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Cookie Sandwich Tutorial 
May 27, 2010 1:58 pm 
Updated: Jul. 18, 2010 8:56 am
Many of you may have seen my recent photos of cookie sandwiches. I make peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, press M&M's into the tops and sandwich together using buttercream icing.

In the photos below, you will see that I use pre-frozen homemade cookie dough, which I freeze into balls. I bake the cookie dough frozen solid straight from the freezer and into the oven. I lightly press a few M&M's onto the tops of the frozen cookie dough. The M&M's will slide into place as the cookie bakes.

Once the cookies have cooled and the buttercream has been made, turn a cookie upside down. Using a pastry bag and a tip, pipe buttercream onto the cookie. I like to add an extra ring of buttercream around towards the edge of the cookie so when you place the second cookie on top to sandwich together, there is plenty of buttercream around the side. Doing so will prevent you from having to pipe more buttercream around the outside once the cookies are already sandwiched together.

I prefer to refrigerate my cookie sandwiches which will help to firm up the buttercream in the center and your buttercream won't squish out and the cookies will not slide apart. I would recommend refrigeration before eating for these reasons.

Let me know if you have any additional questions!


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May 27, 2010 2:21 pm
I wondered how the M&M's were always on the top and not embedded into the cookies! Also the secret is cooking frozen dough? For how much longer than a regular recipe?
May 27, 2010 3:54 pm
Nice how-to. Refrigeration and pre-freeze..."cool" tips from a "sweet" lady. ;o)
May 27, 2010 4:07 pm
There is something so appealing about M&Ms on a cookie. Good idea to add that extra ring of buttercream around the edge of the cookie, to avoid having to “fill in” around the outside after the cookies are sandwiched together [THAT could get messy!] Great tips all around!
May 27, 2010 4:09 pm
everytime I read your blogs, I feel like baking somthing new-I thank you but my hips do not. Good tip about the circle of icing.
May 27, 2010 4:46 pm
Interesting, I always thought you froze the balls with the M&M's already in. Very nice blog, Thanks!
May 27, 2010 6:18 pm
Thanks for the comments, everyone! Yes, the extra buttercream around the edge before sandwiching does help so you don't have to go back and fill it in after it is sandwiched because it is messier then. I also find M&M's on top of the cookie more appealing too. I often mix M&M's into the dough, but I always like putting a few on top. Then bake onto the cookie nicely and they don't fall off. I will freeze M&M's within the cookie dough sometimes, but I NEVER freeze the M&M's on top of the cookie dough because the M&M's on the top will change in taste/texture and the color will bubble and smear from being in the freezer, so that is why I press them on freshly before baking. Again, they are okay to mix within the dough and freeze, just wait to press on top before baking.
May 27, 2010 6:20 pm
Trish, I bake the frozen cookie dough just as if it were fresh. I usually do not have to bake it any longer or if I do, it is just a couple of minutes. The frozen dough just helps the cookie to hold it shape well and prevents to the cookie from becoming flat and too crispy around the sides. I bake these cookie at 300 for 15-18 minutes.
May 28, 2010 7:36 am
O.T.-Have you used your ice cream maker yet? I really want one, but I don't want to spend $80 if it doesn't work well. Love the sandwich cookie idea!! I may have to try that with my 3-year-old daughter.
May 28, 2010 8:52 am
Jessie, YES!, I just used mine last night for the first time and I would recommend getting one if you are going to use it. After making homemade ice cream, I will NEVER buy ice cream from the grocery store again. I have been mixing mine with an electric hand mixer and eventually by hand in increments and it was a pain. Now that I have the Kitchen Aid attachment, I am very, very pleased with how easy it was. I just poured the cooled liquid ice cream batter into the frozen mixer and 20-25 minutes later I had smooth and creamy ice cream. I will dedicate a blog to it later. Thanks for asking, Jessie! :)
May 28, 2010 9:44 am
These look great. Please share your ice cream making tips. I bought the KA attachment last year and the ice cream we made was hard as rock. I saw somewhere that if you add vodka it will keep it softer but will have to try that this summer. All my vodka is used for my homemade vanilla but I think that would work. Can't wait to read your ice cream blog. I'm thinking M&M Cookie ice cream sandwiches.
Jul. 2, 2010 10:26 am <--- MSC, in reference to your YouTube VIDEO of this cookie-sandwich tutorial... Wow, another excellent video! You sure are good at using a pastry bag! And, your last 'outside' swirl came out just perfect! ...I was hoping to see you take a 'bite' of that cookie sandwich at the end! But, as you said, it is best to refrigerate, "to set" the buttercream, or it will ooze! LOL It is so much fun 'to see' you make things and talk in your kitchen! Your VIDEO reference: ______ ---->
Jul. 18, 2010 8:56 am
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