After becoming slightly obsessed with the Baked cookbooks, I decided to join the Baked Sunday Mornings baking group. The group is baking our way through the second Baked cookbok, Baked Explorations.
This weeks recipe is one of the cookies featured on the cover, Salt-n-Pepper Cookies.
This photo is a tad misleading, or I'm a lot stupid but I thought the recipe featured a light sandwich (salt) and a dark sandwich (pepper). Even as I was starting the recipe I kept looking for the direction to split the dough and only add cocoa to one portion. It was then that I saw the caption for the photo - Salt-n-Pepper Cookies and Malted Milk Cookies. The recipe just got a lot easier!
Baked's trademark is taking traditional recipes and adding a twist. Obviously a riff on an Oreo, salt and pepper are the twists here, specifically the addition of white pepper. The dough comes together easily enough and is thrown in the refrigerator for a few hours to chill. I prefer making drop cookies (making me lazy in addition to stupid) but actually enjoyed rolling these out. The dough was sticky but forgiving. The chocolate disks are sprinkled with salt's fancy french cousin, fleur de sel, and baked until the tops are slightly cracked.
While the cookies cool, the filling is made in a mixer by combining shortening and butter and then adding salt, vanilla, and rum. I had to add several drops of water to get the filling to the paste like consistency expected. Spackle the filling between two cookies and then lightly smoosh together to finish the cookies.
I tasted a cookie sans filling and the pepper was fairly strong. Once the filling was added, the sweetness added some balance and the pepper wasn't as discernable. These cookies were certainly unusual but very good. This is one of those dishes that the full intensity of the flavor takes a minute to evolve on your palate. My co-workers finished these off fairly quickly with a couple telling me more than once how good they were. Definately a success!
- I reduced the withe pepper to 1 teaspoon. Using the 2 teaspoons called for would have been too much for me.
- I omitted the rum from the filling
- I wish I had used a smaller cookie cutter. This is a rich cookie and the 2 inch cutter made the cookies a bit too large.
To find the recipe and see the delicious creations of the other bakers, visit the Baked Sunday Morning's blog!