Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches
Remember when I made this cake last week and said I needed to find another use for the pumpkin icing because it was so darn good? Well, I decided what to do. Sandwich it between two chocolate pudding cookies filled with chocolate chips. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches are where it’s at.
Asheville, NC is also where it’s at. Or at least, it’s where I’m at until later today. We’ve been on a work retreat since Tuesday – working, exploring, having a few laughs and eating entirely more than necessary.
I’ve been to Asheville before, but not the downtown area. We stayed in a place right downtown so that we can walk to most everything, which is a nice change from having to drive everywhere out in the ‘burbs.
A couple interesting things I’ve noticed about Asheville:
1. Stores open late and close early. Mostly it seems to be 10-6. On the one hand, I dig it. Seems like it’d give a good work/life balance. On the other hand, I’m not a fan. The only time I’ve had to break off and try to go into a few shops was yesterday at 6. Right when everything closed. So I checked out a bakery/chocolate joint that was recommended instead.
2. This is the most dog friendly place I have EVER BEEN! Like ever. And it’s kind of awesome. In stores, restaurants, walking around – there are dogs everywhere. There are dog bowls at many shops with water. Our hotel is even fostering a dog that hangs out in it’s little pen area in the lobby hoping someone will adopt it. Seriously, how cute is that? It’s like a little mascot. When I got up to work out the other morning, I peeked in on her and she was sleeping with a blanket over her. So cute.
3. There’s a ton of fun and different food places around. Not so many sweets, which I could use more of, but still. I enjoy a good fun and different meal and I have certainly had those while here.
My favorite has probably been the place we had dinner at last night – Curate. It’s tapas and they had one that was pork prepared like a skirt steak (called cerdo iberico a las finas hierbas – I just pointed – “that one”) and OH MY GOSH! SO good! When they brought out a second plate of it and I realized there was more, I actually did a little happy dance with some fist pumping.
And if you like the chocolate and pumpkin flavor combo, these cookie sandwiches might just induce a happy dance as well.
There’s nothing softer, as far as cookies go, than a pudding cookie. They are just awesome. And they make a terrific cookie sandwich because they aren’t too hard to bite into, causing the icing to squeeze out. They are the perfect softness so that they keep everything held together, but perfectly blend with the icing when you bite into it.
Of course if you don’t have access to pudding mix, do not fear, you can still make these cookie sandwiches. Just reduce the flour to 1 1/4 cups, and use 1/2 cup total of cocoa. Keep everything else the same. They’ll still be delicious, just not as soft.
And as previously stated, the pumpkin icing is the jam. It’s the reason these cookie sandwiches came to be. The cookies are the delivery vessel for the icing. Together they make pumpkin and chocolate chip awesome sauce. You’ll want to eat it right up. 🙂
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