After-School Snack: A New Twist on Classic Milk and Cookies

By Woman's Day Kitchen

Kids look forward to few things more than sweets when they arrive home from school, but packaged foods can lose their appeal by fall. Surprise your student (or treat yourself) with these home-baked Chocolate Cream-Filled Sandwich Cookies. Photo by Romulo Yanes; Food styling by Stephana Bottom; Prop styling by Amy Wilson.

Yields: 40 sandwiches (cost per serving of $0.22)
Total Time: 2 hr 45 min

Prep Time: 35 min


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Nutritional Information
(per serving)

Calories 76
Total Fat 5g
Saturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium 43mg
Total Carbohydrate 8g
Dietary Fiber 0
Sugars --
Protein 1g
Calcium --

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup(s) heavy cream
  • 4 ounce(s) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 ounce(s) white chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon(s) kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup(s) (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup(s) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) pure vanilla extract

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Directions
1. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, whisk together the heavy cream and cream cheese until the cream cheese is melted and combined. Remove from the heat and add the white chocolate, stirring until melted and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and cool for 10 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
2. Meanwhile, heat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
3. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy; beat in the egg and the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined.
4. Drop level teaspoon of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake until firm around the edges but slightly soft in the center, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
5. Using an electric mixer, beat the chilled white chocolate filling until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Spoon the filling into a large resealable freezer bag. Snip a 1/2-inch opening off one corner of the bag; pipe the frosting on half the cookies, then sandwich with the remaining cookies.

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