- Yield: 36 Cookies ( 18 Sandwiches)
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 4 sticks butter (2 cups), room temperature
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 5 1/4 cups flour
- 6 ounces warm water
- 5 tablespoons meringue powder
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 2 pounds of powdered sugar
- Brown Food Coloring
- Cocoa Powder (Optional)
- Candy Eyes
- Piping Bags
- Black Edible Marker
- Chocolate Ganache
- White ButterCream
- Chocolate Frosting
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together cream cheese and butter.
- Mix in sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add egg yolks one at a time and then add the vanilla. Mix well.
- In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients and add a little at a time to butter mixture.
- Mix until flour is completely incorporated and the dough comes together. If it seems to not be coming together all the way in the bowl, dump it out onto a flat surface and knead until the dough comes together.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1 to 2 hours.
- Roll cookies out to about 1/4 inch thickness (thicker or thinner depending on your preference)
- Cut out squares.
- Bake on un-greased baking sheet at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
- Lay them on a wire rack to cool
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the warm water and the meringue powder. Mix for about 30 seconds or until frothy.
- Add in the cream of tartar and mix for 30 seconds more.
- Pour in all the powdered sugar.
- Using the paddle attachment on the LOWEST speed, mix slowly for a full 10 minutes.
- Icing will get thick and creamy.
- Tint Icing brown. You might need a lot of brown or you can add a touch of cocoa powder to make it as brown as you like. Don\'t add a lot though because it\'ll make the icing too dry.
- Fill a piping bag with brown icing. Snip the end and and cover cookie squares with icing.
- Add a candy eye to 1/2 of the spell book cookies and pipe a circle around the candy eye for an eye lid.
- Let cookies dry completely .
- Using an edible black marker, draw stitches on the cookies with the eyes.
- Using the Eyeball Cookies as the tops and the plain brown cookies as the bottoms, match them up to create sandwiches.
- Fill each cookie sandwich with your choice of filling.
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