Mexican Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Since I found the simple Instant Pot recipe for making Dulce de Leche I’ve been on the hunt for recipes to use it in. I came across this one and it sounded tasty. The cookies are similar to the Mexican cookie recipe I’ve posted before. Only that recipe is a shortbread type cookie and this is more of a traditional cookie. I added a sprinkle of sea salt on top where the original recipe called for sugar. I prefer that salty vs sweet vibe. Enjoy!

Mexican Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Flake sea salt
  • Dulce de Leche (see my previous recipe)

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 325° and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl shift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, and chipotle .

Using a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs one at a time and beat until well blended. Add in the vanilla. Turn the speed down to low and slowly add in the flour and beat until combined.

Use a small ice-cream scoop or a tablespoon to measure out the dough and space at least 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with the flake sea salt. Bake for 15 minutes, the tops should show some crackling. Cool completely.

Spread a heaping tablespoon of the Dulce on one cookie and top with another, making a sandwich.

 

Maple Shortbread Cookies

It’s definitely fall here in Seattle. It’s cooler, rainy, the leaves are changing color, and it’s getting dark earlier. Therefore it’s been inspiring me to make fall like things. Such as the Bourbon pumpkin cake I posted earlier and the soon to be posted pumpkin bars, which to be honest are almost the same as the cake only without the Bourbon. And this recipe. Apparently there are Canadian cookies similar to this that I’ve never had. I’ve upped this slightly by added a Bourbon maple frosting to it, which I used some Bourbon barrel aged maple syrup and some Bourbon. I’ve got to use up that Bourbon somehow (other than drinking it)! These cookies are pretty delicate and crumbly because of all the butter so be warned. I may try modifying it in the future to see if I can cut down on this. Enjoy!

Maple Shortbread Cookies

Cookies

  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp maple flavoring
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. Bourbon

Directions:

I used a food processor but you can use a bowl and beater. Combine the butter, sugar, and cornstarch. Add in the maple flavoring. Gradually add in the flour and combine until smooth. Roll out into a lightly floured board and shape into a log, I make mine somewhat rectangle as that’s how I like my cookies. Note: You could make this into a disk and roll out to use a cookie cutter after it chills if you wanted. You’d need to re-refrigerate the dough again if you wanted to roll it out again after making the cut outs with the cookie cutter. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Cut into 1/4 in slices if not using a cookie cutter.

Pre-heat your oven to 325°. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and arrange the cookie 1″ apart from each other. Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges a light brown. Cool.

In a small bowl beat together the powdered sugar, maple syrup, and Bourbon. Spread over the cookies and let set until the glaze dries. Eat.

Dark Cocoa Cookies

So I had a request to make a Dulce de Leche dessert. I gave it some thought, consulted my friend Google, and came up with the idea of a pie. The recipe I found, which I’ll post later, wasn’t exactly what I wanted so I modified it extensively. But one of the things it called for was ground up Oreos for the crust. Unfortunately it called for them WITH the filling, which I thought sounded awful (and way too sweet). So I decided to make my own but more in the style of Paul Newman’s tops & bottoms.  I found this recipe, which is one of the few I haven’t modified really, and they turned out exactly how I wanted. No, in fact, better than what I wanted. Unlike the above mentioned, they were just a tiny bit moist. Well until I let them dry out for my pie. The key is GOOD cocoa. Don’t go buy cheap stuff, like Hershey’s, but true Dutch processed cocoa. The darker the better! Enjoy!

 

Dark Cocoa Cookies

  • 1 1/4 cups butter at room temp
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup Dutch processed cocoa
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher or fine salt
  • 1 Tsp real vanilla
  • 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups flour

Directions:

In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy. Turn down to low and add the cocoa a little at a time, careful it’s very powdery and will fly everywhere if you’re not careful. Once incorporated, add the salt and vanilla, mix until combined. Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time. And each time you want to mix it until all the flour is incorporated. Mix until the dough is mostly dry and crumbly. It’s a fine line here, you don’t want it too moist because you want a crisp cookie; but you don’t want it too dry either. It should stick together but not be sticky at all. Divide it into 2 disks, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 15 minutes. You want it cold but not so cold it won’t roll out. If it goes longer that 15 minutes then let it warm up at room temp for 15 minutes before trying to roll it out.

