For the inaugural month, the Dorie's Cookies group participants could chose from one of two recipes to post this first month, one on the first Tuesday and the other being the post for the third Tuesday. I chose to make the Peanut Butter Change-Ups for the first Tuesday, leaving the Chocolate Sandwich Cookies for this week. This recipe can be found in the Dorie's Cookies on page 306, you can also find it here.
Ingredient list: flour, cocoa powder (I used the dark variety), butter, sugar, salt, egg white, and vanilla for the cookies; butter, confectioner's sugar, vanilla, and salt for the filling.
These cookies were easy to make but take a little time and planning...in other words, you can't really throw them together on a whim as they need a little time to mix, roll, freeze for an hour, cut out, bake, make the filling, spread the filling on the cookies, and then allow them to set up a bit. I actually like recipes like this where I do a little and then go do something else for a bit and then come back and do a little more...this probably says something about my attention span these days. I found the whole process relaxing and satisfying.
Mark says they taste like Oreos and maybe even a little better, fresher. Chocolate is not my thing, so I will take his word for it. The only note I made in my book, more to myself than anything wrong with the recipe, is that I should have used clear vanilla to get that bright white creamy center as the dark vanilla added a tint of color. Not a big deal, but next time I'd use the clear. The recipe instructions were spot on for me, I wouldn't change a thing. Missing Alex...Oreos were his favorite cookie, he would have loved these. Definitely repeat worthy.
The Tuesdays with Dorie group is now baking from Dorie Greenspan's new book, Dorie's Cookies. The posts will be the first and third Tuesdays of the month and can be linked at the main Tuesdays with Dorie website here. You can also find the information on joining in and/or see the posts from those in the group baking along at this location.