#Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world are posting their favorite chocolate recipes over the next week, as well as providing you with a chance to win some awesome prizes. It's a chocolate lovers dream!
Before we get started though, we'd like to give a big shout out and thank you to our sponsors. #Choctoberfest would not be possible without them, starting with our 2015 Gold Sponsor, Imperial Sugar. Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens since 1843. Their sugar products and sweeteners are made from non-GMO cane sugar and ensure consistently delicious results. We'll be using Imperial Sugar whenever we use sugar in our recipes this week, and can't wait to share the sweetness with you!
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My recipe contribution to start off chocolate week, are these fun and delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies. These cookies are the perfect way to enjoy one of the best flavor combos I've ever had the pleasure of eating, chocolate and peanut butter. Rich, chocolaty cookies, enclose a sweet peanut butter filling, for one amazing cookie sandwich. The cookies have a slight crunch to them on the outside, but are soft and chewy on the inside. The cookies aren't overly sweet, to give the yummy sweetness of the peanut butter filling a chance to shine through. These are seriously one tasty cookie that my family LOVED, and had them making me promise to make them again soon.
Let's make some cookies!
Imperial Powdered Sugar and continue blending until fully incorporated and creamy.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
For the Cookies
1/2 cup Imperial Sugar
10 tablespoons (1 stick + 2 tablespoons) butter, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
For the Peanut Butter Filling
3/4 cup Imperial Powdered Sugar
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
To Make the Cookies
Place Imperial Sugar and butter into the bowl of a stand mixer and mix until fully incorporated and creamy.
Add the vanilla and mix well.
In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa, and baking powder until combined.
Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a little at a time, mixing well after each addition, until well incorporated.
Place cookie dough in the refrigerator and allow to chill for 30 minutes. (For easier handling)
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Remove cookie dough from refrigerator, and roll dough into balls about the size of walnuts.
Place them about 3″ apart on the baking sheet. (The cookies spread quite a bit, so make sure you give them enough room between each cookie.)
Bake cookies for 18 - 20 minutes, until they have flattened out and start to crisp up around the edges.
Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 30 minutes, then gently transfer them to a cooling rack to finish cooling completely. (The cookies are a bit fragile until they are fully cooled.)
To Make the Peanut Butter Filling
In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the peanut butter, butter, and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
On low speed, add the Imperial Powdered Sugar and beat until combined.
Increase speed to medium-high and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
To Assemble the Cookie Sandwiches
Using a butter knife, gently spread some of the peanut butter filling (about a tablespoon or two) onto the flat side of a cookie.
Top with a second cookie, flat side down, and press together lightly to make a cookie sandwich.
Repeat with the remaining cookies.
Makes 5 to 6 large cookie sandwiches.
Notes: Store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerate, for up to one week.
*Cookies may be made smaller if you prefer, just reduce baking time accordingly.
Imperial Sugar and our other sponsors have banded together to contribute some awesome prizes for our #Choctoberfest giveaway! Entering is simple - just click below to follow us on Pinterest. Here's what you could win:
- My First Cookbook. and Granulated Sugar from Imperial Sugar
- Chocolate Mint Essential Woman Omega Swirl and Chocolate Silk Greens from Barlean's
- Chocolate bars (dark, milk, and white) from Lindt Chocolate
- Hemp seed prize pack (hulled hemp seed, toasted hemp seed, hemp seed oil, and hemp protein powder) from Just Hemp Foods
- Divine Chocolate gift set (15 flavors of chocolate bars!) from Divine Chocolate
- Dark chocolate caramels from Tahana Confections
- Vintage inspired gathering apron from Bless This Mess
- Lulu's Lovepack (6 flavors of chocolate bars!) from Lulu's Chocolate
- Pure Chocolate Lovers Supreme gift box from Pearson Farm
Enter now to win the #Choctoberfest prize. Hurry, because we're picking the winner on October 12 at 8:00 AM, so if you don't sign up before then, you'll miss your chance!
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Want to check out all of the other delicious chocolate recipes shared today? Just click on any of the pictures below, and it will take you directly to the recipe.
"A huge thank you to all of the other blogs participating in #Choctoberfest 2015. Check out their blogs throughout the week for chocolate recipes you won't be able to resist"
The PinterTest Kitchen • 2 Cookin' Mamas • A Day in the Life on the Farm • Aloha Flavor • Amy's Cooking Adventures • Angels Homestead • Balancing Motherhood • Bless this Mess • Busy-at-Home • Chocolate Slopes • Coconut & Lime • Colie's Kitchen • Cookaholic Wife • Cooking In Stilettos • Cooking With Libby • Cookistry • CopyKat Recipes • Cravings of a Lunatic • Crumbs in my Mustachio • Culinary Couture • Cupcakes Take The Cake • Deliciously Savvy • Eat It & Say Yum • Fairyburger • Famished Fish, Finicky Shark • Farm Fresh Feasts • Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine • Full Belly Sisters • Get Off The Couch and Cook • Grumpy's Honeybunch • Hey What's for Dinner Mom? • Honey and Birch • I Can Cook That • Jane's Adventures in Dinner • Jessie Weaver • Life on Food • Life, Love, and Good Food • Majorly Delicious • Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog • Mother Would Know • Or Whatever You Do • Poet in the Pantry • Recipes Food and Cooking • Rhubarb and Honey • Sassy Southern Yankee • Savory Tart • Seduction in The Kitchen • Serena Lissy • Sumptuous Spoonfuls • Take Two Tapas • That Skinny Chick Can Bake • ThatsSoYummy • The Chonchudo Files • The Crumby Cupcake • The Dinner-Mom • The Saucy Southerner • The Spiced Life • The Spiffy Cookie • The Two Bite Club • The Weekday Gourmet • Vintage Kitty • Wendy Polisi • What A Girl Eats • WhitBit's Indian Kitchen • Wit Wisdom & Food • Zesty South Indian Kitchen
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*I received complimentary samples of sugar from Imperial Sugar, to use in my recipes during #Choctoberfest. I was not paid to write this post, and all opinions are my own.