This year I am proud to participate in Kin’s 2nd Annual Christmas Cookie Collaboration. But of course, this wouldn’t be How To Cake It (don't forget to subscribe) without cake! I am making my version of an ice cream sandwich. I’m replacing the ice cream with moist chocolate cake and Italian Meringue Buttercream. The outside of my sandwiches will be coated with lots of sweet treats that will knock Santa’s boot off! By the way, I’ve named these sandwiches Cakies. I can see this taking off in a big way. ; )
Where Do I Buy All My Ingredients & Tools??
If only I had a crew of ELVES to go the grocery store for me! Because I don't, I like to make sure I'm super organized before I even go in - especially during the Christmas rush! I organized all of my ingredients and tools in a Parsel collection for you here!
We’re Baking Cookies for our Cakies!
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:
1 x recipe chocolate chip cookie dough - find our recipe here
Make your cookie dough and roll it into even sized balls.
Caking Tip: I like to chill my dough for a couple of hours before rolling it. This makes the process less messy.
I rolled my cookie dough balls to 2oz each. I wanted nicely sized cookies that could hold a circle of cake and buttercream. Santa has travelled far and wide to get these. He’s tired and he’s hungry!
I happen to love peppermint patties. I love the combination of mint and chocolate. I decided to hide some peppermint patties within a few of my cookies to give Santa an added surprise.
I just placed the peppermint patty between two halves of my cookie dough ball, and pressed the dough together around the sides to keep it hidden.
Bake your cookies at 350º for 12 –15 minutes or until they are golden at the edges. You want your cookies to be on the firmer side so that they will be strong enough to become Cakies.
Ingredients & Tools You Will Need:
Italian Meringue Buttercream - find my recipe here
*** If you want to make your buttercream even MORE festive, check out my Holiday Italian Meringue Buttercream recipe right here ***
Ganache - find my recipe here
Chocolate Cake Scraps - use leftovers from my recipe here
Simple Syrup - find my recipe here
Skor Bars, chopped
Gold Coarse Sugar
Candy Melts – White, Dark and Red
Candy Canes, crushed
Fancy Christmas Chocolate Chips
Non Stick Baking Mat or Parchment Paper
Small Icing Spatula
Small Offset Spatula
The first step in making Cakies is – HAVE FUN! Use your imagination and let your taste buds guide you. I made Cakies from my favourite flavour combinations, but feel free to use whatever you like!
Level your cake scraps and cut circles that are smaller than your cookies. You want a ¼” border around your cake to leave room for your buttercream. Give your cake circles a light shower of simple syrup and set them aside.
I flavoured some of my buttercream with instant coffee because I love coffee buttercream! I think Santa might need a little caffeine to get him through a long night.
Just place about 3 tablespoons of instant coffee in a jar, and pour about 1 tablespoon of boiling water on top. Close the jar and shake it well until the instant coffee is dissolved. Open the jar and let your concentrated coffee cool completely. You can whisk this into buttercream and flavour to your liking.
I also half dipped some of my cookies in red candy melts and drizzled them with white candy melts. Just place your candy melts in the microwave in 20 second increments and stir between each heating until there are no lumps.
Dip your cookies halfway, wipe the excess off on the side of the bowl and lay them on a baking tray with a non stick mat or parchment paper. Before they are set, drizzle some white candy melts on top of the red to create a nice pattern.
Let these half dipped cookies set completely before assembling them into Cakies.
Get all of your other ingredients ready. Try to set up a Cakie station. You need your cookies, cake circles, ganache, buttercream and all of your delicious toppings.
I like to line up my cookies before beginning the assembly process. Pair your cookies up by finding similar sized ones that fit together nicely.
To turn these cookies into Cakies, spread a thin layer of ganache on the inside of two cookies, leaving a 1/4” border around the edge. Place a cake circle onto one cookies, and sandwich the other cookie on top.
If you are making a lot of Cakies, I recommend sandwiching all of your cookies at this stage, and then moving on to topping.
Once you have your cookies sandwiched with ganache and cake, spread some buttercream all the way around you Cakie in between the two cookies. You want to be careful that you don’t get too much buttercream on the outside surfaces of your cookies. Santa deserves a neat presentation. Doesn’t he always wrap your gifts nicely?
Now place a layer of your topping onto your work surface. Gently roll and press the buttercream iced sides of your Cakie into the topping. If you miss any spots, just press some of your topping into the bare areas with your hands.
There you have it! You just made your first batch of Cakies. I will warn you that once you leave these out for Santa this Christmas, you’ll have to make them every year. You can’t expect that hard working man to go back to regular chocolate chip, can you?