Another 3 day weekend in my hometown, forecast reports of rain all weekend, snuggling up to Izzie on my parent's couch, and baking tons of sweets in another big kitchen; seriously, what could be better? :) First on my sweet treats menu of the weekend was Homemade Oreo's (inspired by Olivia). And, hello did they turn out scrumptious! Adapted from smitten kitten, here is the recipe I followed, with, of course, a few of my own touches here and there. This is a recipe I suggest not passing up. It is very simple and the end results are to die for. Enjoy!
For the chocolate cookies:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa (I would've love to use dark-chocolate since I prefer it over milk, but it was what I had at the moment. Next time!)
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) butter (room temperature preffered)
1 large egg
For the filling:
1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
-Preheat to 375°F.
-In a food processor, mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar. Pulse, or beat on low, add the butter, and then the egg. Continue processing/mixing until combining into one huge mass of dough.
-Take rounded teaspoons of batter and place on a parchment lined baking sheet two inches apart. Flatten the dough, slightly. Bake for 9 minutes. Set baking sheets on a rack to cool.
Place butter and shortening in a mixing bowl. 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.
Spread filling on one cookie, then place another cookie, equal in size to the first, on top of the cream. Lightly press, to work the filling towards outer edges. Continue until all cookies have been used.
....see! easy.. :)