Friday, January 28, 2011

The Fun Part of Fasting

I love the feeling that comes at the end of a time of fasting.  It's a celebration of sorts.  And this weekend, The Gang will be breaking their fast in all kinds of ooey-gooey style.  The first thing I'm making, after a big 'ole pot of dark, rich coffee, will be these treasures. They may be tiny, but they pack a mighty punch of flavor and decadence.  I have no idea just to whom I should be giving credit for these little bites of deliciousness, but I'm sharing this recipe with you and yours, hoping that you all enjoy the cookies (and the making, maybe even together?) as this Gang enjoys them.  Don't say I didn't warn ya - they are ridiculously scrumptious and worth the many steps of creating this fantabulousness. Trust me.

Peanut Butter Cookie Sandwiches

Cookie Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Cookie Directions:
Beat butter, peanut butter, sugar and egg until smooth.  Add flour, baking soda and salt until mixed.  Roll 1 tsp dough into a ball and place 2 inches apart on un-greased cookie sheet.

Bake 10 minutes at 350.  Let stand 2 minutes and remove to cool.

Sandwich Filling:
3/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

Make Filling:
Mix peanut butter and sugar.  Spread flat side of a cooled cookie with 1 tsp (-ish!) of peanut butter filling and top with another cookie.  Refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes).

Dipping Chocolate:
1 cup semi chocolate chips
4 tsp vegetable or canola oil

Dip in Chocolate:
In microwave, melt the chocolate chips slowly and gently and add oil in small amounts at a time. Stir to combine.

While chocolate is still wet and warm, dip cookies halfway into melted chocolate and let excess drip off.  Place on waxed paper and drizzle decoratively with remaining chocolate.  Refrigerate to set and/or to store.

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