Saturday, September 17

Weekend - {Fauxreos}

In the business college at MSU, there are no classes scheduled on Fridays.

So, because I was certain to get all of my gen-eds out of the way between my freshman and sophomore years, I, finally, have no Friday classes.

Every Monday I wake up with a smile on my face, absolutely thrilled that I've just a four day "week" ahead. How fortunate is that?

I'm lucky, too, that my classes start at a reasonable time. Leaving around 8:45AM allows me to make the walk to campus a peaceful one, filled with slow strolling and an appreciation for the sunlight illuminating the world in the way that only morning light can. Bettered by a thermos full of tea, the mile-long dream walk through the neighborhood is quickly becoming my favorite way to wake up.


And what of class? When I arrive, I'm actually happy to be there - excited to finally be taking courses specific to my major and eager to hear what my profs have to say. There's a lot of reading to be done for class this year, but it's interesting at times and never awful except for the unavoidable fact that it's a bit of a time suck.

But as happy as I am in school, I restrict, to the best of my ability, as much homework as possible to that four day period.

Perhaps it's not something I should admit, but when Thursday evening rolls around, school ceases to exist.

Over the weekend I hang with friends, dirty my kitchen and pick up projects. I make more pies and cakes than socially acceptable and watch recorded episodes of The Martha Stewart Show in the early hours of the morning. Sometimes my friends and I wait around for hours at our favorite breakfast place or take adventures to the sketchy side of town to pick up Craigslist-sourced pallets (more on those later). We cook. We shop. We watch Parks and Rec and Cowboy Bebop and pass out on each others couches.


It's a fabulously simple lifestyle, and certainly one I don't mean to brag about. I'm simply recording this here because I don't want to forget it. I've started looking into internships and am quite hopeful about the idea of getting one, but it's made me realize that this way-of-life - filled with a lovely but lazy lack of true responsibility - will soon be coming to an end.

I've only so much time to be young and stupid, and I'll be damned if I don't take advantage of it while I can.

Fauxreos adapted from Brave Tart
These certainly won't get rid of your Oreo craving more quickly than a run to the store, but they're more fulfilling to make and just as good!

Printable Recipe

Chocolate Wafers

6 Tbsp (85 g) butter, room temperature
1/2 c (106 g) sugar
5 Tbsp (43 g) brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/8 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp espresso powder
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
3/4 c + 1 Tbsp (113 g) flour, sifted
1 c (85 g) cocoa powder, sifted

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, white sugar, brown sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, espresso powder and vanilla until thoroughly mixed. With the mixer still running, add in the egg yolks one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula well after each addition.

After the yolks have all been incorporated, add the flour and cocoa. Mix on low speed until uniform and stiff. Scrape the sides of the bowl using a rubber spatula and knead a few times to form a smooth ball. Flatten into a disc.

At this point, the dough may be rolled right away or wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to a week.

If you choose to refrigerate the dough, make sure you allow it to soften at room temp before rolling.

Otherwise, preheat oven to 350F. Dust the counter with cocoa powder (better than flour because it ensures they will not have a white powdery finish) and roll the dough to a thickness of 1/8". When the dough has been rolled, loosen it from the counter with a spatula to prevent sticking.

Using a 2" round cutter, cut out as many cookies as you can. Use a metal spatula to place them on an ungreased baking sheet. The cookies won't spread during baking, so you can place them quite close to one another. Set the baking sheets aside while you repeat the process with the scraps.

After cutting rounds from the re-rolled scraps, place remaining scraps into a mixing bowl. Add 1 tsp of hot water and coffee and mix thoroughly. Continue adding more hot water or coffee, a teaspoon at a time, until you reach a piping consistency.

Transfer the softened dough to a piping bag fitted with a very small tip and pipe your preferred decoration onto the cut rounds. Stella recommends a tight cornelli, which I thought worked quite well, but you can do whatever you like!

Bake the bedecked cookies for about 12 minutes, or until firm to the touch. Do not wait for them to brown because browning chocolate cookies = burning chocolate cookies! Once the cookies have baked, set the baking sheet on a rack and cool thoroughly.

Frosting

4 Tbsp (58 g) shortening or unsalted butter at room temperature
1 c - 2 Tbsp (142 g) powdered sugar, sifted
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt

Cream together the shortening/butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt until very light and fluffy, about five minutes. Use a rubber spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl then beat again briefly to incorporate.

Transfer the filling to a pastry bag fitted with a small- to medium-sized round tip.

