This weekend was happily spent with family and friends at a classic Phillips Family backyard party. Our family is pretty adept at throwing parties. Probably because our family is so large that any occasion in which we come together is essentially a large and somewhat raucous party. Easter, Christmas, The September Birthday Party, Crab Feasts, Graduations, Memorials, Pig Roasts… We’re a jovial clan. A pretty close knit group with quirks and drama but mostly love. My Aunt & Uncle host particularly wonderful parties filled with familial camaraderie (and this particular weekend, a large portion of a fraternity?) in their tremendous and inviting backyard. A Volleyball Net, Swimming Pool, Vegetable Garden, Hammock, Deck, & Fire Pit all adorn the lush green space. Add food & booze and you have summer bliss in lounge chairs. And it’s go big or go home, so for this weekend’s rendezvous, Uncle Wayne & “the boys” built their own pig roasting box (is there a term?) from scratch. After watching an instructional YouTube video. Isn’t that how everyone does it? You can add ‘enormous wooden box in which you can cook things’ to that list above.
It’s easy to forget how important and special family is when you see them as often as ours. Sometimes it takes your cousin living in Georgia for 5 months, your brother moving to the other side of the country, and a bunch of unmentionable crap to make you realize how those people you call family aren’t just family, they’re friends. They’re not just people you have to see, they’re people you want to see. They’re not just blood, they’re choice. And I’d choose every single one of them. Every time.
This cinnamon buttercream is the real deal, old-fashioned, perfectly divine stuff of fluffy cake dreams. The buttercream’s soft, airy, & creamy texture embodies the fantasies of Southern debutantes. Piled between layers of rich chocolate cookies. It is life-affirming, mouthwatering decadence. The light touch of cinnamon turns the perfect vanilla frosting into an extraordinary, spiced affair.
FOR THE Double Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
- 1 Batch Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- 1/2 Cup Cocoa Powder
Follow the Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, with the addition of cocoa powder incorporated simultaneously with the flour, and the reduction of the baking time by 1 – 2 minutes. Let cool completely before assembling sandwich cookies.
- 3 sticks Butter, Salted
- 4 cups Powdered Sugar
- 3 tablespoons Sour Cream, Cream, or Greek Yogurt
- 1½ teaspoons Cinnamon
- Let the butter come completely to room temperature before using. THIS IS QUINTESSENTIAL as it will make a fluffier final product.
- Beat butter on medium until it begins to turn white and fluffy. This will require a few scrape-downs of the mixing bowl.
- Add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time, adding a tablespoon of sour cream between each cup. Blend vigorously with each addition, and sporadically scrape the sides of the bowl. We want lots of air in our buttercream!
- When all the powdered sugar & sour cream has been added, sprinkle in cinnamon and beat well to incorporate.
Don't be afraid to beat your buttercream. BEAT IT.
If for some reason you don't have salted butter (because all classic baking recipes tell you to use unsalted - fooey), then add ¼ teaspoon of salt.