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Peanut Butter S'Mores

Servings: Makes 16 sandwich cookies
These delicious peanut butter s'mores are just the perfect snack on a chilly autumn or winter's evening sitting by the fireplace playing games or watching TV. Both you and your kids will love these goodies.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick/4 oz./113g) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy or chunky peanut butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped roasted peanuts (optional)
4 (1.55-ounce) milk chocolate candy bars
16 large marshmallows

1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in small bowl; set aside. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large bowl with electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in peanut butter, egg and vanilla until well blended. Gradually beat in flour mixture at low speed until blended. Stir in peanuts, if desired.

3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten dough with fork, forming criss-cross pattern. Bake about 14 minutes or until set and edges are lightly browned. Cool cookies 2 minutes on cookie sheets; transfer to wire cooling racks. Cool completely.

4. To assemble sandwiches, break each candy bar into four sections. Place 1 section of chocolate on flat side of 1 cookie. Place on microwavable plate; top with 1 marshmallow. Microwave at HIGH 10 to 12 seconds or until marshmallow is puffy. Immediately top with another cookie, flat side down. Press slightly on top cookie, spreading marshmallow to edges. Repeat with remaining cookies, marshmallows and candy pieces, one at a time. Cool completely.

Makes 16 sandwich cookies.

Date: October 9, 2004