Heaven-Sent Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s been a long time since I’ve made Gluten-FILLED cookies. :-)  But the stars seemed to align this week for me to make this “heavenly” cookie.

A couple of days ago I was asked to make cookies for a funeral luncheon. That SAME day I saw these posted on Pinterest. They are called “Halfway To Heaven Peanut Butter Cookies” and they had me salivating the second I saw them!

Does anyone remember Nutter Butters? Do they still MAKE Nutter Butters? I honestly couldn’t tell you. It’s been SO long since I’ve had one….but I remember as a kid being slightly obsessed with them. I’ve always had a weakness for goodies made with Peanut Butter. (Check out the Homemade Peanut Butter Cups I made recently…..amazing!)

Anyway, these remind me a lot of Nutter Butters….only a thousand times better! :-)  The addition of oats lightens the cookie and makes it chewy at the same time…and the “filling” is so creamy and smooth…but not TOO sweet.  Overall….it’s a WINNER with a capital “W” in my book!

I do have one SMALL problem with these cookies, however. The name. It just doesn’t seem right to take cookies to a funeral luncheon that are called “Halfway To Heaven Peanut Butter Cookies”. :-/

Not that I’m superstitious or anything…but just for good measure…I am renaming them…

“Heaven-Sent Peanut Butter Cookies”

Adapted from broma bakery

For the cookie dough:

3 cups quick oats
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup peanut butter (I used Skippy Natural Peanut Butter Spread with Honey)
1 cup butter, softened
2 eggs

For the filling:

1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups smooth peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a medium bowl, mix all the dry ingredients (oats, flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.) Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl (or mixer), mix peanut butter, softened butter, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.

Pour dry ingredients into peanut butter mixture, stirring until just mixed. (Don’t forget to scrape the bottom of the bowl.)

Place rounded teaspoonfuls of cookie dough on an ungreased, foil-lined baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between each one. (I used a jelly roll pan and was able to fit 5 short rows of 4 cookies – 20 total). Using your fingers, gently pat dough down so they form small semi-flattened circles.

Bake for 8 minutes. Let cool completely on cookie sheet before removing.

While the cookies are baking, whisk together the powdered sugar and peanut butter until light and airy, about 5 minutes.

 

On your work surface, place half of the cookies upside down. Whisk the filling to lighten it.  Spoon approximately 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!  Makes approximately 2 dozen SANDWICH cookies (48 total cookies).

Don’t they look YUMMY????  Trust me on this one….they TASTE just as good as they look!   I was fighting off would-be cookie-nappers all day!  It’s obvious I’m going to have to make another batch very soon. :-)





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Comments

  1. says

    These cookies look soooo good! Though I have to say, I love the recipe I have for just plain ol’ peanut butter cookies. They’re the easiest in the world… Only three ingredients :)

    I love your blog, I always check it out to see what new and interesting things you’re talking about. I even mentioned you on my own blog the other day, talking about your 14 day oil challenge… I started it recently for fun and I have to admit I was impressed. I got some results after two days. That’s pretty awesome, considering I ALWAYS seem to have massive breakouts!

  2. Lauren says

    Yes, these are SOO yummy! They’re called “halfway to heaven” bc almost all the ingredients are in 1/2 increments, but it looks like yours is doubled. ;) The first time I made these, I just used regular peanut butter in the cookies, but the 2nd time I used the honey roasted per the recipe I was using. Both were delicious!

  3. Penny Hannah says

    Though those look really good, I’m with Tori, in that just plain peanut butter mixed with an egg and about half a cup of sugar are delicious and SOOO easy and quick.

  4. Jillee says

    hahaha. I never put 2 and 2 together. Thanks for the clarification Lauren. :-)

  5. Jillee says

    Thanks Tori! So glad you like the website. :-) I would love to check yours out!

  6. kelly says

    They still do make Nutter butter cookies. Cute story. My hubby told our 3 y/o. greatniece that they was called hootenfolters. (A name he made up.) Well our brother in law had her shopping one day and he asked her if she wanted cookies and she said yes hootenfolters. So brother in law spent 20 minutes in the cookie isle before she finally seen them and said there they are papa.

  7. sue says

    looks good! they do still make the nutter butter cookies- they still look like a peanut shape. i ate some a couple of weeks ago. sue

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