Chocolate and Peanut Butter, and this, Chocolate and Mint. If you ever see me buying a Peppermint Patty in line at the grocery store, go ahead and give me a hug. I probably need it.
For the Cookies:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter (at room temperature)
1 cup sugar
4 oz. melted chocolate*
1 large or extra large egg (at room temperature)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. white vinegar
For the Filling:
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter (at room temperature)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. Creme de Menthe (available in the liquor store/section)
*I recommend semisweet or milk chocolate (depending on your taste). When I used unsweetened chocolate, the cookies tasted a little bitter to me, although some of my taste-testers thought they were good. I liked the less-bitter variety best.
Make The Cookies
Melt the chocolate in the microwave. (I use 30% power, starting at about 3 minutes.)
Add the melted chocolate to the butter mixture. Mix until completely combined.
For best results, you want to cover and refrigerate this dough again for about an hour. This allows the cookies to set up even better, and spread even less. If you want to skip the second refrigeration, you can, but the dough is really soft, so I find that my shapes break a lot easier when I'm trying to transfer them from paper to baking pan.
Do Not Skip This Step!
Place your tray of cut-out cookies into the freezer for 10-15 minutes BEFORE placing them in the oven. This is what really seals the deal to keep them from spreading too much.
Bake the cookies at 350 for 8-10 minutes. With these, aim to underbake them at first, because they're so dark, you can't tell when they start to get too crisp, and if they're too crisp, they are probably a little overbaked.
Remove the cookies to a cooling rack.
Make The Filling:
Add the Creme de Menthe, and a tsp or so of water, if you need it. (But you want to keep this filling rather stiff so that it doesn't squirt out the sides too much.)
Assemble the cookies:
Wipe the sides even with the back of your spatula or knife, if you wish.
My Strawberry Filling Recipe. Those are super yummy, too.
Click the Links Below to See:
Chocolate Cookie Recipe
Chocolate-Strawberry Sandwich Cookies
Vanilla Sugar Cookie Recipe
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