Fudgy Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
- 1 roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury® Create 'n Bake® refrigerated peanut butter cookies
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Fisher® Honey Roasted Peanuts, coarsely ground*
- PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE FILLING
- 1/2 cup LAND O LAKES® Unsalted or Salted Butter
- 1/2 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 1/3 cups Domino® or C&H® Confectioners Powdered Sugar
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons whipping (heavy) cream
- Step 1
In large bowl, break up cookie dough. Mix in 1 cup of the peanuts. Cover; refrigerate about 30 minutes or until well chilled.
- Step 2
*To grind peanuts, place in food processor bowl with metal blade. Cover; process with on-and-off pulses until coarsely ground.
- Step 3
Heat oven to 375°F. Spray cookie sheets with CRISCO® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray, or line with cooking parchment paper. Shape dough into 36 (1 1/4-inch) balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Flatten to 1/2-inch thickness with lightly floured metal spatula or drinking glass. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
- Step 4
Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, melt butter and peanut butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cool 1 minute. Stir in powdered sugar. When cool enough to handle, knead filling several times until powdered sugar is thoroughly blended. Shape into log, about 9 inches long and 2 inches in diameter. Cut into 18 (1/2-inch) slices, reshaping slices into round shape if necessary. Cover with plastic wrap; set aside.
- Step 5
When ready to assemble cookies, place 1 filling slice on bottom of 1 cookie; top with another cookie, bottom side down, and press together slightly. Repeat with remaining cookies.
- Step 6
In medium microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and whipping cream uncovered on High about 1 minute, stirring twice, until melted. Spoon heaping 1 teaspoonful on top of each cookie. Sprinkle with remaining ground peanuts. Let stand 10 minutes or until ganache is set. Store tightly covered in single layer at room temperature.