Cookie Swap: Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches + White Chocolate Buttercream

Whew this week has been flying! I can't believe it's Thursday, but am so happy that its almost the weekend since that means Christmas tree time! And that's really one of the best days of the year.

Last night, I went to dinner with some of my girlfriends from Sesame Street, where I used to work before my current job. I love seeing these lovely ladies! I spent 4 years at Sesame Street working in Global Toys. It really was a fun job! I got to do things like this at our holiday party...

...and made some wonderful friends along the way!

Anyhow, today I'm so happy to share with you our first Virtual Cookie Swap recipe! Today's yum-inducing Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches with White Chocolate Buttercream come from Lauren, who writes a delicious food blog (and who is a fellow New Yorker!) called Keep it Sweet and you can find her original post of this recipe here.

Is it me, or does this gorgeous creation just scream holiday goodness? From the moment I opened up the recipe, I haven't been able to stop thinking about 'em. These are sure to make an appearance this holiday in the Humiston house!

Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches with White Chocolate Buttercream
*Cookie recipe adapted from How Sweet it Is
Makes 22 cookie sandwiches

Cookie Ingredients:
3 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons red food coloring
1 cup white chocolate chips

Directions for Cookies:
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt); set aside
Beat together butter and sugars until fluffy
Add eggs and vanilla and combine
Add red food coloring and beat until well mixed
Slowly add dry ingredients
Stir until well combined
Stir in chocolate chips
Drop even tablespoons of cookie dough on baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart
Bake for ~8 minutes or until slightly firm
Set your cookies aside on a wire rack to cool

Buttercream Ingredients:
4 ounces baking white chocolate
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup milk (any type is fine)
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions for Buttercream:
Combine the white chocolate and whipping cream in a medium saucepan on low-medium heat, stirring continuously
Remove from heat and stir in milk
Refrigerate for mixture for half hour
When white chocolate mixture is cool, finish making the buttercream
Beat the butter until creamy
Beat in confectioners’ sugar until butter and sugar are light and fluffy
Now beat in the cooled white chocolate mixture until buttercream is creamy and light

Build Sandwiches
Spread 1-2 tablespoons of buttercream on the bottom half of a cookie (more or less icing depending on your taste)
Place second cookie on top and lightly push together๏ปฟ

So what do you think? Didn't Lauren do an amazing job? I don't know about you, but I'm wishing I was eating these for a mid-morning snack today! And with this decadence in mind, what is your favorite holiday dessert?

Want to contribute your favorite cookie recipe to our  Virtual Cookie Swap? Email them on over (with photo, please!) to theavidappetite [at] gmail [dot] com, we'll start posting them as they roll in!