Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Pink Raspberry Cream Sandwich Cookies to Celebrate

It's Tuesday and instead of a delicious cinnamon cake, I've made a perfect party cake (early) and a few dozen cupcakes for my tall man's Grandma's 90th birthday, loads of cookies, and a newly refinished front door. Maybe the door doesn't fall in the "making" category, but it's certainly taken up lots of baking time and the end results of the newly stained dark chocolate colored wood are delicious. So I present one of my favorite cookie recipes- Martha Stewart's Raspberry Cream Sandwich Cookies. Layered between two vanilla bean cookies is a creamy raspberry white chocolate ganache that lends itself to other delicious flavors- chocolate, mint, strawberry, whatever strikes your fancy.

I made these last summer to give to a friend who had just had a beautiful baby girl so I figured they were appropriate to celebrate my upcoming little girl! That's right, it's a girl. We found out about a month ago but the doctor only gave me a 90 percent certainty which just wasn't enough for me to believe him with my husband's family's strong man genes. After another ultrasound last week, I finally do believe him and I can't believe it's a little girl. My man is excited to have a little sweetie and my little guy is (theoretically) excited to have a little sister like his favorite Caillou. I'm just glad to know I'll have someone to keep me company in the kitchen, although my little guy is pretty good at that for now. We're all happy about this healthy, beautiful baby and these cookies are perfect to celebrate. They even taste great with mint filling (I use Guittard Mint Chips) but those would have been more for the boy variety...

I'll be back next week with Dorie's Parisian Apple Tart. I certainly couldn't skip something with apples or puff pastry (not to mention something French!)

Raspberry Cream Sandwich Cookies
From Martha Stewart's Cookies, page 93

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 sticks (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups plus 2 teaspoons sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
6 ounces (1 cup) fresh raspberries
7 1/2 ounces best-quality white chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup heavy cream (add 1 t. Meringue Powder)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
2. Mix butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add egg, extract, and vanilla seeds; mix until smooth. Reduce speed to low. Gradually mix in flour mixture.
3. Scoop batter using a 1-inch ice cream scoop; space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
4. Bake cookies 4 minutes. Remove from oven; gently tap baking sheets on counter to flatten cookies. Return to oven, switching positions of sheets; bake until cookies are just set, 4 to 6 minutes more. Let cool on parchment on wire racks.
5. Puree raspberries and remaining 2 teaspoons sugar in a food processor. Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a small bowl, pressing to extract juice; discard seeds. Set mixture aside.
6. Melt white chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Remove from heat; whisk in cream in a slow stream. Whisk in reserved raspberry mixture. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
7. Spread 1 heaping teaspoon raspberry cream on the undersides of half the cookies. Sandwich with remaining cookies. Cookies can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container up to 2 days (no way will they last that long, though!)

40 comments:

~Carole said...

Congrats on the wonderful news! A sweet little girl!

The cookies look amazing and delicate. The pink center: very appropriate. :-)

Jen H said...

Big congrats on your baby girl! What a perfect treat to celebrate!

Katrina said...

Congrats on having a girl. That didn't happen at our house!
I made those Martha Raspberry cookies once last year. Yummy and pretty.
I love that--dark chocolate door. Mmmm! ;)

Leslie said...

Yay! Wonderful that you're expecting a girl! These cookies are very cute and sound delicious. I love dark chocolate anything, but as a front door it's very dramatic. I'm also looking forward to the apple tarts.

Jess said...

What adorable cookies...and congratulations on the great girl news! You will get a lot of "How perfect - one of each!" comments, and after only 8 weeks experience of having one of each, I can tell you it's pretty great.

Kimberly said...

Congrats on the pink news! The cookies look yummy and festive for ababy girl. I will have to try them! :) KIM

Stephanie said...

Congratulations on having a girl! These cookies look great! I am so in love with sandwich cookies-I have to try these!

Barbara said...

Congratulations on your baby daughter AND your pretty in pink cookies.

What's for Supper? said...

Congrats!! You must be so excited. These pink cookies are quite fitting.

Lady Baker said...

congrats on your baby girl in-the-making! :) How wonderful for you all!!

Cookies look sooo great!! Must be a 'think pink' week!

Cafe Johnsonia said...

Wahoo!!! I'm so happy for you, Anne! Congratulations. :)

The cookies look great.

Pleasant Springs said...

congratulations!!!! That's so fun! The cookies looks so yummy too!

Pamela said...

Yahoo!! Congratulations on that beautiful, gorgeous, and healthy little girl you have there!! Such wonderful news for you and your family!

J.Danger said...

Congrats!

Meghan said...

Congrats on the girl!

Can I vote for the name: Meghan?

Jodie said...

Congrats! When are you due? After 2 girls, we're having a boy in a couple months. Girls are so fun, you'll love it!

Calm In The Kitchen said...

Congratulations!

The cookies look great, the sous chefs love sandwich cookies. I'll have to give these a try!

Risa said...

I am so excited for you! Congratulations!

Martha said...

What a wonderful post and delightful cookies. Congratulations on your wonderful news!

Carol Peterman said...

Congratulaitons! The cookies look great and I hope the cake turned out well. I look forward to seeing it posted at the end of the month.

Emilee said...

i am very excited about the girl too! food looks great, i hate looking on here because it only makes me want to taste!!

lasinthekitchen said...

Congratulations on your baby girl news! The ultrasound is just beautiful!

Rachel said...

Congratulations!! And your cookies are too cute!

Eralda LT said...

Congratulations! What a great way to celebrate. The cookies look so good.

1freshstart said...

Awww! A sweet little girl to enter your world. Congratulations!
~Cat

Jacque said...

Ooh, lucky you... one of each! LOL. Congratulations :)

Your pink sandwich cookies are perfect for a baby shower.

Kasha said...

You're so cute! Congratulations on a little girl! I just had a boy (my first) as I hoped, but now I am worried I will have all boys and not a girl! It is so fun! I can't wait to check back on you!
Kasha
http://grubandstuff.blogspot.com/

Briana said...

Congratulations!! Raspberry cream sandwich cookies are looking yummy... It is great way to celebrate...

Anonymous said...

Perfect cookies for your perfect news. Congratulations!

Laura P. said...

congrats on your having a girl! The cookies look fantastic!

Caralee said...

Oh so yummy. Can I have some? Maybe we can have a baking day next time I'm in town. I would love that! Little Girlie...so happy that she will join our fam. :)

The Food Librarian said...

Sooo yummy! Wonderful news too!

Di said...

How exciting! Loved the Caillou comment--both my girls are big fans. And the cookies look great--I love raspberry anything.

♥peachkins♥ said...

Congrats on your baby girl!

These are beautiful cookies and I'm sure they taste wonderful.

finsmom said...

Congratulations!
(And your cookies are adorable!)

Apartments in Manila said...

Annie im so happy for you its a baby girl..

Wok Through the Fire said...

Best wishes for your baby girl! The pink cookies are just adorable. I have a friend who is due in July. If it turns out to be a girl, I will definately surprise her with a batch of these goodies!

Boracay beach resort said...

Congratulations Anne i pray it would be a healthy baby soon to come..

Display homes said...

a new baby blessing is here... congrats..

The Prudent Homemaker said...

I wonder if these would be purple if I used blackberries from my garden. . .

Congratulations on your baby!