Chocolate-Mascarpone Cookie Sandwiches!

It’s been a while since I’ve tried baking something new in the kitchen, so after my husband ordered a whoopie pie for dessert one night, I wanted to make something similar at home. I found a variety of recipes for simple cookies and filling, but nothing that really wowed me. So I decided, why not mix two of the things I truly love, chocolate and the mascarpone frosting for my tiramisu cupcakes!

Serving Size: 9 cookie sandwiches
Cook Time: 10 minutes

For the Cookies
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/3 cups granulated cane sugar
1 large egg yolk, plus 1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

For the Mascarpone filling
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces mascarpone cheese at room temperature
1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl of the mixer, beat together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy; add in egg  and egg yolk. In another bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; stir flour mixture into butter mixture and mix until a dough forms.

Drop golf size balls of dough, about 2 inches apart, onto two parchment-lined baking sheets. There should be enough dough for 9 cookies on each baking sheet. Bake until cookies are puffed and cracked, about 10 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Remove sheets from oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks and let cool completely.

To make the filling, with the mixer on medium speed, whisk heavy cream until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, whisk together mascarpone and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture until completely incorporated.

Select 9 cookies and turn them upside down so the smooth flat part of the cookie is facing up. Generously scoop the filling onto those cookies. Then place a cookie on top, with the cracked part facing up and press down gently to make a cookie sandwich. Enjoy a cookie sandwich, or two, with a nice cold glass of milk to wind down a day.

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