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Sprinkle Sandwich Cookies

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hello all! I am sorry I was a little MIA last week...moving and starting my new job ended up being way more time consuming than I expected. No surprise there, but I did not plan very well so blogging had to take a slight back burner. 

However, I am using my first day off since April (!!) to plan out this week a little better and be a little more organized. Moral of the story, I am now back with a full schedule of posts so make sure to stay tuned this week. There are some fun things to come like my first Lefty Baking Life adventure as well as some first looks at my new apartment as I get moved in and situated! 

Anyways, excuse my ramblings and let's get back to the main reason for this post...cookies. I have never been a huge cookie fan because I hate dry cookies without flavor. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a crunchy, crumbly cookie. But, I want it to be that way because the baker intended that, not because they are over-baked or otherwise poorly made. 

So, when my mom first told me she was making sprinkle cookies, I was a little hesitant to say the least, despite my love of sprinkles. However, these turned out to be some of the best cookies I'd ever had. They had a strong flavor of vanilla (which I love) and were soft and moist. Since this discover, I've looked for every possible opportunity to use these cookies. I've drawn shamrocks for St. Patrick's day, made bunny butt cookies for Easter, tried holiday themed sprinkles, and dyed icing.

A couple of weeks ago,  I was scrolling through Pinterest and saw a recipe for sandwich cookies. My first thought was to make sandwich cookies out of my sprinkle cookie recipe because how could that possibly be bad?! It also seemed like the perfect way to say thank you and good bye to my Leland Little family. 

The cookies were a hit to say the least. I made them slightly smaller than usual so it wasn't too big a serving and I used a cream cheese icing instead of my usual icing. I like cream cheese icing for fillings because it is a little thicker so better in large quantities. These really turned out to be a fabulous experiment and they will definitely be featured on Lefty Baking Life soon if you want to try them yourself! Until next time, XO

Ingredients: 

1 cup butter, room temp
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sprinkles
Frosting: 
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, room temp
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Directions: 

With an electric mixer, cream the butte and sugar until light, about 2 mins. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Scrape bowl as needed.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, cornstarch, and salt. Slowly add to the butter mixture on low speed and mix until combined. Gently mix in the sprinkles by hand. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours. 
Remove from the fridge and preheat oven to 325. Let cookies sit at room temperature for 15 minutes unless you have chilled them overnight. If so, let them sit for about 30-40 minutes.
Form dough into balls. Bake for 9-10 minutes until the edges are slightly browned. The centers will appear soft. Allow to cool on pan for 3 minutes then transfer to wire rack to cool. They need to be completely chilled before you construct your sandwiches.
Frosting: use a hand mixer to beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the butter and beat until well blended. Add confectioner's sugar and vanilla and continue beating until smooth.
Place as much frosting as you like on half the cookies and sandwich them together. Put enough to hold the cookies but not too much. You don't want it to ooze out when people take a bite.
This made almost 40 sandwiches for me! 

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