Wednesday, December 16, 2015

2015 Daily December 16--peppermint oreos

I love oreos.  Any time I see a new flavor I have to buy them and try them out.  They are a favorite.  About 4 years ago I found this recipe for peppermint oreos and fell in love.  They are sooooo good!  So much better than the ones you buy in the stores!  The frosting is thick and yummy with the crushed candy cane and peppermint extract in them.  If you want regular oreos, just leave those two things out.  The perfect holiday cookie!
Peppermint Oreos

 For chocolate cookies:
1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 large egg

In the bowl of electric mixer add flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Mix well.  While on low speed add in the butter and then egg.  Continue mixing until the dough comes together in a mass.

Preheat oven to 375. Place rounded teaspoons of dough on a parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.  Flatten the dough balls slightly.  Bake 7-9 minutes until the tops look cracked.  Cool completely.

Peppermint filling:
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 crushed candy cane or 5 small candy canes

Place butter in a bowl and cream.  Put on low speed and gradually add sugar and extracts.  Once these are mixed in turn on high and beat for 2-3 minutes until the filling is light and fluffy.  Stir in the crushed candy cane.  The filling is pretty thick.  If you prefer regular oreos, just increase vanilla to 2 teaspoons and leave out peppermint extract and candy canes.

To assemble, spoon frosting onto inside of one cookie and top with another.  

Makes about 15 cookies so I always double it because that just isn't enough :)  Enjoy!

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