You could say I’m on a citrus high. And that makes me happy, in all the right ways.
Oranges, clementines, meyer lemons and limes. I’m a big fan of most all citrus, minus grapefruit. Why not grapefruit? I have no idea. Grandpa used to eat it every morning for breakfast. Loaded with about 3 tablespoons of sugar.
But other than the pink fleshed fruit, I’m a fan. And with so many ways to cook with it, you can go from sweet to savory in a snap.
Like yesterday’s post for my new favorite pasta: savory. In the overused words of Rachel Zoe, “I die.” That pasta was my savory twist, and this recipe is it’s alter ego, ergo sweet.
Hello Chocolate and Orange Sandwich Cookies with Cream Cheese Filling. Honestly, do you think I could have added another layer of flavor in there? I guess I did leave out nuts and pretzels. Restraint is sometimes a good thing.
Chocolate and Orange Sandwich Cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ cup butter softened to room temperature
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- Cream Cheese Filling recipe below
Cream Cheese Filling !Ingredients:
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- ½ cup 1 stick butter, softened to room temperature
- 2 cups powdered sugar
For the Cookies:
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Whisk flour, salt and baking powder together in a bowl and set aside. In a stand mixer or another bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla, egg and orange zest and beat until combined.
- Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until fluffy then add the remaining flour. Mix just until incorporated.
- Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking mat. Scoop 1 tablespoon of the dough and roll into a ball, then place on the baking sheet. Butter the bottom of a drinking glass with and press to flatten the ball slightly. Repeat and place balls on sheet about 4 inches apart. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Cool on a baking sheet.
- In a double boiler or a glass bowl fitted over a saucepan filled with 1-inch of water, melt chocolate chips over boiling water, stirring occasionally. Do not let glass bowl touch the boiling water. Remove bowl from the water. Frost the tops of half of the cookies with the chocolate and set aside. Spread the cream cheese filling on the bottoms of the remaining cookies then top with the chocolate frosted cookies to form a sandwich.
For the Cream Cheese Filling
- Blend cream cheese and butter with a mixer until smooth. Add powdered sugar and mix well.