I have been meaning to try this recipe ever since I saw it last year on Smitten Kitchen. They got rave reviews from many different blogs. I finally got the nerve to go buy the ingredients and give it a go. Now I'm worried that I did this because I'm officially hooked on these. Am I going to have to make a batch of these every time I run out? They aren't exactly like Oreos but in my opinion I think they are much better. They have this wonderful crispy/chewy texture that is really amazing. I think next time i'm going to make half with the cream filling and save the other half of the chocolate cookies for mini ice cream sandwiches.
recipe courtesy of Smitten Kitchen
Makes 25 to 30 sandwich cookies
For the chocolate wafers:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa (I used the Hershey's Dark Chocolate Dutch Brand)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
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
Preheat oven to 375˚.
In a food processor or bowl of an electric mixer, thoroughly mix the flour, cocoa , baking soda and powder, salt, sugar. While pulsing, or on low speed, add the butter, then the egg. Continue processing or mixing until dough comes together in a mass.
Roll rounding teaspoons of batter between your hands to get little balls. Place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately 2 inches apart. Slightly flatten the dough. Bake for 9 minutes. Set baking sheets on a rack to cool.
To make the cream, place butter and shortening in a mixing bowl, an at low speed, gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2-3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy.
To assemble the cookies, in a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch, round tip (I used a plastic baggie with a corner cut off), 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 cookies. Continue this process until all of the cookies have been sandwiched in cream. Dunk in milk and prepare to become addicted.