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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies Ever!

I am generally not a fan of peanut butter cookies. They are often too dry and hard. But these cookies are completely the opposite! They taste just like the Girl Scout peanut butter cookies, but they're better because they're soft and chewy. You can make them with the cream filling of without--they're fantastic both ways. But you will want to double this recipe, because these will disappear quickly!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup quick cooking oats

Cream filling
3 Tbsp butter, softened
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2 1/2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream (I almost always use milk and it works fine)

Cream together 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup peanut butter, sugars, and vanilla. Add egg and beat well.

Mix dry ingredients together in separate bowl and add to creamed sugar mixture. Stir. Add oatmeal and stir.

Drop by teaspoons onto greased baking sheet and press each mound down with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cookies are light brown.

Make the cream filling while the cookies are cooling. Spread the filling on one cookie and top with another to make a sandwich. Super yum!

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