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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

January 11, 2010

Along with those peppermint meringues I posted about a few days ago, these little guys accompanied them into those treat bags.  They remind me of oreos with a festive twist, which is pretty cool.  However, I blew it on the icing so it wasn’t thick enough.  It takes a long time to set so I would suggest getting it started before the cookies.

They were pretty good but a little harder to make than I thought.  However they were none the less rewarding.  I got the recipe for these little guys from joy who happened to adapt them from The Essence of Chocolate.

Ingredients

3/4 c sugar
1 1/2 c plus 3 tbs flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
7 1/2 oz. unsalted butter at room temperature
Filling: 1/2 heavy cream
8 oz white chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 tsp. peppermint extract

Directions
Cookies:
Preheat oven to 350
1. Combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and mix on low speed in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.  Add the butter in inch cubes, a few cubes at a time until the sandy blend comes together and holds its shape (may be a while)
2. Remove the dough from the mixer and cut it in half so its easier to work with
3. Roll out a block of dough between two pieces of lightly floured parchment paper until about 1/8-inch thick.  Using a cookie cutter, cut into 2 inch rounds.  Place 1/2 to 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.  More cookies can be made by rolling out the scraps from each batch
4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes then let cool.  After a few minutes, transfer to a wire cooling rack and let them cool completely

Filling
1. Bring the cream to boil over medium heat.  Remove from the heat and add the white chocolate and peppermint extract.  Make sure all the chocolate is covered by the cream.  Let stand for 1 minute (this is important), then whisk the white chocolate until completely melted. Transfer it to a small bowl
2. Let the mixture cool at room temperature and throw it in the fridge 30 minutes before assembling the cookies (what I didn’t do)
3. When you are ready to assemble the cookies, whip the filling so it loosens up then use a piping bag or spoon to drop the icing onto one side of the cookie. Sandwich away!

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