Celebrity chef, Giada DeLaurentiis uses mascarpone in many recipes. It is an Italian sweet cream cheese and the way she describes it sounds so delicious. So, I finally purchased an eight ounce tub. I searched the web for a cookie with that ingredient and found Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with a Mascarpone filling. Yum! Bake up a batch and tell me what you think?

Chocolate Mascarpone Sandwich Cookies 
1 Cup Butter (2 sticks), softened
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 Tsp Vanilla
2 Cups Flour
½ Cup Cocoa Powder
½ Tsp Baking Soda
½ Tsp Salt
In a separate bowl mix Flour, Cocoa, Baking Soda and Salt. Set aside.

Cream Butter and Sugar. Add Egg and Vanilla. Mix well.

  Gradually add dry ingredients. Do not overmix.
Divide dough in two halves, wrap in plastic and chill for 2 hours.

Roll out dough on floured surface. Cut shapes.
Hint: Flour will disappear from cookie during baking.
(I used the blossom cutter but you can use any cutter suitable for a sandwich cookie.)

Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes until dry on surface.
Makes 30 medium-sized cookies; 15 sandwich cookies.
[This is the original Chocolate Rolled Cookie Recipe at The Decorated Cookie]

* While cookies are cooling prepare the filling *
Mascarpone Filling
8 oz Mascarpone Cheese
2 Tbsp Confectioner’s Sugar
Mix Mascarpone and Confectioner’s Sugar until well blended. 
[This is from Wolfgang Puck's Hollywood Stars Cookies posted on Epicurious]

To assemble, turn cookie upside-down and spread with 1 teaspoon of filling.
Top with another cookie. Repeat with remaining cookies and filling.
Sprinkle cookies with Confectioner’s Sugar. Store in refrigerator.

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