Wednesday, October 29, 2008

They're growing on me
--Devil Dogs

Devil Dogs
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.


. . . said...

we're not handing out treats. we just don't feel it'd be terribly safe in the apartment complex we're currently living in. hopefully we can go see a movie or something instead. to get out of our apartment and not feel guilty about not giving candy to the kids. =)

Jennifer said...

We do hand out treats but we don't get many kids at the door. Location, location, location. But, as you did, I tried to pick out candy that we could use. (Yes, "use" sounds odd in reference to candy!) I bought mini snickers that, if leftover, I will wrap in peanut butter cookie dough and bake. They make a delicious center! I also bought m & m's, figuring we could use some of them to decorate cupcakes.

M Smith said...

Living in a single-family community with ample space between homes, we don't get too many T or T-ers either. Now my sister, who lives on the other side of town in a townhouse community is inundated. I guess kids nowadays want the biggest bang for their buck. So less walking, more candy in the townhouse community...

Wanda said...

Absolutely! Thankfully, trick-or-treating is still a big thing in our little town, and I love it. I try to make little baggies of things for the grandkids. I hand out Halloween pencils and plastic spider rings, bugs, etc. at the door. We had about 180 kids last year. This is a tiny little town of single family homes. I decorate the yard with scarecrows in various poses and activities, lighted jack-o-lanterns, etc. and it's all well lit. Not everyone plays along, but at least 2-3 other houses in our neighborhood have yard decorations and lights. My cousin started the idea, but now several other families have started doing it too: they put hay bales on a flat trailer, sometimes decorated with lights and other decorations, have their kids and friends on it, to go t-or-treating. There have been caravans of 'Gators' too - those heavy dute farm use atvs. I enjoy dressing up and sitting out in the yard giving out treats.

ThursdayNext said...

that is a great idea - the teddy grahams and oreos. i know my sister is doing the teddy grahams as well...we will be at my nephew's enjoying him dressed as thomas the tank engine!

Unknown said...

Ha! I'm on call that night!!!

Anonymous said...

We aren't home as we take the godkids out with their parents. I do make them each a little goodie basket with candy and Halloween toys and such.