I'm not a huge fan of Turkish desserts, so I decided that I would make myself birthday cookies this year instead of trying to buy something. Why cookies, as opposed to a cake? I have no idea.
I'd stumbled across a recipe for homemade Oreo cookies on Shine about a month ago, and the recipe (and ingredients list) seemed pretty simple, so I decided to give them a try. The recipe comes from One Girl Cookies: Recipes for Cakes, Cupcakes, Whoopie Pies, and Cookies from Brooklyn's Beloved Bakery by Dawn Casale and David Crofton.
I was generally pretty pleased with the recipe. I had expected the cookie shell to be moist and chewy, as they look in the Shine photo, but the cookies were pretty hard. Which wasn't bad, just surprising. I ended up keeping the cookies in the refrigerator because it's been so hot here and it was messing with the filling, and I found that this improved the cookie taste...and also that they tasted better after a day in the refrigerator.
My only comment about the recipe is that it makes WAY too much cream filling. You can't put a lot of cream filling between the wafers because it comes shooting out the side, and so when I was done putting the cookies together, I had more than half of the cream filling left. In my opinion, you could safely halve that portion of the recipe.
In other Adventures in Cooking news, I decided after the birthday baking that I would make wedding macarons (which is to say, macarons for our wedding), which I would delightfully and gracefully present to our small group of guests. Unfortunately, the macarons didn't cooperate with my fantasy. I suppose trying to make one of the world's most difficult desserts in a countertop mini-oven was probably not the best idea. :)