week 15: stephanie’s pick – Homemade Samoas Cookies

we are in florida this week! i hope you are all having a lovely spring break. i didn’t get to buy my favorite girl scout cookies this year, so i figured why not make them instead! these homemade samoas are just as good, if not better as the originals (if i do say so myself). a few things about these cookies:
-hannah and i shattered 1 pan and 1 glass bowl in the process of making these…that’s what happens when you bake too late at night
-we brought these to florida to snack on and they nearly melted on the way here
-almost every single flight attendant commented on these and hinted at wanting one
-lent is over so we can finally eat chocolate yay!

Samoa Cookies
Makes about 3 1/2 to 4 dozen

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Up to 2 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cream together butter and sugar in a large bowl. Mix in flour, baking powder and salt at a low speed, next, the vanilla and milk, adding in the milk only as needed to make the dough come together without being sticky (you may not need any at all). The dough should come together into a soft, pliable ball. Add in a bit of extra flour if your dough seems sticky.

It’s easiest to roll the dough out in 2 or 3 batches (between pieces of wax (or parchment) paper to about 1/4-inch thickness (or a little thinner) using a 1 1/2-inch cookie cutter to make rounds. Place on a parchment lined (or on silicone mat) baking sheet and make a hole in the center. I used the small end of a large round piping tip. Nicole comments that you can use a knife, or the end of a wide straw, to cut a smaller center hole. Repeat until the dough is used up (it’s okay to re-roll, this dough is shortbread-like and very forgiving.)

Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, until bottoms are very lightly golden brown around the edges.Cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, to allow them to firm up slightly, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

source: Once Upon a Plate