1st Place Creative Cookie at Minnesota State Fair

Crispy Creamy Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies - Blue Ribbon Winner

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1st Place Creative Cookie at Minnesota State Fair - 2022 blue ribbon winner

These Crispy Creamy Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies are a 2022 blue ribbon winner, a 1st Place creative cookie at the Minnesota State Fair.

Betsy Faber created these for one of the new 2022 special contests. She won $100 and lots of accolades. They are exceedingly delicious. The cookies themselves are candy-like and the filling is magical. They are said to blur the line between candy and cookie.

Recreate these award-winning cookies today! Be sure to follow the recipe because Betsy gives lots of tips and tricks. Using no oil peanut butter is key, as well as not overheating the “dough” part.

You are going to want to make these time and time again!




Crispy Creamy Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

1st Place Creative Cookie at Minnesota State Fair

Yield 36 sandwich cookies


Filling Ingredients:

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup salted butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla


Cookie Ingredients:

8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup corn syrup

1 cup flour

1/3 cup salted peanuts, chopped fine

1/4 cup creamy, natural peanut butter (no oil added)

1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, for decoration

1 teaspoon salt flakes (for finished cookies)


Directions: Combine peanut butter, vanilla, and butter in mixer and mix until combined. Add powdered sugar and mix on medium/high speed until mixture is fluffy. Put into piping bag or Ziploc and store in refrigerator until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 350° F. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Melt butter in sauce pan over medium/low heat. Add brown sugar and corn syrup. Stir until dissolved. Allow to lightly bubble. Add peanut butter and stir to incorporate. Remove from heat. Stir in flour and crushed peanuts. Allow mixture to cool 5 or more minutes, just enough to roll “dough” by hand. Scoop mixture by half teaspoons and roll into marble-sized balls, about 8 grams each. Mixture spreads significantly. To quote Betsy: it’s a fussy bake that rides the line between candy and cookie. Bake 7 to 9 minutes, until cookies have flattened and browned. Allow cookies to cool on pan for at least 5 minutes before putting moving to cooling rack. Soften peanut butter in microwave, for around 30 seconds to soften/melt but not get significantly heated.

To make sandwich cookies: sort cookies by size and shape and find close pairs that match. Pipe approximately 1 tablespoon filling onto each cookie half and top with second cookie. Melt chocolate chips in microwave staring every 30 seconds until fully melted. Use a spoon to drizzle chocolate quickly over cookies and sprinkle with salt. Cool in refrigerator until chocolate sets.

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