Chocolate-peppermint sandwiches

15

PREP TIME

30 min

TOTAL TIME

1 h

Makes

35 cookies

* PLUS Refrigeration time
Chocolate-peppermint sandwiches

Roberto Caruso


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter , at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg

FOR FILLING

  • 1/2 cup butter , at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups icing sugar , sifted
  • 2 tbsp 35% cream
  • 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies

Instructions

  • STIR flour with cocoa, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  • BEAT 1 cup butter with granulated sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 3 min. Beat in vanilla and egg. Gradually beat in flour mixture just until combined. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a flat disc and wrap separately with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours, or over-wrap with heavy foil and freeze up to 1 month.
  • POSITION oven racks in top and bottom thirds of oven. Preheat oven to 375F. Spray 2 baking sheets with oil. Dust a rolling pin with flour. Roll a disc of dough no thicker than 1/8 in. Cut out shapes with a 2-in. round, fluted cookie cutter. Transfer to prepared baking sheets and place about 2 in. apart. Bake in top and bottom thirds of oven, switching and rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are slightly puffed, about 8 min. Repeat with remaining dough. Gather dough scraps and form into a disc. Chill until firm enough to re-roll, about 10 min.
  • BEAT butter in a large bowl using an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 2 min. Alternately beat in sugar and cream, starting and ending with sugar. Stir in peppermint candies. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large tip or a small zip-top plastic bag (snip off a small corner). Pipe 1 tbsp of peppermint filling onto half of cookies and top with remaining cookies. Best served day of baking. (Shopping Tip: Little round peppermint candies work just as well as candy canes. To crush them, place in a bag and smash with a rolling pin.)

Cookie decorating: How to fill a piping bag

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 152,
  • Protein
  • 1 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19 g,
  • Fat
  • 9 g,
  • Fibre
  • 1 g,
  • Sodium
  • 88 mg.
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