Crazy Cocker Spaniel’s least favorite holiday is here! The one where not only does she get stuck in a costume but where people come and ring the doorbell over and over again. And boy does she hate that. In case you are too young, CCS is not just a shark, but a Land Shark, ala vintage Saturday Night Live. If I could just teach her to say “candy gram” the outfit would be complete.

So I haven’t been around. I know. That whole taffy thing is still around. And so is cheese. Cheese, cheese, cheese. I am so anti cheese right now. I was shooting cheese for a magazine article. I am cheesed out. If that is possible. ;)

Jessie over at Cakespy Tweeted about getting The Grand Central Bakery book. They are a Portland and Seattle Bakery. I immediately grew jealous of not owning it and two days later thanks to the evil that is, I owned it.

These are suppose to be like Nutter Butters, and to some extent they are. I photographed quite possibly the worst looking ones. Totally my fault though. I put them into baggies to keep fresh. Not thinking. See, once something goes in a baggy, that means my husband gets to eat it. And eat them he did. The other half of these went to the refs and hockey teammates. So I was left with the ugly ones. Oh well. ;)

I hope every one has a great Halloween. We are getting lots of rain so I doubt it will be much fun for our local kids. But hey, free candy is free candy!

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
12 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
Using a stand mixer (or with a hand-held beater) with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugars on medium-high speed for 3 minutes. Add peanut butter and beat for another minute.

Reduce mixer speed to low and add the egg and vanilla, and mix until just combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until they disappear int the dough. Chill the dough for 30 minutes so it will be easier to work with.

Dived the dough into 2 equal piece and roll each into an oblong log 8-10 inches long; aim for a cross shape of a biscotti and a peanut (I just made a square because I am lazy). Wrap the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to 3 days (or freeze up to 3 months).

Preheat oven to 325F. Line 2 baking sheet with parchment paper.

Slice the cookies ¼ to ½ inch thick and place them about 1 inch apart, in 3 by 4 rows, on the prepared pans. Bake for 15-20 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time. The cookies should be dry, firm to the touch, and deep golden brown. Let the cookie cool completely while you make the filling.

5 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup peanut butter
pinch of salt
2/3 cup powdered sugar
splash of milk or cream to make a spreadable consistency
Using a stand mixer (or with a hand-held beater) with the paddle attachment, mix the butter, peanut butter, and sugar on low speed until evenly combined. Add the cream if you need to thin out the filling. You want a spreadable consistency.

To Assemble:
Turn half the cookies upside down, then use a small tsp to put a dollop of filling about the ehsize of a nickel on the inverted cookies (I used way more filling ;) ). Cover with the remaining cookie and press together gently so the filing spreads to the edges of the sandwich.

Adapted from: The Grand Central Baking Book by Piper Davis and Ellen Jackson


  1. Aww, CCS haha :-D

    Sounds like a great cookbook; and hey, I LOVE your version of the sandwich cookies – don’t be modest.


  2. how cute! these look delicious! yummy. Happy Halloween.
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  3. heehee–your pup looks about as happy as my butchy in her pumpkin costume!

    the cookies look great too!

  4. Those are far from ugly. And CCS is so darn cute. My Autumn is not a fan of this holiday either.

    Happy Halloween!

  5. Cute dog and delicious looking cookies!

    Happy Halloween!



  6. Do they taste like Nutter Butters? I should give those a try. My husband eats things that I mean to photograph too. He’s pretty good at knowing that the ones that are set over to the side are not to be eaten, but sometimes that doesn’t work.

  7. OMG! I was totally going to get that costume for Petunia, but Petunia is scared of sharks and…and…and…I just couldn’t.

    Those sandwich cookies look phenomenal!

  8. I love your puppies costume!

  9. So funny about the dog. And yes, Amazon is EVIL. You barely click a few keys, it remembers your dang credit card (!), and then the next day you have a shipping notification email. It is the work of Satan I tell you.

  10. Nicole…yeah, they taste similar to Nutter Butters!

  11. Happy Halloween…cute Land Shark but poor puppy to have to be dressed up AND answer the door. No wonder he won’t talk, too.
    Yummy sounding cookies…who can hate peanut flavor?
    Did a riff on another of your mag recipes and just posted. Thanks for always being so imaginative and such an inspiration!

