From Food

Our church is participating in the new student orientation fair at SEBTS this upcoming week. The ladies of the church have been asked to make cookies to include in the “bag o’ info” that the students will receive from us. I found a recipe last week here for homemade oreos and it looked pretty simple so I thought I would give it a try. I will definitely be making it again- it was ridiculously easy and scrumdidilyumptious!

For the chocolate wafers
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 TBSP (aka 1 1/4 sticks) room temperature, unsalted butter
1 large egg

For the Filling
1/4 cup (aka 1/2 stick) room temperature unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract (if you want white filling you must use clear extract)
Optional- gel dye

1. Set two racks in the middle of the oven. Preheat to 375F.

2. In a mixer, thoroughly mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar. While on a low speed, add the butter and then the egg. Continue mixing until dough comes together in mass.

3. Take rounded teaspoons of batter and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately two inches apart. With moistened hands, slightly flatten the dough. Bake for 9 minutes, rotating once for even baking. Set baking sheets on a rack to cool.

4. To make the cream, place butter and shortening in a mixing bowl, and at low speed, gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy. (Optional: Blend in a tiny bit of gel dye until you reach the desired color.)

5. To assemble the cookies, in a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch, round tip, pipe teaspoon-size blobs of cream into the center of one cookie. Place another cookie, equal in size to the first, on top of the cream. Lightly press, to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie. Continue this process until all the cookies have been sandwiched with cream.

6. Dunk generously in a large glass of milk.

Obviously, if you are making them to give away- avoid step 6.

Travis named these our “Carolina Blue Come Go to Rome With Us” cookies. Here is why:
1. Our Pastor is a Duke Blue Devils fan.
2. Our Pastor is doing a sermon series through the book of Acts and has entitled the series, Come Go to Rome With Us, and our church has blue shirts with that saying on it.

Therefore, I came up with the idea to dye the cream blue to match the shirts and Travis thought it would be funny to say they were “Carolina Blue” instead of “Duke Blue.”

Once they were assembled, I put them in cello bags to make them look all cutesy for the students. Here is the final product:

From January 2011

I definitely recommend making some of these- they are A-MAZING!!!