A marshmallow-like filling
sandwiched between two small chocolate cookies offers up a play of textures and
sweetness. Whether your children prefer the fluff, the cookie, or both, these are
sure to please.
To make the cookies, cream
together the butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vanilla with a mixer on
medium speed. Add the egg, mixing until incorporated. In a separate bowl, whisk
together the flour, xanthan gum, baking soda, cocoa powder, and salt; add to the
butter mixture and mix until well blended.
Shape the cookie dough into
1-teaspoon-size balls and place on ungreased baking sheets — or one sheet, baking
in batches —1 inch (2.5 cm) apart. There should be 40 cookies. Bake for 7
minutes, until the cookies puff and are cracked on top. Let the cookies rest
for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
While the cookies are cooling,
make the frosting. Combine the granulated sugar, water, egg white, and cream of
tartar in a metal or glass bowl. Use a handheld mixer to combine the
ingredients. Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water to create a double
boiler; the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water. Mix in the double
boiler on high for 7 minutes, until the frosting is fluffy like marshmallow.
Remove from the heat and mix in the vanilla. Beat on high for another 2 minutes
To assemble the cookies, spread
frosting on the bottom side of one cookie and top with another cookie to create
a sandwich. Repeat to make 20 cookie sandwiches.*
*The assembled cookies
are best the first day. If you will not be eating them immediately, frost the
cookies just before serving.
High-altitude adjustments: Increase the flour to 1 cup (125 grams).
Kids can ...
Collect ingredients from the pantry and refrigerator
Crack the egg
Dump ingredients into the mixing bowl
Turn the mixer on/off
Whisk the dry ingredients
Scoop the cookies onto the baking sheet
Spread the frosting on the cookies and make the sandwiches
To make this recipe ...
· Substitute vegan shortening for
· Use arrowroot flour to make a corn-free
version of the Artisan GF Flour Blend