Although I’ve been making Double Crunchers since some time in the 70s, I have never made the chocolate-filled sandwich cookie any time other than Christmas. They are not handed down by ancestors, but rather by food promoters’ test kitchen. Bless those test kitchens. So many wonderful recipes in my mother’s and my files came out of test kitchens–printed in magazines, newspapers and on food labels.
However, I am happy to start a tradition and hand them down to my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren (not to mention to you.)
Many cookbooks and on-line recipes include prep time and cooking time for recipes. It gives you a guide not only to how far ahead you have to plan, but as to how challenging the cookie is going to be. This sandwich cookie is not difficult, but chocolate-filled Double Crunchers take a LOT of time.
And I’m not even counting the difficulty of resisting the temptation to eat all that chocolate filling before it goes on the cookies!!
I also judge a dish’s difficulty by the number of dishes and pans it takes to complete the job.
Let’s see, for Double Crunchers that would be:
- Flour sifter.
- Measuring cups for dry ingredients.
- Measuring cup for shortening.
- Measuring spoons.
- Bowl in which to mash cornflakes and mix in oats and coconut.
- Bowl for flour and soda.
- Electric mixer or large mixing spoon.
- Large Bowl for mixing all the other ingredients.
- Cookie sheets.
- Cooling racks.
- Small saucepan for melting chocolate and mixing other filling ingredients.
- Large saucepan to hold boiling water in which to put small saucepan.
- Assorted knives and spoons for spreading,stirring, scooping.
- Small glass to use to flatten the cookies.
- Bowl with a little flour to dip flattening glass in.
Actually, it could be worse.
Some Christmas cookies became holiday specials in our house simply because they are not simple. Anything that takes as long as the Double Cruncher sandwich cookie does to make, is not going to tempt me frequently during the year.
But if I DON’T make them at Christmas, there’s hell to pay. These are, with not even a close rival, my husband Ken Badertscher’s favorite cookie. He has no interest in saving them for Christmas eve, or giving them to other people as gifts. As soon as the chocolate/cream cheese filling is slathered between the two crispy cookies, he’s on them like a lion on a gazelle.
So since I do like to have a few for other people (not to mention myself) I almost always make a double recipe, which means they take a good half day to make from start to finish. So please join me for Christmas tea with Double Crunchers.