Chocolate-Peppermint Sandwich Cookies with Marshmallow Filling
- Cook Time: 10 - 12 minutes at 350°F
- Servings: Makes 48 sandwich cookies.
- Course: Dessert
Looking for a special kind of cookie to leave by the tree for Santa this year? Our recipe for chocolate peppermint marshmallow cookies offers a deliciously decadent way for anyone to share in the joy of the holidays. Whether you want to bake something for the family on Christmas Eve or share with friends at a holiday party, baking these peppermint cookies on parchment paper will ensure they taste great and can slide right off the baking sheet without a mess.
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- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup red and white nonpareils
- 1 recipe Peppermint Marshmallow (see recipe)
Heat oven to 325F and place rack in center. Line one baking sheet with Reynolds® Parchment Paper
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a medium saucepan, melt together chocolate and butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Let stand until cool, about 20 minutes.
Stir in sugar and extract until combined. Stir in eggs until combined well. Add flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms.
Roll cookies into 3/4-inch balls. Dip tops in nonpareils and place, coated side up, 1 inch apart on prepared sheet.
Bake until set but not firm to the touch, 10 to 13 minutes. Using a metal spatula, transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely. Meanwhile, prepare Peppermint Marshmallow. Transfer half to a large decorating bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip or coupler. Pipe mounds, about 1/2 inch high, on flat side of half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, making sandwiches. (Can be made ahead. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, in single layers separated by parchment paper, up to 2 days.)
In a large mixer bowl, sprinkle 1 packet unflavored gelatin over 1/3 cup cold water and let stand until softened, about 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water. Stir over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves.
Using a pastry brush dipped in water, brush down sugar crystals on sides of pan. Place a candy thermometer into mixture. Boil (do not stir) until syrup registers 238 degrees <span>(soft-ball stage), about 10 minutes. </span>
<span>Pour into gelatin. Using the whisk attachment, beat gelatin mixture on medium-low speed until slightly cooked, about 5 minutes. </span>
<span>Increase speed to medium-high and beat to soft peaks, about 12 minutes. Stir in 2 ounces peppermint candies, very finely crushed (1/3 cup) until combined. Tint with red liquid food coloring (if desired). </span>
<span>Use immediately. Makes 4 cups.</span>