Sometimes, I stare vacantly into my pantry or fridge for what seems like hours on end. My face is void of expression, and my breathing slows until I enter a trance-like state. During this intense process, my mind is calculating, my eyes frantically scanning the food storage system in front of me as if it could spontaneously generate food from air alone. When at last this process comes to an end, I will snap back into consciousness, exhale with great vigor, and then come to the conclusion:
“THERE’S NOTHING TO EAT.”
Has this ever happened to you? It’s an all too common occurrence in a human’s every day life. We don’t really mean it in a literal sense. Clearly, if I’m staring into a fridge full of food, then there is plenty to eat. I’m just not in the mood for any of it.
On the other hand, there can be plenty of items in your fridge or pantry, but no conceivable way to make a meal out of it. You’ll look at the box of pasta and the fresh garlic and think, “I could make spaghetti,” only to then realize you have no form of tomato. For the duration of time you find yourself gawking into your fridge or freezer like a zombie, you are making these calculations, linking foods together to try and form a conceivable whole.
I found myself in this exact situation earlier this afternoon when my stomach cried out for a snack. I stared into my pantry for a good five minutes before informing my dog, Reese, that there was nothing (I think conversing with animals is a sign of starvation).
There was a cornucopia of foods in the kitchen, and I knew there was a way to bring it all together, I just had to figure out how. So, I stuck my head back into the pantry and assessed my options. I started weaving things together into a delicious web. Peanut butter…a snack pack of pudding I’ll probably never eat…Nilla wafers…Fluff…AHA!
Fluffernutter Nilla Wafer Sandwiches.
These cute little cookies sandwiches are as easy to make as they are delicious. You take half a snack pack of pudding, whisk in some peanut butter, then spread it onto a Nilla Wafer. Top another wafer with Fluff, sandwich together, and you’ve got a fluffernutter fantasy come true. Fluff and peanut butter is one of the most delicious flavor combos in my book. The PB is so salty, but the Fluff is so sweet in contrast. Perhaps I enjoy this combo so much because it was ever present in my childhood, sandwiched between two slices of bread and stuffed into my lunchbox. Whatever the reason, I know I’m not alone as a fluffernutter fan. The combo is just too heavenly to hate.
If you want a ridiculously delicious snack that’s quick & easy, using ingredients you’ve probably got on hand, then whip up some of these salty-sweet sandwiches. You’ll find yourself in heaven as you sink through the crunchy Nilla Wafer and into the luscious peanut butter cream and Fluff inside. It’s a snack that looks and tastes quite impressive but requires no actual effort. The deliciously simple ingredients do all the work for you.
A Few Tips Before You Get Cooking:
- If you want to make these sandwiches a bit lighter, use sugar-free vanilla pudding and replace the peanut butter with Better’N Peanut Butter.
- Switch out the vanilla pudding for chocolate or banana pudding if you like!
- You could easily double this to make a dozen sandwiches.
Fluffernutter Nilla Wafer Sandwiches
Recipe by The Smart Cookie Cook
Makes 6 Cookie Sandwiches
All You Need is:
- Half a snack pack of vanilla pudding (you can use sugar-free if you like)
- 1 generous tablespoon of peanut butter
- Fluff (about 6 teaspoons)
- 12 Nilla Wafers
To Serve it up:
- In a small bowl, whisk the pudding and peanut butter together until well-combined and smooth.
- Spread a generous teaspoon of the peanut butter cream onto the flat side of a Nilla Wafer. Spread a generous teaspoon of Fluff onto another Nilla Wafer. Sandwich the two cookies together. Repeat with remaining cookies. Serve immediately or store in fridge for up to 24 hours.
Sweet and salty sandwich cookies that are easy to make and bring back the best of your childhood? Now that’s sweet & simple!