We are introduced, at an early age, to the sweet wondernous of a cookie. From teething cookies to soothe the swollen aching gums of incoming incisors, onto animal crackers purchased in rectangular-shaped boxes bearing a string handle for easy toting by little fingers. Deciding which part of the animal should be eaten first-the trunk of the elephant or the tail of a lion-depended on how hungry one was. Savor each and every one or simply gobble them down as fast as possible.

My next cookie memory would be the ever famous, possibly all-time favorite, the chocolate chip cookie. There is nothing better than to bite into a round circle of baked dough sprinkled with gooey melt-in-your-mouth chocolate. A chocolate chip cookie can dry tears, heal broken hearts, mend scraped knees and elbows and solve sibling arguments. Most of the problems in the world could likely be solved by a properly baked, right out of the oven, chocolate chip cookie. The power of a cookie is underestimated.

I will attempt in the next 365 days to prepare and comment on a year’s worth of different cookies-one for each day. My goal is to share with others my extreme love of cookies-baking them and especially eating them! Feel free to send me your favorite recipe, your earliest cookie memories, or how cookies may have influenced your life. Cookies Rule!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Cookie Recipe #8 - Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

This is a fairly simple recipe because you begin with a cake mix. The cookies are soft and the cream cheese filling is sweetly delicious.

Ingredients: 2 pkgs (18 1/4 oz. each)devil's food cake mix, 4 eggs, 2/3 cup vegetable oil, 1 package (8 oz)cream cheese, softened, 1/2 cup (1 stick)butter, softened, 3-4 cups confectioner's sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, food coloring(optional).

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large mixing bowl, empty the 2 packages of cake mix, drop in eggs and vanilla, blending well (batter will be very stiff). With floured fingers, roll into 1 inch balls; place on ungreased baking sheet and flatten slightly with fingers or floured bottom of a glass.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or when touched lightly the cookie bounces back. Remove from oven and allow to cool for a minute or two; transfer to cooling racks. While cookies are cooling, the filling can be made as follows:
Beat cream cheese and butter in medium mixing bowl until blended. Add vanilla;mix well. Start adding the confectioner's sugar a cup at a time until thick enough to spread with a knife. If desired, you may add a few drops of your favorite color of food coloring.

To assemble: Find 2 cookies of approximately the same circumference and apply a dollop of filling to the flat side of one with a knife or spatula; spread evenly and top with the flat side of the other cookie, forming a sandwich.

These cookies are also good all by themselve, without the filling. If they do have the filling in them, they should be kept refrigerated. Allow to stand at room temperature for awhile before eating if you don't care for them cold.

I have also tried this recipe with a white cake mix and add a chocolate filling. The variations are unlimited. Experiment until you find the combination you like!

Cookies Rule!!!

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