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Home cooking: Peanut butter sandwich cookies

August 27, 2013

Helen Burkett of the Huyetts Crossroads area won the champion ribbon for cookies in the Open Class at the 2013 Ag Expo & Fair. 

Her recipe, peanut butter sandwich cookies, is a family favorite.

“I enjoy looking through cookbooks for something different to make for my family, and I found this peanut butter sandwich cookie recipe and decided to try it,” she said. “My family and friends love this recipe. It is a special treat.”

Burkett said she has entered the Ag Expo Open Class baking contests for years. She got her daughter, Kara Burkett, involved, too. 

“When she did the 4-H baking contest, I did the Open Class,” Burkett said. 

Burkett said she learned her way around a kitchen from her great-aunt.

“I learned most of my cooking from my great-aunt whom I spent every summer with growing up,” Burkett wrote in an email. “She gave me a love for cooking.”

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— Chris Copley, Lifestyle assistant editor.

Peanut butter sandwich cookies

For cookie:

1 cup butter-flavored shortening

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

3 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

For filling:

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

3 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

5 to 6 tablespoons milk

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

To make cookies, in a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. 

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla. 

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Shape into 1-inch balls and place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten to 3/8-inch thickness with fork. 

Bake for 7 to 8 minutes or until golden. Remove to wire racks to cool.

For filling, in a large bowl, beat peanut butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. 

Spread on half of the cookies and top each with another cookie.

Makes about 44 sandwich cookies

— Courtesy of Helen Burkett

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