Chocolate Fudge Bourbon and Whipped Cream Sandwich Cookies

I had this really Idealistic feeling that once the election was over, and the Binders had spoken, we would all go back to love and cookie baking. Seems like this morning, waking up and reading Facebook, the world is more divided than it was yesterday.

Anger, hate, social media mud slinging, has never given anyone a better quality of life or made them happier. But it has destroyed friendships and divided families.

I understand the urge to express feelings of disappointment, and more than that, a feeling that you are “forced” into a decision that you didn’t make. It’s important to feel like your voice is heard, whether it be a victory cry or sobs of distain. But, please, bear in mind that expressing those feelings on social media will inevitably cause division between you and, statistically speaking, half of your friends. Is it worth it?

We need to take a step back, appreciate that no matter what outcome you expected, we had two great men fight to lead this Nation. We had a higher than expected voter turnout of engaged and passionate voters. We are lucky to live in a country that approved marriage equality in four states last night. We live in a place where we are free to post ignorant and hateful rants online, and the government protects that freedom. No matter who is president, we live in a great nation, run by leaders we get to vote for.

No one ever changes an opinion because of an angry Facebook status. But nearly every time someone posts a rant fueled update, someone loses respect for the poster, especially when half of the country dissagrees with you.

My suggestions on how to cope is find a space where like minded people dwell. Because, for the most part, what you really want is camaraderie, and people who agree with you and understand the feelings you have. Most people (in general) aren’t looking for a fight.

Instead of posting that angry status to Facebook, text it to a friend to get it out of your system, find a message board or Facebook group of people who feel like you do, or just take a cyber hiatus.

If you do need to post something controversial, take a moment before you hit send. Walk away from the computer, think about a person you love who will disagree with what you are about to post and speak in a way that is respectful to that persons feelings. Take at least one pass at it, to make it more diplomatic. The more you seek to understand the other side, the more likely they are to listen to you.

Anyone have any thoughts on how to tame the impulsive cyber rants we all seem to be close to from time to time?

Any perspective you can offer?

Or, just make some cookies. Because no matter what, we are headed into the Holiday Season and cookie swaps are almost here!

And those always have bipartisan support.

Chocolate Fudge Bourbon and Whipped Cream Sandwich Cookies

Yield: 5 to 6 sandwich cookies

Ingredients

    For the Cookies
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp espresso powder (this intensifies chocolate, it does not make it taste like coffee)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter
  • 3.5 oz chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 2tbs bourbon
  • For the whipped cream filling
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the eggs, vanilla and both kinds of sugar. Whip on high for ten minutes to create a frothy meringue like texture.
  2. In a separate bowl, add the flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder and salt. Stir until combined.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate and the butter. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until melted.
  4. Gently fold the chocolate and the bourbon into the eggs until mostly combined (some streaks are fine).
  5. Sprinkle the dry ingredients over the chocolate/egg mixture, stir until just combined. Place in the fridge and allow to chill until set up enough to scoop, about 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375
  6. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a cookie scoop, drop equal amounts of dough evenly space on the cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 9-11 minutes, don't over bake. Allow to cool.
  8. In the bowl of a stand mixer add the whipped cream, powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat on high set up, about 3-5 minutes. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
  9. Assemble sandwich cookies.
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17 Responses to Chocolate Fudge Bourbon and Whipped Cream Sandwich Cookies

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks November 7, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    omg these look CRAZY good! I am a sucker for sandwich cookies and using bourbon in desserts is heavenly!

  2. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 7, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    I’m not really on FB and the people I follow on twitter are 98% food bloggers so fortunately, I haven’t come across those annoying rants. But I totally agree with what you’re saying – let your anger our elsewhere!

    Now these sandwich cookies – UM YES! Any excuse to have boozy desserts, right? :)

  3. Alison November 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Thanks for saying that. All good alternatives to ranting at your friends.

    And bourbon chocolate anything? I’m sold. Yummy!

  4. Rachel {Studio Cuisine} November 7, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    So poetically spoken and it couldn’t be more true! Everyone is entitled to their opinion but some forums are much more appropriate to express those opinions than others, and Facebook/social media is not one of them!

    And these cookies – to die for! I love a good sandwich cookie :)

    • Jackie November 7, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      Seriously. I think Facebook is the worse one, and unfortunately the one most people pick. Too many people get way too upset, it’s just not worth fighting all day and then losing friends. there are better ways to speak your mind. Today has been exhausting, everywhere I turn someone is upset.

  5. Cassie | Bake Your Day November 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I much prefer cookies to politics ANY day. You said it so well, my friend. I just love the way you speak about these kinds of things. You are well-spoken and include all parties so well. I adore you!

    • Jackie November 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

      Thank you so much Cassie! Wether we like it or not, we’re all in this together.

  6. Julie @ Table for Two November 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    I want to copy this entire post and use it (I won’t, but figuratively, I’d love to). You basically turned my thoughts into words. It disgusts me that our nation prides itself on being democratic and prides itself on its dignity and yet there are such horrible things being said online. Such negativity. Anyway, I’ll drown my disappointment in these sandwiches – sugary sweets such as these will indefinitely make me feel better – you also make me feel better every time I read your posts. They’re so insightful and I love the way you tell your stories!

    • Jackie November 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

      Julie, thank you so much! I totally needed a compliment like that today :)

  7. Amanda November 7, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    You can definitely see your enthusiasm for people and helping others. That is why we follow your blog. Great cookies too!

    • Jackie November 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

      Thank you so much!

  8. Stacey November 8, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    How come I get this in my face as quick as possible?

  9. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies November 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    “No one ever changes an opinion because of an angry Facebook status.” YES! I posted something like this on Facebook the other day. You really think that’s going to persuade someone to agree with you? REALLY? Oh my gosh, the vitriol I saw the day after the election–my respect for a lot of people I know really took a nosedive. It’s one thing to disagree with President Obama, but to think he’s actively trying to destroy the country? Just no.

    Anyway, yes, can we get back to cookie baking? And eating? I’ll have these.

    • Jackie November 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm #

      I know! And the same people who say insane things about the other party are the same ones who are so enraged when people say anything even slightly negative about theirs. It makes me feel sick. I hid more statuses yesterday than I did the entire election.

  10. amy @ fearless homemaker November 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    AMEN! One of the things I dislike most about politics is how it seems to bring out the worst in some people. I can’t tell you how many times i was disappointed or disgusted by the stupid, angry political rants people put on facebook + twitter. Ugh! I agree that if there’s one thing all people can agree on, it’s cookies! Especially amaaaazing cookie sandwiches like these. Swoon!

  11. Ashley - Baker by Nature November 10, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    I was blown away and deeply sadden the morning after the election. Not because who won (that actually made me quite happy), but because of the hate people were spewing at one another over something that was OVER. So much hate… it’s unbelievable. Hopefully change is on the way!

    NOW! These whoopie pies: Jackie, I’m moving in!!! Chocolate and bourbon?! Yes yes yes.

    • Jackie November 10, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      I felt the same way. I hide more peoples statuses the day after election than during the entire season.

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