Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Oatmeal Cream'wich

This recipe comes from a Unique Sweets episode dedicated to cookies, by the end of the show I just had to start baking.  I love oatmeal cookies so, it was exciting to find a new twist on an old classic, the Oatmeal Cream Pie.  I adapted this recipe slightly from the Cooking Channel to save on time and make the preparation easier, and the addition of coconut adds excellence to the chewy texture. 

350 degrees
20 to 25 minutes
Yields 12 sandwich cookies

Cookie Ingredients

1 stick of butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
1 egg
3/4 c flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups oats
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)
Filling Ingredients

2 tbsp water
7 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp heavy cream
6 tbsp butter
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp vanilla
2 oz cream cheese

* All ingredients should be room temperature to achieve a smooth batter ensuring the best texture possible. 

Start by creaming together butter with both sugars, once mixed well and fluffy, mix in the salt, nutmeg, vanilla, baking soda, and lemon zest, then mix in the egg.  Once combined mix in the flour 1/4 cup at a time until completely incorporated, lastly, stir in the shredded coconut.

The dough can be refridgerated for half an hour if too wet to handle.  Roll batter by the tablespoon or small melon baller and place onto a greased cookie sheet atleast 2 inches apart.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden.  Allow to cool completely on a cookie rack.

In a sauce pan, allow sugar and water to come to a boil.  Once liquid starts to bubble swirl the pan until preferred caramel color developes.  Depending on the tempertaure setting, I use a medium high flame, this can take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes.  Remove from heat and carefully whisk in heavy cream and butter.  Allow to cool for a few minutes.  In a mixer, combine cream cheese, butter, salt and vanilla until fluffy.  With mixer set to low, slowly pour in caramel until evenly combined and fluffy.

Spread filling, distributing evenly, on to half of the cookies and top with remaining cookies. Yields 12 oatmeal cream sandwiches or 24 mini oatmeal cream sandwiches.

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