Friday, December 14, 2012
Who doesn't love the sandwich cookie? I've always been nuts for them, from the humble Oreo to its gourmet version a la Thomas Keller. (On our last trip to Yountville and the Bouchon Bakery, I put away a small and expensive bagful of his "oreos" and "nutter butters" in under five minutes.) But let's be honest, even when the cookie is dry and the filling is chalky, I'll choke it down. Perhaps it's because I love both sandwiches and cookies? All I know is my tiny brain gets excited when I hear the words. And, have you noticed that the phrase sounds inviting, no matter what the word order? Sandwich cookies or cookie sandwiches--either promises pure happiness, something a bit trickier to come by the older you get.
Always in search of pure happiness, particularly the kind I can eat or drink, I was thrilled to come across Sue's post about vanilla-on-vanilla sandwich cookies. I knew immediately I wanted to make them. I mean, vanilla bean cookies with vanilla buttercream frosting filling? What's not to love?
But at the last minute, as my cookies cooled, I decided to go the chocolate route on the filling. And as you can imagine, it was no mistake.
These sandwich cookies are particularly awesome because they do not require rolling out dough (which is my primary fear in the kitchen, second only to anything involving yeast). Instead, you get a scoop and drop 'em out. Easy as...cookies. I used too big a scoop, though (about 1.5", which is all I had at the time), and so mine looked more like whoopie pies. I've since remedied this and purchased a very small scoop, so next time my sandwich cookies will be nice and little.
The cookie part is rather soft, which is good, because then the filling doesn't go shooting out the sides and down your shirt when you bite in. We like to keep it classy, you know. Nope, these stayed intact from first bite to last. And, their softness makes them a discrete cookie, so you can chomp one quietly while your partner is in the other room scrolling through the DVR recordings or doing something equally clueless. I busted the husband doing just this, while I bumbled about to see if there had been a new "Homeland" on the night before. There he was, silently and crumblessly wolfing one down.
So if you have someone to impress or distract--a partner, a boss, Santa?--these should be at the top of your to-do list.
And since this may well be my last post for a week or so, merry and happy everything. A little campari and prosecco toast to you all.