Recipe courtesy of Allison Robicelli

Italian Sandwich Cookies

This bakery staple is not authentically from Italy, but rather a variation on the classic spritz cookie invented by immigrants. You'd be hard-pressed to find an Italian cookie tray in America that didn't include these after-dinner favorites.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: about 2 dozen cookies
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Ingredients

3 sticks (3/4 pound) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup raspberry jam

3/4 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips

1 teaspoon canola oil or shortening

Rainbow sprinkles, for decorating

Directions

Special equipment:
a pastry bag or cookie press fitted with a star tip
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a mixer on medium speed, cream together the butter, sugar and salt until very fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the vanilla and eggs and continue to beat very well for an additional 4 minutes, scraping down the sides at least once. Turn the mixer on low speed and add the flour and baking powder, and mix until just combined. 
  3. Put the dough into a pastry bag or cookie press fitted with a star tip. On an ungreased cookie sheet, pipe cookies in 2-inch lines, spaced at least 1 inch apart. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes (this will help them retain their shape when baking). 
  4. Bake until golden brown, 15 minutes. Let cool on the cookie sheets 3 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Spread a little more than half a teaspoon of jam on half of the cookies, then top with the remaining cookies to make sandwiches. Place in the freezer for another 5 minutes to help set while you prepare the chocolate.
  5. Toss together the chocolate and the oil and place in a microwave-safe mug. Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring occasionally, until completely melted. Put the rainbow sprinkles onto a plate.
  6. Working quickly, dip the cookies halfway into the chocolate, then roll in the sprinkles. Place finished cookies on a tray lined with either wax or parchment paper to set completely. Cookies will keep in an airtight container for about 1 week.
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