Friday, December 21, 2012

chocolate-peppermint sandwich cookies

My friend made these for book club last month and I was in love at first bite.

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The recipe is from “Our Best Bites” which is an awesome cooking blog.  Seriously, I need to sit down and try a whole slew of the recipes in that thing because they look good

But for now, I’m going to re-tell you this recipe in my own words.  But don’t give me the credit, because this girl Sara is the one who came up with the whole mouthwatering thing.  She gives lots of her own details about it here.

Ok, so you start by mixing

1 1/2 c. flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt

…in a mixing bowl.2012-12-21 christmas prep 66638
Then melt

1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 c. packed brown sugar
5 Tbs. butter
1 Tbs. water
in a saucepan:2012-12-20 christmas prep 66610
When it is all melted, add two beaten eggs to that chocolate mixture.
2012-12-21 christmas prep 66642(it’s ok that it’s still hot)

Then add all that chocolate into the flour mixture:2012-12-20 christmas prep 66612
Mix until barely combined.2012-12-20 christmas prep 66613
Make cookies to line your cookie sheet (sprayed with Pam).2012-12-20 christmas prep 66615

This is the personal preference part.  You can use a big scoop and cut it into four parts, make them into balls and cook (like Max is doing in the above picture).2012-12-21 christmas prep 66641Or you can use a small scoop (pictured above with the big one) and still get small cookies but a little more than bite-size. (I got these scoops at Pampered Chef and don’t know what I would ever do without them.)

I kind of like the bigger ones better but my recipe-friend-Sara-who-doesn’t-know-me likes the small bite-size ones better.  Try both and see what you think.

Bake at 350 for 5 minutes (small ones) or 6 minutes (bigger ones) or until they look soft but not gooey.
Be oh-so-careful not to over-bake.
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While they are cooling, make the frosting:

1/2 c. butter (one stick.  yeah, that’s a lot of butter but oh so good)
2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 – 1 tsp. peppermint extract
milk, as needed for consistency.  Try a teaspoon at a time because you want it to be pretty stiff so it won’t smoosh out when you eat the cookies.

Get a little helper to help you with making the sandwiches.2012-12-20 christmas prep 66628
Slab a some frosting on:2012-12-20 christmas prep 666262012-12-20 christmas prep 66627
Add another cookie to make a sandwich, and roll in crushed peppermint pieces.2012-12-20 christmas prep 66630
Voila, you have the best Christmas cookies ever.

We bagged them up like this:2012-12-20 christmas prep 66635


  1. Our best bites is my to to source for recipes! I have both their cookbooks and always have a tab open to their blog on my computer! I've never made anything from them that was less than fabulous! That said, if this recipe has Shawni's vote of approval AND its OBB, it must be good! Luckily I have all these ingredients already, so I guess it's time to get my apron on and do some baking!

  2. If I wasn't making mint brownies while reading this, I would absolutely make these! Haha. They look wonderful!!

  3. I love Our Best Bites too. I haven't tried these, but I just may have to after reading your review :)

  4. As I read through this, I kept wondering why you didn't get to meet Sara, since they did TOFW this year. Let me assure you, you'd love both Sara and Kate in real life.

    I miss getting to see you, but I love reading your blog! Merry Christmas!

  5. I'm so glad you posted this recipe! I may or may not have eaten the entire bag you delivered to us. Now I can make it up to Ryan ;). Best. Christmas Treat. Ever.

  6. I just made these. Doubled the recipe & also made a gluten free dairy free batch. The gluten free ones were indistinguishable from the wheat ones, which is pretty unusual. My gluten free dairy free daughter was pretty happy.

    Delicious all around! Thanks for posting.


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