This post is two recipes in one! A chocolate chocolate chip cookie recipe and a mint buttercream recipe! Both can be a holiday recipe or made year round! Together these make the peppermint chocolate sandwiches! The cookies are a soft and chewy cookie recipe that is sure to be a year round recipe that you will keep on hand! The peppermint buttercream can be used with cakes, cupcakes, or on pretzels! The peppermint buttercream has a nice texture from the crunching of the hard candy pieces. You can also use candy cane pieces!
The dough for the peppermint chocolate sandwiches
The first step for the dough is to sift the flour, baking soda, and sea salt and set aside. Next, combine the melted butter with the cocoa powder. This will hydrate the cocoa powder. After mixing and letting the mixture rest, combine with the sugars and combine. Make sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl to ensure nothing is left behind. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until well combined.
The flour mixture should be added one half at a time. Mix until just combined being sure not to overmix. Chocolate chips are next. Add the chocolate chips and give them two turns on the mixer and then mix by hand (be sure to get the sides and bottom of the bowl) until just combined. Chill the dough for about 30 minutes.
Once the dough has cooled, place two tablespoons of cookie dough two inches apart on a lined baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees F. You can make the cookies as large or as small as you like. The cooking times will vary though.
The peppermint buttercream frosting
Combine the vanilla, mint extract, and room temperature butter. Mix these ingredients until they are combined. Add the sifted powdered sugar by thirds until they are combined. Add the milk a bit at a time when needed to loosen the frosting. When the frosting is smooth, add the candy pieces by hand.
Making the sandwiches
Once the cookies have cooled completely, pipe or spread two tablespoons (or more) of the peppermint frosting. One added touch is to roll the edge of the cookie sandwich in the pieces of candy to dress up the side. You can make the cookies as large or as small as you like. The peppermint chocolate chocolate chip sandwiches can be bite size or can be as big as the palm of your hand.
Chocolate chocolate chip cookie dough
- 1 ⅛ cups melted butter
- ¾ cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups of unbleached flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- ½ teaspoon of sea salt
- 2 cups of semi sweet chocolate chips
- 8 ounces sifted powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- 1 stick butter room temperature
- ¼ teaspoon of mint extract
- ¼ cup crushed hard peppermint candies
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- Sift flour, baking soda, and salt together and set aside.
- Combine melted butter and cocoa powder in a bowl and let set for 15 minutes.
- In a mixing bowl or stand mixer combine butter mixture and both sugars. Mix until light and fluffy. Making sure to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl occasionally.
- Next add vanilla extract and eggs. Combine well.
- Add flour mixture and mix until just combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Add the chocolate chips. Mix with the mixer for a couple of turns and then finish mixing with a spatula by hand.
- Let the dough mixture chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Once rested, place one tablespoon of mixture two inches apart on a silicone baking sheet or parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.
- Let cookies cool a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
- Add room temperature butter, mint extract, and vanilla extract and mix until combined and fluffy.
- Add sifted powdered sugar a little at a time until combined. Add milk when needed to loosen up frosting.
- Add broken peppermint pieces and mix by hand.