Preheat your oven to 350° and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll out the dough to about 1/8″ thickness. Again not to thick, you want a crisp cookie after all. I used a couple of pieces of waxed paper and sandwiched the dough between them so it wouldn’t stick. Use a 2″ circle cutter, like a biscuit cutter, to cut out the cookies.

Bake for 8-9 minutes. It’s almost impossible to tell when they’re done because they’re so dark but you should be fine as long as you stick to this range. You may need to adjust slightly depending on your oven. Better a little underdone and needing to be popped back into the oven for a minute or two than over done and burnt.

 

 

Limoncello Sugar Cookies

One of my coworkers (actually several of them it turns out) likes lemon. It was her birthday recently and another coworker suggested I make lemon cookies for her. Well that’s fine and all but I thought I’d kick it up a notch. So I created this recipe for Limoncello Sugar cookies. Turned out pretty well according to the office (they were gone pretty fast). The trick to a good sugar cookie is to not over-cook them or they turn out dry and crispy. If they’re a little underdone, you pop them back in the oven for another couple of minutes to finish cooking and they’re fine. Enjoy

Limoncello Sugar Cookies

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter at room temp
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tsp real vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp Limoncello liqueur
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 Tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 Tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 Tsp fine kosher salt
  • Sanding sugar or sprinkles

Directions

In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy; about 4 minutes. Add in the eggs, vanilla, Limoncello, lemon zest; mix until combined.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on medium-low, slowly add the flour and mix until just combines.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Drop a tablespoon full, or so, onto the sheet; keeping about 2″ between each cookie. They will spread and flatten out as they cook.

Bake in a 350° oven for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are barely turning brown. You don’t want to over cook them. Sprinkle with the sanding sugar or sprinkles as soon as you take them out of the oven. Allow to cool and then eat!

Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Growing up I loved Nutter Butter cookies. So instead of tracking them down and buying a box, I decided to see if I could create my own version. Enjoy!

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Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter (divided, 1 cup & 1/2 cup) at room temp
  • 1 stick unsalted butter plus 2 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract (divided in half)
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (divided, 2/3 cup & 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar

Directions

Using a mixer, I like my kitchenaid stand mixer, cream 1 stick of butter and 1/2 cup peanut butter until smooth and well combined. Beat in 1 tsp vanilla.

Whisk the flour, 1/3 cup powdered sugar and salt together. Mix with the butter mixture until the dough comes together and is no longer crumbly. If it’s too dry add another tbsp of room temp butter.

Dump out onto a board and shape it into a rectangular log. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Pre-heat your oven to 350 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cut the dough into 1/4″ slices. Place on the cookie sheet 1/2″ apart, they don’t spread. Bake for 25 minutes.

In a small bowl, beat 1 cup peanut butter and 2 tbsp butter until smooth and creamy. Mix in 2/3 cup powdered sugar, brown sugar and vanilla.

Once the cookies have cooled. Take a teaspoon or so of the peanut butter filling and sandwich it between 2 cookies.

Soft Molasses Cookies

I got this recipe from that cookbook that my Mom gave to me when I got my first apartment. I modified it just a little bit and think they are delicious. One of the things I like about them is that they don’t overwhelm with a heavy molasses flavor. Instead it’s light and subtle.  Enjoy!

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Soft Molasses Cookies

  • 1 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 4 3/4 cups sifted flour
  • 3 Tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tsp espresso powder
  • 2 Tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 Tsp ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup milk

Directions

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. I like to use my Kitchenaid stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Add the egg and beat until smooth. Add the molasses and beat again until smooth.

Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, espresso, and spices.

Alternating, add the flour and milk to the butter mixture until completely incorporated.

Heat your oven to 375 degrees. Drop a tablespoon of dough on a parchment lined cookie sheet about 2″ apart. Bake for 15 minutes.

S’more Sandwich Cookies

Ok the s’more cookie recipe that I’ve been working on has gotten under my skin. The first try was pretty good but the graham cookies were a little dry. So I have it another go and it turned out pretty good. Recently I was talking to a co-worker about cookies and she gave me a great idea for a new twist on this cookie. So instead of putting chocolate ON the graham cookie and then the marshmallow I decided to make a chocolate cookie and sandwich marshmallow fluff in-between. And to add another twist, I made the fluff bourbon flavored. I think they turned out pretty good. Enjoy!

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Graham cookie

  • 2 cups graham or whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 Tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 Tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into 1/4″ cubes
  • 2 1/4 oz molasses
  • 1 1/2 oz milk
  • 1/2 Tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions

In a food processor combine the flours, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Pulse a couple of times to combine. Add the butter and pulse until it starts to look like cornmeal. Add the molasses, mild and vanilla and process until the dough starts to form a ball, about a minute.

Poor out onto a board and shape into a long rectangle about 2″ x 2″. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour, longer is better.

Once chilled, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Cut the log into 1/4″ squares and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25 minutes.

Chocolate Shortbread cookie

  • 1 ¾ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 2 ½ sticks unsalted butter, at room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • ½ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips (or grated chocolate)

Directions

Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream the butter and brown sugar at medium speed until smooth. Add vanilla and beat for another 1-2 minutes.

Whisk the flours together in a medium bowl with the cocoa and espresso. Add to the butter mixture and mix until smooth. Add chocolate chips and mix until just combined.

Dump the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap and shape into a long log about 2” wide & high. Refrigerate for at least an hour, longer is better.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Cut the cookie log into about ¼” slices and space evenly on the cookie sheet. They do not spread much, only a little so leave about 1/2 inch between. Bake for 25 minutes.

Bourbon Marshmallow Fluff

  • 1 package Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup bourbon + 1 Tbsp
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 Tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large egg whites

Directions

In a stand mixer sprinkle the gelatin into the 1/2 cup cold water.

In a heavy pot combine the sugar, 1/2 cup bourbon, syrup and salt. Heat over low heat and whisk until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Once the sugar has dissolved, turn up the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. continue to boil until the mixture comes to 240 degrees. A candy thermometer really comes in handy here. Once it hits 240 remove it from the heat and slowly and carefully pout into the gelatin mixture. Using the whisk attachment beat hard for about 10 minutes. It’ll start to double in bulk and become white and fluffy. Meanwhile beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Add the tbsp of bourbon until stiff again. Add to the sugar/gelatin mixture and stir to combine. Chill for about 30 minutes.

Assemble the cookie

This is pretty easy. Take a tablespoon of marshmallow fluff and sandwich it between a graham cookie and a chocolate cookie.

 

 

Lavender Shortbread Cookies

This recipe is based on one from the Barefoot Contessa. I don’t remember what inspired me to bump it up a notch by adding lavender but I’m so glad I did. It really makes a good cookie a great cookie.

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Lavender Shortbread Cookie

  • 3 sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tsp real vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 Tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp lavender
  • 10 to 12 oz semisweet chocolate, chips or chopped

Directions

In a stand mixer, I like my KitchenAid Stand Mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in the vanilla and combine until mixed.

In a medium bowl shift together the flour, lavender and salt. Slowly mix in with the butter/sugar mixture until it just comes together. Dump onto a slightly floured board and shape into a long rectangle, about 2″ x 2″. Wrap and plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, longer is better.

Preheat an oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cut the cookie log into slices about 1/4″ and place on the sheet with about 1/2″ between them, they don’t spread much. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly brown around the edges. Cool.

