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My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies

This week Ben had his end of the year parent night at school, where families come to see all the great work their kids have done.  The first grade classes do this cute thing called the “Reading Cafe”, where each student dresses up complete with an apron, order pad, and tray holding a few books which the parents can “order” them to read.  At the end of it all the parents and kids can also order a cookie – this is where I come in.  This is my second year baking the cookies for this event, and I have already decided next year to do bar cookies.  Much less work (no rolling/dropping cookies, baking a batch, cooling, doing another batch, etc.)  Wish I had thought of that this year!  

Anyway, this year I made chocolate chip cookies, snickerdoodles (to be posted soon) and peanut butter cookies.  I have made this recipe before and I knew that there would be far more dough than what I needed.  This worked out perfectly because ever since becoming enamored with sandwich cookies, I have been thinking of peanut butter cookies sandwiched with chocolate ganache.  I’m so glad I finally made this idea a reality because it was just as wonderful as I imagined.  The peanut butter dominates the first taste, but then the chocolate comes in to play and it is a very happy marriage.  Just make sure you have a nice glass of milk ready to go along with these!  I’m submitting this photo into CLICK for the month of May, with the theme being cookies.  Enjoy!  

Peanut Butter Chocolate Ganache Sandwich Cookies
Ingredients:
1 half batch of dough for peanut butter crisscrosses

For the ganache:
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 tbsp. butter
9 oz. bittersweet chocolate, broken into 1/4 oz. pieces

Directions:
Bake the cookies according to the original instructions, only make them smaller (I used a small Pampered Chef scoop and baked them for 8-9 minutes).  Allow to cool completely.

To make the ganache, heat the heavy cream and the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat.  Bring to a boil.  Place the chocolate in a stainless steel bowl.  Pour the boiling cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for 5 minutes.  Stir until smooth.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour, or until the ganache has thickened enough to be piped onto a cookie.

Match the cooled cookies up into pairs by size.  Turn one cookie of each pair over so that the flat side is facing up.  Place the chilled ganache into a plastic bag with a corner snipped off.  Pipe a swirl of ganache onto the flat face of each pair.  Top with the other cookie of each pair and press it onto the ganache, so that it is pushed to the edges of the sandwich.  Refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.  Bring to room temperature to serve.

Source: cookies from Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, ganache from Chocolate Overdose Cake courtesy of Confections of a Foodie Bride

  • http://www.somethingnewiscooking.blogspot.com Michelle

    These definitely look like something I would make and love!

  • http://becoming-cathy.blogspot.com Cathy

    Annie, I love reading your blog and seeing what new things you’re trying and what new things I’ll try once summer is here (teaching during the school year doesn’t allow me to fully cook the way I love until summer).

    However, I tend to try and make a lot of recipes more on the healthier side of life…when making chocolate ganache, is there a substitute that would be okay for the heavy cream? Do you know of anything that I could use instead and still get about the same effect?

  • http://oneshotbeyond.wordpress.com/ oneshotbeyond

    these would be my downfall…thank goodness I don’t bake often!

  • Annie

    Hi Cathy,
    So glad you enjoy my blog! As far as I know, there is really know way to make a healthy ganache. Heavy cream is essential because of its high fat content to achieve the right consistency. You could try some sort of chocolate frosting in the center instead, but that isn’t really much better.
    :) Annie

  • http://www.tinnedtomatoes.com Jacqueline

    Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!

  • http://thezoeblog.blogspot.com zoe

    Mmmm….Chocolate + peanut butter = heaven!

  • http://baseballbakingandbooks.com ingrid

    My children did the reading cafe! Very cute and the kids are always so proud to have their parents there.

    Your cookies look great and sound yummy.
    ~ingrid

  • http://myblog.imagine24.net GrilledShane

    I have to agree with zoe on this one. Chocolate and peanut butter together is just amazing and that seems to hold true in this case! It is like the Reese’s commercial that says you should never have to choose between chocolate and peanut butter. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E30JEGhwMJs)

    Great photo and great recipe! :)

  • http://livinginsanityslovingfood.blogspot.com/2007/12/french-onion-soup-la-crockpot.html Laura

    Can you email me anymore details about the Reading Cafe? It sounds like a cute event and I think my media specialist would be interested in it! Thanks

  • http://nikisbakingspot.blogspot.com/ Niki

    These look great!!!

    Ever try using jelly in the middle instead of chocolate??? It’s deliciousness!

  • http://www.best-ever-cookie-collection.com Martha

    I love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate and these look wonderful. Unfortunately, I rarely bake with peanut butter since a key member of my family has peanut allergies. Recently ran across a recipe for macadamia nut cookies that I think I will use to sandwich some ganache!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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