This recipe comes from my friend Debi, who I’ve known since we were freshmen in high school. I loved going to birthday or graduation parties for her family – this group provided tons of evidence that baking skills must be hereditary. Debi continues her family’s tradition of delicious excellence today, and I am so glad that she is willing to share this long-standing favorite recipe:
I got this recipe from my mom. Growing up, we would make these cookies about once a year, and since they were sandwich type cookies, she let us help assemble them. Turns out, she got this recipe out of a newspaper in 1975 or 1976, before I was even born. I remember making these cookies when my aunt that lives in Washington DC came to visit. It was one of her favorites, and she liked the home made goodness these cookies were. Turns out, these cookies were ahead of the “whoopie pie” craze. It is a whoopie pie, just a different name. If you wanted to run the sides in sprinkles for decorations, you could do that. Or just leave it in its full glory of goodness!
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups sifted flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa
- 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 tablespoon each: baking powder, salt
- 1 cup milk
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 cup marshmallow creme
- 1.5 teaspoons vanilla
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, beat thoroughly.
- Sift flour with cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add in thirds alternating with milk, beating until smooth.
- Drop dough onto cookie sheets (1/4 cup makes giant cookies that are more stable than smaller ones)
- Bake at 425 for about 8 minutes. Cool on cake racks.
- Prepare filling: beat ingredients in small bowl with electric mixer until smooth and fluffy. Spread on flat side of half he cookies. Press flat side of remaining cookies over filling.
- Optional: roll sides in sprinkles or candies. (doing this with candy canes was especially good)
As you can see, Debi hobnobs with some of the world’s most well-known chefs.