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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9 Responses to “Yellow Cupcakes with Swiss Meringue Buttercream”

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    cakewhiz — March 30, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I agree with you…i think the right type of frosting can really change the flavor of a cake/cupcake.
    Your cupcakes turned out beautifully and i am sure they taste superb!

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Are you coming to Cupcake Camp? I haven’t decided what I’m making, but it’ll likely include SMBC. If you try mine and hate it, I’ll have to accept that you just don’t like it.

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Sorry to make you crave desserts!

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    Aww thanks. Practice makes perfect. I don’t even want to think about how many cupcakes I’ve frosted…

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    I enjoy carrot cake but Hubby doesn’t like it, so I never make it. I just might have to soon though…

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Ha that’s funny. I’m not going to lie, I love me some cookie cake!

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    beantownbaker — March 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks!

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    wearenotmartha — March 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    These are absolutely beautiful! And I love the idea of swiss meringue buttercream 🙂

    Sues

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    Lara — April 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    what tip number do you use to get your perfect looking frosting swirl? i’ve been having a difficult time making it look symmetrical!

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