Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies with Mascarpone Filling


 
Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies with Mascarpone Filling. Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies are filled with a smooth mascarpone filling. A sandwich cookie take on a classic favourite. #oatmealcookie #cookiesandwich
Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies with Mascarpone Filling. Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies are filled with a smooth mascarpone filling. A sandwich cookie take on a classic favourite. #oatmealcookie #cookiesandwich
Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies with Mascarpone Filling. Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies are filled with a smooth mascarpone filling. A sandwich cookie take on a classic favourite. #oatmealcookie #cookiesandwich
Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies with Mascarpone Filling. Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies are filled with a smooth mascarpone filling. A sandwich cookie take on a classic favourite. #oatmealcookie #cookiesandwich
Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies with Mascarpone Filling. Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies are filled with a smooth mascarpone filling. A sandwich cookie take on a classic favourite. #oatmealcookie #cookiesandwich
Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies with Mascarpone Filling. Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies are filled with a smooth mascarpone filling. A sandwich cookie take on a classic favourite. #oatmealcookie #cookiesandwich
Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies with Mascarpone Filling. Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies are filled with a smooth mascarpone filling. A sandwich cookie take on a classic favourite. #oatmealcookie #cookiesandwich
Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies with Mascarpone Filling. Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies are filled with a smooth mascarpone filling. A sandwich cookie take on a classic favourite. #oatmealcookie #cookiesandwich

Hiiiiii! Hope your week isn’t giving you too much grief - and if it is, hopefully these wee cookie sandwiches make it better! I’ve been laying low recently, trying to get on top of what kind of feels like a never ending job list - we hid at home over the weekend to get some of it done. They aren’t exciting or big jobs - just a whole lot of those dumb ones that you let build up and suddenly feel like you’re drowning in. I’m sure it’s not just me who gets this? February is classic intense homesick time for me, so I kind of just stick my head down, keep to a routine, make sure I get out of the house enough, and ride it out. It seems to be working. Cookies definitely help.

These wee numbers come from my friends over at Cook: Real Food Everyday magazine! They are the savoury sister to Bake from Scratch, and each issue is jammed full of so many amazing dinner ideas - some of our absolute faves come from there! After a day of recipe testing baking recipes, I find it super relaxing to just follow a recipe for dinner, so am always on the lookout for inspiration. You can subscribe through their website - they have a digital version too if you’re not based in the states!

Alongside all their amazing savoury content, the magazine also has a couple of recipes perfect for weeknight baking - these Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies with Mascarpone Filling are from their latest issue! They are super simple to make, and the mascarpone filling really just takes them over the edge to make the perfect, easy to make cookie sandwich. I couldn’t help but doctor the recipe just a teeny bit - I used some muscovado sugar in place of some of the brown, used half old fashioned oats and half quick cooking to give some chew, and also added a little chocolate. All of these variations are totally optional - I will list the alternatives in the notes!

A few wee tips:

  • A couple of pointers from Cook: Make sure that your mascarpone and butter are the same temperature when you make the cookies, to ensure that the frosting comes together nicely. If it seems like it is splitting a little, I sometimes take out a tablespoon or two and melt it in the microwave, then whip it back into the mixture to help even out the temperature.

  • I like to roughly chop some of my chocolate for this, to help distribute it a little! I pulled some of the chunks out of the batter and put them on top of the dough balls to ensure some chocolate on the tops of the cookies!

  • The cookies alone are bomb. I made a batch as a test and they got demolished, so if you don’t want to fill them, then you can have them as is!

  • I subbed some of the quick cooking oats for old fashioned oats, which have a bit more substance to them. I just did half of the amount by weight - if you only have quick cooking oats, or only old fashioned, either work! I probably should have accounted for the change in weight with subbing old fashioned oats, but I winged it and it worked just fine. Haha. Whoops.

  • I also added chopped chocolate - leave it out if you want!

  • The final sub I made was swapping a little of the light brown sugar for muscovado - if you do not have this on hand, use the same amount of brown sugar in place of muscovado!

  • The cookies might come out of the oven looking not quite perfectly round - for sandwich cookies I like to have them as round as possible! To help correct this, I take a round cookie cutter bigger than the cookie, and use it to nudge the still warm cookie into a round shape.