Put the chocolate in a microwave proof bowl. Nuke for 15 seconds at a time, pausing about a minute in between, and stirring after the 3rd nuke. This will slowly temper the chocolate. Once it’s melted and smooth, use a small spatula to cover 1/2 the cookie. Allow to set, about 30 minutes.

Nutella Caramel Cookies

So what’s a guy to do on a snow day? Why make cookies of course! I’ve modified this recipe only slightly from the original and it’s oh so delicious! I like to use caramels from Trader Joe’s, Fleur De Sel Caramels. I love the sea salt and they’re “harder” than most caramels. This makes them better for melting in the oven. Enjoy!

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Nutella Caramel Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa, I like dutch processed
  • 1 Tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 1/3 cup melted semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tsp vanilla
  • 36-40 caramels, frozen

Directions

If you are using the Trader Joe’s caramel unwrap them, cut them in half, and freeze. Any other types, you basically want caramels that are about 1/4″ square.

Shift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.

In a stand mixer, I like to use my KitchenAid Stand Mixer, using the paddle attachment; beat the sugar, brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add it the eggs and beat until combines. Add the nutella, melted chocolate and vanilla.

For the chocolate, microwave in a glass bowl for 30 seconds at a time; stirring after each nuking. This will temper the chocolate and it’ll melt nice and smoothly.

Now on low-speed, slowly add the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Chill for at least 1 hour.

Line a couple of cookie sheets with parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to scoop out a nice ball of dough. Press the frozen caramel into the center and roll into a ball. Make sure you put plenty of distance between the dough balls on the cookie sheet as they spread when baked. Put the sheet in the freezer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Bake for 12-24 minutes, until the tops of the cookies start to crack.

S’more Cookies

Everyone loves s’more I think. My sister posted a recipe to Facebook for s’more cookies but they were a combination of chocolate chip cookies, ground up graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows. I wasn’t keen on the chocolate chip cookie part. The dough for chocolate chip cookies is very distinct and I didn’t think would really taste like true s’mores. So I decided to cobble together this recipe to see if I couldn’t come up with something more to my liking. Now I do have recipes for homemade marshmallow, one of which I’ve already posted. But for this, because I’m using plain marshmallow I just went with store bought. I just made sure to by good quality ones. For the chocolate part, use the type you like best; dark, semi-sweet, etc. I’d say enjoy but I’ll wait to see how they turn out first and will post either an update or a comment.

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Graham Cracker Cookies

  • 2 cups graham or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 Tsp baking powder*
  • 1/2 Tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1/8 Tsp ground cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into 1/4″ cubes and chilled
  • 2 1/4 oz molasses
  • 1 1/2 oz whole milk
  • 1 Tsp real vanilla extract

Directions

In a food processor, I like my Cuisinart Food Processor, combine the flours, sugar, baking powder and soda, and salt. Pulse to combine. Add in the chilled butter and pulse until the mixture looks like cornmeal. Add the molasses, milk and vanilla. Process until the dough forms a ball, about a minute.

Form the dough into a log roughly 1 1/2 inches. I press it flat on all 4 sides. Chill for at least 30 minutes, longer if you can.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the dough into 1/4″ slices, poke the tops with a fork and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, the edges should turn brown. OK browner than the dough was when you started. Leave on the cookie sheet and allow to cool.

*OK I just learned that there are 2 types of baking powder. It’s recommended to get aluminum-free if possible. Who knew?

S’mores part

  • 12 oz good chocolate, chopped or chips
  • 1 package mini marshmallows

Directions

Pre-heat your oven on the broiler setting and put the rack in the middle.

Microwave the chocolate in a small bowl in 15 seconds intervels, stirring each time, until melted and smooth.

With a spatula smear the top of a cookie and place the mini-marshmallows on top. The chocolate will act as a glue. Do one and a time and nuke the chocolate if it starts to get stiff for another 15 seconds. When they’re all done pop them in the oven and WATCH THEM. It takes less than a minute for them to brown.