This one is for the peppermint lover! A peppermint patty hides inside a soft chocolate cookie. Drizzled with white chocolate and crushed candy, this cookie is dressed up for the holidays!
It’s not often that I have a sweet recipe on Saturdays. After all, if you watch Rachael Ray, you’ll know that she is a self-proclaimed horrible baker. (Which, I somehow doubt this. She can bake up a cream puff, so I’m pretty sure she’d be pretty great when it comes to baking…) But the good thing is that there is always a sweet treat or two in her magazine. And the December issue of the magazine didn’t dissapoint in the baking area at all! There is a whole section on “stuffed” cookies, and believe me – I wanted to make every single one of those cookies!! But seeing that there are only so many hours in a day, and also that I really don’t need to be eating 12 dozen cookies all by myself, I narrowed it down to the recipe I thought I’d like the best – these chocolate cookies stuffed with a peppermint patty.
We had a little family cookie party this past weekend, and these cookies were loved by all. In fact, my mom was still talking about them a few days later! You really can’t go wrong with a chocolate cookie, filled with a peppermint patty!!
These cookies were a little tricky to figure out, but once I got the hang of it, they were a piece of cake. First of all, the dough is supposed to be refrigerated for an hour. I refrigerated mine overnight, and it was so hard when I took it out, I had to let it sit out for about an hour before I could even work with it. In some of the reviews online, people were complaining about the cookies spreading. I didn’t have that problem at all – maybe because I refrigerated them so long?? Second, since this dough isn’t super soft, it was tricky to get it around the peppermint patties. I found the easiest way was to break the dough into 2 dozen balls. Then break each ball in half, and make 2 flat discs out of those. Then put a peppermint patty in the center of two of the discs and wrap the dough around the patty. You need to make sure the peppermint patty is fully encased in the dough. Any holes, and the peppermint patty will leak out. Surprisingly, once I got the hang of these, they were quite easy, and extremely tasty!
These would make an impressive addition to your cookie plates this Christmas!
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1½ sticks (6 oz) unsalted butter, slightly softened
- 1 egg
- 24 miniature (about 1½-inch) peppermint patties, unwrapped and chilled
- 6 oz. white chocolate, chopped
- peppermint candy canes or peppermint candies, crushed or finely chopped
- In an electric mixer, beat the flour, cocoa powder, both sugars, salt and baking soda on low speed. Beat in the butter, then beat in the egg. Lay out a large sheet of plastic wrap and turn the dough onto the wrap. Wrap up and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces, about 1 tablespoon each. Working with one piece of dough at a time, cut the piece into 2 equal parts. Using your hands or on a work surface, flatten each piece into a circle, just larger than the peppermint patty. Put a peppermint patty on top of one piece, and put the other piece on top. Mold the dough around the peppermint patty with your hands, making sure there are no holes. Place on the baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough and peppermint patties.
- Bake in teh preheated oven, rotating the pans halfway through, until just firm to the touch, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- Meanwhile, melt half of the white chocolate in a double boiler. Remove from the heat and stir in the other half, stirring continuously until the chocolate has completely melted and is smooth. Using a large spoon or a fork, drizzle the cookies with the white chocolate, and then sprinkle with some crushed candy cane.
- adapted from Every Day with Rachael Ray December 2011
Here are some more great stuffed cookies:
A collection of stuffed cookie recipes from Picky Palate (the queen of stuffed cookies!)
Reeses-Stuffed Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies from Recipe Girl
Raspberry Cheesecake Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from Buns in My Oven
Rolo Cookies from Two Peas and Their Pod
Frosted Candy Bar Stuffed Cookie Cups from Kevin and Amanda