12 Days of Cookies – Peppermint Sandies

For my second cookie, I decided to try a new recipe. Hubby isn’t a huge fan of peppermint, but I enjoy it during the holidays. Last year, I made some peppermint truffles and cupcakes that were very good. I choose these Peppermint Sandies because they looked so cute and easy to make. I took them to work and of course they disappeared in no time. I wasn’t a huge fan of the texture. Mine may have been a bit undercooked? I took them out after 13 minutes right when the bottoms were starting to brown. Also, the recipe said that it makes 4 dozen, I only got 28 cookies. I used my usual cookie scoop but maybe mine were bigger than what they were supposed to be.

Hubby served as a guest photographer for these cookies as well. He did all the setup including choosing a background and staging the shot. Nice work again Hubby!

Peppermint Sandies – from Better Homes and Gardens – makes 2-4 dozen
1 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup finely crushed striped round peppermint candies
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whipping cream
6 ounces white baking chocolate
Crushed striped round peppermint candies

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and the 1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in water, vanilla, and peppermint extract until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake about 15 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.

Meanwhile, for glaze: In a medium saucepan, bring whipping cream just to simmering. Remove from heat. Add white chocolate; let stand for 3 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let stand for 45 to 60 minutes or until glaze starts to thicken.

Spoon about 1 teaspoon of the glaze over each cooled cookie. Sprinkle with additional crushed peppermint candies. Let stand until glaze is set. Makes about 48 cookies.

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7 Responses to “Merry Christmas and Peppermint Brownies with Chocolate Ganache”

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    bittersweetblog — December 25, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    You just can’t beat the combination of chocolate and mint- Yum!

    Happy holidays!

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    wackywoman — December 25, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I too love your tree.

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    Memória — December 26, 2009 at 3:28 am

    Oh, I love your tree. It’s the perfect size, and I love the decorations.

    The brownies look great. I love the KAF brownies; I just made them a few weeks ago.

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    Memória — December 26, 2009 at 3:29 am

    Oh, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

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    Faith — December 27, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I hope you had a very Merry Christmas! Love your gorgeous tree (and your high ceilings!). Yum, peppermint & chocolate…

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    CookTeen — December 27, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I love the chocolate and mint combination. Nothing is better at this time of year!

    Happy Holidays!

    With love and cupcakes,
    Cookteen

    P.S –check out my blog…Cookteen.blogspot.com

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    Kerstin — December 29, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Merry Christmas! Love your peppermint brownies – they sound so perfect for the season! I actually just bought a box of those TJ cookies, and can’t wait to try them 🙂

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