Salt and Pepper Cookies from Baked

I’ve previously mentioned that I was obsessed with the Baked cookbook (it is amazing – I’m constantly browsing it for new recipes to try).  It’s addictive.  I’m sorry – it is absolutely, totally addictive.

I’m loving these sophisticated Oreos.  The Baked gentlemen decided to recreate these cookies in a slightly less process, trans-fat filled way, and it was absolutely delicious (I may or may not have ended up eating a whole packet myself) – these would be a really lovely cookie to serve at a wedding shower, baby shower or party, I think!

Salt and Pepper Chocolate Cookies (adapted from Baked)

Ingredients (cookies):

1 3/4 cup icing sugar

1 1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter

3 large egg yolks

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 ounces dark chocolate

1/4 cup cocoa powder

3 1/2 cups plain flour

2 teaspoons white pepper

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel

DSC_0754Cream together butter and sugars.  Mix in egg yolks and vanilla.

DSC_0757Sift in dry ingredients.

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Refrigerate overnight.  The next day, roll out cookie dough.

DSC_0763I used my pastry cookie cutter (given to me by a work colleague, who bought it for 50p!) and it made very lovely, even cookies.  Bake at 170C for about ten minutes (or until the sides have browned.)  Allow to cool overnight.

DSC_0788Ingredients (filling):

5 ounces vegetable shortening

4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into chunks)

3 1/4 cups icing sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1/t teaspoon run extract

DSC_0789Beat together unsalted butter and vegetable shortening.

DSC_0790Gradually mix in icing sugar, vanilla extract and rum extract until fully combined.

DSC_0791Spoon a layer of filling in between two cookies (and yes, it really does taste like Oreo filling!)

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