Confession: I was a girl scout.
Confesstion #2: I didn’t learn how to be a good person from girl scouts.
Instead, I learned how to con people into buying cookies using puppy dog eyes and a quivering lower lip.
Turns out, it was a pretty good skill to learn since now my job in real life is to sell cookies.
I’ve heard from some that these are Do Si Do’s on crack.
Basically they’re lunch. Oats (whole grains) peanut butter (protein) butter (dairy). Well balanced, and all that jazz.
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies
(Homemade Do-Si-Do’s, adapted from Smitten Kitchen)
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups light brown sugar, packed
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp salt
3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
Beat together butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla until delightfully smooth and creamy. To that mixture, add the baking soda, cinnamon and salt, beat until mixed in. Slowly add in flour, and when it’s just mixed in, add the oats. (At this point, the dough should be the loveliest texture you ever did see).
Preheat oven to 350. Scoop tablespoonfuls of dough onto a waxed paper lined cookie sheets, and freeze for 15 minutes or so. Transfer those cookie dough balls onto a parchment lined cookie sheet two inches apart, and bake for 10 minutes or so, until the edges just begin to turn golden. Cool completely before filling with the most delicious filling you ever did taste.
Peanut Butter Filling
1 stick butter, softened
1 1/4 cup peanut butter
5-7 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup heavy cream (or milk, but if you have heavy cream use it!!) Or more, to desired texture.
Beat together the butter, peanut butter, salt and vanilla. Add 5 cups of confectioners sugar and beat until combined. At this point, play around with the sugar and heavy cream until you reach your desired texture. I like to have a thicker filling, it feels closer to the texture of the do-si-do filling. The most important thing with a peanut butter frosting is the butter-peanut butter ratio. Too much peanut butter and you’ll have a crumbly frosting.
Fill cookies with desired amount of filling (clearly I put a lot!) and enjoy! If there are any left, store them in the fridge overnight and bring them to room temperature before serving.