Here's a recipe for extra-vanilla chocolate chip cookies, that lends itself perfectly to making cookie stacks, two cookies sandwiched together with luscious, buttery frosting.
This is a pretty typical chocolate chip recipe that stems from the one my family always made. I just upped the vanilla, added walnuts, and baked them in a tiny size.
1/2 C unsalted butter, barely softened (1 stick, 8 Tb, or 4 oz)
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1/4 C granulated white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
1/4 C finely chopped walnuts
1/2 C mini chocolate chips
In a medium-sized mixing bowl, put in your barely softened butter and smash it around with the back of a mixing spoon until there aren't any lumps. This way just ensures your butter isn't too soft.
Add brown and white sugars and beat them into the butter until smooth.
Add the egg and beat just until incorporated.
Add the vanilla and baking soda and mix until incorporated.
Mix in the flour completely, then the walnuts and chocolate chips.
For best results, cover the dough tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 F/175 C.
On a light-colored baking sheet or parchment paper, form somewhat even mounds of 1/2 - 1 tsp of cookie dough.
Bake 5-6 minutes, just until the center is set. Let cool on the pan for a few minutes and transfer to wherever else you want to put them until cool. Just don't put them anywhere airtight until completely cooled.
To make cookie stacks:
Prepare any butter-based frosting to your tastes. For these chocolate chip cookies with walnuts, I recommend taking a vanilla frosting recipe and replacing vanilla extract with maple extract and, if you like cinnamon, a pinch or more of cinnamon. Add and taste. That's the key, and frostings hold up just fine to this treatment.
Pair cookies with ones that are the same size, then pipe frosting onto one and lightly press the other cookie on top. Refrigerate or freeze until frosting is firm, and serve cold.
Recipe by Home With Love at https://homewithlove.us/mini-cookie-stacks/