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Put down that store-bought sandwich cookie and head to the kitchen. We promise: The extra effort involved in making your own moonpies, ice cream cookie sammies and other sandwich cookies will totally pay off when your friends and family start referring to you as a baking goddess.
Crunchy Oatmeal Lace Cookies with Chocolate Ganache
Brown sugar and melted butter help these cookies bake up thin and crisp, spreading into "lace" on the baking sheet. They are delicious on their own, but slicked with a dark chocolate ganache (which is merely melted chocolate and a little cream), they become a luxury treat. Incidentally, they're gluten-free.
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Coconut Cookies with Chocolate-Chip Ice Cream
The sweet and simple cookie base is similar to a traditional Toll House chocolate chip cookie -- rich with butter and fragrant with vanilla. Instead of chips, however, you add a generous heap of coconut. Sandwiched around chocolate-chip ice cream and rolled in even more coconut, they're delectable. For best results, freeze the cookies before filling them.
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Shooting Star Moonpies
Chewy chocolate cookies encase vanilla ice cream for the moonpies with the mostest. Roll the edges in glittering silver decorating sugar, or in brightly colored star sprinkles (or a mixture of both). They can be made days ahead and served straight from the freezer to keep the ice cream frozen, or, if you want a dessert that can sit on the table without melting, they can be filled with any vanilla frosting or marshmallow fluff.
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Tangy Lime Sandwich Cookies
Tangy, buttery and bursting with citrus, these chunky little cookies could as easily be made with lemon or orange instead. A Microplane zester is ideal, because it takes off all the fragrant zest while completely avoiding the bitter white pith below. You could also peel off thin slices with a vegetable peeler and put the zest and the sugar in a food processor. Pulse until the zest is finely chopped.
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Mint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Leave out the mint and you have an excellent homemade version of the best-known chocolate sandwich cookie in America. But add a little mint to the cookie and the filling, and you get heaven in a cookie: dark chocolate and fragrant mint with a creamy filling. These are good at room temperature, but as anyone who has ever frozen a Girl Scout Thin Mint can tell you, even better if you store them in the freezer. Use real peppermint oil, not peppermint extract, for the best flavor.
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