Tasting Table DC: Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

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Recipe adapted from Jenna Huntsberger, Whisked!, Washington, D.C.

Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies
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Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies from Jenna Huntsberger, Whisked!, Washington, D.C.
Servings
16
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Ingredients
  • Cookies3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup natural cocoa powder, sifted
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Mint Filling2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Optional Ingredients
  • 3 drops green food coloring (optional)
Directions
  1. Make the cookies: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, mix together the butter and granulated sugar until lightened and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat just until incorporated. Add the flour mixture and mix until evenly combined.
  3. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and divide into two pieces. Shape each mound of dough into a ball, flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350°. Working one chilled disk at a time, roll out the cookie dough on a floured work surface until ¼ inch thick. Use a 2½-inch round cookie cutter to cut the dough into circles and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake the cookies until the edges are firm and the centers are slightly soft and puffed, about 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool completely before filling.
  5. Make the filling: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the butter and powdered sugar together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the vanilla and peppermint extracts and stir to incorporate. Stir in the food coloring, if using. Scoop the filling into a piping bag or use a spoon to scoop 1 to 2 tablespoons of the filling onto the center of half of the cookies. Top each with another cookie and press down slightly to evenly distribute the filling. Serve immediately.
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