Happy Friday from this old, but still SO good recipe. If you’ve been following along with Broma since the beginning, you’ll probably remember these addicting, nutty peanut butter cookies sandwiched together with a creamy peanut butter frosting. They were one of my first recipes published on Broma. And we’re feeling nostalgic (and craving some halfway to heaven peanut butter cookies), so we brought these babies out of 2010 with some new photos!
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love these cookies. They’re bite sized, chewy and perfectly peanut buttery. I’m sure they’re packed with protein…so like basically a post workout snack? The teaspoon sized cookies are delicious on their own, but sandwich them together with peanut butter icing and you’re in heaven–or at least halfway 🙂
These peanut butter cookies get their name “halfway to heaven peanut butter cookies,” because of their easy to remember recipe that’s almost entirely measured in halves. And there’s nothing I love more than a simple, easy to memorize recipe.
Expect for Alex (maybe).
How to make peanut butter cookies less dense?
These peanut butter cookie sandwiches are packed full of peanut butter flavor, but if you have an aversion to the signature heaviness of a pb cookie, never fear. Truly I hear you, and I hate when you take a bite of a peanut butter cookie that sticks to the roof of your mouth and glues your teeth together. These cookies are also packed with oatmeal which helps to even out the nuttiness and give it a good chew.
Looking at this recipe I cannot believe that this was NINE years ago. All that to say, it’s amazing how far Broma has come, and honestly gets me feeling allll the feels. We’ve grown our team, picked up a couple thousand more followers (hey new friends!), launched Foodtography School and fostered an amazing community of talented food photographers that inspire me everyday, and along the way eaten we’ve eaten many brownies 🙂
And all of that is made possible by YOU! I’m so happy that you’re along for this wild ride with me and am so grateful to each and every one of you.
Gahh now I’m crying.
Love and brownies,
Half-way to Heaven Peanut Butter Cookies
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 8 mins
- Total Time: 28 mins
For the cookies
- 1 1/2 cups quick oats
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup honey roasted peanut butter (you can find it freshly ground at Whole Foods. all it is is honey roasted peanuts ground into peanut butter, which gives it a slightly sweet, roasted honey flavor)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1 egg
For the filling
- 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
- 1 cup smooth peanut butter*
- Preheat an oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix butter, both sugars, egg, peanut butter, and vanilla. Pour oat mixture into peanut butter mixture, stirring until just mixed. Place rounded teaspoonfuls of batter on an ungreased baking sheet, leaving 2 centimeters between each one. Using your finger, pat dough down so they form small flattened circles. Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool completely on cookie sheet.
- While the cookies are baking, whisk together the confectioner’s sugar and peanut butter until light and airy, about 5 minutes.
- On a work surface, place half of the cookies upside down. Whisk the filling to lighten it. Dollop 1 tablespoon of filling into the center of each upside down cookie. Place second cookie on top of filling and press together until filling just comes to the edges. Ta-da!
*do not use natural p.b. for this part- the frosting will come out thick and heavy
Halfway to Heaven Peanut Butter Cookies: this recipe is nearly all in halves, which makes it super easy to remember. And they’re beyond heavenly!
This recipes is nearly all in halves, which makes it super easy to remember. It’s brought to you by my friend Mallory’s childhood nanny, who would make these for her growing up. I have to say, I’ve never been a fan of peanut butter cookies, because they are too heavy-tasting for my palate. However, the oatmeal in this recipe balances the strong peanut flavor to make it enjoyable for even the most un-peanut-buttery people out there. Good stuff. PS– check out Mallory’s blog, Savings and Cravings!