The Freshman Cook: October 2013

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Today I made some cookies so you can start getting in the Halloween spirit! They are Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with an orange filling, and they are not only tasty but festive also!

Chocolate Halloween Sandwich Cookies

(loosely adapted from BH and G)

3 1/2 cups Flour

1/2 cup Cocoa Powder

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Baking Soda

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

pinch Salt

1 cup Butter

1 cup Sugar

1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar

2 Eggs

1 tablespoon Vanilla


(Antonia74 Royal Icing)

6 ounces Warm Water

5 tablespoons Meringue Powder

1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar

2.25 pounds of Confectioners Sugar

Mix together your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, 

baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar, 

until light and fluffy.

Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until combined

Add the flour mixture, and mix together. 

Take dough and divide into pieces. Roll out between wax paper.

Freeze pieces in the freezer overnight.

 Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Take 1 frozen piece of dough out of the freezer at a time.

Cut out the outside circle with your cutter. 

Then cut out your inside design.

Reroll scraps of dough, and refreeze for 30 minutes.

Cut a back and a front for each cookie.

Bake for 8 minutes. Let completely cool.

Make your frosting:

   Pour warm water in a bowl and add the meringue powder.
         Mix with a whisk by hand until it is frothy-about 30 seconds.

 Add the cream of tartar and whisk for 30 seconds more. 

Pour all the confectioner’s sugar into the bowl.

Mix together on low speed for 10 minutes.

Place some of the frosting in a small bowl and color it orange.

Put the remainder of the frosting into a bowl and cover to prevent drying.

If the frosting is too thick, thin with water, a tiny amount at a time.

Using a small knife or an offset spatula spread the frosting

onto the solid cookie base.

Place the top of the cookie gently over the frosting. If you make these cookies I would love to hear about them!

I know you will enjoy them!

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