  12. Cute doggo! Ours hates halloween too. Barks every freaking time the doorbell rights. We don’t do the costume thing with ours though. She’d never get off the floor. Yummy cookies. Love nutter butters and agree about evil Amazon. Just dropped way too much $$$ there this morning. Arg.

  13. Awww, what a cute doggie costume! Awesome cookies, you can’t go wrong with PB!

  14. Seriously love the costume… I would dress up my dog, but I think she would never forgive me!

  15. Those are the ugly ones? Woman, you’re mad.

    What a cute pup! Our dogs would eat that costume in 5 minutes flat. Ha.

  16. love that costume~and the cookies!

  17. I do love peanut butter, looks delish! Cute dog…

  18. hahahahahahha,…your dog looks cute & those cookies look so tasty too!

  19. I love that costume….My dog is lucky, they don’t make costumes for large dogs like him, or at least not funny ones like this!

  20. Oh that face! I could love it to death!

  21. Your dog looks adorable… but not happy indeed!

  22. LOVE those cookies – yum!!! And the pooch is hilarious, I love the look on his face (“Really Mom? I have to wear this? REALLY??”).

  23. HA! CCS looks as disgusted as my TomTom was in his witch hat!! :-)

    I love the Land Shark costume…hilarious!

    And, for some reason I was just thinking about Nutter Butters the other day. When my mom would bring home a package from the store, us four kids would scarf them down before she could even put them away! They were our favorites.

    Those cookies don’t look ugly to me! They look great!

    Do they turn out a little soft or are they a crunchier cookie?

  24. Awwww the doggy looks so cute:) The cookies look great too. I wish I had some waiting for me in my kitchen.

  25. The cookie monsters of my family(I suppose that would cover everyone) will be eternally grateful to you for these cookies.

  26. That is one awesome looking reject cookie (I wish my good ones looked that perfect!), and one cute pooch!

  27. too cute! land shark is one of the best classic skits! i love nutter butters!

  28. awww love your little shark!

  29. I think they look fantastic, and they sound fantastic as well!

  30. haha It’s my dog’s least favorite day of the year too! Your dog looks adorable and the nutter butters…OMG!

  31. Both my boys were a shark the Halloween before they turned one. You should have seen them trying to crawl in that costume. The head would come over theirs so it looked like an actual shark was crawling along. Makes me laugh to think about it. Do you like the cookbook overall? Is it worth a purchase?

  32. Eep! I know not this “land shark”. I am too young and there are no reruns of SNL here, hahaha :) It kinda looks like CCS is being eaten head-last!
    I’ve seen the GCBB but didn’t get it yet. Now you’re certainly tempting me! :)

  33. CCS looks so adorable – it would be impossible for her to wear that costume here, Pea, since it’s 34ºC (93ºF) right now. :S

    You make the most beautiful cookies, my friend – especially the sandwich kind. These are lovely.

  34. Love the land shark- candygram.:)
    Lovely cookies too!

  35. I admit to still smiling anytime anyone says “candy gram”.

  36. Rich sandwich cookies and cute pups? You are appealing to me on so many levels here :-)


  37. CCS looks so cute as a land shark, even if she looks very unimpressed with it all. Your bikkies look great – I’d be more than happy with these!

  38. She’s that clever shark, isn’t she? So cute!

    The cookies look very tasty. Ugly? Not a bit!

  39. I always wonder what dogs think when they’re in costumes. To me, CCS is saying, “ok – take the picture and then take this off”. Or maybe she’s thinking — I’m getting PB Sandwich Cookie out of this, right?

    The cookie looks really good — definitely wouldn’t last around here.

  40. Oh my! I haven’t seen a recipe like this yet. I know to come to your site for some unique ideas. I can’t wait to give this one a try. Thanks for posting.

  41. Peabody,
    Please bake something soon. I keep coming back to see whats new and the puppy picture is breaking my heart. She looks so sad about halloween!!

  42. Land-shark!!! That is awesome!

    Ugly cookies or not, if they are like nutter butters I seriously can’t wait to make them!

  43. What an adorable dog!

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