Peppermint cookies with a hidden crunch of crushed peppermint candies in the creamy pink filling. These sweet sandwich cookies make great Christmas gifts.
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened
2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs
1/4 teaspoon peppermint flavoring, if desired
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Pink decorator sugar
1/4 cup Land O Lakes® Butter softened
2 to 3 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Half & Half
1 drop red food color
1/4 cup finely crushed peppermint candies or candy canes
Red, white or pink decorator sugar or edible glitter, if desired
Combine 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 cup butter in bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add eggs and peppermint flavoring; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour; beat at low speed until well mixed.
Divide dough into fourths; wrap each fourth in plastic food wrap. Refrigerate at least 1 hour until firm.
Heat oven to 350°F.
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, one-fourth at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated) to 1/16 to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 2-inch cookie cutter. Cut a 1/2-inch circle from center of half of cookies. Place 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Sprinkle cookies with center cut-out with decorator sugar. Bake 7-8 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool on cookie sheets 1 minute; remove to cooling rack. Cool completely.
Combine 2 cups powdered sugar and 1/4 cup butter in bowl. Beat at low speed, adding enough half & half for desired spreading consistency. Add red food color and crushed candies; continue beating until creamy.
Spread 1 teaspoon filling onto bottom-side of cookie without holes. Top with cookie with center cut–out, bottom-side down. Sprinkle with decorator sugar or edible glitter, if desired.
- To crush peppermint candies, place unwrapped candies in heavy-duty plastic food bag; pound with hammer or rolling pin on hard surface until finely crushed. Ten candies yields 1/4 cup crushed.
- Use a plastic drinking straw to cut three small circles into cookies before baking instead of the 1/2-inch circle.
- Edible glitter can be found in most cake decorating stores or large supermarkets.
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Everyone at work and home love these cookies
I have made these cookies for two holiday seasons now. My family and I were so impressed that I decided to bake them again this year to give away as gifts. My husband brought gifts to all of his co-workers and he came home to say that people were raving about these cookies. I used a linzer cookie cutter with a star and they looked very festive and professional. The dough is easy to work with, it is important to keep it cool in the fridge though as it can get sticky while rolling out. I added red and white sugar crystals to the top of the cookies before baking them and they came out very pretty. I doubled the peppermint extract in the dough and I think that it helped the flavor, but it is not necessary. I would highly recommend this recipe!
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