  • You may have more cookies than you have baking sheets for. This happens to me often - just hold off scooping all of them, and then once the first batch is out and cooled enough to move to a rack, re-use that baking sheet.

 

 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies with Mascarpone Filling

- Makes about 18 Sandwich Cookies -

Recipe very slightly adapted from Cook: Real Food Every Day

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
285g unsalted butter, at room temperature
200g light brown sugar
130g muscovado sugar, or light brown sugar
1 egg, room temperature
2 tsp vanilla (I used vanilla bean paste)
140g quick cooking oats
140g old fashioned oats (or quick cooking oats)
190g all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt
250g good quality dark chocolate (I used 70% wafers), roughly chopped (see notes)
Flaky sea salt for finishing

Mascarpone Filling
115g unsalted butter, at room temperature
225g mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla (I used vanilla bean paste)
1/2 tsp salt
360g powdered sugar, sifted

 

- PROCESS -

OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES

Preheat the oven to 375° / 190°c. Line three baking trays with parchment paper.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter, brown sugar, and muscovado sugar on medium high until light and fluffy, approximately 4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until combined. Scrape down the bowl to ensure it is evenly incorporated.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add to the bowl of the stand mixer, and mix until just combined.

Remove the bowl from the mixer and add the chocolate, incorporating by hand.

Scoop the dough into 2 Tbsp balls (I used a #16 scoop). Roll into balls with your hands, and space evenly on a baking tray. (I fitted about 8 per sheet).

Bake the trays, one at a time, for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt as soon as they come out of the oven. Allow to cool on the tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Repeat the baking process with the remaining baking trays until all of the cookies are baked.

 

MASCARPONE FILLING AND ASSEMBLY

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter, mascarpone, vanilla, and salt on medium speed until combined, 2-3 minutes. Add the sifted powdered sugar, and beat for a further 2 minutes, until light and fluffy.

Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a french star tip (I used Ateco #865).

Pair up the cookies into pairs of equal sizes. Pipe a round of filling onto one half of the cookie, and sandwich with the second half, pressing down gently.

Refrigerate until serving. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Sandwich Cookies with Mascarpone Filling. Chewy Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies are filled with a smooth mascarpone filling. A sandwich cookie take on a classic favourite. #oatmealcookie #cookiesandwich

Caramelised White Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Salted Dark Chocolate German Buttercream


 
Caramelised White Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Salted Dark Chocolate German Buttercream. Perfect tiny mouthfuls of soft chocolate brownie cookie filled with caramelised white chocolate specks, and sandwiched with silky buttercream. These are bound to become your new favourite. #sandwichcookies #browniecookie #germanbuttercream
Caramelised White Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Salted Dark Chocolate German Buttercream. Perfect tiny mouthfuls of soft chocolate brownie cookie filled with caramelised white chocolate specks, and sandwiched with silky buttercream. These are bound to become your new favourite. #sandwichcookies #browniecookie #germanbuttercream
Caramelised White Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Salted Dark Chocolate German Buttercream. Perfect tiny mouthfuls of soft chocolate brownie cookie filled with caramelised white chocolate specks, and sandwiched with silky buttercream. These are bound to become your new favourite. #sandwichcookies #browniecookie #germanbuttercream
Caramelised White Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Salted Dark Chocolate German Buttercream. Perfect tiny mouthfuls of soft chocolate brownie cookie filled with caramelised white chocolate specks, and sandwiched with silky buttercream. These are bound to become your new favourite. #sandwichcookies #browniecookie #germanbuttercream
Caramelised White Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Salted Dark Chocolate German Buttercream. Perfect tiny mouthfuls of soft chocolate brownie cookie filled with caramelised white chocolate specks, and sandwiched with silky buttercream. These are bound to become your new favourite. #sandwichcookies #browniecookie #germanbuttercream
Caramelised White Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Salted Dark Chocolate German Buttercream. Perfect tiny mouthfuls of soft chocolate brownie cookie filled with caramelised white chocolate specks, and sandwiched with silky buttercream. These are bound to become your new favourite. #sandwichcookies #browniecookie #germanbuttercream
Caramelised White Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Salted Dark Chocolate German Buttercream. Perfect tiny mouthfuls of soft chocolate brownie cookie filled with caramelised white chocolate specks, and sandwiched with silky buttercream. These are bound to become your new favourite. #sandwichcookies #browniecookie #germanbuttercream

Hi! Here with another collab - this time these super delicious Caramelised White Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Salted Dark Chocolate German Buttercream. They sound like a mouthful, and they truly are, but the good kind. lolz.

