It's yet another Baked Sunday Morning, and I'm very proud to present this week's delicious baked good. Our assignment this time around was Salt and Pepper Sandwich Cookies, which hold the distinction of being half of the cookies on the book's cover (the other cookies on the cover are the Malted Milk Sandwich Cookies, which are on my to-do list!). The best description for these cookies is this: a grown-up Oreo. An Oreo that is made way more interesting with the addition of (hence the title) salt and pepper. Uh-huh, for real.
I must admit, I had pretty high hopes for this one. I do love playing with flavors, and I especially love sweet/salty combos and sweet/spicy combos. Since this one incorporates all of that, I thought I couldn't lose here.
The cookies are simple enough to make. It's a chocolate cookie dough with the salt and pepper added into the batter (salt is also added to the tops of the cookies before baking). I skipped rolling out the dough, because that particular day I just did not have the patience to do so. Instead, I split my dough into four equal portions, and then cut those into even pieces and shaped them into balls that I flattened on the baking sheets. It worked out pretty well, although my cookies turned out kinda thick. I don't know how much thinner they would have been if I had cut circles like I was supposed to, but I didn't mind the outcome at all.
Okay, I don't know if my expectations were just really high for these cookies or what, but I was ever so slightly underwhelmed by them. They were very good, don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the not-too-sweet chocolate cookie, with its salty exterior and its subtle afterburn from the pepper. The filling was pretty much spot-on, in terms of replicating the traditional Oreo cookie's filling. It complemented the cookies well. However, I guess I was just anticipating more. I honestly don't know what the problem was. Maybe it's just me; that's very possible. Andy took them to work and returned home empty-handed, so clearly they went over well there. I think if I were to make these again, I would go to the trouble of rolling out the dough and making the cookies skinnier. I think that would have made a difference.
Nonetheless, I'm still glad I made them. I've had my eye on this recipe for quite some time, literally! These cookies stare up at me from the book's cover every time I pull it out. I'm anxious to see how the other Baked Sunday Mornings members liked these cookies. To see for yourself, click on over to the blogroll, here. That is where you will also find the full recipe. Have a great Sunday!