It’s really easy to lose your mojo and fall victim to the routine when you have to cook for family thrice a day (at least).

I was really excited to stretch my creative muscle for this cooking challenge at Foodies Plus community to create a dish with unusual chocolate pairing.

I asked myself what makes a chocolate experience more exciting and more memorable for me. The answer came prompt – a contrasting flavour! Usually the contrasts I love with my chocolate experience (yes, I call eating anything chocolate “a chocolate experience” πŸ˜‰) are fruits with a sour kick. Strawberry, pineapple, kiwi, orange and some other usual suspects came to my mind. Then I remembered the warning, nothing that has already been done to death.

So I kept thinking till tamarind came to my mind and the heart approved immediately! Why Tamarind? Because tamarind along with floral and fruity aromas has an intense roasted aroma, almost caramel like, which makes the combination of tamarind with chocolate so delicious!

The inspiration came from our South Asian style sweet and sour Tamarind Chutney. The picture began to get clearer when I started topping, mixing and blending the chutney with various drinks and desserts in my imagination.

The Tamarind Double Chocolate Cookie Sandwich idea emerged as a clear winner. The cookies were made immediately, courtesy my younger daughter, while I worked on the tamarind jam.

I kept the jam very basic. Tamarind, dates, brown sugar, salt and red chillies. A dash of red colour to make it look attractive sandwiched between two brown cookies and a little flour to get the thick, smooth, spreadable texture.

Family verdict – the cookies were gone too quickly to even photograph properly. The plates licked clean! My husband wants me to make that tamarind jam in bulk to try with more chocolate stuff.

I think it will taste great with most chocolate cakes, brownies, puddings and even pancakes. I’m going to try it next in my Chocolate And Tropical Fruit Trifle

Ingredients:
For Double Chocolate Cookies

2 cups plain flour
1 cup caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 tablespoons milk or water
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips or chunks
1/2 cup cream cheese, heavy cream or butter cream frosting

For Tamarind Jam:
1/2 cup tamarind pulp
8 dates
3 tablespoons brown sugar or jaggery
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
1 tablespoon corn flour
A pinch red food colour

This Is What You Do:
Remove stones from dates.

Add dates, tamarind pulp, salt, brown sugar and red chilli flakes to an electric blender with 1/2 cup water. Make a smooth puree.

Add puree to a small sauce pan. Cook till the liquid begins to reduce.

Dilute corn flour and food colour in 2 tablespoons of water. Add to the puree.

Stir continuously till it thickens to a jam like consistency.

Cool to room temperature.

To make Double Chocolate Cookies, sift together your dry ingredients; flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

In a separate bowl, combine softened butter,sugar, vanilla extract and water/milk.

Combine wet and dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips or roughly chopped chunks.

Scoop the dough about two inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets, using a cookie or ice cream scoop. Even a heaped soup spoon would do.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for 15 to 18 minutes.

Let cookies cool in pans for about five minutes. Then place them on a wire rack to cool completely.

To make cookie sandwich:
Place half of the cookies upside down then spread some cream cheese or heavy cream or butter cream frosting over them.

Spread a thick layer of tamarind jam over the cream/cheese layer of half of the cookies.

Cover with the remaining half to make sandwiches.

Makes 6 cookie sandwich

22 Replies to “Tamarind Double Chocolate Cookie Sandwich”

  1. Tamarind jam sounds very inviting to me as I love the sweet tamarind chutney too. But your innovation of serving it in cookies is just amazing.

  2. Mind blowing…..Kudos to you for thinking and then executing the idea to make cookies with this unusual pairing. How can i stop myself from trying these πŸ™‚ . Bookmarked

  3. An amazing pairing, tamarind and chocolate. I would have never thought of it but when I look at the cookies, I feel that they must have tasted really good, with both the sweet and sour taste together. Kudos for thinking out of the box.

  4. When I saw tamarind, I thought it’s a typo error…but when I read it’s mind blowing…I can see why it’s gone in no time…no doubt the flavor of these cookies are fabulous

  5. When I saw the word tamarind in conjunction with cookie, I was intrigued. Having read the recipe, I am now intrigued by the taste. Innovative idea!

  6. I am so eager to taste these tamarind and chocolate sandwich cookies, actually muh me paani aa gaya πŸ™‚ new flavours and the great combination!

  7. This is absolutely uncommon combination chocolate with tamarind. Want to taste now these cookies, it looks absolutely tempting. Love these cookies! For me, it is perfect with cup of coffee!! Yummm!!

  8. Love the creativity and innovation here and who would think of adding Tamarind in cookies my dear? Super deal with the Jam – I am dying to try some myself as I love such whacky creative ideas that challenge your palate. Absolutely delicious and I can totally understand how and why your family licked off the plates! great share.

  9. Wow tamirind and jam and chocolate cookies, this is so out of the box thinking reading the recipe and seeing the pics I can almost taste them, have to try them soon

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