Vegan Sandwich Cookies

Roses are red, violets are blue. Here are some vegan sandwich cookies, just for you. Ok, our poetry skills leave a lot to be desired, but you won't care about our awful poem at all after you try these treats. There are a couple steps involved, but they make great Valentine's Day gifts for that special someone. And if you don't have a special someone, just be grateful that you don't have to share. We're here to help you find the silver lining!

To make the vegan chocolate chip cookies you will need:

1/3 cup buttery sticks, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the bowl of stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, baking soda and baking powder until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the water, molasses and vanilla and continue beating until well incorporated. Add the flour and salt and beat until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans by hand. On a parchment lined baking sheet, place scoops of cookie dough about 2-3 inches apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes, until golden brown.

For the filling:

1/2 cup vegan buttery sticks
4 cups organic powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons almond, coconut, or soy milk
2 teaspoons vanilla

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the buttery sticks until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add in vanilla and beat until incorporated. Add in half the powdered sugar and beat until creamy. Add in 2 tablespoons of milk and mix again. Add in the rest of the sugar and beat until creamy and fluffy. Add in additional milk if the frosting is too thick.

For the chocolate:

1/2 pound good quality dark chocolate, chopped

In a double boiler, or in a pan over very low heat, melt the chocolate stirring continuously. Let cool.

Spread frosting on one cookie and top with another. Dip half the cookie sandwich in chocolate and let cool on a parchment lined baking sheet.