These Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies will be the star of your Christmas cookie exchange or throw on a tag and give them as a homemade gift!
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I can’t believe that the holiday season is in full swing! I’m a member of the group that believes that one month isn’t enough time to celebrate Christmas, so we like to get decorating at least a week before Thanksgiving #sorrynotsorry. One of my favorite ways to celebrate the holidays is to gift cookies to just about everyone I know (every time my husband gets a haircut, they expect cookies). I’ve always aspired to be one of those grandmas that bring a plate of assorted Christmas cookies to her doctors, the bank, church… etc. Now, at the ripe old age of 28, I have officially reached that status. These Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies are definitely going to be making an appearance all around town and I’m going to be delivering them in my holiday Rubbermaid TakeAlongs.
Rubbermaid TakeAlongs are my favorite affordable food storage to use when I’m gifting goodies at the holidays. Their Quik Clik Seal™ keeps food protected and helps prevent spilling when you’re transporting your delicious treats to grandmas house and if you. I can tell you that I have microwaved them, washed them in the top rack of my dishwasher and stored them in the freezer with great success. Since they don’t warp easily like most food storage, the soft lid continuously grips the container tightly for a great seal. I LOVE that Rubbermaid TakeAlongs come in limited edition red, green and prints for the holidays and will be available in Wal-Mart until Christmas Eve! I for one can’t wait to bring extra to all of my holiday parties so I can sneak out leftovers of my favorite dishes (shhh).
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- 2 and ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 and ½ teaspoons cornstarch
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
- ¾ cup loosely packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup festive M&M's
- 4 ounces of cream cheese, softened
- 4 tbsp of butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup of confectioners Sugar
- ¼ tsp of peppermint extract
- ½ cup crushed candy canes
- Whisk the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until no brown sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the egg, then the egg yolk. Finally, whisk in the vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. Fold in the chocolate chips and M&M's. Cover the dough and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Do NOT skip chilling or your cookies will spread too much. The longer the better.
- Remove the dough out of the refrigerator and allow to slightly soften at room temperature for 10 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Roll the dough into balls, about 3 tablespoons of dough each. Place 8 balls of dough onto each cookie sheet. Press a few more M&M's on top of the dough balls. Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes. The cookies will look very soft and underbaked. They will continue to bake on the cookie sheet. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Beat the cream cheese, butter and peppermint extract together until soft and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar little bit at a time and keep mixing until smooth. The filling should be of spreadable consistency. Stick it in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Add a dollop of the chilled filling on one cookie and press it down with another one. Roll the edges of the sandwich cookies in the crushed candy canes so that the crushed pieces stick to the filling.
I found my Rubbermaid TakeAlongs on an end-cap display at Wal-Mart, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding them!