Holidays

Peppermint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

December 10, 2015

Festive chocolate sandwich cookies garnished with crushed peppermint candy canes. Photos: Katie Kosaya

There is perhaps no sweeter season than that of holiday baking, in all of its rolled, sprinkled, piped, and frosted glory. And while we have a soft spot for traditional sugar cookies, this year we’re stepping up our game with these deceptively simple sandwich cookies.

Buttery halves sandwich a thin layer of chocolate gananche before the top cookie’s star-shaped cutout gets filled with a generous sprinkling of crushed peppermint candy, creating a cookie that’s as tasty as it is pretty.

Get the Recipe: Peppermint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Recipe and photos by Katie Kosaya

Makes about 8 3-in cookies

INGREDIENTS

1½ cup flour
1/3 cup powdered sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 egg
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
6 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
¼ cup half-and-half
2 candy canes, crushed

PREPARATION

1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

2. Mix in softened butter, mix well with your hands until the dough is flakey.

3. Add the egg and vanilla extract, knead the dough, cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

4. Roll out the dough approximately ¼-inch thick and cut out the cookies using a circle cutter or a cup. Use a small star-shaped cookie cutter (or any other shape of your choice) to cut out the middle of half of the cookies.

Holiday Cookies Pre-Bake

5. Bake at 320°F for about 15 minutes, watch closely during the last 5 minutes to avoid burning. Take the cookies out and cool on a rack.

Baked Holiday Cookies

6. For ganache, mix the chocolate chips and half-and-half in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.

7. To assemble the cookies, use ¾ tablespoon ganache per cookie, and spread it on the cookies without the cutouts, cover with the star cookie and sprinkle the star “window” with the candy cane bits.

Holiday Peppermint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

8. Repeat for the rest of the cookies.

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