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The Peppermint Patty Transforms From Candy To Amazing Cookie

2 Jun

I have never been that big of a fan of peppermint, but as I am growing older, and more mature and refined in my tastes (mature and refined being relative terms, of course), I am liking it more and more, especially when it’s paired with CHOCOLATE!

 

I stumbled across these cookies in the book Big Fat Cookies, and while the directions are lengthy and they aren’t a fast cookie to make, they are pretty easy, none of the steps are difficult and the ingredients aren’t weird or expensive (big pluses in my book!)

 

Peppermint Patty Sandwich Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:
for the cookies:
2 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

for the filling:
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

for the glaze:
1 cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325ºF and line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper.

Whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.

In your mixer bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, mixing until smooth and blended. Slowly mix in the flour mixture until the dough is just mixed and smooth. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge to chill for about 20 minutes.

Scoop out equal scoops of dough onto your prepared cookie sheets, pressing them down with your palm to about 1/4 inch thick.

Bake for 15-17 minutes, until the cookies are firm and no longer shiny. Let cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.

When the cookies are cool, make the filling. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, sugar, vanilla and peppermint until smooth and thick. Turn half of the cookies bottom side up and scoop a full teaspoon of filling into the center of each. Carefully place another cookie, bottom side down, on top of the filling and press down gently to spread the filling into an even layer.

Place the filled cookies back onto a baking sheet and place in the fridge while you prepare the glaze. In a small bowl, stir together the chocolate chips and oil and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir well to melt the chocolate chips, and – if you need to – microwave again for another 15 seconds, stirring until smooth.

Take the cookies out of the fridge and spoon a dollop of chocolate on top of each sandwich, smoothing out with the back of the spoon. Return the tray to the fridge to chill for about 2 hours.
Store the cookies in the fridge in a tupperware container, separated by wax paper, for several days, or freeze for later! Or you can wrap them individually with wax paper (this is my favorite way to store/present these!)

 

The yummy finished product

These are cookies that are worth the work! They are delicious, and the flavor of the filling pairs perfectly with the chocolate cookie and rich chocolate topping.
They would be really great for almost any holiday, as you could tint the white filling with food coloring (green/red for Christmas, pink for valentine’s day, orange for Halloween, etc), and you could even use sprinkles on the chocolate topping! I think I may even use these for a Christmas cookie exchange this holiday season!

….I think even the real Peppermint Patty would love these cookies, don’t you?

Cute Cookie Shortcuts For Every Season….Including Disney Season?

19 Mar

I am the first to admit I am a huge Disney World fan, so much so that I have another blog dedicated to the reasons why Disney World is fun for adults too (not just kids!), so anytime I can Disney-fy something, I usually take advantage, and baking is no exception

Which is why I was thrilled to see these at adorable Valentine’s Day themed ready to bake cookies at my grocery store (they also had ones with Cinderella’s slipper on them)

And I also recently spotted these cute Minnie Mouse Easter ones (how exactly they fit into an “Easter” theme I am not sure, but they are still cute, and made double sense for me since I will be spending Easter in Disney World!)

These adorable cookies are a great project you can let your kids help with, because they are fast and easy and basically just involved plopping some dough chunks onto a cookie sheet

Another plus is they come in varieties for pretty much every season and occasion you can think of, from halloween to spring to easter to christmas to thanksgiving to st patrick’s day to valentine’s day to spring…..ok, you get the idea! Check out Pillsbury’s full line of cookies Here

One slight negative I have found with this type of cookie is that when they bake, they don’t spread out as nicely as I would like – I bake them for longer than stated on the package thinking this might help them spread, but it doesn’t…..

I personally miss the rolls of slice n bake cookies with the picture images in them, sometimes the images got a little distorted when you cut them, but I found as long as the dough was nice and cold and you cut it with a sharp knife, that wasn’t really an issue. My grocery store doesn’t seem to carry the rolls of dough with the images on them anymore, just the pre formed ‘ready to bake’ ones, which honestly doesn’t deter me from buying them, I just wish they came out more flat!

….And that also doesn’t stop me from eating (a lot of) them!