Vanilla buttercream filling highlights Halloween designs in these chocolate cut-out sandwich cookies.
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1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
1 ounce unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 to 3 tablespoons milk
Food color, if desired
Combine 1 cup butter and sugar in bowl; beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Add 1/4 cup milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla and egg; continue beating until well mixed. Add melted chocolate; mix well. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda; beat at low speed until well mixed.
Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Roll out dough, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), on lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with floured 2 1/4- to 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Cut out center of half of cookies with Halloween-shaped mini-sized (about 1-inch) cookie cutters. Bake 8-11 minutes or until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely.
Combine all filling ingredients except milk and food color in bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often and gradually adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Add food color, if desired.
Spread 2 teaspoons filling onto bottom of 1 cookie; top with cut-out cookie, bottom-side down. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.
Mini-sized cutters can also be called small cookie or canapé cutters. They are often sold as a set of 8 or 10 shapes inside a round tin.
Bake small center cut-outs at 350°F, 4-5 minutes or until set.
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I made these cookies Halloween 2011. They were a huge success. So cute and so good. It's now Halloween 2012 and my son asks for the "epic" cookies with the cut outs and cream. I had totally forgotten about this recipe but you know it's GOT to be a winner if a 9 year old remembers them a year later.
I made these 3 times now and everyone loves them....they go so fast. Kids also loved helping cut the shapes and making it into a sandwich. I will def make these a lot.
The spookiest holiday is also the sweetest. Halloween desserts with spiders, cauldrons and critters will turn all of your fright into delight.