Peanut butter and sesame seeds have an affinity for each other; they are kind of like kindred spirits or best friends. I wanted to come up with a peanut butter cookie but something slightly different. Enter the sesame seed. These cookies are great on their own without the filling, so don’t feel compelled to sandwich them if you don’t want. If you want to try other variations you can leave out the sesame seeds and sesame oil and mix in some mini chocolate chips, or (leave out the sesame flavors) and just roll the logs in raw sugar before baking. Feel free to play with the recipe and make it your own! Enjoy~
Peanut Butter Sesame Seed Sandwich Cremes
Peanut Butter Sesame Seed Cookies
1/2 Cup unsalted butter, softened
1 Cup smooth peanut butter
3/4 Cup granulated sugar
1/2 Cup light brown sugar
3/4 tsp. vanilla
3/4 tsp. sesame oil
2 Tbsp. sesame seeds + more for rolling
2 Cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1. Cream the butter and peanut butter together until combined. Add sugars and cream until smooth. Add eggs, vanilla, sesame oil and beat. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl then add all at once to rest of dough and stir to combine. Divide dough into two equal portions and place each dough portion onto plastic wrap and shape into a square log that is about 10.5 inches long by 1.5 inch wide. Roll in sesame seeds. Chill dough logs in fridge until firm.
2. Preheat oven to 325° F. Let dough logs sit out for about 10 minutes before slicing (they crumble less that way).Cut off 1/4 inch thick slices (they crumble slightly when slicing-so just push back together if needed with your fingers) and place on parchment lined cookie sheets and bake (one sheet at a time) for 8-9 minutes until no longer wet looking. Note: some of the seeds that fall off while slicing I use to place on top before baking. Cool cookies completely on wire rack. Sandwich with about 1 teaspoon of peanut butter cream filling.
Peanut Butter Cream Filling:
1/3 Cup creamy peanut butter
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. powdered sugar, sifted
4-5 tsp. heavy cream
(Stir together filling ingredients vigorously in small bowl until combined. Use to sandwich cookies together).