I never met a peanut butter cup I didn’t like.
And I never met a sandwich cookie I didn’t love.
Put the two together and, well, you’ve got yourself one heck of a combination.
I whipped up a few dozen of these babies to sell at the Sweet Relief bake sale last earlier this month. They were gone before you could say Bob’s your uncle (actually, Tom’s my uncle. Bob was my grandfather. So much for that cliche).
The recipe is loosely based on my malted milk chocolate sandwich cookies from last year (I told you I had a thing for sandwich cookies), but with dark chocolate and a peanut butter filling. Slightly more butter and dark cocoa makes for a richer, softer chocolate cookie. Don’t over-bake them because the softness is what makes them irresistible: the cookie gently giving way to the sweet and salty filling within.
This recipe is one of a few I’ll be posting in the coming weeks that feature Hershey’s products. You may have noticed from my twitter feed that Taylor and I went to Hershey, PA a few weeks back, as part of their Baker’s Dozen holiday promotion.
I think you could say the chocolate lover in me was giddy at the opportunity.
We got to play around in their (gorgeous!) test kitchens, eating cookies and playing with all things chocolate, and filming a holiday how-to video that we hope to share with you in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
Reese’s Chocolate & Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter*, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons heavy cream, or more as needed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
*Use a homogenized creamy peanut butter like Reese’s brand. Natural peanut butter tends to separate and won’t work in this situation.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
In a bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, espresso, salt, and baking soda. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add dry ingredients and mix until no traces of the dry ingredients remain, scraping the sides of the bowl to ensure that everything is fully incorporated.
Using a small cookie scoop, drop dough by the tablespoonful onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Place cookie sheets in the freezer for 10 minutes, then flatten balls slightly with the ball of your hand. Bake for about 8 minutes or until cookies are just set in the middle. Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet (they will deflate slightly), then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and peanut butter together until fluffy and smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Add powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add salt, cream, and vanilla and beat until smooth. At this point you may need to add more cream or more powdered sugar as needed to achieve the desired consistency.
To assemble, spread or pipe about 1 tablespoon of filling onto half of the cookies, then top with remaining cookies. Press lightly until filling spreads to edges. Store cookies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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Disclosure: I am honored to working with Hershey as part of their Baker’s Dozen, and our trip and this post have been sponsored by them. But always know that I only share and work with brands I love, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
These are the best cookies I have ever made in my life. I get upset when a batch is gone. If you’re looking for a different cookie and want to majorly impress, make these. Or just eat them all yourself. Tough call.
I would love to make these for my kids is there any substitute for expresso powder?
I used instant coffee and results were fine.
Mouth watering right now
These were super yummy. Dry dough though. Had to add another egg. Delicious though.
Hello! LOVE this recipe – can’t wait to try these, they look delicious! I have a rather random question: I really like the font you used for your labels – the all caps font that you used that looks slightly eroded. Would you mind sharing the name of that font?! Thanks so much! :)
I made these this afternoon for my boyfriend’s birthday. I’m having a hard time not eating them all before he gets home from work! I was only able to get 17 sandwich cookies out of the recipe because I kept eating the dough – true story! Thanks for the fantastic recipe :)
Ummm hello gorgeous! These look fabulous and I bet they taste just as amazing as they look!
This would be so much better than the sour patch I just had!
I try to post comments after I’ve tried recipes, but I can’t resist. As I read this, I am dipping wheat thins in peanut butter AND nutella (seriously, try it), so i will surely make these in the near future. Like, after work tonight near future.
Hi Lindsay! I’m from the Hershey, PA area. :)
I, too, have never met a sandwich cookie I didn’t love. And pb + chocolate together is my favorite thing in life. Enough said!
Love this recipe and the cookie sandwiches are darn near perfect looking!
I think i’ll be making some of these soon, they look delicious!
Wow those looks so delicious!! I love peanut butter (and of course chocolate) so what better way to combine them!
I’ve never tried a sandwich cookie before, so I must try making these at some point! Also, your labels are wonderful.
