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The phrase, “the world is your oyster”, rings true today, when ordering culinary supplies over the internet. The worldwide web is literally your oyster, your fancy salts, and your black cocoa. Or any other rare, or difficult to find ingredient your recipe may require.
“The world is your oyster” was first uttered in Shakespeare’s play, The Merry Wives of Windsor”. It apparently, meant with money, you can have anything in the world. But most commonly, the interpretation is to say that one has the ability or opportunity to achieve anything.
When it comes to ordering hard-to-find ingredients online, we absolutely have the opportunity to order most any item our kitchen lacks. And sometimes, it doesn’t even take a great deal of money to achieve.
I have found dark cocoas in local markets, but I knew I’d like to locate the darkest possible for making these homemade sandwich cookies that resemble the ones of our childhood, the kind I used to take the top off of to eat the center first. And sure enough, “black” cocoa is a thing, and it was easily purchased online. I just may need to make a black velvet cake next.
It’s fun to play with newly discovered ingredients, and great to know they are only a click away when we cannot find them locally. And it never hurts to ask your local grocer to stock these internet finds for next time.
On another note, if you run to Lubbock this weekend, please stop by and visit the Lubbock Book Festival on September 25th & 26th at the Mahon Public Library.
This free, two-day event connects authors and readers in support of Literacy Lubbock. With over 40+ award-winning and best-selling authors in attendance, and so many genres represented, there will be something for everyone. From the tiniest of tots to the experienced reader, from YA fiction to crime thriller and everything in between, this festival will highlight the thriving author culture deeply rooted in the Lubbock area.
There will be author panels and book signings, book sales, family-fun crafts and activities, a massive used book sale courtesy of Friends of the Library, writing workshops, outdoor entertainment, food trucks, and more! Can’t wait to see you there! I’ll have a question and answer session at 1:15 on the 25th, and will offer tips and ideas from my book, The Whole Enchilada.
Enjoy food made fresh!
Mini Sandwich Cookies
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup black cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup shortening (or additional 1/2 cup butter)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 325° F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Sift flour, cocoa, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
With an electric mixer on medium speed, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat on medium until just combined. Add flour/cocoa mixture and mix on low, increasing to medium, just a couple of minutes until mixed well.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface, (cocoa may also be used to dust the countertop in place of flour). Roll out dough with a floured rolling pin to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out cookies with a 1-inch round cookie cutter, (or larger, if desired). Bake on prepared baking sheets in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool.
To prepare the filling, place butter, shortening, and 1 cup powdered sugar in a large mixing bowl and mix on low. Add vanilla. Add remaining powdered sugar 1 cup at a time and continue mixing until creamy, 4 to 5 minutes.
Place filling into a piping bag fitted with a large dot tip. Pipe a layer of filling onto half of the baked cookies. Place a top cookie onto each one. Makes approximately 3 dozen, 1-inch sandwich cookies.