Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies
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Recipe type: Gluten free, Grain free, Holiday, Dessert, Cookie
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Serves: 20 small sandwich cookies
 
These festive, grain-free chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies are just the thing for gifting, cookie swapping, and plain old snacking from now until the new year.
Ingredients
For the cookies:
  • 1⅔ cups almond flour, lightly packed
  • ⅓ cup Rodelle Organic Baking Cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon espresso powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1½ teaspoons Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract
For the peppermint buttercream:
  • ¼ cup (4 tablespoons or ½ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon peppermint flavor, or more to taste
  • ⅛ teaspoon Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons heavy cream, or more as needed
For finishing:
  • 3 candy canes, crushed
Instructions
  1. To make the cookies, preheat the oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment or a silicone liner.
  2. Whisk together the almond flour, cocoa, espresso powder, sea salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.
  3. Mix the butter, honey, and vanilla in a small bowl. Add the liquid to the wet ingredients and stir until well combined.
  4. Form rounded teaspoons of dough into balls and place them about an inch and a half apart on the baking sheet. Use a lightly greased round teaspoon measure (held upside down) to push gently on the balls of dough to form half spheres.
  5. Bake for 5-7 minutes. Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet.
  6. To make the peppermint buttercream, beat the butter with a mixer or fork. Add the remaining ingredients and beat until thoroughly mixed. Taste and add more peppermint flavor if desired. Add additional cream if the frosting is too stiff.
  7. Match the cookies up into pairs by size.
  8. Transfer the frosting to a ziptop bag and snip off a corner. Pipe a generous layer of frosting onto one cookie in each pair.
  9. Sandwich the cookies together and roll the edges in the crushed candy canes.
Recipe by A Calculated Whisk at https://acalculatedwhisk.com/chocolate-peppermint-sandwich-cookies/