Holiday Treats: Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies (Nora Ephrons)

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Desserts | 3 Comments

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies from Some Kitchen Stories

 “This is not what I thought it would be.”

“Would you {puff} just keep {huff} moving? Wait. Wait. It’s slipping. The tree is slipping.”

“I mean, you see it in the movies, you know? City people with their pea coats and their scarves and they just pick up the tree and jaunt down the street.”

“Jaunt isn’t a word. Ow, ow. I think a needle just jabbed me in the eye. Okay, wait. STOP. Okay. Needed to fix my grip.”

“And there’s nothing in the scene where they. Have to. Carry the tree. Up four flights. Of stairs.”

“Yeah, I think maybe if you stopped talking and kept walking, this would happen a lot faster. Hi, Mrs. Steinberg, sorry.”

“Oh shoot. Sorry, Mrs. Steinberg. Here, if you just. I’ll just lift the tree up like this and you can- can you fit?”

“There you go, that’s the ticket. Sorry about that, Mrs. S. We’re almost done, I swear. With the whole stupid holiday, don’t worry. It’ll all be over soon.”

“And we’ll, yes, we’ll clean up all the needles on the stairs too. Don’t worry! Okay, she’s gone.”

{Huff} {Puff} 

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies from Some Kitchen Stories

“It looks nice.” 

“I have sap on my hands still. I washed them three times, does this stuff ever come off?”

“Can you stop complaining for five seconds and look at the tree? It’s so pretty. God, I love those twinkly lights. We should just keep them up all year. They’re so pretty. They make the whole apartment look prettier. Cozier.”

“It’s a studio in Manhattan, if it gets any cozier we’ll have to share one pair of pants. Okay, okay, sorry. Yes, the tree’s very nice. {Crunch} The cookies are good too.”

“Ah ha! An unsolicited compliment! Santa got my letter!”

“Yeah well. The cookies are that friggin’ good.”

“Oh Tiny Tim. Don’t hurt yourself.”

{Crunch} “God bless us, everyone.”

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies from Some Kitchen Stories

The holidays are a strange time.

The push and pull between give and receive, all month long. Everything seeming to move so fast and bright and then suddenly everything is silent and still. Everything is louder and quieter. It’s colder than it’s been all year and yet for some reason, I don’t mind walking the dog at night, standing in the snow on the street, surrounded by the glow of lights. Until I slip and fall on the ice (which happened this afternoon).

The happy times seem sweeter now and the tragic times cut deeper. Sometimes, all you can do is stand suspended between the two. You have to quiet the whir of your own thoughts and take a look around, see everything with wide eyes.

For people who love to make things, the kitchen during December is welcome solace. The only dust kicked up here is powdered sugar. For a while, absolutely everything is made sweeter, even the air you breathe.

Aren’t these cookies pretty? Nicole says the filling is addictive; I’ll find out when I make them myself tomorrow. How could I resist a cookie named after Nora Ephron? And how could you resist a box of these from Nicole, all decked out, holiday-style?

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies from Some Kitchen Stories

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies (Nora Ephrons)

Source: The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook | Makes: 24 cookies (3″ diameter) | Print Recipe



1 and 1/2 Cups (14 ounces, 400 grams) of creamy peanut butter
6 Tablespoons (3/4 stick, 3 ounces, 168 grams) of unsalted butter, softened
2 Tablespoons of powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons of honey
1 Teaspoon of kosher salt


1 and 1/2 Cups (8 ounces, 227 grams) of all-purpose flour
1 Teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 Teaspoon of baking powder
1 and 2/3 Cups (5 and 1/4 ounces, 99 grams) of rolled oats
1/2 Teaspoon of kosher salt
1 Cup plus 2 Tablespoons (2 sticks plus 2 tablespoons, 11 and 1/4 ounces, 320 grams) of unsalted butter, softened
1/3 Cup (3 and 1/2 ounces, 125 grams) of crunchy natural peanut butter
3/4 Cup (5 and 1/4 ounces, 125 grams) of granulated sugar
2/3 Cup (5 and 1/4 ounces, 150 grams) of packed brown sugar
2 Large eggs at room temperature
1 Teaspoon of pure vanilla extract


Make the peanut butter filling:

1. Combine all the filling ingredients in a bowl using a whisk. Cover and chill the mixture until you are ready to fill the cookies.

Make the cookies:

2. In a bowl, sift flour, baking soda and baking powder.

3. Stir in oats and salt. Set the dry ingredients aside.

4. In the bowl of an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, combine butter, chunky peanut butter, and sugars and cream on medium-high speed until very fluffy and pale, at least 3 minutes, scraping down the mixing bowl as needed.

5. Turn the mixer to medium-low and add the eggs, one at a time, beating to incorporate each egg and scraping down the bowl as needed.

6. Beat in the vanilla extract.

7. Add the dry ingredients on low speed in 3 to 4 additions and mix until just combined. Do not overmix. Remove bowl from mixer and scrape down with spatula to mix in all dry ingredients.

8. Use an ice cream scoop to portion cookies in 1 ounce scoops (1 tablespoon per cookie, we went a little smaller), placing the scoops on a parchment-lined baking sheet. You should have about 48 cookies. Chill cookies for 2 hours or longer.

9. Preheat oven to 375°F. Arrange cookies, spaced evenly apart and staggered, on parchment-lined baking sheet (do not flatten). Set the baking sheet inside another baking sheet to double pan and place it in the oven.

10. Bake until evenly golden, about 12 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the cooking time. Remove the pan from the oven and cook on a wire rack for about 10 minutes before removing the cookies with a metal spatula. Allow the cookies to cool completely before filling them.

11. To make a cookie sandwich, turn one cookie flat side up and spread with less than two teaspoons of filling. Top with another cookie, flat side down, pressing gently. Repeat until all the cookies are assembled into sandwiches.


  1. Lynna
    January 22, 2014

    I think I can stuff a million of these down my belly. PB has a special place in my heart. Haha! Gorgeous shots as always!!

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