When I saw these cookies in my new Thomas Keller cookbook, Oreos were the first thing that came to my mind. Creamy, white filling sandwiched between two chocolate cookies - that says Oreo to me. I read through the recipe only to find out that these cookies were created for Keller because he had a deep love of Oreo cookies. I was intrigued by the recipe and I was pleased to see that the filling ingredients contained NO SHORTENING. Keller calls these TKO cookies which stands for The Knock Out cookies. I renamed them Oreo Knock Offs.
Oreo Knock Offs
4.4 ounces white chocolate
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup + 1 teaspoon heavy cream
1 3/4 cups + 1 1/2 Tablespoons flour
1 cup + 1 1/2 Tablespoons cocoa
3/8 teaspoon baking soda
16 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon sugar
Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler.
Bring the cream to just below a simmer in a small saucepan. Pour cream over chocolate and whisk until smooth. Pour into a container and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
Place flour in a bowl. Sift in cocoa and baking soda.
Place butter in mixer bowl and beat until smooth. Add salt and beat 15 seconds.
Add sugar and mix for 2 minutes.
Add dry ingredients in 2 additions.
Mound the dough onto a work surface and shape into a 6 inch square. (It is VERY crumbly dough.) Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Unwrap dough and place between 2 pieces of parchment paper. With a rolling pin, pound the top of the dough to flatten.
Roll out to 1/8 inch thick.
Cut rounds with a fluted cutter.
Arrange rounds on a cookie sheet and bake 15-17 minutes at 325.
Allow cookies to cool 5 minutes on trays then move to counter to cool completely.
Place filling in the bowl of mixer and beat until smooth. Transfer filling to a pasty bag fitted with a small tip.
Turn half of the cookies upside down and pipe a small amount of filling onto each one.
The cream filling in these little Oreo knock off cookies is even better than the double stuff filling in an Oreo - if I do say so myself. Try them for yourself and see.