These wee cookies were something that my friend Becky and I dreamt up for Cherry Bombe University last year. We partnered up for a bake-off, and because we live on opposite coasts, decided to divide and conquer our recipe by doing a sandwich cookie, and coming up with one component each. Being our resident internet cookie queen, Becky whipped up these incredible cookies - little brownie cookies with a caramelised white chocolate ‘dust’ swirled throughout. I paired them with my very favourite thing - a salted chocolate german buttercream. Alone, the components are pretty good, but paired up, these cookies are just ridiculous. The cookies are perfectly soft, and sandwiched with the slightly salty, silky buttercream, they are some of the very best cookies I have had in quite some time. Becky came around the morning of the event and we baked our little butts off, filling my teeny apartment with boxes and boxes of cookies - we had to make 200, so kept them on the small side, because making 400 cookies is a whole shitload of cookies. They won crowd favourite at the event, and I promise you they will become your new favourite too.

A few wee tips:

  • Don’t go out and buy amazing quality white chocolate for this. Get good dutch cocoa and good dark chocolate and good butter, but we found that for a great dusty texture, regular white baking chips worked best. We used the white baking chips from Ghirardelli.

  • The time for the caramelised white chocolate may vary from brand to brand. If you take it too far by mistake and it goes smooth again, just chop up once cool into small pieces.

  • The white chocolate dust recipe is easily doubled on one half sheet pan - I suggest making extra because they are super good to have as a garnish for a dessert, or just for a quick stress eat when you need it (happened to me v recently)

  • You will see that there is bread flour and all-purpose flour in these cookies, which is a signature move of Becky’s. It gives the cookies amazing height and chew - don’t skip it if you are able. If you are in NZ, Bread flour is the same as High-grade.

  • I used King Arthur’s Double dutch cocoa for this - which is a blend of black cocoa and dutch cocoa, so the cookies came out a little darker than they would if you used regular dutch cocoa. Either works!

  • These will seem small, but remember that there will be two cookies, plus buttercream in a sandwich. They pack a wee punch. A tablespoon cookie scoop really helps to keep them consistent in size.

  • Muscovado sugar is great - it is dark and super flavourful. If you can’t get hold of it, dark brown sugar works great too.

  • The dough for the cookies will seem quite loose - but with an overnight rest it firms up nicely. Make sure you account time for this.

 

 

Caramelised White Chocolate Dust Brownie Cookies with Salted Dark Chocolate German Buttercream

- Makes about 35 sandwich cookies cookies -

Caramelised White Chocolate Dust
285g (10 oz) White Chocolate Baking Chips

Brownie Cookie
115g (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
250g (1 1⁄4 cups) granulated sugar
100g (1⁄2 cup) dark muscovado sugar, packed
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 large egg yolk, room temperature
3 teaspoons (15 ml) real vanilla extract
1⁄2 cup (118 ml) sunflower seed oil
156 g (1 1⁄4 cups) bread flour
156 g (1 1⁄4 cups) all-purpose flour
75g (2/3 cup) unsweetened dark (Dutch process) cocoa powder
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 ½ teaspoon sea salt

Salted Chocolate German Buttercream
110g sugar
12g (1 1/2 Tbsp) cornstarch
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tsp kosher salt
190g whole milk
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
340g (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
180g good quality dark chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
½ tsp flaky sea salt

- PROCESS -

CARAMELISED WHITE CHOCOLATE DUST

Preheat your oven to 250°F (120°C).

