For the chocolate wafers:

175 all-purpose flour

45 grams, but cocoa weights can vary greatly cocoa

4 grams baking soda

1 gram baking powder

1 gram salt

225 sugar

140 gram room-temperature, butter

1 large egg, 2 if eggs are on smaller side

For the filling:

55 grams room-temperature, unsalted butter

50 grams vegetable shortening

240 grams sifted confectioners’ sugar

10 ml vanilla extract

Milk to help with blending

1. Set two racks in the middle of the oven. Preheat to 190°C.

2. Thoroughly mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar. While pulsing, or on low speed, add the butter, and then the egg. Continue processing or mixing until dough comes together in a mass.

3. Take rounded coffee spoons of batter and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately two inches apart. With moistened hands (or use a bit of butter or shortening on your hands), slightly flatten the dough. Bake for 9 minutes, rotating once for even baking. Set baking sheets on a rack to cool.

4. To make the cream, place butter and shortening in a mixing bowl, and at low speed, gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy

. 5. To assemble the cookies, in a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch, round tip, pipe teaspoon-size blobs of cream into the center of one cookie. Place another cookie, equal in size to the first, on top of the cream. Lightly press, to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie. Continue this process until all the cookies have been sandwiched with cream.

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