I am so busy today finishing last minute things to get ready for Christmas, but I just HAD to share this festive cookie recipe with you! These tiny little sandwich cookies are packed with peppermint flavor and are just absolutely adorable. Perfect for a holiday party and just in time for Christmas!
Makes about 35 sandwich cookies
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 recipe peppermint cream cheese filling
Finely crushed peppermint candies
In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, 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.
Divide dough into four portions. Shape each portion into an 8-inch roll.
Wrap each roll in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Freeze for 2 to 3 hours or until dough is firm enough to slice.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut rolls into 3/8-inch-thick slices.
Place slices 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or just until firm. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.
Peppermint Cream Cheese Filling:
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
¼ cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
3 cups powdered sugar
*Note* This recipe says to use milk added by the teaspoon to thin out the filling, but I did not need to do this when I made mine. In fact, I had to add a little bit more powdered sugar to make it thicker. You don’t want the filling to be too thin or it will ooze out the sides of the sandwich and won’t work.
In a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in vanilla and peppermint extract. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. If necessary, beat in enough milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make a filling of spreading consistency. Makes 1-2/3 cups.
This is how the filling should look when it's the right consistency:
To assemble, spread Peppermint-Cream Cheese Filling over the bottom of one cookie, spreading to the edges.
Press the bottom of a second cookie against the filling, pressing lightly until filling comes just slightly over edges. Roll edges of cookies in crushed candies or sprinkles. Repeat with the remaining cookies, filling, and candies.
Make these cookies tonight and you're sure to get in the holiday spirit!
Recipe Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens