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25 Days of Cookies: Chocolate Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies

These Chocolate Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies are bursting with peppermint frosting and studded with peppermint candies.

Chocolate Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies by FamilySpice.com

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.

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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: Chocolate Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies!

Peppermint Cream for Chocolate Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies by FamilySpice.com

The base of the cookie sandwich is a delicious and moist chocolate cookie. Honestly you could end there and die happy, but let’s kick it up a couple notches.

Pressed in between two of these decadent chocolate cookies is a peppermint cream and then studded with crushed peppermint candies. Chocolate and mint are one of my all-time favorite flavor combinations. Yes, every year I’m THAT customer that has to load up on Thin Mints!

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This candy cane sandwich cookies scream the holidays and your friends and family will really love opening up a box of these beauties! And Santa. He’ll love a plate full of these, too!

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Chocolate Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies

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Recipe adapted from Bon Appétit, December 2005

These Chocolate Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies are bursting with peppermint frosting and studded with peppermint candies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup butter, unsalted, room temperature
  • 1 egg, large
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 TBS powdered sugar
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 2 drops red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup peppermint candies, crushed

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl whisk together:
    • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
    • 1/4 tsp salt
  2. Using a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment mix until creamed (light yellow in color):
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 3/4 cup butter, unsalted , room temperature
  3. Add to the butter mixture and mix in:
    • 1 egg, large
  4. Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture, and beat until incorporated.
  5. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  7. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  8. Scoop out a tablespoon of dough and roll into balls.
  9. Place balls onto prepared baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart.
  10. Using the bottoms of a glass or your hands, flatten each ball to 2-inch rounds. Edges will crack.
  11. Bake until cookies no longer look wet, about 11 minutes. Do not overbake!
  12. Let cookies rest on baking sheet for 5 minutes after removal from oven and then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  13. For the filling, use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and mix until creamed (light yellow in color):
    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • 2 TBS powdered sugar
    • 3/4 cup butter, unsalted , room temperature
  14. Add in:
    • 3/4 tsp peppermint extract
    • 2 drops red food coloring
  15. Beat until light pink and well blended. Add more food coloring by the dropfuls if darker pink color is desired.
  16. Spread 2 heaping teaspoons of filling evenly over the flat side of 1 cookie lal the way to the edge.
  17. Top with another cookie, flat side down, pressing them gently to adhere.
  18. Repeat with remaining cookies and peppermint filling.
  19. Place on a plate:
    • 1/2 cup peppermint candies , crushed
  20. Roll edges of cookie sandwiches into the crushed candies.
  21. Store in a single layer in airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze up to 2 weeks.

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: You could also use green food coloring with crushed green & white peppermints.

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Yield: 18 cookies

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