Crushed candy cane adds a merry flourish to these slender sandwich cookies. Dipped in melted chocolate, they’re an elevated take on the classic chocolate-mint combo.
Cookies taste best within a day or two of baking, but can be stored in an airtight container for 5 to 7 days.
Back in the day all recipes were done by hand, so it’s fine if you don’t have an electric mixer. (We’re big fans of whisks.) It will take a bit more time, but you get a nice arm workout!
When piping the cookies, hold bag at an angle to the sheet. Place your dominant hand at the tip and use the other hand to apply pressure from the top.
Wow, you’ve got some beautiful ingredients! Once you’ve unpacked your Red Velvet kit, preheat the oven to 325°F and allow butter to come to room temperature. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and salt. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar on high, scraping down bowl as needed, until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add flour salt mixture, then vanilla extract and egg; beat until fully combined.
Using a spatula, transfer dough to the disposable piping bag provided. Once the bag is filled, push the dough towards the open tip to release any excess air, and twist the top of the bag to close tight.
Using the parchment paper provided, line two baking sheets with paper. Pipe 36 cookies (3/4-inch wide by 2 inches long), 1/2 inch apart, onto sheets. Chill in the refrigerator until firm, 20 minutes. Bake until cookie edges are light golden, about 15 minutes; rotate sheets halfway through. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool completely.
Place chocolate in a small heatproof bowl. Microwave in 30 second increments until melted, about 2 minutes. Add peppermint extract and mix to combine. With a small offset spatula or spoon, spread chocolate on flat side of half the cookies. Sandwich cookie halves together and let the chocolate filling harden.
Once 18 sandwiches have set (and are fused together), dip the ends into the same peppermint-chocolate mixture. If the mixture has hardened, you can microwave it again for a few seconds.
Crush candy canes: without removing the candy cane from the plastic bag, pound with a pan or rolling pin until crushed. While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle crushed candy cane onto the exterior. Allow to set. To speed things up, you can place the cookies in the fridge for a bit. Enjoy!