Oreo’s for the fancy person. That’s what I’ve made. I’ve said it before you could think it. HA!
There are two things in the world I could talk forever about. Music and food. What more can anyone need? Ya know?
When good music is on, you know that feeling you get and you just need to dance around your apartment like nobody is around? You know that feeling you get when you make something so good that you just need to dance around your apartment like nobody is around? I know.
Food brings people together. Think about it. It’s at the center of every gathering. Next time you go to a party, look at the kitchen, if there’s not a crowd of people in there, I’ll come to your house personally, and bake for you. Travel expenses paid by you of course. Fall is that time of year when people are getting together for the holidays and spending time together. I’ve been in the Jet City for two short years now and I’ve made some really great friends. I’m extremely grateful for two people. The one that got me here and made it worth it, and the one that showed me the world outside my bubble.
I love Seattle. There’s trees everywhere and when fall hits they’re are a rainbow of colors that have to be seen to experience. Words can’t explain what the Northwest holds. One of the other really great things (besides the music) here is the food. It’s as diverse as the people. You name it, you can find it (except legitimate Mexican (sad face)). Fall has some very specific flavors. I refuse to give into the pumpkin madness. Starbucks has it, your mom is doing it, it’s probably all over the stores, I grew up with pumpkins, I’ve seen and had enough to last a lifetime. Don’t get me wrong, but pumpkin cookies and cake and lattes and pie and muffins and bread and candles and beer and the squash are great, but it’s been done.
Let me suggest a really great spice called Cardamom. Add it to your cookies, your cakes, your breads, and your life. I promise you won’t regret it. It’s sweet and peppery and warm. It’s everything that Fall needs to be. There’s a lot of grammatically incorrect sentences in this post.
This picture looks like a little forest of white, speckled poops. *insert immature giggle*
Shortbread cookies are a really great addition to any dessert. Omit the chocolate and replace it with flour. Dip it in chocolate. Put it in ice cream. Make any filling you want. Go crazy.
Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookie Sandwiches w/ Cardamom Filling
Yields about 65 sandwiches
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup Dark Chocolate baking cocoa
1 scant cup corn starch
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temp.
1 cup granulated sugar
For the Filling:
1/4 cup Palm Oil shortening
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp
2 cups confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
For the cookies, cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Sift together the flour, corn starch, and baking cocoa into the butter mixture. Mix until stiff dough forms.
Turn out dough and form into disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thick and use a 1 1/2″ biscuit cutter to cut out cookies. Scraps can be reused to cut more cookies.
Place on cookie sheet with parchment paper about 1/4 inch apart. Bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes.
For the filling, cream together butter and shortening until fluffy. Sift two cups of confectioners sugar into butter mixture a cup at a time and beat. Add cardamom, vanilla and cinnamon. Beat until fluffy. Scrape down sides two or three times and keep beating.
After cookies have completely cooled, divide into two groups, eat the remainder and with a pastry or plastic bag, pipe the filling in nickle sized pieces a little less than a 1/2 inch high. Place other cookie on top and consume.
Fall is cold. Cuddle up with a friend, dunk those suckers in milk and enjoy!