These fun sandwich cookies are a fun treat for any Harry Potter fan, young and old alike. It consists of a chocolate cookie base in the shape of a witch’s hat filled with a delicious vanilla buttercream in all four house colours, brushed with couverture dark chocolate that gives it that worn Sorting Hat look. Obviously the overall theme of the sandwich cookies is interchangeable and you can make them for any occasion such as Birthday and Halloween parties. With a few simple changes you can make this a vegan-friendly treat. You could also scrape the filling out of an Oreo cookie for a similar effect without having to bake something.
This year I wanted to actually make something for Halloween that wouldn’t turn out to be a massive fail, the way last years attempt at DIY cupcake toppers did (here). So clearly it also had to be a lot simpler as I am not the greatest decorator. Just thinking about my decorating fails brings the permed teddy bear cake (laugh at me here) to mind, I got there eventually but my first try was less than stellar. Watching the NYT Cooking Hogwarts Sorting Croquembouche video (video here) from my recommendations was the initial inspiration. Let’s be honest, most people won’t make cream puffs at home and then you still have to make the pastry cream and a hot caramel, which is used to assemble. What would be an easier way to achieve the same nerdy fun, which requires a lot less culinary and artistic skill? A Sorting Hat Sandwich Cookie can be made by anyone, it is practically a homemade Oreo which is covered in chocolate to cover the house colours. You don’t even have to cover it neatly in chocolate because ripples and fold really work for the Sorting Hat. Review by a newly sorted Ravenclaw, who is a self-proclaimed chocolate hater, was that these cookies are delicious without being overwhelmingly sweet.
I have to say that they look a little better in person than on the photos, but unfortunately I cannot reshoot these in time for Halloween. In true fall fashion the light changed every shot and I tried many different setups.The internet is not working and I have to post from the library a day early, sorry. I also should have added a little more buttercream to the cookies, but I was worried about them being too sweet. Adjust the amount of buttercream to what you like, it won’t ruin the general effect as the dark cookie makes the colour inside pop. Should you not be interested into the Harry Potter theme you can just make them good old round sandwich cookies or Halloween cookies. You don’t even have to used this exact sugar cookie recipe if you already have a sugar cookie recipe you love. Just use that recipe (replace some of the flour with cocoa though) and follow the rest of the steps to decorate, it is that simple.
Sorting Hat Sandwich Cookies
• 200 gr butter, vegan butter or margarine
• 100 gr sugar
• 1 dash of salt
• 1 egg (can be omitted to make it vegan but the dough will be a little more crumbly and delicate)
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 260 gr flour
• 60 gr cocoa powder
• ½ tsp baking powder
• 80 gr butter, vegan butter or margarine (room temp)
• 200 -250 gr powdered sugar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• Food colouring (red, green, blue, yellow)
• 200 gr couverture chocolate
1. Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Cream together butter and sugar. Add vanilla extract and the egg. Add the dry to the wet ingredients and knead everything together to form a smooth dough. Cover in clean-film and chill for one hour in the fridge.
2. Roll out the dough to 3-4 mm thickness on a lightly floured surface and cut out cookies with a hat cookie cutter. Lay them out on a lined baking sheet making sure they lie completely flat and chill the for another hour. Should the dough get too soft and hard to work with chill the dough for a few minutes in the fridge.
3. Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Bake the cookies for six minutes before flipping the sheet, bake for another 6 minutes. Remove them from the oven and leave them to cool on the baking sheet for at least ten minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
4. Make the buttercream by mixing soft butter (or alternatives) with 200 gr of icing sugar and vanilla extract until smooth. It should have a spreadable consistency, otherwise add some more icing sugar.
5. Divide the buttercream into four bowls and colour them in the four house colour. Fill each colour into a piping bag with the tip cut of or spread the frosting on with a knife.
6. Pipe or spread buttercream on one cookie and put the other half on top, don’t squeeze them together or the cream will spill out. Chill the cookies in the fridge for about 30 minutes so the buttercream hardens.
7. Melt the couverture chocolate according to the package instructions and brush the sides carefully with the chocolate making sure to cover the cream well. Set the cookie on a parchment paper and brush the top. Leave the chocolate to dry and harden at room temperature or in the fridge.
This was not my first foray into Harry Potter recipes as I have made butterbeer ice cream (here), cupcakes (here) and dessert sauce (here) before. What can I say, I love the books. The movies not so much. I find these Sorting Hat Sandwich Cookies a quite fitting treat for the Halloween season and much better than last years disaster. I am quite surprised that it is not yet sold as a special Oreo Harry Potter edition, they have so many other flavours. What do you think? And most importantly, which house are you in? I wish all of you a wonderful day. Happy Halloween!