I haven’t had much time for baking recently. And even when I have made time for baking over the last several weeks, it’s been for a specific purpose and squeezed into a too-tight schedule, so taking pictures of the product (much less the process) has not been a top priority.
But my roommate, B, has been on a Christmas cookie baking spree this week, so I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite recipes from the week.
Chocolate sandwich cookies filled with peppermint icing.
Seriously. I have eaten WAY too many of these cookies, but they are SOOO good!
And who ever said cookies didn’t make for a balanced and nutritious breakfast anyway…?
As much as I really do love to bake, I think I could get used to this way of baking…B mixes the dough, rolls out the cookies, watches the clock, and I just “assist” while sampling and taking photos.
Lest you think otherwise, though, I wasn’t a completely useless assistant. I made the final decision regarding the appropriate shade of red for the icing…an important part of the process if I do say so myself!
2 boxes Devil’s Food cake mix
4 eggs slightly beaten
2/3 cup oil
8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened
½ cup butter, softened
3-4 cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla
Peppermint extract to taste
Red food coloring (optional)
- Beat cake mixes, eggs, and oil. Batter will be stiff.
- Roll dough into balls (or use a cookie dough scoop) and place on ungreased baking sheets (parchment paper on the cookie sheets is optional).
- Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes (do NOT over-bake).
- Immediately after cookies are removed from oven, flatten lightly with spatula, and move to wire cooling rack.
- In another bowl, beat cream cheese and butter. Add powdered sugar and vanilla, and mix until smooth. Add peppermint extract to desired minty-ness. Feel free to add red food coloring to desired shade of red at this point as well. Or not.
- Spread icing onto bottom of one cookie and top with another cookie.
These cookies are soooo good (and even better when made by your roommate while you “assist” in the kitchen…just sayin’)!