Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Sweet Adventures Death by Chocolate Recipe


Homemade Oreo Cookies  
with Chocolate Cream Filling


At the end of last year, 84th & 3rd, The Capers of the Kitchen Crusader, Delicieux, Dining With a Stud, and The Hungry Australian managed to combine a few of my favourite things: blogging, social networking, recipes and dessert. They dubbed it the Sweet Adventures blog hop and began with The Great Australian Pavlova blog hop. This month, the blog hop theme is "Death by Chocolate"... how could I resist?

Before I share my recipe, I must admit that I've never really agreed with the saying, "death by chocolate." I understand it's suggesting that one can adore cocoa creations to a point where they could die from ingesting a colossal amount, but so far, chocolate has only brought me joy. I eat it when I'm sad and it makes me happy. I eat it when I'm happy and it makes me happier. I eat it when I'm  thinking, working, snaking, binging and dieting.

Dark chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and your chances of heart disease. It contains serotonin, which is used to treat depression. And just like sex, it stimulates endorphin release, which causes feelings of pleasure. What's not to love?

When I was an adorable little girl (What of it? I was cute!) I was allowed two fun-sized chocolates after dinner; if I ate all of my veggies, of course. On one memorable occasion my parents decided to conduct a social experiment. "You can have as many chocolates as you wish tonight," they said, "but just remember, if you eat too many, you will feel very sick and get a stomach ache." I couldn't believe my luck. I calculated the perfect number of bars that could be ingested without feeling ill: seven, my age. If I were to repeat this exercise today, the perfect amount would be 22. Nice.

But these days I prefer to indulge in chocolate brought home by my brother (who works at Lindt) or to bake something special. Last night we were all Lindt-ed out, so it was time for some chocolate cookies. These were no ordinary chocolate cookies, mind you, these were OREO COOKIES WITH CHOCOLATE CREAM FILLING!

This recipe makes 32 individual cookies, or 16 chocolate filled sandwich cookies. They are chewy in the middle with chunks of Oreo biscuits throughout, but just in case that's not chocolaty enough for you, there's also a rich chocolate filling.


Ingredients:

Cookies
8-10 Oreo biscuits
1 3/4 cups plain flour
1/2 tablespoon baking soda
3/4 block of butter (about 185g)
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
1 egg
1 egg yolk

Chocolate cream filling
1/4 block of butter (about 60g)
175g sifted icing sugar
75g melted chocolate (can be buttons, cooking chocolate, Lindt etc.)


Instructions:

Cookies

1. Combine dry ingredients (flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda). Next, melt the butter and whisk the eggs. Add to the dry ingredients along with the vanilla essence. Mix until a dough forms.




2. Roughly chop the Oreo biscuits and add to the dough. Use hands to combine thoroughly. Ideally, you should place the dough in cling wrap and leave it in the fridge for a few hours. This way, the Oreo goodness oozes into the dough. If you simply can't wait, it's time to bake!




3. Roll the cookie dough into small balls and then flatten on a greased baking tray. Bake in the oven on 175°C for ten minutes.



4. Remove when still soft but starting to brown ever so slightly on the edges. The cookies will harden once they have cooled but will remain chewy on the inside.


Filling

1. Half melt the butter in the microwave so it is soft but not yet liquid. Whisk with an electric beater until light yellow in colour and fluffy. 


2. Melt the chocolate and add it to the butter, along with the sifted icing sugar.

3. Combine until the mixture resembles a thick icing. You may need to use your hands. When you can pick the mixture up, it is ready.


Putting it All Together

1. Match the cookies into similar sized pairs and lay them out, bottom facing upwards. Roll the filling into small balls and place on one side of the cookie.


2. Put the cookie lid on top of the ball and squish it down into a delicious CHOCOLATE OREO SANDWICH COOKIE! Sorry, I had to yell... must be the sugar rush.

4. Finally, hide on the top shelf away from younger siblings, housemates, parents and partners.



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5 comments:

  1. Now that's clever! My son would love those. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. It's a pleasure to be part of the blog hop! My 11 year old brother has officially eaten nearly the entire batch. We even caught him sneaking one, so they are definitely a hit with kids!

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  2. That was a unique idea!! Good thinking!!!

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  3. Thanks Jennifer! If they are too chocolaty for your tastes, the chocolate cream filling can be substituted for plain vanilla icing. Just add extra icing sugar in place of the melted chocolate and a drop of vanilla extract.

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