Assembly

Flip half the cookies upside down and pipe a spiral of frosting onto the upside down cookies. Top with another cookie and press gently to seal. Transfer prepared cookies to a sealed container and refrigerate for a few hours to set the frosting and bond the wafers.

23 comments:

  1. Your 3-day weekends sound so amazing! I'm really jealous! And spending so much time with your friends too! Sometimes I feel like med school sucks the life out of me. BTW, these "homemade Oreos" look amazing. And now commences the chocolate cravings...

    ReplyDelete
  2. I have been out of collie for years and not a day goes by where I don't wish I was back....I made the rainbow cake for my daughters bday yesterday...huge hit

    ReplyDelete
  3. How wonderful, to be *excited* to go to school again! Good on you -- you definitely deserve some Fauxreos as a homework break.

    (If there were such a thing as Fauxdrox I'd make those instead: My husband is a Hydrox devotee and was crestfallen when they were discontinued. I'll never understand.)

    ReplyDelete
  4. I miss the college lifestyle! Glad you are able to appreciate it while you can!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a nice class schedule! I wish I would of had no Friday classes!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I remember those days in college of free Fridays, I miss them! Enjoy your extra day off, I lost mine when I decided to work in a lab in my department. Totally worth it, but I missed my extra long weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  7. wow! this cookies are perfect!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Wow! These look fabulous! My 10 year old loves Oreos but I don't like all the junk that's in them. I'm inspired now to do some baking! Thanks!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I think it's a great idea to keep your 3-day weekends school free! It's so important to keep your social life up, and do what you love - balance is key!

    Also, I wanted to thank you for giving me the courage and inspiration to try filling a cake this weekend. I'm not brave enough to split the cake yet, so I baked two orange cakes, covered one with ganache and put the other one on top, then covered everything with buttercream.

    It looked beautiful and I got so many compliments! You've really inspired me to give more techniques a try when I bake, and I'm loving feeding people I love with lovely things. Thanks so much.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'm unemployed right now, and thus less busy than when I was in college. Kind of loving it, though I keep baking and I'm gaining weight.

    I KNEW I should have gotten that set of metal measuring spoons I saw in a middle of nowhere, Cape Cod, shop a few days ago! Seeing as my roommate and I have 3 sets of plastic spoons between us, I resisted. But now I see that I might actually need that 1/8 tsp after all.

    ReplyDelete
  11. You're so wise to realize how lucky you are to have this time in your life when you can sort of "pump the brake" on the daily grind and bake, shop, veg, etc. :) You're completely talented, and I wish you the best with your internships.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh I miss my student days - but I never used them making things as lovely as these - even better than the real thing!

    ReplyDelete
  13. How wonderful of you to realize how wonderful those college days are! Sometimes I wish I had savored them more, but really, I'm not sure I'd change anything about college. Between this post and the fall weather, I'm really feeling nostalgic for the "good ol' days"!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Oh, that 4 day week is awesome! And the walk in the morning sounds great :)

    I can't wake up these days...lol..

    Cookies and milk..can't beat it!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Yum! I want these now!

    I'm jealous you're enjoying your classes. I wish my readings were interesting. Well, maybe they are. I should probably open a book or something... haha.

    ReplyDelete
  16. MUCH better than the store bought cookies! They look amazing!

    ReplyDelete
  17. I just made these. Is 1 1/2 teaspoons salt correct? They were so salty that we couldn't eat them. Had to give them to the squirrels.

    I think 1/2 teaspoon salt might be better.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thanks for the wonderful comments, everyone!

    Meister, I've never heard of Hydrox, but I'm going to look them up!

    Anonymous, did you make the filling? The salt amount is correct (and actually less than the amt given in the original). They're supposed to be salty sweet, but I didn't eat one plain and I imagine the filling would subtract from the saltiness of the cookies. Sorry they weren't to your tastes.

    ReplyDelete
  19. I'm jealous! I am a junior @ Syracuse University studying Architecture but the 5 year program here is so intense I'll have class on Friday until I graduate ):

    Those cookies look great though and I can totally relate about taking weekends off.

    Did I mention I really, really want those cookies?

    ReplyDelete
  20. So pretty! They almost look too good to be eaten :P

    ReplyDelete
  21. These cookies look so much prettier than the real Oreos. So nice to see that there are other college students who like to blog and bake like me. How do you find the time to balance school, blogging, baking and life? I'm still trying to figure that one out heheh.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Thanks, guys!

    Courtney, it's pretty difficult, I'm not going to lie. You just have to work through it find time anywhere you can!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks so much for reading! I would love to hear your thoughts!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email them to me at kaitlin@whisk-kid.com.

Have a great day!