These are not Oreos. These are better than Oreos. Oreos are very good in their own way, there’s still nothing like pulling one apart, licking out the vanilla center, putting the wafers back together and dunking them in milk. But sometimes that vanilla frosting in the center leaves a funny film on the roof of your mouth and then you usually have to go brush your teeth immediately afterwards or risk having little specks of black wafer lurking, just waiting to wedge themselves between your front teeth and embarrass the heck out of you.
These cookies don’t want to embarrass you. And, while a tall, icy glass of milk is a perfect complement to these cookies, they don’t need it to camouflage the store-bought taste of them. Because they’re not Oreos. They are Homemade Chocolate Sandwich Cookies.
You’ll want to make these today. Really. Truly. Today.
Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
For the chocolate wafers:
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 large egg
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
For the filling:
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup shortening
2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Set out 3 baking sheets.
In your mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the egg and mix well.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
Add to the batter and mix very well.
Drop by tablespoonsful onto the cookie sheets, 12 to a sheet. Dampen your hand with a little water and press down slightly on each ball of cookie dough.
Bake for 10 minutes. Remove to cooling racks.
While they’re cooling, make the filling!
In your mixer’s bowl, beat the butter and shortening together until well incorporated.
Add the vanilla and mix well.
Sift in (using a mesh sieve, for Heaven’s sake, not an obnoxious, old fashioned sifter!) the powdered sugar and mix to combine.
Scoop the frosting into a pastry bag and pipe onto the underside of a cookie. Place another cookie on top and press lightly to seal them together. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Serve to your newly turned six year old, alongside a tall, icy glass of milk, and hear all about how he gets to marry the princess the next day at recess, but only if he can save her from the robots and swamp monsters.