Sprinkle the white chocolate over a baking sheet and bake in the center of the oven for 10 minutes. Take out of the oven and stir the chips and place back in the oven for 10 more minutes. Repeat this process 3-4 more times, until they have turned a nice bronze color and the chips have crumbled - this usually takes me about 40 minutes. Take out of the oven and set aside to cool.

 

BROWNIE COOKIES

In an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment add the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar and mix on medium for 4 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add in the eggs and egg yolk, one at a time taking care that each is well blended before adding in the next. Add in the vanilla and oil running the machine 1 minute more or until thoroughly blended. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl so that everything is well blended. Take the bowl out of the mixer.

In a medium bowl whisk together the bread flour, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and sea salt. Add this to the butter mixture and combine in as few strokes as possible and no flour streaks remain. Take the bowl out of the mixer, sprinkle the caramelized chocolate dust over the top and barely fold into the dough…you want there to be thick swirls of it in the dough. Wrap tightly and chill for at least
3 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and cover several baking sheets with parchment paper.

Roll into 1 tablespoon-size balls and set on the prepared baking sheet leaving a 1 1⁄2-inch (3.7-cm) space between dough balls. If dough gets sticky while rolling, place it in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm back up.

Bake one sheet at a time for 8 minutes in the center of the oven. Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a rack to finish cooling.

SALTED CHOCOLATE GERMAN BUTTERCREAM

In a bowl, whisk together the sugar, corn starch, egg, egg yolk and salt. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk and vanilla to just shy of a simmer.  Remove from the heat.

Using one hand to whisk constantly, pour half of the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture. This helps to temper the eggs and stop them from scrambling. Whisk until incorporated, and then pour the whole lot back into the saucepan.

Heat the milk and egg mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it begins to bubble. It will thicken quickly. Once it has thickened, cook for one minute, then remove from the heat. Pour into a shallow container or bowl of a stand mixer and press some plastic wrap over the surface to avoid a skin from forming. Refrigerate until cold - at least four hours, preferably overnight. If you need to speed this process up, you can place the pastry cream in a bowl, then place the bowl in an ice bath. Stir frequently.

Fit your mixer with the whisk attachment, and place the pastry cream in the bowl. Whip the mixture on medium until creamy and lump-free. Begin adding the butter, a few cubes at a time, until fully incorporated. It may look curdled at some point but just keep whipping - it will come together! Once the buttercream is homogenous, add the cooled melted dark chocolate and flaky sea salt, and mix well to combine. Store in an airtight container until ready to use, or if using immediately, transfer to a piping bag fitted with a round tip.

To assemble, pair similar-sized cookies, pipe a blob of buttercream on one half, and press the other cookie on top.  Alternatively you can use an offset spatula, and smear the buttercream on. Repeat with the remaining cookies.

Store leftover cookies in an airtight container in the fridge.

Caramelised White Chocolate Brownie Cookies with Salted Dark Chocolate German Buttercream. Perfect tiny mouthfuls of soft chocolate brownie cookie filled with caramelised white chocolate specks, and sandwiched with silky buttercream. These are bound to become your new favourite. #sandwichcookies #browniecookie #germanbuttercream

Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles


 
Salted caramel snickerdoodles - hard caramel is ground up and mixed into the cookie dough, then chunks of caramel are folded through to form chewy pockets once the cookie has baked. The perfect crowd pleasing christmas cookie.
Salted caramel snickerdoodles - hard caramel is ground up and mixed into the cookie dough, then chunks of caramel are folded through to form chewy pockets once the cookie has baked. The perfect crowd pleasing christmas cookie.
Salted caramel snickerdoodles - hard caramel is ground up and mixed into the cookie dough, then chunks of caramel are folded through to form chewy pockets once the cookie has baked. The perfect crowd pleasing christmas cookie.
Salted caramel snickerdoodles - hard caramel is ground up and mixed into the cookie dough, then chunks of caramel are folded through to form chewy pockets once the cookie has baked. The perfect crowd pleasing christmas cookie.

Just popping in quickly to share this recipe with you - because I think that it should be right at the very very top of your holiday baking list. This is the cookie that people are going to ask you for the recipe for - the one that is going to make you friends at the holiday party. I know that these are big calls to make, but trust me on this, because these salted caramel snickerdoodles are all kinds of epic.

