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Monday, September 17, 2012

Baking Partner - Cookies

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The challenge for this month's baking partners was cookies.  Three recipes were provided by Tina of Pinay Cooking Corner , Priya of Priya's Versatile Recipes, and Reeni of Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice.  I was not able to do all  three but two of the recipes.  As soon as I took out the sugar and flour, two sets of stomping came my way trying to figure out what I was doing.  I took this chance to teach The Daughter a thing or two about cooking (to do all of my dirty work). 
Homemade Oreo Cookies: Fauxreos Adapted from Serious Eats
Yield: Makes 32 sandwich cookies

Active time: 45 minutes
Total time: 2 hours
Special equipment: 2" round or other cookie cutter, pastry bag or Ziploc bag

Cookies:

3 ounces/85g/ 6 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature
3 3/4 ounces/106.3g / ½ cup sugar
1 1/2 ounces/42.52g/ 3 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 plus 1/8 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon instant coffee powder
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
4 ounces/113.4g / ¾ cup all purpose flour (or rice flour), sifted
3 ounces/85g / 1 cup cocoa powder, sifted

For the filling:

2 ounces/56.7g/ 4 tablespoon shortening or unsalted butter at room temperature
5 ounces/141.7 / 1 ¼ powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of salt

Directions

  1. To make the cookies: Using a hand or stand mixer set to medium speed, cream together butter, both sugars, salt, baking powder, baking soda, espresso powder, and vanilla extract until combined. With mixer still running, add in egg yolks one at a time. Once incorporated, shut off mixer and scrape bowl down with a rubber spatula.
  2. Turn mixer to its lowest setting. Dump in flour and cocoa all at once. The mixture will be stiff. Continue mixing until uniform. Shut off mixer. Use a spatula to scrape the dough from the bowl and knead lightly to form a smooth ball. Use your hands to flatten into a disc.  * You may begin rolling the dough right away, or you may wrap it with plastic and refrigerate for up to a week. If you've kept the dough refrigerated, let it sit at room temperature to soften before starting to roll.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Sift some cocoa powder onto the counter (using cocoa instead of flour gives the Fauxreos their uniquely dark color). Use a rolling pin to roll the dough to 1/8" thickness.  *When finished, slide a metal spatula between the dough and counter to loosen. This will prevent the cookies from sticking.  **A 2" round cutter makes perfect "Oreos" but use any cutter you like. Cut out the cookies and use a metal spatula to lift and transfer to cookie sheet.  ***Arrange cookies on ungreased cookie sheet. (If the cookie sheet is dinged up or uneven, line with parchment paper first.) The cookies will not spread during baking, so they may be arranged quite close together. Set the sheets aside.
  4. Gather up, knead, and re-roll the remaining dough scraps, likewise cutting and arranging on a cookie sheet.  *To add texture to the cookies, place any remaining dough in a mixing bowl. Mix with a hand or stand mixer and add about 1 tsp of hot water or coffee. Continue adding hot water/coffee, a teaspoon at a time, until the dough has thinned into a paste. You can always add more liquid, but you can't take it away. Add slowly and let each addition mix in fully before adding more. When the mixture reaches a frosting-like consistency, use a spatula to scrape it out. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a very small tip, or a heavy duty Ziploc bag with a tiny hole poked in the corner.  **Pipe some sort of design atop each cookie. A tight cornelli design gives the impression of an Oreo. But anything will do, have fun with your designs!
  5. Once the cookies have been decorated, bake for 10 - 12 minutes, or until firm to the touch. If your oven has an uneven heating element, rotate the cookie sheets after six minutes. Once the cookies have baked, cool thoroughly, directly on the cooling rack.
  6. To make the filling: With a hand or stand mixer, cream together shortening/butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Cream on medium speed for five minutes; use a rubber spatula to scrape the bowl down periodically. The long mixing time aerates the filling, making it especially white and less gritty.  *Using a spatula, transfer the filling to a pastry bag fitted with a plain tip. Alternately, portion with a melon-baller sized ice cream scoop, or by using Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off as a makeshift pastry bag.
  7. To assemble the cookies: Flip half the wafers upside down. Onto each, pipe or scoop 1 teaspoon of filling (specifically: 1/4 oz for Double Stuf, 1/8 ounce for regular) directly into the center. To finish, top with remaining wafers and press down with your fingers, applying very even pressure so the filling will spread uniformly across the cookie.
  8. Transfer cookies to an airtight container and refrigerate for several hours. This is crucial. After whipping the filling, it will be quite soft. Refrigerating it (especially if you're using butter) will solidify the filling, restoring its proper texture, and bonding it with the wafers. Serve.

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 I forgot to take out the butter to soften first so if you grate it, the butter will soften quicker :D
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 The Daughter always has to help me.  Even the Son had to watch.
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 And stick his finger into the sugar
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 And of course there will be some spillage.
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 I was trying to teach her the right way to measure (not like I do it myself)
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 Of course Mommy can't mix, she has to.
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 I took over when I rolled the dough out.
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 The adventage of making my own oreos is making my own shapes.
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Ultimate Chocolate Cream Cheese Cookies from Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito
 Ingredients:

2 ¼ cups (255g) all purpose flour
¼ cup (32g) unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. (8g) baking soda
½ tsp. (3g) salt
2 sticks (226g) unsalted butter, softened slightly
4 oz (113g) Cream Cheese at room temperature
1 cup (201g) granulated sugar
½ cup (110g) dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 Tbsp. (30ml) heavy cream
1 tsp. (5ml) pure vanilla extract
3 oz. (85g) bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
8 oz. (225g) of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift the flour with the cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle, combine the butter, cream cheese, granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the eggs, heavy cream and vanilla until blended. At low speed, beat in the dry ingredients.
  5. Add the melted chocolate and chocolate chips and beat just until incorporated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for at least 15 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  6. Scoop heaping tablespoons of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them two inches apart.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes until the cookies are just set; shift the baking sheets for top to bottom and front to back half way through.
  8. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

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 She attacks again and tries to help
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 There goes the sugar again
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 And the mixer this time.
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 Triple Chocolate!
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 I put the dough in the saran wrap so I don't have to make the whole batch right away.  I'm scared to think how the kids would be if they were able to eat the whole batch.
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It was not too sweet and you could really taste the chocolate.

Here is both cookies I made 
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10 comments:

  1. love the shape of your Fauxreos,Joy!

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  2. Joy those cookies look so yummy!! I mis s you guys so much. I remember you every day, as I see you wonderful mixer every time I'm in the kitchen. Any gluten-free recipes?

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  3. Those cookies look so perfectly cute :)

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  4. Your helper is really cute. Cookies looks beautiful and perfect. Love the home made oreo cookies.

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  5. Cookies look yummy with lovely shapes...Looks like your helper really enjoyed it....

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  6. Luv ur shapes dear. Ur kids r superb.

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  7. Looks like so much fun baking with your little ones. I especially love the cute shapes.

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