Wednesday, October 29, 2008
They're growing on me
Home Cooking 2005 Recipe Annual Copyright 2005
½ cup shortening
1 cup sugar
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup butter
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
½ (7-ounce) jar marshmallow crème
Red and yellow food coloring
Halloween nonpareils (optional)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Cream together the shortening and sugar. Add cocoa powder; beat well.
Sift together flour and baking powder, Add to cocoa powder mixture alternately with milk. Mix well. Add vanilla. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Flatten a little. (They don't really spread or flatten on their own very much so take that into account.) Bake for 5 to 7 minutes.
For filling, beat together butter, vanilla, confectioners’ sugar and marshmallow crème. Tint filling orange using red and yellow food coloring. Spread on cookie. Top with another cookie. Decorate edges with nonpareils.
When I started making these cookies and realized there was no egg in them, I panicked. Was it a mistake? True Devil Dog snack cakes have a weird texture so perhaps that's what this recipe is aiming for. They really didn't taste that good on their own, to be honest. However, with the delicious cream in the middle, it was harder to notice. I actually started craving these and they started tasting better to me.
With so many other similar recipes for whoopie pie, gobs, etc. that actually have better tasting cookies, I probably wouldn't make this same exact cookie recipe again but the filling was mighty fine.
If you can track down vegan marshmallow creme (which does exist), I think these would be egg-free and these would be great for anyone who can't use eggs (depending on how good the vegan marshmallow creme tastes).
I may not have anything to post tomorrow and I have to get the house ready for trick-or-treaters on Thursday night (yes, Thursday - don't ask, it's a regional thing).
Question of the Day: Are you handing out treats this year? What are you handing out? I bought Halloween packs of Oreos and Teddy Grahams. I figure if we don't get many trick or treaters, I can use them in my son's lunches. I also bought a big bag of small boxes of Mike & Ike's, Hot Tamales, etc. Each T&T'er will get one package of Oreos or Teddy Grahams and a box of candy. I have enough for about 60-70 kids but they're doing a Trunk or Treat in the park so I don't know if we'll get as many kids this year.