Bring something fun and irresistible at your next holiday cookie exchange and bake up these chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies. They are bursting with peppermint frosting and studded with peppermint candies.
Every year for the holidays I bake like a fiend and give away sweet goodies to teachers, my friends and my family. I usually make about a dozen different recipes from cookies, cakes and bars. Yeah, I’m nuts.
Sure, I could just go shopping and buy something and give it as a gift, but I have found that homemade gifts are appreciated a lot more than store-bought.
And it doesn’t have to be just sweet treats either. It can be anything, spice mixes, soaps, hand balms, liqueur… But I do enjoy baking and cooking for my family. And today I’m highlighting one family favorite cookie for the holidays. These chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies!
Chocolate Peppermint Desserts
Have you ever tried those peppermint Joe’s Joe’s from Trader Joe’s? They are available in December and are very addicting. Well these chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies are like Joe’s Joe’s on steroids!
Bigger chocolate cookies, way more peppermint filling and oodles of crushed peppermints – say hello to your new favorite Christmas cookie!
Baking the chocolate sugar cookie
The base of the cookie sandwich is a delicious and moist chocolate cookie. It’s a wonderful butter based cookie, and honestly, you could end there and die happy and just eat those chocolate cookies alone. But, no, let’s kick it up a couple notches.
Roll the chocolate cookie dough into balls and flatten them on the baking sheet using the bottom of a glass dusted with flour. Once baked and cooled you are ready for the next step: the peppermint frosting.
Peppermint frosting for the filling
Pressed between two of these decadent chocolate cookies is a finger-licking-good homemade buttercream peppermint frosting. You could seriously just hand me a spoon and I’ll happily scoop it up right out of the bowl, as is.
This recipe is not for a thin Trader Joe’s layer of filling, but a generous overstuffed filling. Think whoopie pies.
Then roll these stuffed cookies into some crushed peppermints and you are good to go. These cookies can also be made with green peppermints, just use green food coloring in the frosting. Or no food coloring, if you choose.
- 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup + 2 TBS powdered sugar
- 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
- 2 drops red food coloring (optional)
- 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies
- In a medium-sized bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder and salt.
- Using a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment mix 3/4 cup butter with granulated sugar until creamed (light yellow in color).
- Mix in egg to the butter mixture.
- Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture, and beat until incorporated.
- Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Scoop out a tablespoon of dough and roll into balls.
- Place balls onto prepared baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart.
- Using the bottoms of a glass or your hands, flatten each ball to 2-inch rounds. Edges will crack.
- Bake until cookies no longer look wet, about 11 minutes. Do not over bake!
- Let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes after removal from oven and then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- For the filling, use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and mix 3/4 cup butter with powdered sugar until creamed (light yellow in color).
- Add in peppermint extract and red food coloring.
- Beat until light pink and well blended. Add more food coloring by the drop fulls if darker pink color is desired.
- Spread 2 heaping teaspoons of filling evenly over the flat side of 1 cookie all the way to the edge.
- Top with another cookie, flat side down, pressing them gently to adhere.
- Repeat with remaining cookies and peppermint filling.
- Place crushed peppermints on a plate.
- Roll edges of cookie sandwiches into the crushed candies.
- Store in a single layer in airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze up to 2 weeks.
You could also use green food coloring with crushed green and white peppermints.
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Serving Size:1 sandwich cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 241 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 51mg Sodium: 39mg Carbohydrates: 23g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 12g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 2g