Sweet sandwiches

Hand-made sandwich cookie (Styling by Corrine Kozlak, Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/3 cup salad oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup milk

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine
1 cup each: confectioners' sugar, marshmallow cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a mixer bowl. Add egg, oil and vanilla; slowly beat in milk until combined, about 2 minutes.

2. Drop batter by tablespoons onto parchment-lined baking sheets, leaving room between each for spreading. Bake 12 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.

3. For filling, combine all ingredients in a bowl; beat until smooth. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the filling per cookie on the flat side of half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies to make sandwiches.

Nutrition information:
Per serving: 192 calories, 35% of calories from fat, 8 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 20 mg cholesterol, 30 g carbohydrates, 2 g protein, 103 mg sodium, 1 g fiber.

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