What's better than one cookie? Why two cookies, of course. What's better than two cookies? Two cookies and chocolate frosting. Welcome to the sandwich cookie.
The cookies in this sandwich are chocolate oatmeal cookies - a little chewy, a little crispy, a lot delicious. They're not too sweet, which is good because you're going to smother them in chocolate frosting, and, well, maybe there really can be too much of a good thing.
You can use whatever type of frosting you want - store bought or homemade. I used some homemade I had left over for half, and when I ran out went straight for the can. You could even try sandwiching these with vanilla frosting, or peanut butter if you're feeling adventurous.
After I sandwiched the cookies together, I stuck them in the fridge for an hour or so to firm up - since the cookies won't necessarily lie flat, they might slide apart and ruin the delicious sandwich. Refrigerating them helps them stay together, even once they're returned to room temperature.
Tip of the Day: When making sandwich cookies, the most important thing is finding cookies that match up in size. If you pair up the cookies before you begin filling, you'll be able to switch them around so everyone has their best match. And if there's an odd number? More to snack on.
Recipe: (adapted from Food Mayhem)
9 ounces (1 1/3 cups chips) semi-sweet chocolate
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 tsps instant espresso powder
3/4 cup flour
1/3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups oats
Melt the butter and chocolate together.
Beat the eggs, sugar and espresso powder together until thick and pale.
Beat in the chocolate mixture.
Gradually stir in the flour, baking powder and salt until just combined.
Stir in the oats.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls on to a greased baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
Bake on 350F for 8 to 10 minutes, until shiny and crackled on top.
Cool on sheets for one minute, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
When completely cool, spread or pipe frosting on to the bottom of one cookie.
Sandwich a similar-sized cookie on on top.