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Holiday Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

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Sandwich cookies are always a hit, and homemade ones like these that feature peanut butter and chocolate are guaranteed to please! Whenever we visit out-of-town friends, they ask if we'll bring a batch of these cookies.

What You Need:
(Makes: 2 & 3/4 dozen)
For the Cookies:

2 tablespoons of shortening
1 cup of baking cocoa
1/2 cup of chocolate syrup
1 cup of butter, cubed
1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter
3 eggs
2 & 1/2 cups of sugar
2 & 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 & 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 & 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
For the Filling:
1 cup of chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup of butter, softened
1 cup of milk
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
11 cups of confectioners' sugar

What to Do:
STEP 1)
In a large saucepan melt butter and shortening over low heat, Remove from the heat; stir in the cocoa, chocolate syrup and peanut butter until smooth. Cool.

STEP 2) In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until lemon-colored. Beat in the chocolate mixture and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture.

STEP 3) Drop by teaspoonful’s 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until surface cracks. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.

STEP 4) In a large bowl, beat peanut butter and butter until fluffy. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually add confectioners' sugar; beat until smooth. Pipe or spread onto the bottoms of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies.

STEP 5) Happy Holidays & Enjoy!

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