Thankfully, Nutella has come back to store shelves after the German thieves stole 5 and a half tons of it a while ago. I’m sure it’s been back for a while, but it was nice to go to the store and have it on the shelf versus trying figure out another recipe. I truly enjoyed making these cookies, and I ended up with 36 ½ cookie sandwiches. The half helped with quality control!
Here’s What You Need
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
For the filling:
½ cup cream cheese
½ cup marshmallow fluff
½ cup Nutella
And Here’s What You Do
1. Preheat your oven to 350.
2. Beat the butter and sugars together until light in color and fluffy. I’ve learned that this step is very important. It makes all the difference in how your cookies turn out. Add the peanut butter and beat for a few seconds until combined. Add the eggs and vanilla, beat another few seconds.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix together using a rubber spatula. Gently fold to combine. Make sure to not over-mix. The dough does start to get hard to mix together after a minute or two.
4. Form the dough into 1 inch balls and place them on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Press a grid pattern into the top using the tines of a fork. Bake for 8-9 minutes.
5. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
6. Prepare the filling by combining the cream cheese, Nutella, and marshmallow fluff until well mixed.
7. Using a knife, spread the filling on the bottom of one cookie, topping it with another cookie after filling is spread
8. Should make about 36 cookie sandwiches
I baked these on Saturday while Scott was asleep (still need to work on that whole working overnight thing), and I knew that the divine smell of the peanut butter baking was going to wake him. Sure enough, I was pulling batches out of the oven and he came shuffling down the stairs, bleary-eyed, and sniffing the air. Nothing wakes that man up like peanut butter baking.
So, after cooling and frosting, the testing had to happen. And more testing happened. And a little more testing. Now, taking into account the fact that he loves plain peanut butter cookies, I’m going to take it as a compliment that he keeps eating these cookies, seemingly by the handful. Of course, he may not have any left for work this week, but at least he will have gotten to enjoy them!
I would definitely like to make these again. We’ll see if I ever run out of recipes!
Until Next Time,
Peace, Love, and Cupcakes!