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Quite a Doozie: Doozie (also doozy): Something that is extraordinary. Often used in the context of troublesome, difficult or problematic, but can be used positively as well.
As a kid I always loved going to Great American Cookie Company and getting a Double Doozie cookie. Nothing was better than a generous helping of frosting sandwiched between two freshly baked cookies.Now one could infer that Great American Cookie Company coined the name “Double Doozie” because it is in fact, wonderful and extraordinary, but I beg to disagree. I like to think that this cookie originated after someone was having a horrendous, albeit “doozie” of a day. One of those days when you feel like you just can’t… possibly… make… one… more… decision.
Do I want a cookie? Yes. Do I want cake? Yes. Do I want an entire vat of icing? Yes. Indulgence kicks in and before you know it, you’re sitting with an empty pint of ice cream, spoon-in-hand, wondering why you feel left unsatisfied. Yes, one of those kinds of days.Well thankfully for the advent of the Double Doozie, you can have it all - cookie/cake/frosting - in one single serving. What’s more, these red velvet sandwich cookies are super easy to make and only take 10 minutes in the oven. 
For these cookies I started with Paula Deen’s recipe but modified the cocoa and the frosting. While I liked the fluffy, cake texture of the cookies, next time I want to experiment and make them a bit more chewy, and perhaps add in some chocolate chips. If you’re making these for a party or gathering I’d double the recipe - this one makes about 12 sandwich cookies. Happy Baking!Ingredients: 
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon red food coloring
    
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
1-8 ounce block cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 box (approx 4 1/2 cups sifted) powdered sugar
 Directions:Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a larger separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat in the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla and red food coloring. Once combined, add the dry ingredients to the wet. Mix until thoroughly combined. 
Onto a parchment lined sheet tray, drop batter using a small ice cream scoop (or a heaping tablespoon). Bake for 10 minutes, until baked through. Cookies should be cake-like and light. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. (I just slide the parchment from my baking sheet onto the wire rack).
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together until smooth. Sift in the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. Carefully spread the cream cheese frosting between 2 cooled cookies. Makes approximately 12 sandwich cookies.
Quite a Doozie: DSC_7281Doozie (also doozy): Something that is extraordinary. Often used in the context of troublesome, difficult or problematic, but can be used positively as well.

As a kid I always loved going to Great American Cookie Company and getting a Double Doozie cookie. Nothing was better than a generous helping of frosting sandwiched between two freshly baked cookies.

Now one could infer that Great American Cookie Company coined the name “Double Doozie” because it is in fact, wonderful and extraordinary, but I beg to disagree. I like to think that this cookie originated after someone was having a horrendous, albeit “doozie” of a day. One of those days when you feel like you just can’t… possibly… make… one… more… decision.

Do I want a cookie? Yes. Do I want cake? Yes. Do I want an entire vat of icing? Yes. Indulgence kicks in and before you know it, you’re sitting with an empty pint of ice cream, spoon-in-hand, wondering why you feel left unsatisfied. Yes, one of those kinds of days.

Well thankfully for the advent of the Double Doozie, you can have it all - cookie/cake/frosting - in one single serving. What’s more, these red velvet sandwich cookies are super easy to make and only take 10 minutes in the oven.

For these cookies I started with Paula Deen’s recipe but modified the cocoa and the frosting. While I liked the fluffy, cake texture of the cookies, next time I want to experiment and make them a bit more chewy, and perhaps add in some chocolate chips. If you’re making these for a party or gathering I’d double the recipe - this one makes about 12 sandwich cookies. Happy Baking!


Ingredients:
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons buttermilk
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon red food coloring
   
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

1-8 ounce block cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 box (approx 4 1/2 cups sifted) powdered sugar
 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a larger separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time. Beat in the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla and red food coloring. Once combined, add the dry ingredients to the wet. Mix until thoroughly combined.

Onto a parchment lined sheet tray, drop batter using a small ice cream scoop (or a heaping tablespoon). Bake for 10 minutes, until baked through. Cookies should be cake-like and light. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. (I just slide the parchment from my baking sheet onto the wire rack).

In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together until smooth. Sift in the sugar and on low speed, beat until incorporated. Increase the speed to high and mix until very light and fluffy. Carefully spread the cream cheese frosting between 2 cooled cookies. Makes approximately 12 sandwich cookies.


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Cupcake Critique: Matty Cakes (Atlanta, GA): Nice texture and crumb, but the icing didn’t blow me away.So I’ve driven by Matty Cakes hundreds of times, but had yet to try out this Best of Atlanta bakery. Finally on one of my tasting spree Saturdays (sure beats the gym folks), I was able to stop in. While intent on trying their red velvet, I found myself completely awestruck by a designer purse cake they were making. These fondant covered cakes looked better than some of the bags I’ve seen on Canal Street. As tempted as I was to order a $140 purse made out of cake, I had to remind myself that I was there just to try their red velvet.The one thing I like about Matty Cakes is that their prices are super reasonable. Their large cupcake is ginormous and only $2.95. To give you an idea of scale, I took a picture of it on top of a quart of paint, and as you can see, it takes up the majority of its surface area. What they call their “mini” cupcake, is in fact a regular sized cupcake that sells for $1.95.Now for the red velvet. The cake itself was quite good - the flavor was nice, the texture was moist and the color was a beautiful shade of crimson. I found myself a little disappointed however with the icing. It had a very light whipped cream cheese flavor. It would’ve been fabulous atop a strawberry shortcake, but it didn’t quite stand up to the red velvet for me.A large cupcake from Matty Cakes is almost equivalent to the circumference of a quart of BEHR paint.What I consider to be the ideal color for red velvet.

Cupcake Critique: Matty Cakes (Atlanta, GA):

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Nice texture and crumb, but the icing didn’t blow me away.
So I’ve driven by Matty Cakes hundreds of times, but had yet to try out this Best of Atlanta bakery. Finally on one of my tasting spree Saturdays (sure beats the gym folks), I was able to stop in. While intent on trying their red velvet, I found myself completely awestruck by a designer purse cake they were making. These fondant covered cakes looked better than some of the bags I’ve seen on Canal Street. As tempted as I was to order a $140 purse made out of cake, I had to remind myself that I was there just to try their red velvet.

The one thing I like about Matty Cakes is that their prices are super reasonable. Their large cupcake is ginormous and only $2.95. To give you an idea of scale, I took a picture of it on top of a quart of paint, and as you can see, it takes up the majority of its surface area. What they call their “mini” cupcake, is in fact a regular sized cupcake that sells for $1.95.

Now for the red velvet. The cake itself was quite good - the flavor was nice, the texture was moist and the color was a beautiful shade of crimson. I found myself a little disappointed however with the icing. It had a very light whipped cream cheese flavor. It would’ve been fabulous atop a strawberry shortcake, but it didn’t quite stand up to the red velvet for me.

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A large cupcake from Matty Cakes is almost equivalent
to the circumference of a quart of BEHR paint.
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What I consider to be the ideal color for red velvet.
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