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Sunday, February 27, 2011

the little sandwich cookie which could

... cause me to gain ten pounds overnight.

At least, that's my best guesstimate.  Because I ate not one, but two of these heavenly wonders.   After dinner tonight, I wanted a little something sweet.  Okay, I really wanted a warm, chewy, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookie.  But, horror!  We were out of chocolate chips.  Not just almost out, but completely out.  I'll have to add that to my Sam's Club list for this week.  That, and another 10 lbs of flour and some cocoa.  Because I've been doing THAT much baking recently.  Yeah.  Ten pounds right on my ass.

Anyway, we were out of chocolate chips, but we had half a container of Hershey's cocoa powder and a bag of confectioner's sugar.  Then, I remembered this recipe that a friend had shared a while back.  I just had to go there.  Now I have a whole tray of cookies waiting to be iced.  Am I complaining?  Heck no.

Here's the recipe, but you really need to hop on over to smitten kitchen to read the author's funny little tales that go along with each recipe.  She really is my favorite internet cook.

Makes 25 to 30 sandwich cookies

For the chocolate wafers:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar [see recipe note]
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) room-temperature, unsalted butter
1 large egg
For the filling:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) room-temperature, unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Set two racks in the middle of the oven. Preheat to 375°F.
  2. In a food processor, or bowl of an electric mixer, thoroughly mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar. While pulsing, or on low speed, add the butter, and then the egg. Continue processing or mixing until dough comes together in a mass.
  3. Take rounded teaspoons of batter and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately two inches apart. With moistened hands, slightly flatten the dough. Bake for 9 minutes, rotating once for even baking. Set baking sheets on a rack to cool.
  4. To make the cream, place butter and shortening in a mixing bowl, and at low speed, gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy.
  5. To assemble the cookies, in a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch, round tip, pipe teaspoon-size blobs of cream into the center of one cookie. Place another cookie, equal in size to the first, on top of the cream. Lightly press, to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie. Continue this process until all the cookies have been sandwiched with cream. Dunk generously in a large glass of milk.
    Finally, I just want to share that I'm honored to have been chosen (at random, fine, but still...) to be this week's Featured Blogger at Mom Blog Monday Blog Hop (that's a mouthful!).  Please link up below, if you so wish, and be sure to follow the first three (plus me!) blogs on the list. 


    1. new follower from monday mom blog hop.

    2. These look yummy! I'm a new follower! I'd love for you to follow back!

    3. New GFC Follower from the Mom Blog Monday Hop :)(Mommy D's Kitchen)

    4. Oh man, those look delicious! New follower, congrats on being featured! Feel free to stop by my blog if you get the chance :)

    5. Oh wow!

      Hi! Now following from http://www.BabyDealsDujour.com/blog
      We track all of the daily baby deals in real-time. Would love for you to stop by and follow back!

    6. Oooo I must try these sometime. I'm bookmarking it!
      I'm following now :)

      I shall return soon to read more about your blog. Looking forward to visiting again!


    7. I'm a new follower from the hop. I'd love for you to visit my blog and follow back.


    8. These look great! Visiting from the blog hop - I'm your newest follower!

    9. I'm a new follower via GFC. Found you on the blog hop. Would love a follow back. Thanks!

    10. Your cookies look delicious. Following you from the Blog Hop.

    11. new follower! Come see me! http://haydencouponmom.blogspot.com/

    12. Yummy!! New follower here. Check me out http:/giftsbyamotherstouch.blogspot.com/

    13. Om my goodness, those look so dang good. To bad I'm on a diet! I am following from the Mom Monday Blog hop and would love for you to stop by and follow me back!
      Have a great week!

    14. Yummy!! Thanks for joining the Monday blog hop! I'm gonna jump in on this one too! :)

    15. Just looking at those cookies made me feel like I gained 10lbs lol I am a new google friend connect follower.

    16. Congrats on the spotlight! I'm now officially hungry. I'm a new GFC follower. http://www.grandmasguidetolife.blogspot.com

    17. I love ur blog design! Im a new follower, check out my newest blog at tawnasplan.blogspot.com

    18. Yummy! Great looking blog! Following you now from 'monday mingle'.


    19. Looks yummy!

      I'm a new follower from Mom Blog Monday. Nice to meet you!

      Wife on the Roller Coaster

    20. I'm a new follower from the blog hop! I hope you'll return the favor! Also, if you'd like, bookmark G4M and return next Sunday for our Sunday Followed & Featured Blog Hop!

    21. new follower from the hop. those look super yummy!


    22. great blog, newest GFC follower from mom blog hop, fun you got the #4 spot.

      COme visit and love for you to follow if you like it.

    23. New follower. Please follow back http://tupelodeals.blogspot.com

    24. I'm thinking those cookies might add about 10lbs to my already voluptuous frame LOL! Following you from the Monday Hop :) http://1busychick.blogspot.com

    25. @the chick

      I feel the same way, those look scrumptious though. btw I am a new gfc follower, I hope you follow me back!


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