Saturday, July 2, 2011

Celebrate With Me ....AMERICA!

All American Sandwich Cookies

Yields: 12 sandwich cookies

2 2/3 cup(s) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon(s) baking powder
1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
1/4 teaspoon(s) salt
3/4 cup(s) (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cup(s) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
3/4 cup(s) milk
Food Coloring, Blue & Red (gel or paste works best)

4 oz softened cream cheese
1/4 cup softened butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 cup(s) confectioners' sugar

Cookies: Heat oven to 350°F. Line 4 baking sheets with parchment. Be sure to bake each pan separately and in the middle of the oven.

Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and granulated sugar in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla until blended. Add flour mixture in three additions alternately with milk, beginning and ending with the flour. Beat until just combined.
Divide dough in half and add food coloring to one half, stirring until just blended. Use a scant 1/4 cup ice cream scoop to drop chocolate dough 3 inches apart on 2 baking sheets. Bake 12 to 13 minutes, or until centers are soft but firm and edges are just beginning to brown. Cool 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely./  Using a cookie cutter, cut to trim so all cookies are same size. 

Filling: Beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla.  Add confectioner sugar.  Beat until fluffy.   Frost one bottom of cookie and top with the other.  Roll in sprinkles if desired.

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