If you find traditional criss-cross type peanut butter cookies to be a little dry, here’s an alternative. These Double Peanut Butter Cookies are sweet, chewy and have a peanutty filling. They are similar to the Pillsbury Double Delight Peanut Butter Cookies, but made from scratch! Also, the recipe is egg-free, so you can easily make the cookies vegan by using a vegan substitute for the milk.
Double Peanut Butter Cookies Ingredients
The original version is from Gooseberry Patch Big Book of Home Cooking: Favorite Family Recipes, Tips & Ideas for Delicious Comforting Food at its Best. It calls for corn syrup and shortening, but I replaced those ingredients with maple syrup and coconut oil. The peanut butter in the center is a nice touch. Just make sure to use a sweetened peanut butter rather than an all-natural type or it will be too dry. Jif, Skippy or Reese’s brand all work well.
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Double Peanut Butter Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups well stirred and aerated all-purpose flour (200 grams)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100 grams)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil or shortening (96 grams shortening)
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter plus another 1/4 cup for filling
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon milk or nondairy milk
- In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Add the coconut oil and stir until crumbly. Add 1/2 cup of the peanut butter and stir well, then add the maple syrup and milk and stir until you have a thick dough.
- Shape the dough into a cylinder about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap it in plastic and chill for about an hour or until very firm.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and have ready two ungreased or foil lined baking sheets.
- Slice 12 1/8 inch thick circles and arrange on a baking sheet. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of peanut butter in the center or each. Cut 12 more slices and lay over the peanut butter, then seal the edges. At this point, you can attempt to make criss-crosses, but try not to break the top and expose the peanut butter.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes on center rack. While the first sheet bakes, repeat with remaining dough and peanut butter. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.