homemade tim tams + weekend scenes

...and when i say "weekend scenes" i really mean "a whole bunch of other tasty shit that i ate this weekend plus a snazzy beautiful letterpress calendar from kenden." because! this weekend i made the wedding desserts for randi and her new mister and then spent all day sunday with brisket and challah and apples from our trees. it was a dangerously tasty weekend. so tasty that i wasn't even that jealous when donny live texted his dizengoff hummus experience to me. (look at it. it was essentially a sext.) 

details on some of the things in these photos are top secret because they are going in my book! but the chocolate chip cookies are from samantha's new book and they've got coconut and pistachios in them and they were so effing good, i wish i would have periscoped the drunk reactions i got to them when i brought them to a bar on friday night. people went cray.

and then the round chocolate sandwich cookies are my very extremely un-australian interpretation of the tim tam, by way of sarah's bright new book. i mean *i know* that a tim tam should be rectangular, *i know* that they're supposed to be fully covered in chocolate and not just half covered in chocolate, and *i definitely know* what a tim tam slam involves. (i did approximately 30 of them in one sitting in high school when jon the drum major returned from australia with tim tams by the ton. (and if you haven't done a tim tam slam, you have an assignment. due yesterday.)) but ok, these guys are round because my rectangle cutting skills are subpar and i'm a dumb american with a shiny set of round biscuit cutters. i don't know, i don't really have an excuse. i'm sorry, sarah, i'm sorry, australia.

they taste mighty good though!! they are essentially a homemade oreo that's been covered in chocolate (what is not to love???) and i added a bit of peanut butter to the filling for fun! 

tim tams

makes 14

from sarah coates' the sugar hit!



1/2 c unsalted butter, softened

1/2 c sugar

1 large egg

1/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder

1 c flour

pinch of salt


1/2 c unsalted butter, softened

1/4 c peanut butter (optional)

1 c powdered sugar

1 tb unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tb malted drink powder (like ovaltine or horlicks)


7 oz milk chocolate

1 tb coconut oil



cream together the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. beat in the egg. add the cocoa powder and beat until smooth. fold in the flour and salt until incorporated. turn the dough out onto a piece of parchment on a work surface, top with another piece of parchment and roll out to a large rectangle about 1/4" thick. put the dough on a tray and freeze for 30 minutes.

preheat the oven to 350º and line 2 baking sheets with parchment. 

take the dough out of the freezer and slice it into 1 1/4" x 2 1/2" rectangles. separate the rectangles and spread them out on the lined baking trays. bake for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


cream the butter and peanut butter (if using) until soft, sift in the remaining ingredients and beat until well combined. spread a heaped teaspoon of filling on half of the cookies. top with the remaining cookies, then put in the refrigerator to chill while you make the coating.


place the chocolate and coconut oil in a heat-proof bowl and melt together in the microwave on high in 30-second increments, stirring after each. once the chocolate is mostly melted, remove and stir gently until smooth.

take a chilled cookie and carefully coat it in the chocolate. place it on the lined baking tray. chill until firm. enjoy!