Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Filling

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Filling
Adpated from Cooking Light

1 cup sugar
1/2 stick butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg
2 cups all=purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup lowfat buttermilk

4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 stick butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

For the cookies, cream sugar and butter until well blended. Add vanilla and egg, beat until combined. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to the wet ingredients. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet. Make sure to have an even number of cookies and to leave a few inches between the cookies because they spread! Bake for 10 minutes, cool on pan for 5 minutes. Cool completely before filling.

For the filling, cream butter and cream cheese until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt until well blended. Continue blending until the filling is fluffy. Gently stir in mini chocolate chips.

To make the sandwiches, spread about 2 tablespoons of cream cheese filling onto the bottom side of a cooled cookie, top with a second cookie. Repeat procedure with the remaining cookies and filling.

Depending on the size of your cookies, this recipe will make 10 to 16 sandwich cookies. My cookies were pretty big so I only had 10. Be prepared for these to disappear fast!

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