Try this recipe and you may never buy the store-bought version again. This unconventional mixing method makes for an exceptional shortbread-like cookie. If the dough is too soft to shape into a log, chill it for 1 hour.
Chocolate Crème-Filled Sandwich Cookies
Hands-on time: 25 min. Total time: 3 hr. 11 min.
Add cocoa powder or mini chocolate chips to the filling for an intensely all-chocolate cookie. Substitute caramel sauce or peanut butter for the filling.
For the Cookies:
• 7.9 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 3⁄4 cups)
• 3⁄4 cup granulated sugar
• 2⁄3 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
• 1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
• 3⁄4 cup butter, cut into small pieces
• 1 large egg white
• 1 tablespoon water
For the Filling:
• 1⁄3 cup vegan shortening (such as Earth Balance)
• 1⁄3 cup butter, softened
• 1 2⁄3 cups powdered sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. To prepare cookies, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add flour and next 5 ingredients (through butter) to the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat at low speed until crumbly. Add egg white and water; beat until blended.
2. Divide dough in half. Roll each half of dough into an 81⁄2 x 11⁄2–inch log. Wrap in plastic wrap; chill 2 hours.
3. Preheat oven to 350°.
4. Cut each log into 48 (1⁄8-inch-thick) slices. Place on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Cool on pans 2 minutes; transfer cookies to wire racks, and cool completely.
6. To prepare filling, beat shortening and 1⁄3 cup butter with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating at low speed until blended. Beat in vanilla.
7. Spread about 11⁄2 teaspoons filling onto flat side of each of 48 cookies; top with remaining 48 cookies, flat sides down.
Note: You can freeze wrapped logs of dough for up to 1 month. Freeze prepared sandwich cookies in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag for up to 3 months. The cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Serves 48 (serving size: 1 cookie) CALORIES 86; FAT 4.5g (sat 2.8g, mono 1.2g, poly 0.2g); PROTEIN 1g; CARB 12g; FIBER 1g; CHOL 11mg; IRON 0mg; SODIUM 64mg; CALC 4mg