Sunday, July 10, 2011

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

At 9.30pm I had the sudden urge to make chocolate cookies, so I dived into the Allergen-Free Baker's Handbook and decided the Chocolate Sandwich Cookies were just the thing! A lot of the other books use dairy-free chocolate in their chocolate cookies, but unfortunately getting it soy free is difficult, and the kids aren't so keen on the Lindt as it is quite strong flavoured, but this recipe uses cocoa. Of course, deciding on the spur of the moment, I didn't read in advance and then got to the part where the dough has to be refrigerated for 2 hrs prior to cutting and cooking; d'oh! Cookie doughs usually need refrigerating to help the gluten relax, so knowing there was no gluten I figured I could do without the refrigeration and the only downside would be that I wouldn't be able to roll it into a log and cut it, it'd have to be rolled into individual balls and flattened.

I didn't end up with as  many (and they were probably huge in comparison!) but oh my they were good! I imagine they're much like Whoopie Pies would be. Once sandwiched they were absolutely massive, but just awesomely good! The boys found them a bit too sweet because I piled the icing in between them but I have a major sweet tooth and thought they were absolutely perfect! (just for size comparison, the plate they're on in the photo is a dinner plate lol!)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

White Russians

Another one from the Vegan Cookie Connoisseur book is the White Russian. Made with Kahlua these are sooo good! I once again used the White Wings flour and they were deliciously decadent! I used more flour then was specified as they were very sticky, so they may have turned out slightly puffier than hers, as from the picture in the book, they seem a bit flatter and with possibly more texture, but these were wonderful anyway! I also didn't have any ground coffee beans (naughty me seeing as I work in a cafe, but I didn't read through the recipe far enough in advance!) so I used instant coffee and I have no complaints. Ground beans would probably have added a grittier texture which could be interesting though.