Friday, June 12, 2009

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

My 11 year old step kid would eat his entire weight in these if we let him. This is a kid who doesn't like cake, won't eat cupcakes, and will turn away most pie and 95% of every other kind of food. These though? Well these are in his words "heaven".

Here's what you'll need for the cookie patties:
-2 (18.25 ounce) packages of devil's food cake mix
-4 eggs
-1 cup shortening

And for the filling:
-6 tbsp cream cheese
-1/3 cup butter, softened
-1 3/4 cups confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
-1 tbsp cream
-2 tsp vanilla extract

To make the cake patties you will start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.

Blend together the eggs, cake mix, and shortening until well mixed.

Roll in balls all uniform in size. Mine come out to be about 1-1 1/2 inches wide. Make sure you have an even number of balls, as these will be filled.

Here is what mine look like at that stage:

Bake for 10 minutes. These will be very soft when they come out of the oven. It is crucial to let these cool completely before spreading the filling on. You can even make these a day ahead, and fill them later.

Now to make the filling.

Mix the cream cheese, butter, confectioner's sugar, cream, and vanilla.

This mixture will be rather loose. I like to let it sit in the fridge for 10 minutes or more to tighten it up. It makes it easier to spread that way.

Now look at these beauties, just waiting to take that final step to Destination Delicious.

After they have been filled, I put them back into the fridge to cool. Well, I'd like to do that anyhow. But there is some law that states you HAVE to try one right away, even though you know the filling will just squish out of the sides at this point. Honest, it's the law.

Once the filling has set up, these will be a spontaneous free for all of flavor going on. No joke.
You want your kid to eat all of his or her veggies? Just tell them these are on the menu for dessert. You'll see those veggies disappear before your very eyes!

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