Monday, November 30, 2009

The Blog Christmas Cookie Train

The Blog Christmas Cookie Train has arrived at Candy Cane Lane. . . or at this recipe for White Chocolate-Glazed Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies!

This recipe is a blending of a recipe that appeared in Bon Appetit in 2005, with a glazing inspired by a Martha Stewart recipe.

This recipe is NOT for the dietary conscious (but are any Christmas cookies?)



Time: 11 minutes of baking; but lots of time with the little details
Yield: 36 very large sandwich cookies. Just skip dinner and eat these.

Ingredients:

Cookie:

3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (3 sticks), at room temperature
2 large eggs

Whisk flour, cocoa & salt in a bowl to blend. In another bowl, beat sugar and butter until well blended; beat in eggs. Add the dry ingredients to sugar mixture and beat until blended. Refrigerate dough for 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll 1 level tablespoon of dough into a ball and then squish flat into a 2" round on the baking sheet. This works best if you actually measure out the 1 tablespoon rather than guess. Place about 2" apart on baking sheet.

Bake 11 minutes, and do not over-bake! Cool on pan for 5 minutes, move to cooling racks.

Filling:

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
3/4 cups butter (1 1/2 sticks, at room temperature (did I mention that there
are massive amounts of calories in this? but let's not go there.)
3/4 tsp peppermint extract
2 drops, approx, red food coloring. aim for pink; red would look really ugly; this is one spot where substituting would be just weird; orange would NOT look Christmasy, would it?)
1/4 cup crushed red-and-white striped candy canes (about 4 ounces) (time to vent anger with hammers!) Put the crushed candy on a plate.

With an electric mixer, beat powered sugar and butter until well blended. Add peppermint extract, and now add coloring. (let's all hope bleach will work well on those formerly white cabinets!)

Spread about 1 tsp of filling evenly over flat side of one cookie; top with another cookie, flat sides facing each other; roll cookie sides into crushed peppermint.

Glazing:
1/4 cup white chocolate morsels
Melt white chocolate in a heat-resistant bowl placed over a small pan of boiling water. Stir the chocolate, and once the morsels lose their shape, remove from heat and stir until completely melted. Transfer chocolate into a zip lock bag.

Snip a tiny hole in one corner of the bag, and squish the chocolate out of this hole onto the cookies in pretty squiggles. Before chocolate hardens, sprinkle some of the crushed candy canes on top of the cookies. Cool in refrigerator for about 20 minutes.

Ward off hungry hordes demanding cookies until they promise to be at your beck and call, performing tricks or tasks. I vote for tasks.

Store in single layer in airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days, or freeze.




Now, you lucky bunnies! You get to head over to the next stop on the fabulous, unbelievable, totally fattening Cookie Blog Train to another marvelous recipe! Have fun!

And just in case you get lost somewhere along the way, this is a list of all the stops on the Cookie Blog Train:

18 comments:

Maria said...

I bet my boys would like these! I mean, what's not to like?

The Scrapping Edge said...

Those look absolutely fantastic. Can not wait to give them a go.

6p0120a624bf04970c said...

They look sooo yummy!!!

See What I See said...

mmmm, these look so yummmi!!!

Suzy said...

Oh wow - yummy! Thanks for sharing the train and recipes with us!

Margie said...

Great cookies for the season. If I can find some peppermint candies around here (I'm in China), I'll have to try these. So fun!

Maria said...

Angela - I just noticed that you can buy Peppermint Snow from Williams Sonoma! No more crushing with the hammer. What will they think of next?

Lauren Hartman said...

Holy moly, we may need to add those to our holiday cookie repertoire!

Yolanda said...

Yumm!

Becky said...

Those look delicious, Angela! I have not got Stephen King's latest yet. I'm hoping for a Kindle for Christmas and making his book my first purchase.

Reds said...

Oh my - just gained a pound looking at your photos and reading the recipe!! Awesome cookies!!

Jeanne said...

Yum! I know two little girls who would probably swoon over these. LOL

And your comments in parentheses are hysterical...thanks for adding them!

Anne said...

Mmmmmmmm. These looks so yummy. They will defintely be made in my house for Christmas. I can't wait. Thanks for sharing such a different and appealing recipe with us.

Vanessa said...

Those look delicious!

Bobbi said...

They look so yummy! Christmas is almost here, I can't believe it!

Amy said...

Yummo Angela!

humel said...

Wow. And yum. That's all! :-)

Sharon said...

They look yummy!