Valentine’s Day “Oreo” cookies
Why? Because gifts made by hand are more meaningful! At least that’s what people have been telling me. Now, let’s get one thing out in the open before we get too into this post – I was not hired at Used.ca for my photography or baking skills. But by golly I tried my best!
For the cookies:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) room-temperature, unsalted butter
1 large egg
For the filling:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) room-temperature, unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Optional- Gel dye
Step 1 Gather up your ingredients
Step 2 Preheat your oven to 375 Degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Step 3 Mix the dry ingredients
Step 4 On low speed, add the butter, and then the egg. Continue mixing until dough comes together.
Step 5 Scoop teaspoons of the dough and roll it up and put ’em on your parchment lined cookie sheet (about 2 inches apart). Flatten the dough a bit with moistened hands.
Step 6 Cook ’em for 9 minutes (rotate half way through) and then take ’em out and let ’em cool.
Step 7 Make the filling, by putting butter & shortening in a mixing bowl & gradually beat in sugar and vanilla at a low speed. I added some red food colouring to make them more Valentiney. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy
Step 8 Slap a teaspoon-sized dollop of filling in between two cookies and BAM! You’re done.