Sunday, February 24, 2008

Greg came down into the kitchen yesterday and said I was crazy for what I was doing, which was cutting out cookie shapes with a with a tin pudding mold. I told him I was having a blast, which is what cooking is all about right? He said "sure, what are you making?" I said "homemade milk chocolate covered oreos." He said I was crazy and left the room.

First, I made a decadent chocolate sugar cookie dough.
melt 3 oz of semi-sweet chocolate in a double boiler.
sift together:
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 a cup unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powers
l teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
cream 2 sticks butter
add 1 1/2 cups sugar and beat until light and fluffy
add one egg and 1 teaspoon or so vanilla
add melted chocolate
incorporate flour mixture
scrape into a ball and divide in two.
place onto wax paper and flatten into a disc
I used a trick I found on the food network of rolling out the dough between two pieces of waxed paper, BEFORE chilling the dough. When it comes out of the refrigerator, it needs but 10-12 minutes to relax and soften a bit before you start cutting your shapes.

place the shapes gently on parchment paper on top of cookie sheets and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until the sides are crispy and the center is firm

While the cookies are baking, whip two cups whipping cream with 3/4 cup confectioners sugar until stiff and add 4 tablespoons finely chopped candied ginger or a cup of thawed frozen raspberries. Refrigerate.
When cookies are cooled, pipe cream onto middle of one cookie (make sure it is just enough cream and not too much so it won't ooze out of the sides. sandwich anotehr cookie on top and chill.

when chilled, dip cookie in melted milk chocoate. I simply dipped one side, but you could certainly set that side and then dip the otehr side in either dark or white chocolate for a contrast.
Enjoy...your guests will.

1 comment:

Kim said...

They are amazingly gorgeous...

Got milk?

Luv, kim