Peppermint Sandwich Kisses

Yet another fabulous recipe courtesy of  Kitchen Tested, also the origin of the Rainbow Layer Birthday Cake that we posted back in October. There’s nothing like a bright, colorful dessert to cheer up a gloomy post-holidays Monday. Show them off on this classy cake stand and watch them disappear!

Ingredients:

1 cup unsalted margarine, room temperature

1/4 cup confectioner sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

3 tsp peppermint extract

2 drops green food coloring

1 drop blue food coloring

½ teaspoon salt

2 cups flour

Chocolate Filling

2 Tbsp unsalted margarine, room temperature

2 oz semi sweet chocolate

Directions:

1. I creamed the margarine, both sugars and salt on medium speed using a paddle attachment until light and fluffy.

2. I added the peppermint extract and the food coloring and beat until incorporated. At this point, you can play with the color until it’s exactly what you want. I added the flour and beat on low until just combined. If you are not happy with the color, you can flatten out the dough, smear a few drops of food coloring and knead until the color is incorporated.

3. Using a teaspoon, I scooped the deliciously green dough and rolled the cookies as round and smooth as possible since any lines show up after they cook. I placed the balls around 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. This step took some time since the dough makes around 60 little cookies and each one has to be rolled in your hand. It was totally worth it!

4.  I baked the cookies at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, until the bottoms were slightly golden. I let the cookies cool for a few minutes then transferred to a wire rack to cool completely.

5. When the cookies were cool, I make the filling. In a microwave safe bowl, I added the chocolate and margarine then placed in the microwave for 30 seconds. I stirred the mixture then put the bowl back in to the microwave for another 30 seconds. That’s it! Creamy and silky chocolate in 1 minute. I set the chocolate aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly.

6. Once the cookies and chocolate were ready, I spread a small amount chocolate on the bottom of a cookie using an offset spatula. I placed a second cookie on top of the chocolate to create a sandwich. I cooled the cookies on a wire rack until the chocolate was set.

The cookies were more than I could have asked for! Theses adorable little peppermint pillows melted in my mouth and the chocolate center added the creaminess this cookie deserves. You can certainly eat the cookies on their own and they are still incredible but the chocolate and peppermint are a match made in heaven! If you like York Peppermint Patties, this recipe is truly the cookie version and you have to try it for yourself!

These cookies will stay fresh for up to 1 week in an airtight container! So great that you can make them ahead of time. Just watch out because they are so cute and small and you might just want to keep them all for yourself. I highly recommend hiding the cookies until you are ready to serve them.

Quick Note: if you aren’t a fan of peppermint, you can use another flavor of extract in your cookies. You can even change the colors or do multi-colored cookies.