I developed this recipe for the holiday cookie issue of Bake from Scratch magazine - it was part of the cookie box on the cover, and it is probably the most made recipe of the six that I contributed. The cookie was inspired by a bakery in Wellington, the town where I went to university. They do a salted caramel cookie that is giant, thin, and has chunks of chewy caramel through it. I get one every single time I go home.

I tried something new when I made these - I wanted to really get as much caramel flavour into them as possible, so I made a hard caramel (which is super fun, it comes out like a window pane), then divided it in two once it was set. Half the caramel gets ground up and creamed in with the butter and sugar, and half gets bashed up into chunks, which are then folded through the dough, so that when baked, form these melty pockets of caramel which add to the perfect chew of the snickerdoodle. The whole thing is then rolled in a cinnamon sugar, then, once baked, loaded up with flaky sea salt. There you have, in my opinion, the perfect holiday cookie. Pretty simple to make, but a little bit fancy. The best. The recipe also makes loads (I kept them on the small side), so they are perfect for stocking up for the holiday season!

A few wee tips:

  • The caramel, once ground, will pull moisture out of the environment very quickly and start to clump, so use the ground caramel fresh out of the food processor.

  • I like to use a round cookie cutter, slightly larger than the cookie, to place over the cookie and carefully nudge it into a perfectly round shape just after it comes out of the oven.

  • Pro tip Have everything ready to go for the caramel - there are a few seconds between a toasty caramel and a burnt sugar, so you want to be able to pour out the caramel as soon as it is ready.

  • If you do not want to bake all of these cookies at once, the dough, once rolled in the cinnamon sugar, can be stored in a ziploc bag in the freezer. Freeze until solid on a baking sheet before transferring to a bag.

 

 

Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles

- Makes about 46 -

Salted Caramel
400g granulated sugar
1 tsp kosher salt

Snickerdoodles
225g unsalted butter, at room temperature
150g ground caramel (see salted caramel recipe)
100g granulated sugar
50g dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
350g all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp kosher salt
200g caramel chunks (from salted caramel recipe)
50g granulated sugar (for rolling)
1/2 tsp cinnamon  
Flaky Sea Salt to finish

 

- PROCESS -

SALTED CARAMEL

Line a half baking sheet with a silpat mat, and have nearby.

Place the sugar in a medium saucepan, and place over medium heat. Heat the sugar, stirring occasionally with a whisk, until all of the sugar has melted (the sugar will clump as you heat, but continue to stir - it will soon smooth out). Continue to cook the caramel until it is amber in colour and just beginning to smoke slightly. Immediately pour onto the prepared lined baking sheet, and sprinkle with the salt. Allow to cool completely. Break into large chunks, and weigh out 200g of the caramel. Place into a ziploc bag and hit with a rolling pin until it forms small chunks. Set aside. Place the remainder of the caramel into the work bowl of a food processor, and pulse until finely ground. Measure out 150g and set aside to use in the cookie mixture.

 

SNICKERDOODLES

Preheat the oven to 350˚f (180˚c). Line 2-3 baking sheets with parchment paper. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter, ground caramel, granulated sugar and brown sugar on high speed for 4-5 minutes. Lower the speed of the mixer, add the egg and vanilla, and mix until combined. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt, and add to the mixture. Mix on low until just combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir in the 200g caramel chunks by hand, ensuring they are evenly distributed.

Using a 1 Tbsp (#60) cookie scoop, scoop out balls of dough and place on a prepared baking sheet. Roll each into a ball, roll evenly in the cinnamon sugar mixture, and space evenly on a baking sheet, leaving room to spread (Note - you will have to bake these in several batches, but I prefer to roll them all at once).

Before baking, place the baking sheet in the freezer for 5-10 minutes to allow the dough to firm slightly, the transfer to the oven. Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes, until they are golden brown and have puffed up. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack.

Store cookies in an airtight container.

Salted caramel snickerdoodles - hard caramel is ground up and mixed into the cookie dough, then chunks of caramel are folded through to form chewy pockets once the cookie has baked. The perfect crowd pleasing christmas cookie.