The description says to mix dry ingredients, including baking powder, yet there is no baking powder in your list of ingredients. How much?
Whoops. Just baking soda in these!
This sounds about perfect to me. I love peanut butter and chocolate together…
I love the labels you used for these cookies, they’re so cute! And really, can you go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate? I think not!
I’m printing this recipe off right now! I needed a sandwich-type cookie to add to my gift baskets and this is so different from what other people might think to make! Yum!
All I want for Christmas are these cookies.
Oh, YUM! Going to have to forget I came across this until after the post Christmas recovery period!
Looks awesome. I love a good sandwich cookie!!
These sound so delicious, and look like perfection! You have such a way with baking and presentation.
Cookie sandwiches are double the fun and yummy goodness.
These look amazing and beautiful! I love your pint-out labels for your treats. So adorable.
I’m almost glad my bake sale treat was such a failure. Even if it HADN’T of failed, it would have looked totally lame-o next to a treat like this!
wow- these look absolutely amazing!!!
Gosh, these look so pretty and perfect!
omgosh! these are soooo ggooood!
Lindsay what a great cause…and what great looking cookies! There is really no better combo than PB + choc and these look delish!
Oh wow these look so delicious!!! May have to try these during our great christmas cookie bake.
Love! These look totally incredible, YUM!
these look INCREDIBLE! so jealous about all the delicious Hershey baking you’ve been doing!
when using instant espresso/coffee in recipes, I like to use a vanilla flavored versions to add just another touch of sweetness :)
This looks unbelievably delicious! I can’t wait to see the new recipe with Hershey’s!
Natural peanut butter works just fine as long as it is well mixed before using.
Good to know, thanks!
Peanut butter and chocolate is heaven. And these are beautiful!
Oh my gosh yes please!!
Loving the twist these have to them! I am participating in a bake sale in a couple weeks, where did you get your packaging for your goodies?
The bags are just plain cello treat bags, folded and sealed with a label I designed and printed onto kraft sticker paper. Pretty easy and the results turned out great!
was going to ask this myself!
Love this! These sound so tasty :)
Delicious! This is completely love at first sight. Your reipes always break my diet rules and I’m glad I do that. You rawk! :)
I have really fond memories of Hershey Park when I was little. Honestly I’m getting all teary eyed thinking about them. I also have never met a peanut butter cup i didn’t like so oh my goodness I need to make these asap.
Wow! These look amazing! I want to make 5 dozen of these and hand them out to all my favorite people over the holidays!
These sound like everything I want in a cookie & more!
What an honor to be working with Hershey! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! Your cookies look delicious! Peanut butter and chocolate warm my heart every time!
Another creative recipe! And kudos for participating in the Sweet Relief bake sale. Always nice to see people helping others :)
Just like E.T.–I’m a Reece’s fan! These sound yummy and the perfect breakfast cookie…tee hee!
Love these, can’t wait to try!
Yum — what a perfect treat to make for the holidays! I’ve always loved peanut butter and chocolate together, and I’m with you on the sandwich cookies! I’ve never been brave enough to try making a sandwich cookie, but it’s on my list. This one would be a perfect one to start with, I think!
Holy crap, where is that display of all those Reese’s products!?? Heaven??
Something like that, yes. :) Chocolate World gift shop in Hershey, PA.
this recipe just made my whole week better.
I KNOW those must be delicious! It was *such* a pleasure meeting you & Taylor. I’m an even bigger fan of yours now that I’ve met you IRL!
Likewise, Bridget! :)
If you have a funny feeling this weekend know that I’m going to be channeling your awesomeness: making gingerbread cookies for family and the decorating part is much harder than you make it seem!
How big is a “small cookie scoop”? 1tbsp? 2tbsp? This recipe sounds great and I can’t wait to make it!
It’s about 1 tablespoon. The balls should be approx. 1-inch in size, they spread to an almost perfect 3-inch cookie. :)
Delicious! I have an affinity for sandwich cookies too!