These are awesome! Make sure you have a cup of hot chocolate with this one.
If you are looking for some great cookie swap or Christmas cookie recipes, you have found a great one. All your friends, co-workers and family, will be as happy as Santa! Enjoy!
Fudge Cookies Stuffed with Candy Cane Buttercream
1 cup + 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup mini chocolate chips
CANDY CANE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
2.5 – 3 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-2 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk
1/2 cup candy cane dust, sifted
crushed candy canes for rolling
Begin with the cookies. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Melt the chocolate in a small pan, stirring often until fully melted and smooth. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla. Set aside. With an electric mixer, beat the butter until smooth and creamy – about 1 minute. Beat in the sugars, scraping down the sides as needed. The mixture will be granular.
Mix in the beaten egg and vanilla until incorporated. Add the chocolate in a steady stream and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients on slow speed. Fold in the mini chocolate chips. Do not overmix at any point in this process.
Chill dough for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop about 1 Tablespoon of dough and roll into a slightly flattened ball. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies have just begun to set with the centers still appearing very soft. They will firm up as they cool.
As the cookies cool, make the buttercream.
Beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed. Add 2.5 cups of sifted powdered sugar and slowly mix on low speed. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and 1 Tablespoon of cream/milk. Beat for about 1 minute. Manually stir in candy cane dust. If your buttercream needs to be thicker, add more powdered sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk/cream. If frosting is too sweet, add a pinch of salt.
Frost the bottom end of a cooled cookie and top with another to make a sandwich. Store in an airtight container. I hope you will enjoy!
Kelli B 💻