Tender chocolate cookies wrapped around a light peppermint filling.
For the Cookies
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
For the filling
1–1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 to 3 drops green food coloring, optional
To make the cookies: In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Wrap finished dough in plastic wrap or place in sealed contain and refrigerate overnight.
Unwrap dough and roll out 1/8-in thick on parchment paper or reusable parchment paper. Cut shapes with cutter of choice, making sure to leave a gap of at least 1/4 inch (1 cm) between cookies, as they will grow slightly during baking.
Bake at 325° for 9-11 minutes or until edges are set. Place on wire racks to cool.
To make the filling: In a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, butter, milk extract and food coloring (if desired); beat until smooth. Spread icing on half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies.
Skip the filling – If you want to save a step and are happy with a chocolate mint wafer cookie instead of a chocolate mint sandwich cookie, skip the filling and instead add 1/2 teaspoon of mint extract to the dough along with the vanilla extract.
Chocolate-dipped chocolate mint cookies – For a double dose of chocolate, after cookies are baked, dip them in chocolate coating. Just melt 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips with 2
teaspoons of coconut oil. Dip half of each cooled cookie into melted chocolate. Place on waxed paper until chocolate is set. This would probably work best with just the chocolate mint wafer cookies, but if you’re feeling bold you could try it with the chocolate mint sandwich cookies.