I'm back from 2 1/2 weeks of vacation in Hawaii! We were visiting my husband's family for a "late Christmas" with them. Since I didn't bake at all during vacation, and thus have no baked goods to post about, I'll show you what I made before our vacation!
I made a few desserts this year for Christmas, which included homemade oreos. I had envisioned a fresh, chocolatey cookie filled with creamy goodness that would far surpass any store-bought oreo. Sadly though, these cookies did not live up to my expectations.
My first mistake was the cookie recipe I used (usually epicurious doesn't let me down, but in this case maybe I should have looked for a Martha recipe?). The cookie came out very crumbly - but I didn't want crumbly, I wanted a substantial and dense chocolate cookie!
And the other poor decision I made was the filling that I chose to make. I wanted a white filling, but didn't want to use white chocolate ganache (I'm not a huge fan of white chocolate), and I also didn't want just a regular vanilla buttercream, so I settled on making a nice cream cheese filling. Unfortunately, this resulted in a melty filling that didn't hold up well once out of the fridge.
I think next time I'll just forego the white filling and make a dark chocolate ganache filling instead. Or maybe I'll just stick to making macarons. :)