Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies with Chocolate Ganache

Prep Time: 1.5 hours | Cook Time: 10 min
Yield: 1 1/2 Dozen
  • 8 T Butter, softened
  • 1 C Peanut Butter
  • 1/2 C Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 C Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 C AP Flour
  • 1/4 t Baking Soda
  • 1/4 t Maldon Sea Salt
  • 1 t Vanilla
  • 8 oz. Dark Chocolate
  • 2 T Smooth Peanut Butter
  • 3 T Butter
  • 1/4 t Ancho Chile Powder
  • Sea Salt
December 14, 2015


Everyone in the midwest knows the Buckeyes.  Not the team, the Christmas cookie!  While there are a few variations, the main idea is a peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate.  Once set, it almost resembles a peanut butter truffle.  Here at KC, we decided to kick it up a notch, taking the traditional flavors of peanut butter and chocolate and transforming them into a new form.  We took a smooth dark chocolate and chile ganache and sandwiched it between a peanut butter shortbread type cookie. Its a twist on an old favorite, and while we still will probably be dipping those buckeyes on Christmas Eve, this cookie is one we will munch on with a cup of hot tea.  We hope you enjoy!

For Filling:

8 oz Dark Chocolate

2 T Smooth Peanut Butter

3 T Butter

1/4 t Ancho Chile Powder

Sea Salt



Cream the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.  Add the flour, baking soda and salt.  Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.

Once chilled, roll out the dough to 1/4 inch and cut as desired.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes, being careful not to over bake.

For filling, melt the chocolate over a double boiler.  Once melted, add the peanut butter, butter and chile powder.  Allow to cool slightly but not become hard.

Spread 1-2 teaspoons of ganache on bottom of cookie, sprinkle with a small amount of sea salt, then top with another cookie.  Allow 10-15 minutes for them to set.

Kathryn Wandrie is the head chef and co-owner of KC Catering. Though she is trained in French Classical Cuisine, she expands the boundaries of her culinary education by experimenting with new techniques, cuisines and methods. When she's not cheffing, you can find her on the family farm, spending time with family, or reading a good novel.

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