Witching Hour Cut-Outs
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Witching Hour Cut-Outs

Vanilla buttercream filling highlights Halloween designs in these chocolate cut-out sandwich cookies.

36 sandwich
cookies
1 hr
PREP TIME
03 hrs 30 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

Cookie

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

Filling

4 cups powdered sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Food color, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    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.

  2. STEP 2

    Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate 2 hours or until firm.

  3. STEP 3

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  4. STEP 4

    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.

  5. STEP 5

    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.

  6. STEP 6

    Spread 2 teaspoons filling onto bottom of 1 cookie; top with cut-out cookie, bottom-side down. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.

Tip #1

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.

Tip #2

Bake small center cut-outs at 350°F, 4-5 minutes or until set.

Nutrition

190Calories
8Fat (mg)
25Cholesterol (mg)
85Sodium (mg)
28Carbohydrates (g)
1Dietary Fiber
2Protein (g)

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  October 23, 2012

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.

— says Nancy B.
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  October 26, 2011

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.

— says Tara
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