Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

** This post was imported as a part of my top 30 from my old blog – What’s Cooking in the Orange Kitchen**

Saturday night I had an awesome girls night with my friend Michelle. Her husband was out of town for a concert so we decided to do some girly things. We read through a Cosmo (and I was SHOCKED at some of the articles I guess it’s been a while since I have read one), drank some Pink sparkling wine, gossiped and baked some cookies. Not only did we have a ton of fun but we also made some really fabulous cookies.

Everyone has their favorite Girl Scout cookies and this is one of mine. Some call them Do-Si-Dos and some call them Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies. I just call them Yummy. And this recipe did not disappoint me.

Homemade Do-si-dos a.k.a. Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
Cookies

Source: Baking Bites

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tbsp baking soda
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats (not instant or regular)

Filling
1 1/2 cups peanut butter, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar I used more because I think the Girl Scout version is less creamy than this was before I added more confectioners sugar, next time I might try using regular granulated sugar to see if that gets the right texture

Directions
Preheat oven to 350F.
Start with the cookies. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, cream together butter and peanut butter. Beat in the sugars until fluffy, then add in the eggs one at a time, waiting until each is fully incorporated before adding the next. Stir in vanilla extract. Working at a low speed, mix in the flour, followed by the oats (if you don’t have quick-cooking, pulse whole rolled oats in the food processor to chop them up a bit).

On a parchment-lined baking sheet, drop teaspoonfuls of batter (roughly 3/4-in. sized balls), leaving about 2 inches between each to allow for spread. Bake for about 10 minutes, until cookies are a light golden brown. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, making small holes in 1/2 of the cookies (for the tops of the sandwiches if you chose to make yours with GS-lookalike holes in some of the cookies, use these as the tops of the sandwiches.) before they set up. I skipped this. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once cookies have cooled, make the filling.

In a large bowl, cream together smooth peanut butter, butter and confectioners’ sugar until very smooth. Spread 2-3 tsp onto half of the finished cookies and sandwich with the remaining halves.
Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 48 sandwich cookies.

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

** This post was imported as a part of my top 30 from my old blog – What’s Cooking in the Orange Kitchen**

I love to bake with pumpkin and I am always looking for something new to try. That’s why I was so excited when I stumbled upon this recipe in Peabody’s blog. I’ve made several recipes from her blog before and I have never been disappointed. She is pretty much my baking idol. If you haven’t explored her blog before please, go, you won’t regret it!

This recipe is fantastic. One of my friends even had to go back for more, not because he was hungry, but because he said he couldn’t stop thinking about them. I think that overindulgence of that kind is the highest compliment a baker can get. So needless to say they were a hit. I look forward to making these for Thanksgiving and Christmas.