Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Raspberry Fudge Sandwich Cookies

Raspberry Fudge Sandwich Cookies

You know how the top of a batch of brownies gets all crackly? The cookies for these raspberry fudge sandwich cookies do just that.

Raspberry Fudge Sandwich Cookies
I like to park myself in front of my oven window and obsessively watch what happens to food while it bakes. These cookies put on a show. First they spread out into flat pools studded with chocolate chips. Next, they puffed up to what seemed like 1/2 inch high. Finally, they settled into these crackly, fudgy "brownie tops" filled with melty chocolate chips. All in eleven minutes.

Raspberry Fudge Sandwich Cookies

Can you believe that there is only one cup of flour in 48 sandwich cookies? That translates to 96 individual cookie halves (I'm very good at math). I did not go to baking school, and I need to really study my copy of Ratio, but I do know that these cookies are a lot like these Chocolate Truffle Cookies, only thinner.

These cookies are filled with thick raspberry preserves, but you can use any kind of filling you like, such as chocolate malt filling, or the chocolate cream filling from these sandwich cookies. I think the raspberry fudge combination is pretty amazing, and even gets better over time as the flavors meld.

Raspberry Fudge Sandwich Cookies

Makes 48 sandwich cookies

Ingredients

1 stick (1/2 C) unsalted butter, slightly softened
2 C sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
1/4 tsp (heaping) salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 C (4.25 ounces) unbleached all purpose flour
3/4 C (2.25 ounces) Dutch process cocoa
3/4 tsp baking powder
12 ounces chocolate chips
1/2 to 3/4 C raspberry preserves

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two baking sheets with parchment. You can reuse the baking sheets and parchment as soon as the baking sheet cools. 
  2. With a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix the butter and sugar until blended. It might be a bit grainy. 
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until each one is incorporated. 
  4. Add the salt and vanilla and beat the mixture briefly. 
  5. Whisk the flour, cocoa, and baking powder together in a separate bowl. 
  6. Slowly add the flour/cocoa mixture to the butter/sugar/egg mixture and beat until incorporated. Do not over mix. 
  7. Fold in the chocolate chips. 
  8. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls of the dough 1 1/2 inches apart onto the baking sheets, and bake, one sheet at a time, for 11 to 12 minutes. 
  9. Cool the cookies on a wire rack. 
  10. Once the cookies are cooled, sandwich about a tsp of raspberry jam between two cookies. 
Leftover cookies will stay delicious for about three or four days in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

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17 comments:

  1. Oh, yum!! I also like to watch stuff baking, sadly the oven light has been more or less broken, so I've missed that element of baking. Hopefully we get a revamped oven soon.. But I want to make these anyway, even if I can't watch the cookies bake.

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    1. That's okay if you don't watch. The cookies will your reward! =)

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  2. Those look amazing! I love that they sandwich cookies but still chewy, fudgy. And lol my daughter had been learning fractions so I have started making her figure out all of the baking math (not that crazy math you did though lol) herself. She is ok with it as long as I do not emphasize too much that it is (horrors!) math!

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    1. Thanks Laura! I'm going to have to try this with my grandson. =)

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  3. I love to watch what goes on in the oven too but both of my oven light bulbs are out at the moment. Thanks for the reminder to fix that problem. I love the look of these fudgy cookies. Yum.

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    1. Thanks Holly! Replace those bulbs and pop some popcorn and watch the show!

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  4. LOL. Only a true foodie would watch the show going on in her oven...And only a true connoisseur of chocolate would produce such delightful cookies of divine goodness <3

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  5. These look and sounds so very good, I'm going to book mark this recipe and make it very soon.

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    1. I can't wait to hear how it works out!

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    1. Thanks Kathya. Me too. So many options!

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  7. They look great and really fudgy too...

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  8. These cookies sound so deliciously good. Karen, you continue to amaze me. How do you bake/cook/blog (and work) so much?! I yet, still want to make your chocolate truffle cookies and your General Tso's Chicken! I have them bookmarked. :)

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    1. Awww, thank you Cathy. BTW those are two of my favorite recipes =)

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  9. I love a cookie that has a crunch on the outside, and then that little bit of softness inside, and the fact that you sandwiched them around raspberry preserves is just the kind of cookie I would be reaching for again and again.

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