Sunday, September 26, 2010

Devil Dogs

This recipe is always popular at Jesse’s work. Sometimes for a change, I fill these decadent sandwich cookies with white chocolate or raspberry flavors, but vanilla is traditional and my favorite.

Devil Dogs Printer Version
You'll need damp hands, but not wet ones, for this recipe so stick close to the sink as you scoop and roll the dough into balls.

Chocolate Cookies
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup hot water
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup nonalkalized cocoa powder
½ cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place parchment paper on a couple cookie sheets.

2. Mix the water and baking soda together. Set aside. In a mixer bowl, cream together butter, sugar and salt. Beat in egg yolk. Add vanilla, cocoa powder and butter milk and mix to combine. Add the baking soda water and mix on low. Add flour and beat until just mixed.

3. Place the batter and cookie sheets next to the sink. Wet hands and shake off the excess water. Scoop dough with a standard (size 50) cookie scoop, and roll into a ball with damp hands. Place two inches apart on parchment wetting hands as needed.

4. With your fingers, press the dough into disks about 1/3” thick. Bake cookies one sheet at a time for 5 to 7 minutes until their surfaces crack. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.

Vanilla Filling
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt

In a stand mixer or with a hand mixer, beat the ingredients together slowly at first, then on high speed for 3 minutes or until smooth.

Trim an edge of a gallon size bag and spoon in filling, or a fill a pastry bag with a large round tip with frosting. Pipe filling onto underside of half the cookies, top with a cookie and gently sandwich together.

Recipe & photograph by Laura Flowers.


Krysta said...

oh, holy yum!

Peggasus said...

How many does this make? I've got a tailgate to host this weekend and am looking for something besides the usual brownies everyone brings.

Sue said...

These are so cute...kind of like mini whoopie pies:)

Joanne said...

I always had a love/hate relationship with devil dogs because they were so dry that they always stuck to the roof of my mouth! These homemade treats look delicious! Way better than Hostess ever could do it.

Carol said...

OH've done it now. We LOVE Devil Dogs-or as we call them here in New England.... "Whoopie Pies"......and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the looks of that filling of yours. These are my son in law's hands down FAVORITES......can't wait to try your recipe. Thank you! :)

Monet said...

I can imagine that these would be popular. Not only do they look delicious, but I'm sure after tasting can't help but go back for more! I would love to try a peanut butter variety. Peanut butter and chocolate is just so good together. Thanks for sharing!

notyet100 said...

omg this looks so yum,,

Unknown said...

I love whoopie pies!

Xiaolu said...

Love the name of these! And of course cookie sandwiches are always welcome. I mean, who doesn't love it when 2 cookies PLUS filling is a serving? 8)

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

They look delightful Laura!! Nice job.

Unknown said...

Hmmmm those are adorable.

Pink Little Cake said...

I can almost feel the devil in my mouth, these looks delicious Laura.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Those look PERFECT... and the photo is absolutely stunning :)

Anonymous said...

I may be missing something but what do you end up doing with the water and baking soda mixture? I didn't see when to add that.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Sorry about that. I just added it into the instructions. You just mix it in gently before adding the flour.


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