This recipe consists of two parts: the wafers and the icing. There is nothing tricky about this recipe you literally throw all of the ingredients into the mixer and let it do the work. You might think when making the wafers that the dough is never going to come together but be patient, it does. Oh, and when a recipe says use room temperature butter they mean it!
- Makes 25 to 30 sandwich cookies
- For the chocolate wafers:
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa (Fry’s Cocoa Powder will work in Canada)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons room-temperature, unsalted butter
- 1 large egg
- For the filling:
- 1/4 cup room-temperature, unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
- 2 cups sifted icing sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Set two racks in the middle of the oven. Preheat to 375°F.
In a food processor, or bowl of an electric mixer, thoroughly mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar.
While pulsing, or on low speed, add the butter, and then the egg.
Continue processing or mixing until dough comes together in a mass.
Take rounded teaspoons of batter and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately two inches apart. (Remember, you’re aiming for 50 to 60 of these individual wafers!)
With moistened hands, slightly flatten the dough.
Bake for 9 minutes, rotating once for even baking.
Set baking sheets on a rack to cool.
To make the cream, place butter and shortening in a mixing bowl, and 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.
To assemble the cookies, in a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch, round tip, 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 cookie. (I don’t think it’s entirely necessary to use a pastry bag. You could just spoon some icing on and squeeze between two wafers.)
Continue this process until all the cookies have been sandwiched with cream.
Henry testing the wafer batter. He’s a tough critic!Henry helping make the icing using “The Machine”.
Once you’ve baked all the wafers and made the icing you can get to the fun part which is assembling the cookies. I’ll admit that at this point Henry had lost interest but I imagine older kids would really get a kick out of this part. The recipe suggests using a pastry bag but I think you could easily just spread the icing on and squeeze it between two cookies.
The end result…delicious; sweet and salty and reminiscent of the real thing! If I made them again, I would try and eliminate some if not all of the vegetable shortening. I imagine this is in there to help stabilize the icing but it is a bit waxy tasting. Does anyone have any good ideas of what you could replace it with, other than all butter?
Henry’s a man of few words but here is what he had to say, “Good! More again?” Man, I love that kid!
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