Happy first Cookie Friday of my favorite month! Do you know we’ve almost come full circle?? At the end of June will be my 52nd Cookie Friday. I kid you not. I haven’t missed one. I even planned ahead when I went to the DR. I’m not sure there’s a recipe for every single one because I did doubles once in a great while. I’m not positive I’m going to continue blogging them. I’m mulling it over. I’m a little bored with it. Probably because I’m not a cookie lover myself. But for some reason people are more interested in them than in every single mile split I ever run… I have no idea why. On the other hand, Kevin really loves cookies. And I really love Kevin. And he puts up with all my blogging and iPhone photography so he deserves at least one perk, right?
This one is from my favorite baking blog Two Peas & Their Pod.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sandwich Cookies
3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups mini semisweet chocolate chips
For Cookie Dough:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugars until no lumps remain, 1-2 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract, scraping the sides of the bowl to make sure all of the ingredients are incorporated. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and mix until smooth. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour or overnight.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Roll chilled dough into smooth, tablespoon-size balls, about 1 inch in diameter. Flatten balls slightly into 3/4-inch disks. Place disks about 2 inches apart on parchment or Silpat lined baking sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes, or until cookie edges are slightly golden brown. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
3. To prepare the cookie dough filling, beat together butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Mix in flour, powdered sugar, and salt on low speed until incorporated. Slowly add heavy cream and vanilla extract and beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
4. To assemble, sandwich 1 heaping tablespoon of filling between two cookies. Press cookies lightly until filling spreads to the edges. Repeat with remaining cookies.
Note: Sandwiches can be stored refrigerated in an airtight container, for up to 3 days. Let them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
Recipe from The Cookie Dough Lover’s Cookbook
I wasn’t pleased with the way the cookie part turned out. They were too thin & flat. And I swear I chilled them. Almost double the time it called for. I wish I would have used a recipe I trusted for that part. But it worked out. The ones that are broken just be dipped in chocolate chip cookie dough. It’s win-win!
They are really good frozen! Almost like the those giant ice cream cookie sandwich things you can buy at gas stations!
Friday fun –
We picked up some ravioli at the store last night for a quick lunch today. It was pretty good. But we were both disturbed by the portion size! It felt sooo tiny. I wish a serving size of ravioli filled up my plate!
But it was a good light lunch since I was on my way to the gym anyhow.
I started things out with 1 mile jog to shake things out, and then completed ZWOW #20 in a tidy 10:24. All along I was thinking I should try a 5k for time like Tina did today. Well, it was a nice thought.
I totally crashed after 10 minutes but I made it to 1.44 @ 6:56 pace. Probably a little ambitious since I haven’t tried one in a while. My overall 5k treadmill PR was 20:38 at VIP Fitness in the DR. They thought I was a little crazy there. I’m hoping to beat 20 someday… I need to get cracking. 5ks are kinda my least favorite distance because it’s just 20-22 minutes of sheer exertion. Ayiyi. Anyways, when all was said and done I ran 5.29 miles today. I did some intervals after my little burn to punish myself for quitting. Lol. I mean that in a nice way. I was so surprised at myself for quitting, but the ZWOW was pretty lower body focused so maybe my legs weren’t ready? But hey, no excuses. I’ll try again soon. I need to keep myself honest.
What was the last PR you attempted? Today. Fail.
Are there are any portion sizes in food that suprise you? Pasta is always extra disappointing. I recently read an interesting article on Glamour about healthy portion sizes.
Later!! Kevin’s home and we’re off to a Rockies game!!