Brownie Cookie Sandwiches with Peanut Butter Frosting

DF, V, VG

If you’re a food fan, you love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter.  It may have started with Reese’s peanut butter cups, but it goes on and on from there.  This time around I took my inspiration from whoopie pies.  Although whoopie pies are normally made with cake, why not use brownies? Seriously, are brownies ever a bad idea? I don’t think so, cook with me and let me know what you think.

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Brownie Cookie Sandwiches with Peanut Butter Frosting

For the brownie cookies:
1 stick dairy free butter (such as Earth Balance)
1 1/2 c dairy free chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life)
2/3 c sugar
2 eggs or egg substitute
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder

For the Peanut Butter Frosting:
1 stick dairy free butter (such as Earth Balance)
1 c peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 or 2 c powdered sugar
1/3 water

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a small bowl mix the flour, baking powder and salt, set aside.

Stir the 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave in increments of 30 seconds until chocolate is melted and smooth.  Remove the bowl and set aside.

Combine the eggs, sugar and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat the egg mixture, until light and fluffy.  Add the melted chocolate mixture and mix until well blended. Add the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated.  Chill for 15 to 20 minutes to allow the batter to firm up slightly if batter is soft.

Using a tablespoon sided cookie scoop, drop the batter onto the baking sheets, spacing 1 1/2-to-2-inches apart. Bake the cookies until slightly firm, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool the cookies on the sheets.

Using an electric mixer beat peanut butter with the butter until light and fluffy.  Slowly add powdered sugar and water and beat until smooth.

Once cookies have cooled frost one cookie with peanut butter frosting on the flat side then top with another cookie to make a sandwich.  Recipe should make 15 – 20 brownie cookie sandwiches.

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