Sunday, March 13, 2011

Baked Sunday Mornings: Salt-N-Pepper Sandwich Cookies

Hubby and I just taste tested Salt-N-Pepper Sandwich Cookies and the verdict is:  WE LOVE THEM!   The  filling in the center is creamy and even better than Oreo's, the pepper gave a little "kick" that is fun, and the fleur de sel sprinkled on the top was just offset the sweetness of the filling to balance it out.  These are a great cookie!  And it is delightful to try a new cookie and come away knowing that I will make it again and again!!! 
I really did not want to use shortening.  Period.  I just do not use shortening in any of our foods.  Ever.  But I am committed to trying the recipes as written as much as possible.  I want to learn new things, so I am up for a try.  But...shortening is gross.  So, I went on a hunt and found this shortening which I had not previously known existed and I am encouraged to use shortening again as an ingredient in some recipes.  I recommend this shortening.  The filling had a great taste...not like shortening that I can often feel on the roof of my mouth, and the benefits of not using something like Crisco are a no brainer.  The filling was perfect!  I would not change anything, but I did run out, so next time I will make a larger quantity.

I've been learning about and trying different fun salts...this Fleur de Sel being one of them.  It is pretty and a "soft" flavored salt...goes very well with pastries.  Both Hubby and I enjoyed the salt...I had thought Hubby would like it  as he is a "salt" person...loves French fries, chips, pretzels, etc.  I am more of a sugar person, so I wondered if I would have preferred some pretty sugar crystals sprinkled on the top instead, but to my pleasure, I do like this salt on these cookies, and I would use the salt again.

The dough rolled and cut out nicely after refrigerating.  However, I think I let the cookies sit out a bit too long on the cookies sheets waiting for the oven because they did not keep their pretty pre-baked shape while baking.  Our temperatures in AZ have been 90+ this week and we're not yet air conditioning...we are truly enjoying the heat!!!  But I think the cookies do not, so next time I will be more careful to keep them chilled while waiting for the oven.

Also, with all the filling, the salt, and the pepper, Hubby and I both commented that although the cookies are exceptionally good, we would like them to be more chocolaty.  Their chocolate flavor was hidden even though I used good qualities for both the powder and the melted chocolates.
I decided to quickly pipe on the filling and I would also do this again...quick and easy and no mess...and I made the filling while the cookies were baking, put it into the piping bag, and it just waited for me...actually for several hours until I had time to finish sandwiching the baked cookies.  No refrigeration, no transferring the filling to a covered was just all good and ready to go when I was ready.

The only other change I would make is to cut the cookies much that they would bake about Oreo size.  My cookies were excellent, but quite large as they grew in the oven.  I used a 2" cutter, but ended up with at least 3" cookies, and with a top and a bottom and goodness in the middle this is a much larger size than I had anticipated.  Also, because they are large, I will add 2 minutes to the bake time for this size of cookie.  A 1" cutter would be adequate, and would expand to about Oreo size or a little larger.

This is a very nice Sunday evening treat...My family is coming to visit soon and I have a tasty surprise waiting for them to try.   

Note:  Before baking I read several of your posts and I must admit that I came away wondering if I should add any pepper and I was warned that the size was large...but I decided to try the recipe as written.  I am glad that I kept the pepper, but I should have heeded the size warning.  Always fun to learn from you all out there in cyber space.  Later tonight I will be excited to look again and see what you all have done.


  1. They look so good! I can't wait to try them!!

  2. Yours look great. We didn't use shortening in ours, but good to know that product is out there.

  3. Yummy! I love the filling swirls!

  4. I think your cookies look really good and I like that you piped the filling. I am going to check to see if I can find that shortening to try it with this recipe next time. Thanks for telling us about it.

  5. Wow - you went the whole gamut! Piping even - it looks spectacular! I used crisco and thought it was a little "fake"... but your shortening looks interesting - a must try when I make these again! Wonderful prep photos!

  6. U know ur jar of fluer de sal gets me all excited , i so need a jar too.
    I love that u piped the filling , i had planned to pipe it too , but went rustic the last moment , coz i filled them pretty late at night :-)
    Ur cookies are sooo pretty and delicious am sure.
    Right on , i would say they are better than oreos too.
    Its pretty warm here too , and i know what u mean ,i needed the freezer to keep things from being sticky :-)

  7. Kris, your cookies look perfect - love that you piped these--great idea! We loved these too - I can't wait to make them again. Your photos are great!

  8. Your piped on filling looks so pretty! I agree, these were a bit too big and I would also use a smaller cutter next time.

  9. Kris your cookies look and sound delicious with that Spectrum ! Thanks for the tip.

  10. They look really good! Good idea to pipe the icing on- looks much easier!

  11. These really do look good. I'm going to try working with Spectrum and see what happens. Thanks for the tip. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary