Candy Cane Whoopie PiesDecember 18, 2010
Mmm candy canes and chocolate. Mmm whoopie pies with buttercream filling. I made this as a test before a work holiday party. They didn’t even last through the weekend. Numerous taste testers agreed that these rock! They are not full of knock-your-socks-off peppermint kick, but they are a nice twist on the holiday treat. These will keep for about 3 days in an airtight container on your counter, your fridge for about a week, or freeze them for up to 2 weeks. The recipe below makes about a dozen sandwiches, and if you bake them on parchment paper, your life will be much easier.
You will need:
- 1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
- 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 t salt
- 1 c sugar
- 1 1/2 c (3 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature, divided
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 c plus 2 T powdered sugar
- 3/4 t peppermint extract
- 6 drops red food coloring (optional)
- 1/2 c crushed candy canes (about 4 oz.)
- Combine the flour, cocoa and salt in a medium bowl.
- Cream together the 1 c regular sugar with 1 1/2 sticks softened butter until well blended.
- Beat in the egg.
- Add the flour mixture and beat until blended.
- Make a ball out of the dough; wrap in plastic. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper (it will really save time and prevent messes!).
- Scoop out dough by the tablespoonful; roll into a ball.
- Flatten each ball using the bottom of a measuring cup or cocktail glass, until it is about 2-inches round.
- Place cookie discs about an inch apart to bake. Bake for 11 minutes or until the dough does not look wet and a small indentation appears when you lightly press the top with your finger. They will continue to set as they cool, so do not overbake!
- Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Cream together the powdered sugar and the remained 1 1/2 sticks of butter. Blend in the peppermint extract. Blend in the food coloring (if using).
- Stir in several handfuls of the crushed candy cane.
- Generously spread the filling on the flat side of one cookie; top with another cookie and press together gently.
- Roll the edges of the filled whoopie pie on the crushed candy cane.