’t make for a good filling for chewy cookies because it’s too hard.
But first, to the cookie. Let’s make it.
+ 1-1/2 CUPS OF QUICK OATS
+ 1/2 CUP OF PB2
+ 1/2 CUP OF SPLENDA
+ 1/2 CUP OF SPLENDA BROWN SUGAR
+ 1/2 TEASPOON OF BAKING SODA
+ 1/2 TEASPOON OF BAKING POWDER
+ 1/2 TEASPOON OF SALT
+ 1/2 TEASPOON OF VANILLA EXTRACT
+ 1/2 CUP OF HONEY ROASTED PEANUT BUTTER
+ 1/2 CUP OF UNSALTED, SOFTENED BUTTER
+ 1/4 CUP OF EGG WHITES
Pre-heat your oven to 350º and get ready to make magic happen. In a bowl mix together all the dry ingredients (expect for the two sugars). In another bowl (or your mixer) add your softened butter and sugar and cream it! Add your egg, peanut butter, vanilla. Add your flour mix slowly and refrain from eating all of the batter from the bowl.
Place a teaspoon-sized ball of dough onto an un-greased and lined baking sheet. Place them about half an inch to an apart. Bake for 8 minutes (or desired crispiness). 8 minutes is uber chewy. I’d do 10-12 next time, but no longer than that. Once they’re done let them cool completely on a cooling rack. The next time I make these I def won’t make a cream filling because it was a disaster. A disaster that I turned around and pretty much turned into kitchen wizardy joy.
I’ll tell you what I originally did and what you can do (that will work).
+ 1 CUP OF REGULAR PEANUT BUTTER (NOT NATURAL)
+ 1/2 CUP OF SIFTED POWDERED SUGAR
That’s all you need for the filling. Mix it and place desired amount onto cooled cookies. NOM.
BUT I didn’t have regular PB, so I added a 1/4 cup more of powdered sugar and a spoonful of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. It was still to hard. So I made a small amount of dark chocolate ganche with dark chocolate morsels and sweet cream creamer (shut up, I had no cream). I mixed in the ganache into the PB filling and I thought it was perfect, but no. I needed to add one more thing.
What goes with chocolate and peanut butter? 3/4 of a ripe banana. Yea that’s right. I smashed that baby into the mix and then we had sparkles. I swear a unicorn galloped through my kitchen.
Seriously people I just shared culinary genius with you.
The consistency was perfect for a cookie sandwich.
In the future I would make this cookie the same and just put some low sugar strawberry jam in-between them. This way they’d be a nutritious treat.