When I was pregnant, people would ask if I was having strange cravings. I guess I never thought that the cravings I had were strange because I always have crazy cravings. That’s how this recipe, like nearly every other recipe on here, began – with a craving.
Out of nowhere, I just had to have oatmeal cookies with peanut butter filling. The cookies that I had in mind were the Doh-Si-Dohs from my Girl Scout days. Normally, I don’t like crunchy cookies very much, but those Girl Scouts make a mean oatmeal peanut butter cookie. I haven’t come across any girls selling cookies in ages, so I had to see what I could do.
Oatmeal Cookies with Peanut Butter Filling
- 1/2 cup butter at cool room temperature
- 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ cups rolled oats
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats; set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars together until light and creamy.
- Beat in the egg until well-combined.
- Stir in the vanilla extract until combined.
- In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, stirring on low speed until just incorporated.
- Drop cookies by tablespoonful onto prepared baking sheets, spacing dough about 2-inches apart.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until they’re golden brown.
- Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes.
- Then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before filling.
- To prepare the filling, beat together butter, peanut butter, and powdered sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
- Stir in vanilla extract.
- Add milk, and beat to combine. Filling should be at a spreadable consistency.
- Once cookies are cool, turn half cookies flat side up.
- Spread those cookies with peanut butter filling.
- Top filling with another cookie.