Chocolate-Orange Cookie Sandwiches

                           Hey guys! Tomorrow is New Years Eve!!!! I really can’t believe how fast the year has gone by! Its just like as if yesterday It was the first day of school……Anyways, I needed to make a dessert for New Years Eve and I found this recipe in my new cookbook “1,001 cupcakes, cookies & other temting treats”. BUT, the frosting was my creation. I tried the one in the book but it came out to be a disaster. I was so frustrated, I decided to invent my own recipe for orange Frosting and it worked! My mom, friend, and my moms friends all shared one and they loved it! I can’t wait to have them tomorrow. I’m also thinking about making Chocolate Eclairs tomorrow? Should I or should I not? Now, I am so tired and beat from baking, I’m pratically sleeping as I type this. I’ve already made soo many typing errors in this paragraph its ridiculous, oh well….

1. This has been a roller coaster type of year. The biggest highlight is when I started baking about 4 months ago! I can’t believe how far this has gotten. This blog was thought of by me and my friend Angello. I never would’ve thought that my blog would be this cute and would go soo far! I really can’t wait to see what I bake in 2013. Pies? Flan? ICE CREAM SANDWICHES???? I guess we will both have to wait and see!!!

Yield: 10 sandwiches

1/2 cup of butter, softened
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of finely grated orange rind
1 medium egg
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
4 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped

Orange Frosting:
2 cups of powdered sugar
2 teaspoons of orange extract
3-5 tablespoons of heavy whippind cream
1/2 cup of almost-melted white chocolate chips (place in microwave for 1 minute)

1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix together the butter and sugar.

2. Add in the cocoa powder and the eggs. Then, add in the flour and orange rinds into the mixture.

3. Finally add in the vanilla extract and chocolate. Keep mixing untill the dough is sticky and stays together in form.       (Like the picture above)

4. Place parchment paper onto 2 baking sheets.

5. Roll the dough into 20 little balls. (Each ball should be one tablespoon) Gently flatten the tops of each ball.

6. Bake the cookies for 12-13 minutes.

7. Once the cookies have finished baking, place them on a cooling rack. Let them cool for 10-15 minutes.

8. Flip the cookies upside down.

9. Orange frosting: Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, place all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix them untill the frosting is  at a thick and creamy consistency.

10. Pipe the frosting onto the bottom of each cookie.

11. Take one cookie and place it on top of the other, like a sandwich.

12. Place the sandwiches in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.

13. Take the sandwiches out of the refrigerator and sprinkle powdered sugar on top. You can also add any extra orange rind on top of them too.

14. ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!!!


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